It's Still a Wonderful Life
It’s a Wonderful Life has always been THE Christmas favorite at our house. This year, even more.
As you may know, my husband Tim worked at, then bought and ran Janesville Rental. His only job since he was 17 years old! After three years of putting all of our savings, except our home, into keeping the business, with hopes of an upturn in the economy, we had no more to give and closed the business in September.
The outpouring of support, concern and help from our community and our family has been overwhelming. Tim was offered two jobs before we even closed. Family helped us with a vehicle to use and amazing love & support. People were concerned that Tim’s health was bad, it’s not unless you count stress. And those who are making assumptions about our marriage, sorry he’s still all mine!
The closing of the business has required we file for a personal bankruptcy so that we have the opportunity to keep our home. It is embarrassing, humiliating, and painful to do so. It goes against our desire to fulfil responsibilities and do the right thing. Certainly not something we EVER thought we’d face.
So why share this? Because you’ll all know all of this soon enough anyway - bankruptcy is public record. And because, as you may have noticed, I’m an over-sharer.
This year, more than ever, we are celebrating family, friends, and love. As we celebrate the birth of Christ we celebrate the end of the story, the story of forgiveness and love. Merry Christmas from our house to yours!
Becky Weber-Johnson lives in Janesville with her husband, Tim, and without their children who are away at college. She is an account executive at WCLO/WJVL and is the Saturday morning host on WCLO. She volunteers at her church, with the Optimist club and SpotLight On Kids. Becky is a community blogger and her opinion is not necessarily that of the The Gazette staff or management.