Were there times when Jose was unable to find work in the land of Egypt? How did Maria manage the household expenses in times of need? Today I’d like to share the story of a woman whose faith in the face of adversity is truly inspiring.
My name is Eva. I am from St. Louis, Missouri. My husband and I met when I was working at Walmart while in college. He was working on the cleaning crew there. My husband was deported in 2003 and we now live in Villahermosa, Tabasco with our four children.
Personally, I would say that I have changed for the better in many ways since moving to Mexico. I have learned to be happy with the bare minimum, to not be materialistic, to recycle and reuse. I have learned to repair everything until it just can not be repaired any longer. I have also mastered the skill of reinvention. I feel that I have grown as a person and that I continue to grow, every single day. There are still so many skills I have to master. I try to learn something new every day. I am a work in progress.
My relationship with my husband has not really changed since moving to Mexico. Every marriage has its challenges. That is just part of being married. It’s how you face those challenges that makes the difference.However, establishing a relationship with my in-laws in Mexico was hard, very hard. It got to the point that I just stopped trying and distanced myself and my children from them. My mother-in-law and father-in-law come to see them when they want to. We rarely go to their home.
My life has always been a challenge. I grew up without a family and lived in many different foster homes. I had 2 premature babies. We almost lost the first one 4 times in his first year of life. I have an autistic child. I moved to a completely different country. My sister-in-law poisoned one of my children. These days I don’t know if the rent will be paid or if food will be provided. Right now we are facing the loss of my husband’s job. He hasn’t been able to find one that can financially support our family of 6. We have been living on faith alone the last 8 months. God has the glory because he has never left or forsaken us. We have a roof over our heads and, at least, beans on our table. We are healthy and have each other so we can not complain. Life is always about ups and downs. I guess you could say my life is interesting. My faith in God and my love for my family keep me going. I am determined to persevere even in the most challenging of situations. I try not to look back. The past is the past for a reason. I believe the future has a better horizon.
I spend my free time with my children, enjoying life, even if it is just a stroll in the park. Right now we are, unfortunately, at the hands of mercy due to my husband losing his job, but God is good and He always makes a way. Our current family goals include work for my husband in order to become financially stable so my children can get a good education and we can buy a home for them so they have somewhere to call home without being afraid someone is going to make them homeless.
I have four boys. Two were very small when we moved here and I was pregnant with my third at the time. Mexico is really all they have ever known. My children do have needs that have been difficult to meet right now due to my husband not working, especially for school. It has been difficult. At times, it feels impossible. I overcome my fear with the help of God and through prayer. I face it head on. Faith has always been a big part of my life. I have always believed in God. He is my rock. When times have gotten hard and I feel I can not go on any longer, God always pulls me through. My rock and my fortress. My children, my faith, and my family give meaning to my life. I would not change anything if I had it all to do over again. Everything happens for a reason.
I don’t have a GoFundMe page because we have tried to do that once and well, no one helped, so we have been going at it alone and letting God help us get through this.
“She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all. Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.” (Proverbs 31:27-30)