Project GRAPEful! 2015 has been a difficult year for our family. After many years of struggling financially, at the beginning of this year, my dh had a well paying job. We had plenty of money in the bank and we were living, for the first time in our 28 yrs together, with the ability and sheer delight to be a help to others who were struggling financially. Then in February, my dh lost his job and he's been looking for another ever since. For over 35 yrs, I've struggled with several chronic illnesses that have progressed or degenerated over the years but particularly this past year. Then in June, I injured my right shoulder which makes it difficult for me to do much of anything with it. Over the year, we have depleted our savings and have been struggling to run three businesses in order to make ends meet. Each business has had its own difficulties and this one here, Grape Stuff, is a brand new venture for us requiring much time and attention. As the year progressed, in between the workload, the health limitations and pain, and homeschooling our son who is now a Jr in high school, the struggles became overwhelming. But as I began to share my story with others this year, I found that 2015 was a difficult year for many people. Everywhere I turned this year, I found people struggling with health issues, financial issues, relationship issues and more. Everyone is struggling with something. Some are struggling to survive. Times are hard. But in the midst of their struggles, some are choosing to do for others. Some are able to see the sunny, funny side. Some are willing to uplift. This month is Thanksgiving. and in the midst of our worst year, both financially and physically, I am choosing to start Project GRAPEful and I pray you join me. I'll be sharing more about it in the coming days, but for now let me say that it will start exactly 21 days (Friday the 6th) prior to Thanksgiving and end on Thanksgiving Day. I know that there will be a contest and prizes and that one of those prizes will be a Grape Grill Buddy BBQ Grill Mat set. Stay tuned for more information in the next few days!
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