LIMA — It’s been two years since Elisha moved back to Lima.
South Carolina had promised a new start — a new support system, place to stay and changed opportunities — but when the promise failed to materialize, a friend made the more than nine-hour-drive to bring her back.
Two years later, she’s still working to build her life a solid foundation, and with Christmas on the way, she has one wish for the holiday season.
“Just to make the kids happy,” Elisha said while her 8-month-old son wriggled in her arms. “As long as they’re happy I’m good, so I’m looking forward to that.”
Elisha is currently staying with her grandparents as she attends classes to earn her STNA license, but while her life is on better track than what it was a year ago, there’s still a lot of ground to cover. Between finding reliable child care, she still needs to find her own place, which is in the works for next year. Health problems have also cramped progress. A rough pregnancy and hernia surgery this past summer put the brakes on keeping a reliable income, and she’s relied on family to get through as she worked through recovery and the post-pregnancy depression.
“It’s just been hard trying to get somebody to watch my kids so I could do what I need to do,” Elisha said.
Now, she’s looking to provide a solid Christmas for her three children on a limited budget. The two older children could use a few toys — the 9-year-old girl likes dolls and the 7-year-old boy is into video games (PS4) — as well as clothes as they get bigger.
Her 8-month-old Amond currently wears 6-to-9 month clothes. The 7-year-old boy wears size 8, and the 9-year-old girl wears 14/16.
Amond is also currently teething, so baby toys that can help him through the process would also help.
“I hope we own our own house. I’ve been working to try to get my credit up. So hopefully, we could get our own place, a new car, and then it’d be so much easier,” Elisha said.
Reach Josh Ellerbrock at 567-242-0398.