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Two steps back, treading water or making progress.

March 10th, 2017 at 12:40 pm

Two steps back, treading water or making progress. Some months it’s a combination of all three.

I am making slow and steady progress on debt. Last year I helped DD2 out financially when she lost her job. Today I finally paid off that debt. (yay). DD2 is still unemployed, but she is also still fostering Z and his brother, going to school full time and able to draw unemployment- so she is in a good financial place now. My next debt focus will be back to paying off the remodel on the house.

I have been able to stick with my new year’s resolutions for a healthier lifestyle and it is paying off. I went to the doctor last week and my blood pressure was a little lower than what they say is normal …which makes mine much lower than it’s been in years. I could come off the bp med now, but the med also helps control my migraines, so I am reluctant to. It just feels great that a change in diet has made such a huge difference. Ive lost some weight too - not a great deal, but enough to tell a difference!! 
Our trip back to Hawaii is sneaking up on us. Next month already! I cant wait! We planned this almost 2 years ago – which has allowed lots of time for happy anticipation and saving $$. We are READY.

The hubs job is still going ok. However, he is preparing his resume and looking at other options just in case things go south. (He works in the oil industry in Alaska and continued employment is a big question mark lately!)

Z and X are still with us and doing GREAT. BM has a new baby due any day. Because she is not considered a safe option for the older 3 kids, DHS will likely place the new baby in foster care as well. The dad is in jail, has been for several weeks. BM and the dad are in a different state than we are, so I suspect that the baby will be placed more local to them. There is a review board meeting for long term placement of the boys next week. They have now been with DD2 over 6 months, which opens some doors for permanency- it just depends on the board’s recommendation. Since BM has made no efforts for reform, adoption is one option they will be considering.

6 Responses to “Two steps back, treading water or making progress.”

  1. NJDebbie Says:

    Just curious, is DD2 related biologically to the children?

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    NJ Debbie, the children are not biologically related. They are her foster children. BM means birth mother. The dad referenced is the children's biological father, also not related to DD2.

  3. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    I hope for their sake that adoption can happen!

  4. VS_ozgirl Says:

    Great work with looking after your health and finding out that your blood pressure has lowered dramatically! Enjoy your trip to Hawaii Smile.

  5. rob62521 Says:

    Glad your health has improved. I don't blame you for not wanting to go off the bp meds since they help keep away migraines. My doctor had me on a similar medicine (not bp meds) and my allergist had a cow and took me off of it. I was in a spiral of headaches for awhile until I got adjusted.

  6. Thrifty Ray Says:

    Thanks everyone. NJDebbie- CCFree explained the situation well. Thanks (CCFree!!!) The only thing I would add is that Z was previously in foster care and was raised by DD2 from 4 months to just before his 3rd birthday- with no contact by the bio family during that 2.5 years. We love him just as tho he was blood relation. Smile We are so fortunate that he continues to be a part of our lives!

    Also the dad is the current pregnancy dad. THere are 4 separate dads for the 4 children. (It gets confusing!!)

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