The first thing I have to say is thank you. You all made it overwhelmingly obvious that you value what I do here and don’t want it to stop. I mean, I knew you valued it already, but I just didn’t really understand to what extent. I am gobsmacked at your response. I was truly not expecting so many kind messages of support. You bought and are still buying so many t-shirts as well, and it’s amazing to me that people all over the world will be wearing shirts I designed. I can’t really put into words how loved I feel. Really. I am still in awe.
Yesterday, Godless Dad attended a court-scheduled appointment with regards to our child support case and it went as we suspected. We are no closer to coming to an agreement and it looks like the other side is digging their heels in for the long haul. That means tons more paperwork for us coming up, and, as I have come to know very well, every page of it will cost us money to file. Just applying to attend the meeting yesterday by phone cost us $80. It’s ridiculous.
The amount of time and money that is being poured into fighting this case is absurd. Having spoken to others who’ve gone through what we are, I know this process has cost people their jobs and I’m pretty terrified that the time we have to spend on this will have a negative effect on Godless Dad’s job performance. It’s strange to think though, that if this process does cost him his job, then we will not have to pay near as much in child support. Seems almost counterintuitive for the other side to be pressing so hard. Oh well, we can’t all be geniuses, can we?
I am scared, I’m not going to lie. I don’t know how this is going to turn out, or how long this is going to go on. It’s stressing us both out beyond what I can describe.
However, with all of that said, what you have done is immeasurable. I don’t really know how to fully explain what you’ve done. I was so afraid I would have to leave Godless Mom behind. You have made that utterly impossible. You’ve said so fucking loudly that you don’t want that to happen. You’ve managed to raise enough money (over a thousand USD!) with donations and t-shirt sales to make me obliged to stick around for you, and that makes me so fucking happy. I love owing you that. I fucking love it. I love this.
I clearly have no choice but to keep this sustainable and I am busting my ass to come up with a plan for that. In the near future, I am hoping to launch some new projects alongside some of my favourite people in the online atheist community, so keep an eye out for that. I am also open to any of your ideas you might have. What do you want me to do? You’ve more than earned your right to have a say, so tell me. Let me know in the comments or email me at email@example.com
In the meantime, you can continue to support by:
From this point on, however, I can assure you, I am going nowhere. You clearly won’t let that happen, and I am here for the long haul. I don’t know how to thank you guys, other than to work my ass off for you. So, tell me what you want me to do, and I’ll see if I can make it possible.
Thank you. Thank you so much. You have no idea what you have done. Through this awful court process that has us stressed beyond measure, you have been the light at the end of the tunnel. You have been the positive. You have been our reason to smile and feel good and relax a little bit. I can’t express in words what I feel about all of you. I’m shaking my head as I write this. I cried when I explained to my mom what you’ve all done. I feel so loved and I hope you know how much I love you back.
You are amazing people and I can’t imagine not working for you, ever. Thank you.