Bad Economy or Good Friends?
It was April 15, 2010 and my job was gone. It took us months to realize our dream, or was it a dream? We don't feel that way. We believe that Jesus’ hand was involved and that He has shown us good friends rather than a bad economy. Our friends came around us and supported our business by buying toffee, giving monetarily, or praying for us. We've been blessed by the calls, emails, and those that have come out to help us cook or package treats. So, here we are on April 15, 2011 and the economy is still bad, but with Jesus leading and good friends, things look better.
As we continue this journey, please keep in mind that we are Ernie & Pam who do occasionally miss things we need to do. Continue to pray, support, and (most of all) keep eating the treats!
If you have a moment - please write a testimonial about the treats you bought.
How did we come to be Mamie's Toffee & Treats?
The letter below is what all our family and friends received:
Family & Friends,
We hope the beginning of this holiday season finds you in good spirits and good health! As you may or may not know, we have had a rough year with lots of ups and downs, but we are not going to let it get the best of us! (If you want the sordid details, they are at the end of this email.) We thank all our friends & family for all the good wishes, prayers, help with the kids and cars throughout the year. It means more to us than you can ever know. However, we have come to a fork in the road financially and as many other Americans have done, we have come up with what we think is a very creative (and yummy) solution!
We are embarking on a new venture to sell a traditional homemade treat that many of you have tasted from my kitchen before. English Toffee? If we can sell enough in the next few weeks we will be able to raise enough money to begin the mortgage modification process on our home and hopefully be able to avoid a foreclosure as so many others have faced. This is where you come in. HOW, you may ask? There are three simple things you can do to help make our dream a reality.
1. Buy Toffee? If you feel so moved and you are willing to help us please follow the link or email at the end of this letter where you can purchase my soon to be famous Mamie?s Toffee.
2 Share? We realize that many of you are in similar situations to ourselves and might not be able to purchase toffee from our store. Please share the link to our store and our story with your family, friends and co-workers. List it on Facebook, tweet it out, or forward this email to everyone in your address book.
3. Pray? Pray that if it is God?s will for us to stay in our home and our children to remain in their schools that He will make a way for us and soften the hearts of those at the mortgage company who seem so willing to move us out.
I am confident that no matter what the outcome God will continue to bless us wherever we are. Thank you to all of you for your continued support and prayers. And a special thank you to the Knights of Columbus of Oswego, IL for letting us use their kitchen and keep the health department happy.
We hope everyone has a very ?sweet? holiday season!!
All Our Best,
Pam and Ernie Bolen
[email protected] for local delivery.
The sordid details: What a year I never thought I would have! My dear husband Ernie lost his job in April of this year. In May, Josh was hospitalized with severe depression for the second time stemming back to some severe bulling at the hands of his peers. Then in June, I was in a very bad car accident that left us with only one set of wheels to transport a family of 4 to work, interviews, and the rest of our life events. We thought we were fortunate to be able to purchase a new used vehicle in July, however shortly after it came to rest in our driveway it quickly required more repairs than we were prepared to deal with. The bank is eying our home for its next foreclosure and we are trying to prevent that from happening.?