Ok, so far it's fixed (temporarily) I paid them the money AGAIN and they 'will have accounting fix it'.
Grr. When pigs fly. But at least it's fixed for the moment. I just don't deal with stress well. And I had to drive 100 miles round trip to show them receipts of the amts paid all along and the woman at the office had the audacity to say, "Oh, it looks like there may have been a mistake in our accounting department." I think my biggest frustration is that it's one thing to deal with things like this when you are financially in a position to cope, but I know it's happening to other people too, and I know it isn't possible for *everyone* to just come up with several hundred dollars at the drop of a hat to buy time for the company in error to look through their books and fix things. Makes me angry that there really is no recourse for people without a savings account or enough save themselves from being taken advantage of. I feel lucky that we can, but what about people who just plain can't? Do they have to do without while a company takes however long to solve THEIR error?
Much anger at a broken system.
Anyway. I actually let the kids pick out really cruddy frozen dinner snacks for a treat and took them out to a park and when the boys fell asleep in the car, I parked in the shade near the river so DD and I could look for neat rocks while the boys napped, so we made a nice afternoon out of a stressful day.
I want my usual emotional resilience back.
Mummoth, I am amazed at your patience with the inlaws. It's amazing that you facilitate that relationship as well as you do, because it's something I would struggle with. As much as I am boggled that DD's father doesn't want to be involved with her, I also respect how much easier it makes our lives now. He had no living family, so I don't have to juggle nearly as much as you do in terms of keeping your family going.