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Last year when family members asked what I wanted for Christmas, I answered that I wanted bakeware and recipes that we could use as a family. I have always loved being in the kitchen, and after my chi
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Family Bonding Continues Even During Homelessness

posted at 12/19/2008 11:55 AM EST
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Last year when family members asked what I wanted for Christmas, I answered that I wanted bakeware and recipes that we could use as a family. I have always loved being in the kitchen, and after my children were born I would try an involve them as often as I could. As they got a little older, we would experiment and we loved tasting our newest creations just as much as the tried and true recipes. The kitchen always seemed like our safe area, where we could all talk about our days and anything else we wanted to talk about. My husband, myself, our two sons and our daughter all were able to de-stress and have fun together making what many see as a boring chore into a great time! A few months ago, my husband (the breadwinner) was laid off and has been unable to find employment anywhere. After our savings was used up, we had no choice but to turn to the homeless shelter in our area. Right away I knew I had to do something to keep our family from becoming withdrawn and depressed from the drastic change in our lives. So, I kept up with our kitchen traditions. We made our meals together, and everyone kept the same jobs they had before. Pretty soon, we began involving more people and before we knew it we were gathering each week for pot-luck dinners in the central picnic area. The week before everyone picked what their family could make. We would share what we had and yet somehow everyone went away full. Not only their bellies, but it seemed like there were more smiles, more children's laughter, more families enjoying the time they had together. The shelter we are at is only for 8 weeks, and tomorrow is our family's last day here. While my husband hasn't been able to find employment, we were accepted into a transitional program for families going through a financial crisis like ours (and so many others right now). When we first got here, we didn't know anyone and now, we feel like we are leaving behind friends and family. I hope that the other families here continue the get-togethers and carry the tradition to the families yet to come. This is special to me because when we got here, everybody was always so sad at where they had ended up. Everyone here has their own story and most are other families that were always self-sufficient. Being at a homeless shelter isn't like being on vacation or at a hotel. Funds are spent meeting the needs of the families here, and little is spent on entertainment (understandable!). It wasn't easy for me to keep a smile on my face in the beginning either, but I did so our family as a unit would stay strong. I never planned on it spreading like it has, so that to me is so special! To see families where the children never helped out in the kitchen find out how much can come from those 30-45 minutes...is priceless. More children are talking to their parents, more parents are talking to their children...and everybody has been listening to each other! As a group we have celebrated when someone has found a job and moved on, we have supported those who can't find a job and we have all tried to keep everyone else from becoming depressed, since crying doesn't pay the bills! I feel so happy when I think about what our family was able to give to the other homeless families here...and a little sad that we have to leave them! We will continue to stay in touch with the other families and I know we all look forward to having pot-luck dinners in each other's homes once we all get back on our feet!

Family Bonding Continues Even During Homelessness

posted at 12/19/2008 2:44 PM EST
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You are truly an inspiration to others. May your family be blessed amd be back on your feet soon.

Family Bonding Continues Even During Homelessness

posted at 12/19/2008 9:55 PM EST
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Thank you for sharing your heartwarming story. I truly wish you and your family a blessed Christmas and a more prosperous New Year,

Family Bonding Continues Even During Homelessness

posted at 12/19/2008 10:27 PM EST
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First: 9/21/2008
Last: 12/28/2008
God bless you and your loved ones and for the inspiration you are still giving others by telling your story!

Family Bonding Continues Even During Homelessness

posted at 12/19/2008 11:01 PM EST
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First: 8/11/2008
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Bless you for such a wonderful idea --I hope the shelter keeps up with what you taught them

Family Bonding Continues Even During Homelessness

posted at 12/19/2008 11:09 PM EST
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First: 8/7/2008
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Your heartwarming story brings tears to my eyes and a smile in my heart because of your faith and contentment in such sad circumstances. "All things, good and bad, work together for good for those who love the Lord..." I pray for God to bless you beyond all imagination!!!

Family Bonding Continues Even During Homelessness

posted at 12/19/2008 11:24 PM EST
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First: 10/25/2008
Last: 4/5/2011
An extremely touching story...a true inspiration to others....

Family Bonding Continues Even During Homelessness

posted at 12/19/2008 11:32 PM EST
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First: 10/26/2008
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God Bless you and your family. I understand what you are going through and I admire you for what you have done. Wishing you lots of luck and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Family Bonding Continues Even During Homelessness

posted at 12/19/2008 11:36 PM EST
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First: 10/15/2008
Last: 4/7/2010
My heart goes out to you!!!! In these tough economic times there is nothing like having family and friends! Keep the faith and everything will work out!

Family Bonding Continues Even During Homelessness

posted at 12/20/2008 1:12 AM EST
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First: 10/12/2008
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You and your family turned a crisis situation into a bearable and, in many ways, a happy one. God's richest blessings on all of you.

Family Bonding Continues Even During Homelessness

posted at 12/20/2008 1:59 AM EST
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First: 8/30/2008
Last: 6/17/2010
Good Lucky to you and your family. Merry Christmas and God bless.

Family Bonding Continues Even During Homelessness

posted at 7/16/2009 3:41 PM EDT
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First: 7/9/2009
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Thanks for sharing I hope you are able to get back on your feet soon, and enjoy taking your pot luck to each other's homes soon.

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