Thursday, October 29, 2009


Okay, so here's what's up!

I rented a cute little house in the town of Ennis on Tuesday. When we went around and looked at houses before, we couldn't get into this one. So I waited to make my choice until I saw it and it's perfect! It's three years old and VERY clean. It's got two bedrooms downstairs, a full bathroom and then a toilet in the HUGE laundry room. Then upstairs there is a little bedroom (there isn't a closet so technically it's not considered a bedroom) and a "great" room. The boys will be up there.

The boys were thrilled to hear that the house has stairs... they have a thing about stairs, I don't know why, but they LOVE them.

Hubby had some orientation on Tuesday, filled out important paper work and was issued a badge, a car and a hand gun! He says it's starting to feel real.

And ladies!!! Boy oh boy does Hubby look Handsome in his uniform!! I can't wait to post some pictures for you!! Whew, I'm feeling light headed ;)

We stayed the night in Ennis this time. I rented a cute little cabin along the river, it was only $60 and we could have Angus there! Neither one of us could sleep with all the excitement and talking about what we need to do. They would like Hubby over there on Wednesday Nov. 4th. His schedule will be Wed - Sat, 4 10 hour days and then have Sun, Mon, and Tues off.

Oh this is all so exciting!! We will be living in town and can WALK EVERYWHERE! I can walk the boys to school and then walk wherever I need to go in town. The grocery store is a little farther away, but Hubby said I can get a bike and then I'll really be mobile. (I'm so tired of having to drive everywhere. I plan to mostly just park the car and be active... I'm also planning on losing A LOT of weight!!)

I have a friend in Sheridan (that's about 45 minutes from Ennis) that is going to let me take Destino and Annabelle to her house for the winter. Meantime I'll look for a place to board them closer to Ennis (hopefully within biking distance.)

That's what's happening in our neck of the woods!! I'll post pictures when we get there...

Friday, October 23, 2009

Deputy Schroder

Oh My Gosh!! My Hubby is now known as "Deputy" Schroder!!!! We are so excited!!

We will be moving to Ennis Montana SOON... VERY SOON....

Oh My Gosh!!! We are literally jumping for joy over here!!!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

To Whom It May Concern:

It is a hard thing, to lose one's home. It is something that we have been going through for almost a year now.

Last October we knew that we were in for a hard winter. Work was scarce and not paying well. Some people would have my Husband complete a job and then refuse to pay or pay just enough to cover material cost. We knew we were in trouble. I called you (Chase Bank, the loan sharks for Fanny Mae) and let you know that we were going to be missing a payment. I asked if there was anything we could do, send a partial payment, lower our interest rate, you said "NO." December rolled around and it was either Christmas and food or house payment. We have two small kids so no Christmas wasn't an option. (Our kids get only one Christmas present from us a year and it's not a big one. We do fill their stockings however, so I suppose you could call us irresponsible.)

I called you in January and asked again if we could send a partial payment? You answered, "NO." I was informed that if we only sent a partial payment the house could still go up for Foreclosure. So I chose to save the partial payment that I had. I called you again for the next 3 months and every time I asked for help, I was told "NO."

Finally after we had missed our 5th payment a very nice Gentleman named Todd helped us out. He informed us that President Obama was "bailing" out home owners just as he had so graciously bailed out the Big Buisnesses and we may qualify for some Home Owners Assistance Plans. We started the arduous paper work phase. I filled out so many forms in the next month, hopeful that we would qualify for some kind of assistance. But we did not. Either we didn't make enough money, or we made too much money (in the last year) or our house wasn't worth enought, or whatever. For whatever reason we were told that we didn't qualify for ANY assistance.

I would like to add here that we had put the house up on the market that October, when we saw how difficult it was going to be. But with the economy so bad, what once was an asset for our family turned into a prison. What once would have been a boon for our bank account turned into a sucking hole. We were drowning and there was no life boat in sight.

My Husband managed to get some odd jobs over the winter and into the spring. They kept us eating and clothes on the boys. We managed to put some money into savings for the time when we could start making house payments again.

Then Finally we qualified for a Home Assistance Program. Finally. You lowered our payment $200. I called and said that we couldn't manage that payment for more than a few months. You informed me that we only had to pay it for 3 months, then you would re-do our trial and lower the payment even more.

After the 3 months was up, and our savings was GONE, you informed me that we hadn't sent in some paperwork that was needed to complete the next trial period. It's been 2 months and I have recieved about 4 letters telling the same thing. I send in paperwork after paperwork and keep getting a letter saying that you don't have the proper paperwork and will I please send in "A, B and C so we can help you save your home from forclosure." I have sent in the paperwork 4 times. I am starting to get concerned that you guys aren't very organized.

Really, I think that you are pulling my leg until you decide to put the house into foreclosure and then all that savings money that we paid you, well, I should have just flushed it down the toilet.

And our Esteemed President and all his "Bail Out Plans"... I have no nice words. Some say that it's only the bad stories that we hear and that those are blown out of porportion. Well, this is my bad story, you are hearing it, and it's not blown out of porportion.

My Husbands credit was Good and mine was Excellent before this happened. Now because of this it's been hard for my Husband to get a job. Because we have had some hard times, and there is no assistance for people like us, we struggle to get a job. This is all so very frustrating.

And there is no one to listen. Or care. It feels very much like we don't have a say in anything our Government is doing. They want to bail out the Big Boys (That's YOU Fanny Mae) and the American people stand up and say NO! and they go ahead and do it anyway. Then, low and behold, in the news we see those very same "poor executives" who couldn't buy toilet paper out sunning themselves on beaches, having lavish parties and still living in their huge mansions. And still raking in the big bucks. America the free my @$$. It's the little guy that is paying for all that. It's the little guy who always pays. It's the little guy who pays for the people on welfare, but then when they get into a bind there is no welfare for them. No help for them.

So we are sitting here in a house that is going to go into forecloser, still getting letters "Your Modification is at Risk - Urgent Response Needed!" You need
  • Income Documentation
  • Proof I occupy my home as primary residence
  • Signed IRS Form 4506-T
  • Signed Hardship Affidavit
All things I have sent to you 4 times in the last month.

Well we will no longer be living in our home. We are going were the work is. My Husband is making a career change and we are leaving our life and home to start fresh somewhere new. So you can have the house, the farm land. Good luck with it. And Thanks For Everything.


Mindy Schroder

Sunday, October 18, 2009

A Huge Thank You....

To our Auntie Teresa!! She sent us a box filled with Halloween treats, costumes, face paint, Applebee's Gift cards, and.... drum roll please..... $500!!! HOLY MOLY!! How totally wonderful is that?? Talk about Heaven sent. Just in our time of need.

(We have been going through some really tough times here on the farm. It's been touch and go as far as eating and paying the bills. We haven't been able to make a house payment for some time now. The bank is not really interested in working with us, so we are looking at losing the farm. That is something that we have accepted and we are ready to move on.

It looks like we are going to be moving soon...Hubby has been trying to get on with the Police Department, somewhere, anywhere, and it looks like we are close! We are very happy about this and are looking forward to starting a new life soon, so please keep us in your prayers and happy thoughts!)

Anyway, our Auntie Teresa knew about our troubles and felt compelled to help us out in our time of need. We are so thankful to her and can not say it enough!

Thank You Thank You Thank You Thank You Thank You!

Now onto the pictures of the boys in their new costumes =) Enjoy!!

Little L in his Monster Costume.

Big B in his Skeleton Monster Costume.

Nice Teeth!

I LOVE this one. Bumble Bee? Or Little L? Hard to say!

Big B? Or Batman??

All my Boys! Don't they look Great!?

Another Big Thank You to Auntie Teresa!! XOXOXOXOX