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Monday, June 09, 2008

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Louisiana writes in her journal while on break at her job. She is concerned about the ever rising costs of food and gas and how she is going to be able to continue to provide for her large family.

Monday, June 9, 2008, Nashville, TN, 10:09 a.m., D.S.T.~

Dear Journal~

Louie here.  Hope this finds  y'all well.  I am afraid I'm doing rather poorly.

I don't know how I am going to continue to provide for my family: food, clothes, shelter, gas.  Oh, the gas!!  Prices nearly $4.00 now, and every week it costs me almost $100 to fill up my van (oftentimes even more than that!).  The gas prices are eating me alive!!

I can't get a smaller vehicle because of the number of children we have.  We need it to transport them to their appointments, games, music, etc., and besides, our van has a reliable wheelchair lift.  So does our bus, which eats up even more gas than our van.  So we don't drive the bus, not like we used to.

Because of the ever-increasing gas prices, food's going up; no, everything is going up, with no end in sight; and it's gotten Bill and myself scared to death.  I don't know what we would do if it were not for the gracious people from church:  they see our dilemma, they try to help out financially as best as they can, which we greatly appreciate!

Suddenly, I am wishing that Bill and myself didn't adopt so many children.  Maybe it was a mistake to adopt the children we did.  They are eating me out of house and home, and now that they are nearing teenagerhood (or adulthood), I'm afraid the cost of raising them is only going to skyrocket!

I know God has a plan for our family, and I know that I should trust in Him completely, not to worry about things, but at times I can't help it.  I see the gas prices or the food prices, and it makes me ill.  I don't know how long I will be able to afford to feed/clothe/provide for my growing family!!

Bill and I both work to try to stave off the cost of food/gas; it seems that our paychecks don't last as long as they used to:  over half of the money goes into the gas tank or to the grocery store; we are lucky if we have money left to pay our bills!

I don't know what we would do if we ever had to move from our house:  it's perfect for a family our size, and it's our own (finally), but when things go wrong--again, the expense.  Where else could we live; who would take in a family with over fifty kids, most of them handicapped??

Well, I've just gone and made myself cry again, so I will go now.  I am too upset to write any more.  I will write in here again soon; until then, this is your friend, Louie, signing off!  Take care and God bless!  Just keep us in your prayers, pray for a financial miracle that can help us in our time of need!  It is not cheap to raise a family like ours; and I fear we're going to end up on the streets!!

~Love, your friend, Louie Sandusky. :( >tears!<






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Reviewed by Bernice Lakota 6/12/2008
The sign alone is scarry, but as always all will come to pass and there is a rainbow, a pot of gold beyond all this....just choose to believe that and it will come true for you...
Reviewed by Cryssa C 6/11/2008
The Lord will provide... He always does...
Reviewed by Jon Willey 6/11/2008
Will our finger pointing, do nothing Congress, ever act? They need to stop playing politics and start doing what they were elected to do. Louisiana is not alone with over $4 gasoline. This malaise is nationwide. Good stuff here Karen Thanks, God bless. JMW
Reviewed by Sandra Bonaldi 6/10/2008
A true to life write that all of us are in some way living. My pastor has said it best, don't look at the prices just believe that God is going to provide for his flock. Of course we need to use wisdom as well. Great write Karen. Like always.
Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 6/9/2008
It's 4:59 a gallon here for Regular and more for Super or Premium, we are wishing for the days when it was under four dollars a gallon, but the Lord is going to provide for us we believe that, an all to realistic write
God Bless
Reviewed by Felix Perry 6/9/2008
I think that they are not the only ones hurting, the rising prices of everything are bringing stress and undo hardship to anyone who is middle income or lower, and if pensioner forget it so I do understand this write all too well.

Reviewed by Rose Rideout 6/9/2008
It is a sad situation when there seems like there is no way to get ahead. Thank you for sharing Karla.

Newfie hugs are on the way, Rose
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 6/9/2008
Louie, i hear that Dick Cheney and Halliburn Oil executives are crying too because of the price of too low!
Why settle for mealy billions if you can get trilions?

Reviewed by Jeanette Cooper 6/9/2008
An excellent write that rather describes folks all around the country inasmuch as the rising gas prices that are effecting so many lives.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 6/9/2008
No more vacations - no more eating out - no more fancy frills - bare bones budgeting might be the only way to make it - notice I said might - heartbreaking reality for far too many - the fatcats get richer, the poor get - well, you know - well penned, Karen -

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.

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