Friday, July 17, 2015

A Helping Hand Needed


As you know, from time to time I have posted about friends needing help. This time around, it's family.

Many of us remember those early years, finding work, making enough money to keep an old car going, the stress of a new baby added to the mix.

My grandson, on my late husband's side, and his girlfriend are the ones needing a bit of a helping hand. They moved from Colorado to Florida to live temporarily with her mother, until they can get their feet under them.

Just before they left, she was hospitalized with labor pains. The hospital care got them stopped but she then had to fly to Florida leaving him to drive alone. The night he was to leave, the car broke down.

Car fixed, both of them now in Florida, little Oliver decided to make his appearance almost 6 weeks early. He is now in NICU, mother is home and dad is working.

BUT, the car has completely died. Her mother has started a GoFundMe page in an attempt to help them get enough cash for a decent car or a down payment on one.

I know money is tight for everyone, but every $5 helps. Thank you!



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Sunday, July 12, 2015

Karma! (but not the Buddhist doctrine)

As full-time RVers, we needed a way to connect to the Internet while traveling. Since 2006, I had a Verizon Aircard with unlimited use. It was wonderful but for $70 a month, we opted to drop it when we moved to Ecuador.

We have DSL when we are on our property in Tennessee and we hop on to our stepdaughter's WiFi when parked in her driveway in Maryland. But last year we realized we were going to have an issue when parked in Stu's oldest daughter's yard in Delaware. She is a on a pay-as-you-go Internet plan and it was inconvenient for her and us to constantly have to add use.

So we've been watching for a good WiFi pay-as-you-go for us, not wanting to sign up for a contract. When we read about Karma, it sounded like a good plan for us.

When we checked it out a couple of months ago, they were sold out and anticipating having more available in August. Visiting their page a couple days ago, we found that we could pre-order and it should arrive early on in our visit to the states this fall. Of course this is only good in the US and only where they have coverage - and they do have coverage where we need it in Delaware.

When you buy data (in GBs), it never expires. At $14 per gigabyte, its data prices are more expensive than some other alternatives , but less expensive than places like hotels and airports that sell WiFi access. We love its "buy it and forget it" model for data usage, which allows you to truly pay as you go for your data.

If you have a need for "sometime" data access and don't want a monthly contract, check out Karma. (And we will report in after using it this fall while traveling and parked in Delaware.)

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Helping a child discover her heritage...

We have good friends here in Ecuador, retired teachers, that adopted two wonderful children years ago. As these children approach their teens, Mark and Sherry are trying to show them their heritage.

The first is Tali who is from China. Sherry and Tali want to participate in the Heritage Tour sponsored by the adoption agency that was used. This special opportunity came up sooner than anticipated and the costs were higher than expected.

We have donated and ask if you can find it in your heart and pocketbook to help this adorable little girl with her trip, even if only $5, please CLICK HERE, where you can contriburte and read the whole story.