I want to be as open as I can in regard our situation given the fact that so many of you are taking such a personal interest in our lives. You know from our posts how Jeremy is doing and you have seen our specific, practical needs such as sustainable long-term childcare as Jeremy continues receiving treatment.
In terms of finances, we continue to be amazed by how God is providing for us during this time and we are very grateful to everyone who has been a part of that. Your gifts allow us to focus on our time and effort in prayer and supporting Jeremy rather than worrying about our financial obligations. Thank you for that – it means a lot to us. In general, we are doing OK financially. We made it through nearly two months without Jeremy bringing home income, and thanks to the generosity of so many, we should be fine next month, too.
Those of you who live nearby may notice some work being done at our house. We recently cashed in a 401k in order to make some improvements. We have two reasons for doing this: 1) to provide Jeremy with a clean, comfortable space for when he is out of the hospital (we renovated one bedroom/ bathroom) and 2) to take care of some bigger items we need to address should we have to sell our house (downsize) at some point in the future. We hope to stay in our house for a very long time but we want to be in a good position to sell should we have to. These projects will take most of what we had in the 401k. We are trying to be frugal with what we have left, but driving to the city to see Jeremy at the hospital doesn’t make it very easy.
Jeremy will not receive disability income until the third week of January 2014, so we will be operating on my salary alone until that time. The disability checks we’ll receive will be less than half of what Jeremy typically brought in, but they should be enough to cover most of our mortgage payment each month. At the same time, we anticipate increased medical costs (especially in terms of prescriptions and co-pays) and we know we’ll need to pay more for childcare than we did before. For our financial outlook over the next few months, we anticipate an increase in expenses with a decrease in income. But we are not worried – God has been good to us.
Typically we would not go into so much detail about our financial situation, especially in such a public format. Because so many people have generously given to us and have asked specifically about how we are doing in regard to finances, I wanted to share more detail than I normally would. We are not very worried about our finances and feel well provided for in every way. Thank you again for your prayers and support. We are blessed to be part of such a great community of love and generosity. Thank you!