Friday, February 15, 2008

Whoo Doggie...

...what a day.

Now, I completely understand that JUST THIS MORNING I was lamenting my so-called "poverty" of spirit and how I longed to be dependent on God. You know, in the tough times.

Be careful what you wish for my internet friends. It's like prayin' for patience... there are just some things you don't do. Well, add talking about being spiritually dehydrated to the list. Cause I've been filled up. But, I sho' had a rough time gettin to that point today. One has to stop blubbering long enough to fully appreciate any spiritual growth taking place.

This is where I would normally preface a story with "I know there are people much worse off than me..." You know the drill. Well, I apparently forgot about that in the midst of today's happenings.

Without rehashing EVERY SINGLE DETAIL, suffice it to say there was some stress goin on. We were leaving for Nashville at 3:00pm. Today was my hub's last day at his current job and he had to turn in his company truck...so, for a week and half we are a one-car family. No problem. The plan was for me to pick hubs up at 3pm with the truck packed (I drive an SUV) and we'd hit the road.

Best laid plans, you know.

We've had painters in house for 3 days getting the inside spruced up to put on the market and the bill was coming to just under $2K. That's mighty pricy but fair for all the work they were doing. But, after having just adopted a child, anything over $29.99 is a stretch. They were due to be finished at 2pm and I was out running errands-- including an oil change cause I'd had a little leakage.

Fast forward to 2pm. It's my youngest child's feeding time and I have no extra bottle. I'm sitting in the waiting room of the mechanic and Baby J. decides (with his usual shriek) that is TIME TO FEED HIM NOWWWWWWWWWWWW. The mechanic walks out and breaks the news to me: I need a new engine...or a rebuild. Words like head gasket, oil pan, blown something-or-other... and then--the kicker-- $5000. Five THOUSAND? As in three ZEROS?

Baby is screaming, D. is asking when we can go home, painters are at my house waiting on THEIR money and the mechanic says I should not drive my car. Hubs has no car. My head is throbbing. We're supposed to be on the road to Nashville to look for housing since K. starts his job a week from Monday. My head started reeling and I asked for my keys and swore I would only be driving home--only a mile away.

Fast forward again...I'm sitting in a hotel in Nashville typing this. All my guys are asleep in the bedroom and I have just finished a long, hot shower and am comfy in my pj's. How did we get here? Well, I have an optimistic hubby who refuses to freak out. He calmly called for a rental car and came home saying that we will find the money somehow. This rental will get us through this next week and we will just DEPEND ON GOD for the rest.

I have a lot to be thankful for this evening. I'm thankful for a husband whose calm, even-keeled nature balances me beautifully. I'm thankful for two boys who slept the whole way here and are now sound asleep again. I'm thankful that we made it here safely and are now ready to explore this soon-to-be new town of ours. But, most of all, I'm thankful for my God...a God who hasn't given up on me and has blessed us with resources when we need them...far beyond what we deserve.

Goodnight, y'all. Here's hoping tomorrow will be a tad less eventful!

12 comments:

Megan (FriedOkra) said...

ARGH. And all that in North Atlanta traffic, too. What fun! I hope your day today is exciting and full of pleasant surprises as you discover your new area. And I hope the househunting is successful!

Amber said...

My husband is always brings me back to reality when I freak out about money. God has never let us down once (of course, so why do I question it?)! You will love that area you are moving to! My sister, mom and I actually plan shopping trips there, specifically in Franklin. It is a beautiful area!

Cindy said...

Ugh. I hate cars. Be sure you get a second opinion on that car, unless you 100% trust that mechanic. Your man is right... it will all work out. It always does. I'm sorry for the stress. Can't wait to hear what you think about Nashville!

Lori - Queen of Dirty Laundry said...

Praise God for peace, huh? Peace in the midst of difficult circumstances is the most wonderful feeling in the world!

I'll pray for you guys!

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry for the stressful day! Hopefully today is better and you can find a house to work perfectly for you guys! My mom lives in Fieldstone Farms in Franklin. It's a huge neighborhood, with it's own elementary school - just for the kids that live there. It's a lot like all the cluster homes they're building here....it's on Hillsboro Rd in Franklin just off Mack Hatcher if you're in that neck of the woods. There's lots of GREAT stuff in Franklin and Brentwood! Good luck!

Anonymous said...

Oops - that was from me, Shannon P....of course. :-)

reprehriestless warillever said...

God bless!

That sure is a lot of stress, but it will all work out.

Anonymous said...

Man I love you guys! You are such a great team!
Hope you thoroughly enjoy your time together and I'm sorry about that rough day!
c

Jeanette said...

Sorry to hear that you are having a rough time. Keep the faith, and you will get through it. It's nice to have someone who can be calm when we are stressing, you are truely blessed to have a hubby like that.
You will love Nashville, it is a great place. You will be about an hours drive from me here in Bowling Green, Ky. We visit Nashville sometimes and that is where we plan on spending the night after our wedding, since we will be flying out of Nashville airport.
Happy house hunting.

Missy @ It's Almost Naptime said...

Oh oh oh oh oh.

Oh. I need to go take a Prozac just from reading this post.

Instead, I am going to pray for you right now.

Dear Sovereign God who is totally in control of everything - please knock Kate's socks off with how you work this mess out. Amen.


xoxo
Missy

AnnMarie said...

whenever we go through times like those my husband always asks if i prayed for patience. our God is an awesome and all knowing God but it's tough when we don't know what direction to go.

best of luck in the house hunt :)

AnnMarie said...

whenever we go through times like those my husband always asks if i prayed for patience. our God is an awesome and all knowing God but it's tough when we don't know what direction to go.

best of luck in the house hunt :)