This Navy Wife is Stretched Thin With Six Kids at Home
Navy wife Miranda Ray is no stranger to handling the home front with three kids when husband Kevin goes out to sea.
Kevin says, "I have a lot of respect and a lot of confidence in my wife. She has had to go through a lot when I've been gone."
Miranda runs a tight ship so Kevin can focus on his job on board the USS Whidbey Island and not worry about home.
Miranda says, "I think we work well as a team. So he knows what my strengths and weaknesses are. So before he leaves for a deployment, we strategize and figure out what he can do to make things easier on this end of things."
But the challenges at home got harder when the couple decided to take in three foster girls who needed a loving home immediately and had nothing more than the clothes on their backs. The Rays knew having six kids would be tough on Kevin's single salary.
"Our kids were going to have to make sacrifices, we were going to make sacrifices, but we were prepared to make those sacrifices. If we had use credit cards or whatever else, we were willing to do so to make sure these kids were in a better place."
The Rays didn't have to struggle as much as they thought. Their church, Great Bridge Baptist, collected clothes and diapers and other items to outfit their home for the three sisters. But a crucial need was three toddler beds, so CBN's new outreach Helping the Homefront teamed up with Great Bridge Baptist to buy the beds.
"I really appreciate the donations from CBN and Great Bridge. Three toddler beds doesn't seem like a huge financial burden to one person, but when you add all the other things that these children need, that takes a level of stress off of us that we don't have to worry about any more."
But CBN's Helping the Homefront wanted to reduce their financial burden even more. So Pastor Jesse Stalnacker surprised the couple with gift cards to the commissary and exchange.
Jesse says, "Both cards have $1,000 on each of them. That is what both of you have been all about, is putting the kids needs before yours."
Miranda says, "The gift cards that you have just given us is amazing, and it takes the stress off of us. A financial burden that we would have to bear."
Now, instead of worrying about finances, the Rays can focus on family.
Kevin says, "I cannot tell you how appreciative of this we are. It's just one less stress factor in our life."
Miranda adds, "We really appreciate what you guys are doing for us and the children."
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