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Friday, April 30, 2010

The Car

I believe it's Murphy's Law that says "anything that can go wrong, will" well it's especially true when dealing with 14 year old cars. Hubby took our 1996 Pontiac to the mechanic yesterday to have an oil and coolant leak repaired. We were given a cost estimate and told that if the car was there by 8 am it would be ready by 2pm. I'm sure you know where this is going...

First the car wasn't ready at 2, and then at 3 we get a call that the car needs another part and so the cost goes up and we are told that the car should be ready by closing time at 6pm. Nope, wasn't ready at 6.

This meant that I had to miss little Boy's baby signs class (and this week was one he would surely enjoy), I was unable to go to the grocery store last night as well, so dinner plans had to be changed. This morning I was supposed to take little Boy to the pediatrician which also had to be cancelled. I am thankful that hubby was able to get a ride to work with co-workers otherwise it would have been a very LONG bus ride to get somewhere that only takes about 20 minutes by car.

Hubby is now at work and I get another call from the mechanic, and you guessed it another part is now needed, this one even more expensive than the last one. Thankfully there is money in the bank to cover it, but I don't think we can afford any more additions to the original estimate. Mr. Mechanic tells me the car should be done by 5pm and ready for pick up today, I guess we'll see what happens there.

At this point I'm just hoping to get the car back in time for Church Sunday, and that it will be driveable! This is one reason I much prefer to do my own mechanical work, but without having the proper tools, and a safe place to work on it I have to settle for paying an arm and a leg for someone else to do the work. When I fianlly get my dream home it will have a garage large enough for working on my vehicles, and I will have the tools to do it!

Birbitt thinks that Mr. Murphy should have kept his law to himself!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Changes are all around!

Things have not gone according to plan lately, and it seemed that nothing was going just right around here. There have been some issues with my oldest and his school this year, making me question if I really made the right choice to send him out to school this year. As the year went on things just got worse, Hubby and I have tried time after time to work things out with the teacher and finally hubby just decided enough was enough and it was time to take him out of school.

Well, it seems the school wasn't the only part of our church having "issues", the same time we pulled our boy from school we also made the difficult decision to leave the church. It was hard to walk away from our church, as we had many emotional ties there, as well as several friends. For the most part I've maintained contact with the friends, but sometimes part of me really wants to go back there it's the emotional side of me of course because the logical side of me says "your family needs more than they have to offer, and your family needs to be nurtured with the word of God" and eventually I come to my senses and realize that it's all for the best and that we are following God's will for our lives.

As we were debating if we should leave the church or not I was speaking with a very wise friend of mine, someone I would trust with my innermost thoughts and feelings, and she said to me "Sometimes when we are too comfortable in a place the Lord will have to make things uncomfortable to get our attention and to get us to do as he is directing". Thank you, good friend I needed that kick in the pants! As we began the church search I was getting discouraged that we would never find a church! It seemed everywhere we went the people were wonderful, but there weren't many children's programs and being a young family with young children that's something that is important for our children's spiritual growth.

Out of the blue this week someone from the old church came by to visit, and she invited us to go to church with her at a church she was going to try out. Hubby and I talked about it and decided to go on Wednesday night, and then we'd go again on Sunday with our friend. I enjoyed that Wednesday night service and the children even had a class to go to, we all left the service feeling like we had really been in God's House and that we had just spent the evening with believers! Sunday morning I attended with the children, while hubby was at work. The children had their Sunday School classes, and Junior Church classes while I attended a Couples class for Sunday School and went to the main service where Children were welcomed if they didn't wish to attend the Children's service. Again I left feeling comforted and blessed by the Word.

We are still much in prayer about this, but I feel that the Lord may be calling us to this church, we'll give it a few more weeks before we decide and maybe visit another church or three...but I and the Children are hoping to be called to this church as it seems to be just what we need.

Along with the change of churches I am still dealing with the change of being back to homeschooling my son. I ordered curriculum that I felt would best address the needs of my family and so far (after looking through to books and fleshing out some basic plans for the year) it seems that it will work nicely.

we are still trying to adjust to having a now mobile baby, and I am still finding areas that need to be "baby-proofed", and I am wishing there was a way to keep the baby from mouthing dog food and playing in the water bowl! Oh well, if that's the worst thing that ever goes in his mouth I guess I'm doing pretty good he is a boy after all.

Change is almost always a scary thing because it takes us from our comfort zone, and for now I can honestly say I'm a bit unnerved at the whole process. I have faith however that my Lord will not lead me astray and that at the end of the road our family will be better off than ever before!

Birbitt thinks that while change is unsettling, and somtimes a bit frightening, these changes will work out for the better, and we'll be thankful for them. Lord be with us, and lead us as we walk the tightrope of change, and the Glory and Praise be yours and yours alone!

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