This has been one heck of a year between no full time job for Rick and car trouble we have just seem to be hit from all sides. My boss reminded me that I must be thankful of what I do have and she is so right, we have our health and a roof over our head (that is one bill I make sure is covered every month). As some of you may know Rick's car has been giving us some issues, well it finally kicked the bucket last week. The bad thing is it's only 5 years old but he does a LOT of driving for his old job and current part time job that it had 130K miles on it and the engine just gave out. My bosses were so kind and were going to help me get a leased car so he could drive my car and I could have a new car to drive around. Sadly this car of his is like the ugly wart that drags us down financially and emotionally. So it's not the route we wanted to go but it looks like we will have to fix the engine and then drive it until it's paid off. The bad thing is Rick's part time job does have odd hours which does overlap with the boys school or with their other activities so it has been trying to figure out how to get all of us around with one car. A VERY sweet couple from the boys school have offered a spare car up for us to drive it, they are so kind and fixing it up now to pass emissions and get new tabs on it so we can drive it. Hopefully by Friday I can have that car as a back up until Rick's car is repaired (thanks again to my bosses who are stepping in to help fix that). Now to get his car up and running and the crazy high payments under control. The double edge sword is keeping payments up with only one full time income coming in, which if you are late even by 10 days which is usually how it lands it just screws you and your credit go figure! Some days you just want to say I'm the good guy I'm making my payments maybe late but you get can you give me some slack. LOL it makes you so frustrated sometimes when you see others just getting everything handed while you have to claw your way up, but as I have learned it is the process and the getting there that has made me stronger plus I know with faith it will work out.
So my dreams of a nice new car have been dashed but just when a door was closed a window was opened with some hope. Oh yeah and just to be the cherry on the top of the mess my car's check engine light came on. Thankfully just needing a tune up but that is $300!!! Hello Christmas gift to me :). So there you have it, the good, the bad and the ugly ... teehee