In the beginning, JD adamantly only wanted two children. I thought that four would be perfect. Once we caught God's vision of putting orphans into families, our plan was multiplied by God. We are currently blessed with 12 children; five biological, six adopted and one more waiting in Ethiopia. Our first adoption was from the U.S., the next three were from Liberia, West Africa, and our last two were from Ethiopia. We are supporting our 12th child in Ethiopia after her adoption could not pass court.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Landlord Woes

My daughter, Alei, said to me a few months ago, "you know how in the movies, the mean land-lords throw the poor people out of the houses; it's sure not like that here." It's so true. Our night-mare renters moved in last June. It was the only time they have paid their rent in full and on time. Since then, in spite of two incomes, they have purchased vehicles, financed an elaborate Christmas and repeatedly eaten out - but they don't pay rent! We formally evicted him in court several months ago, but allowed them to stay on the agreement that they pay a certain amount every other Friday. Not once have they followed through. We continued to allow them to stay based on the promise that they would sell a vehicle that was given to them by family to use for back rent and that they would give us their income tax. They have ignored the deadline for both of those for two full weeks.

They refuse to answer the phone if we call; they generally ignore text messages as well. They told JD off in a text a few days ago because his text arrived while they were out to dinner! In the "tell off" he also stated that he wasn't "ready" to give us the car or tax money. So, we had no choice but to file the 72 hour notice to vacate the premise. Amazingly, they are now calling and texting asking for more time. It's crazy, wouldn't you think that if you choose to not pay your rent and break all your promises and had already been formally evicted, you would at least start packing?

I could go on and on about the lies, etc, but this is the nuts and bolts. I am FLOORED that there are 40 year old men roaming the earth with such lack of character. It motivates me all the more to instill honesty and integrity into my children!

So, now we have a house to clean; I've been kind of wishing that we sold it a few years ago when the market was good!

1 comment:

  1. We've considered renting this house and buying something a little bigger. We've thought about renting because we assume it will be tough to sell it in this market. However, your story helps us reconsider and just make do with our cramped quarters for a few more years and see what life brings.