So, as it turns out: Having a baby is quite expensive. As many of you know Owen and I have been married for almost 13 months and we have a beautiful, charming, and loving little 3 month old boy Everett. I don’t think I will shock anyone by saying that the economy is bad and times are hard. Unfortunately, I don’t see a turn for the better happening any time in the immediate future for this family. There are three simple things that have attributed to our particular circumstances:
1) We had a baby- I was out of work for 2.5 months taking care of my precious gift from God.
2) We had a baby- While I was out of work, not earning any money, we were collecting debt the from hospital bills and pediatrician visits.
3) This summer is the last of Owen’s undergrad academic year- which means he is working an internship which unfortunately is unpaid, so instead of earning 80 hours every paycheck he is only earning 40 hours- working his normal job only part time.
Fortunately, his boss has been very understanding of the situation and the fact that Owen needs to complete this internship this summer and has been letting Owen work as much as he can- that has helped a lot.
All of that to say that we are in the midst of a rough patch. To make matters worse, Owen’s entire extended family lives on the west coast and the money that we would have normally saved to fly out to see his family this summer had to go towards our baby bills. It is incredibly important to my husband to be able to share his baby boy- his pride and joy with his extended family. It breaks my heart to see the look on his face when he realizes that this is not even an option for us right now- and I can’t take it any longer. So this is what I propose: A bake sale of sorts. I am willing to do whatever it takes to see my husband’s face when he introduces his baby to his grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Below, if you feel so inclined, you can order a dozen or more cookies and contribute to our cause. Our goal is simply to raise enough money to fly home to introduce our baby to the family. I will keep you posted with frequent blog posts updating you on our progress. If we end up with more than we need we will put the extra towards checking our baggage, and if we have even more than enough for that we will put the extra away in savings for our next trip home! Ideally we would like to get there in time for the annual family picnic, but we don’t have much time. Luckily: I believe in miracles :) We can do this, but only with your help!
Here’s the DL-
IF YOU LIVE IN LYNCHBURG- I would like to deliver your cookies to you to save money on shipping!
IF YOU LIVE OUTSIDE OF LYNCHBURG- We ask that you make the minimum donation and add a little extra to account for shipping costs.
IF YOU LIVE ON THE WEST COAST- And we will be able to see you when we visit, we would like to deliver your cookies to you while we are there..again to save on shipping :) If we won’t see you (sad face) please also account for shipping.
Here is the order form: Please keep in mind that you are donating money to our cause you are not buying goods or services (BIG DIFFERENCE TO THE IRS). The cookies are simply our way of saying thank you.
As of right now you can pay by check or check- We are working on getting our ‘donate’ paypal button made. As soon as I have received payment I will get your cookies out of the door. If you would like a different kind of cookie or a higher amount than 5 dozen please message me or leave me a comment!
Checks can be made out to and mailed to:
423 Warren Ave
Lynchburg, Va 24501