Unlike other sites such as this one, there are certain things our family did not do. We did not get into credit card debt, we did not overspend, and we did not live above our means.
What we did do:
Our son was born in March of 2001. My husband had a very good job at the time. After our son was born we were going to add an addition. When our son was six months old my husband lost his job in the recession of 2001. There went our plans for our addition.
Of course he tried to find employment, but with the medical issues that our children have, a few years went by without fulltime employment. In the meantime, he did odd computer jobs to help us pay our bills, he was successful enough to overcome that tribulation.
Now, years later we are still struggling to overcome our personal trials and tribulations. No matter what sacrifices we have to make as husband and wife, we will still care for our kids and do the best we can.