I am raising 3 of my grandchildren. March is our 5 year anniversary. To say there have been struggles may be a bit of an understatement. When your grandchildren are born they steal your heart right away. You assume that you are going to be able to spoil them rotten. Spend weekends getting and giving lots of love and hugs. You imagine that you are going to be there for every first. First birthdays, first Christmas, first day of kindergarten, etc.. If they move away, you are going to save vacation days to visit with them because you don’t want to miss a thing. This is how it all started with my grandchildren and it was wonderful! After all the years of the struggle of raising my own children, I finally had time to myself. (my husband passed away a year and a half after our first grandchild was born) This all changed for me 5 years ago when I found out my grandchildren were being neglected and taken into state custody. I did not hesitate for a moment when asked if I would take them. I could not picture my them going into foster care. It has been a struggle but we are making it even with 2 of the children having special needs. The budget is tight needless to say but we have always managed to throw some fun in once in a while. Until last July when I fell ill and have been basically house bound. A part of me feels like the children are paying a piece for my illness as I have been unable to do anything with them since being out on disability from my job. There are simply no finances even for the small things like pizza and movie night. The kids have not been to any of the theme parks since moving here in Sept 2010 to be closer to family. Being able to get away to be kids again, enjoy themselves and have an adventure would mean the world to all 4 of us.