It's been just over a month since Daniela and our family entered our lives. It came at us unexpected and with intensity. The support which we received was also unexpected and even more intense. The euphoria we all experienced together was a phenomenon. But we knew that it's the slow burn that really matters in the end. Daniela and her family have now settled into their 2 bedroom apartment and are beginning a new chapter in their lives. They now have a huge advantage as we're taking care of the rent with the funds you donated.
The realities of being a single mother with limited means are what they are (a challenge). We've gotten a bit more of an intimate look at this and it's hard work to say the least. We continue to help where we can. Since Belinda stays home, she's been regularly babysitting Evelyn a couple of times a week. We recently had Brandon stay overnight (Max and Mason love playing with him) and after we took the above picture on a Sunday morning, we all went to see Coroline together. So while Belinda and our family have our house back, we've come to realize that something like this is a longer term play—not something you really walk away from. Once the cheers fade, the quiet work takes over and it becomes day to day.
But most importantly, things are stabilizing. Belinda has been helping Daniela with the change in schools as she's a pro when it comes to the paperwork and there have not been issues on that front. Daniela continues to be on her own—the children see their father but he's not in the picture as far as we know. Evelyn requires some special care and we're helping figure things out on that front with the school district. On the work front, Daniela still has the same cleaning job, but is waiting for an opportunity that will offer better pay and hours. Though for now, things are working out. Thank you again for all the support, we'll try to keep updating as we can.