Then in the beginning of March, Mike got sick. He fought for his life for nearly 6 weeks on life support. He is so strong! During that time, I spent every single day with him at the hospital. I needed to be there to make decisions about his health as things were getting worse so quickly. I was so scared I would lose my husband. I had no idea if Ryan would ever see his daddy again or if Scarlett would ever get to meet him.
While spending so much time with Mike at the hospital(s), I couldn't be at the bar. Our employees stepped up and did absolutely everything they could to run and protect our bar. I just couldn't be there enough, we closed for several days a week.
Then.......this miracle, this god send walked into our lives. He said: "I want to help!" His attorney drew up a legal contract and it was reviewed by our attorney and signed by all parties. What a relief! This angel was going to take care of our bar until Mike and I could get back to it. Scarlett was born and Mike was starting to get better. We see the light at the end of the tunnel. Our bar was under complete control of this god send. At first it seemed great, then we start noticing several discrepancies in his actions. We got several complaints from customers and vendors on how poorly and downright abusive he was toward them. We were so confused and hurt. Mike got home and we had an amazing benefit with so many wonderful supporters. A few weeks later, we went to the bar. We noticed many many things missing and our regulars would no longer step foot in our bar. We were also notified that our business bank account had been drained. When that discovery was made, this angel up and quit (in violation of our contract.) "His personal divorce was just too much." We were left a business that was broken and destroyed. We did what we could to try and repair it, but with Mike not being able to work and no money left, we decided to close instead of put ourselves in more debt.
We ended up moving into Mike's parents basement. I had started school in August and Mike couldn't drive. We needed the help from his parents. We are grateful that we had a place for our family of four to go, but it was so difficult. It just wasn't working anymore. We had to get out.
We moved out 8 days before Christmas. We have our own place and are now able to start the recovery and repair of our family.
This has by far been the most difficult and painful year of my life. We have had a few blessings in 2014 and that's what keeps us going when we want to so badly give up. We have lots of hurdles and fears to get through in the future but, 2015 couldn't come at a better time! Here's to a great year full of change, adventure and family.
-Mrs. Cheek Moore