We've been spending a bit more than we should, and a car and a tooth misbehaved, but after Grump cashed in some savings it appeared we were FINALLY getting our debt under control. Then just this past weekend, while we were in Jacksonville visiting Grandma and Grandpa, we got a fateful text. Sweetie's sister in the Philippines needs to go to the hospital for some expensive surgery, again.
The only silver lining in this cloud is that medical costs in the Philippines are much less expensive than here in the American Empire. We estimate our total costs will be less than $2,000.00. We already sent $1,500.00 tonight, wired over via Western Union.
So what are we to do about this? Grump considers the sister a "financial black hole", but even he is not heartless enough not to help her.
I suppose the only humane response to this is to put aside the financial concerns for the moment, and just thank God that we have the savings to be able to help her. The fact that we seem to pay out thousands of dollars in medical costs for her every other year is a bit irritating; the fact that we are still stuck paying off some of her STUPID husband's debts is extremely irritating. (Only $1,000.00 left on that mess, thank God!) I wish she could somehow get her life together and stop being such a problem, but honestly I'm not sure she ever will. And despite Grump's bitching, we will help her.
Maybe someday Grump will finally learn that it is not his money that he is saving, but rather God's money that has been entrusted to him, and that it is truly a BLESSING to be able to help others?
If you're the praying type, (and if you're not, WHY THE HELL NOT?), please pray for us, particularly Sweetie's sister, that her physical (and financial) problems heal, and that Grump changes his attitude, and realizes what a gifted position in life he has.