November 26th, 2013 admin
“My 13 year old son is a “Little” and had to wait a few years but finally got a “Big” Brother, who has turned out to be well worth the wait. Jerrett’s dad left when he was about 6 years old, and my daughter was 11. Jerrett’s Big Brother has made a huge impact on his life. He is in his twenties, and is a busy young man but always finds time to take Jerrett to movies, swimming, out to eat, or sometimes he will come to watch Jerrett’s football games. A lot of visits just consist of hanging out and playing video games at either of our homes. Their three year anniversary of “Little” and ”Big” is coming up soon, and so far it has been a perfect match – we are so fortunate…. I hope it lasts forever as many of these relationships do.
Jerrett (and I ) would be ecstatic to win a twin/full bunk bed with ladder and drawers for himself and when his sister Klover or a friend comes to visit and stay the night.
Depending on whether we get a one or two bedroom place to rent, I may need to use whichever bunk level he does not want!
His sister Klover, is 18, who graduated and is already trying it out on her own. But wherever we go, I will be sure there is space for her in case she needs to come home, and on holidays like Birthdays, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, Mother’s Day, and any day she can afford to visit from Quesnel!
We are currently looking for a place to rent in the south shore of Kamloops. I finished paying off a mobile home in 2011. We moved from Cherry Creek to a half acreage. We have been renting from the landowner for the last 16 years. Due to some erroneous surveying that had been done before moving here, we are losing our home. It took me over 20 years with horrific domestic abuse, and very trying times to pay it off. It was a symbol of my independence and pride, my beautiful flowers, trees, summer vegetable gardens, manicured yard. . . A little fenced off oasis in the middle of a hayfield that we had grown to love and keep perfecting over the years.
The damage moving it would cause, (with 2 separated additions and the fact that it is an older home,) would not be worth the renovations it would need afterward. There was and still is plenty of room within the property to move it. But I am on a fixed income, and after two years of seeking help from approximately 40 different agencies – (faxing and emailing documents regarding our story only to be turned down and advised to turn to the next agency and start the process all over again, etc.). I became so upset I ended up sick and hospitalized from the stress. I decided to throw in the towel and take the loss - facing the fact that I more than likely will never own a home again.
It broke my heart, but it is time to start a brand new chapter in our lives. We have no choice.
I think our family is worthy of winning this contest because where we move, new furniture would be a perfect way to make a new start in our newly rented dwelling!!!
We have had the same old couches that mice have tried to live in, and pretty much everything we own has to be downsized by 80% in order to fit, so we will need to get new furnishings anyway! Because of the fields surrounding us there are always mice trying and succeeding to get in, which is another reason I do not want to bring old furnishings with us to start a new life… Although our cats kept the mice population down, they also used our couches as scratching posts. We have found really good loving homes for them, and they are spayed and neutered. We cannot have any other obstacles in our way when looking for a place. Most places do not like pets. New things can sure make a difference in how a person feels, not to mention how a place looks!
Once we find something we can afford to rent (under $900 per month), we will be able to determine what to keep, what to give away, what to throw out, and if possible, what to sell. Any profit I make will go toward our rent, utilities, the move itself, and hopefully my license. This will not provide for brand new furnishings….
We believe we make great candidates for your “Filling Homes, Filling Lives” contest, and hope that you will consider us!!!!
Most of the old stuff we have cannot come with us. Thank-you!!!” – Kristine – November, 2013