Wednesday, August 28, 2013

11 On My Own Fundraiser

Do you read Kristin's blog 11 On My Own?  If you don't, you should!  Kristin is an amazing mother who is, just as the title of her blog suggests, supporting her family on her own.   My heart has broken for her as I've followed her blog and read about the many, many road blocks (that's an understatement if ever there was one) that she's come up against over the years.

Recently she's been taking classes to work towards becoming a nurse.  In her own words: 

I have been a single mother for almost 7 years.  My youngest child is seven.  I am homeschooling 6 children while going to school full time plus, along with my two oldest at home. 
My husband abandoned us when I had ten young children at home, 17 down to infant.  Over the years, my oldest boys have worked and given all of their income to support their siblings, as my ex does not pay child support.  Last week the State informed me that they are not going to pursue my case because since the beginning, he has done everything in his power to elude the system and they don't feel it's worth their time to go after him...
...Over the summer I went back to school all day to take Chemistry and Biology and the TEAS test to qualify to enter Nursing school.  I received A's and scored in the 98th percentile on the test.  I start school again today - and am worried, anxious, and terrified - not that I won't do well, but that we won't survive...
...My kids deserve this.  They have all worked unselfishly to contribute to the family.  I am asking for $14,400 because we have lived for the past 6 years on an average of $1200 a month.  It's hard.  Believe me.  Especially as they get older - there is so much we can't do that others take for granted - we have two teens that can't afford a license, and one teen who was denied enrollment with Seton, just for starters.
$1200 a month will pay rent, utilities, and put gas in my car while I go to school.  Read the entire thing here.

There are various gifts for different levels of contributions, including beautiful saint dolls from her daughters' shop and veils by Lily!  So if you have a moment head over and check out her blog and donate or offer a prayer for Kristen and her amazing family (or spread the word about her fundraiser!)!


  1. I went to nursing school with 3 young ones, on my own, and my ex only ever paid $84 in child support. I understand a lot of what this mom is going through - my children didn't get to play sports or be in Scouts or any of that because we just didn't have the money. However, my oldest daughter got a scholarship for her viola lessons and that helped. Thanks for sharing her story. I'll see if I can help out a bit.

  2. Kristin is a friend of mine also irl. She is a wonderful person, a very dedicated mother and her children are the amazing results of her faith and endurance.
    Thank you for helping her in this big move toward a better life

  3. Do you know what happened to her? She doesn't blog anyone...


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