A Mother’s Grace (and inspiration!) ~ and God’s Plan ~ came together to bless our family in a BIG way this week. We are deeply grateful!
We have had a slew of expensive things break down and need repair in the last few months. Some of those things are yet to be handled, due to the cost. When you live on such a tight budget like we do due to our son’s expensive and ongoing medical needs, there is not much “extra” money to handle things. When they are BIG things in close succession, it is overwhelming financially.
One of things still outstanding was work done on our car. We have done the “band aid” things as necessity along the way, but there were many other things needing attention that we could not do because of the cost.
We are blessed to have 2 vehicles, but our son can only go in one. Our 2nd vehicle is my husband’s tiny pickup truck, a treasured gift from his mother when his father passed away (It was his Dad’s truck). It is the smallest kind – 1 bench seat – and not safe for a small child to be in. Therefore, for all of Andrew’s life, whomever has Andrew with them, has the car.
Our car is a lifeline. It takes our most precious gift (our son) to all of his doctor and physical improvement appointments…and everywhere he needs to go. We take it to CA each summer for Andrew’s medical treatment trip. We would be lost without it. It is 6 years old and is at the mileage where it requires a lot of attention.
Enter Mothers Grace… an amazing charity founded by an incredibly inspirational woman…and run by her and many SHEroes like her. :) Their organization supports Mothers in a critical time of need. Our situation is not the “typical” situation they assist with. Most are helped during a more serious or tragic time. Yet, since our need is ongoing and unique in some sense due to our son’s medical needs, they considered our request. A dear friend was kind enough to apply for me, as I wasn’t able to apply for myself.
We listed out the many needs and they said they would help to get our car in full working and safe order. I don’t know the grand total of what they did, but I know that it certainly would have cost our family over $1500 to do it on our own. They helped our car with new: 2 tires; front brakes; spark plugs; timing and drive belts; coolant flush; oil change; cabin air filter; gear shift — and we were given a free loaner car for a day while all the work was done. In the end, our bill was $0 !
You should have seen me in the “dude zone” of the Hyundai service department (unsuccessfully) trying hard to hold in the tears of gratitude! :) Our car is ready for all that we need to do for quite awhile! Praise God!
One of the inspirational women who is connected to Mother’s Grace is an Earnhardt family member. Our car was purchased from and is serviced by Earnhardt’s Santan Hyundai. When she found out about our situation from the Mother’s Grace team member who was coordinating our assistance, she offered for Earnhardt’s to pay for our car repairs! Wow! Talk about giving back to the community!
Since there are so many different things that need attention with our home, car etc, my request in this was that they help with a mortgage payment (under $1000) to free up money to go toward another issue. What they did though was so much bigger and better than that! God’s plans always are just that…bigger and better than ours!
Michelle, Jodi, Rachel and Everyone connected to Mother’s Grace, along with the Earnhardt Family ~ Please know that by supporting THIS mother…you have helped our entire family in big ways! We will never forget this GRACE — this gift — of God’s love and provision that you have provided to us. See that “precious cargo” holding the thank you sign here? His life is better because you helped his Momma and we are all profoundly grateful!
With Much Gratitude ~
the Burkhart Family
P.S. If YOU would like to help Mother’s Grace continue to help other mothers in a critical time of need, please go to their website linked here to read more about the inspirational work they do and consider making a tax deductible donation to help them, help Mothers. Thank you! https://mothers-grace.org/