The Son is always shining, regardless of the weather

Our Late-Breaking News!

A little over two weeks ago (on Sunday 9-07-08), we came home to find the temperature very warm inside our home…our air conditioner had “frozen up”. I was so thankful Bc knew how to remedy this (two hair dryers melted away the ice that had formed on our system). I was very thankful to have an air conditioner that was still working, even if the humidity threw it off from time to time. That could have been a costly repair!

Then our ever-faithful washing machine started leaking on Thursday (9-11-08…right before we were having a house guest). I had mentioned earlier that day that I wanted to clean out the laundry room, and I did get the opportunity to do just that. Wet papers needed drying, and boatloads of clothes needed washing. I really could not get too upset as I was reminded of the damaging Hurricane Ike that was on it’s way, and entire houses that would be flooded. My complaint was nothing in comparison. I was so thankful Bc was willing to look at it and try to fix it. He has fixed our 15-year-old dryer numerous times. Well, with Bob (our neighbor) and the LORD, he was able to figure out the problem and fix it. It was a massive hairball that was causing the blockage in the pump, and the total damage was only $15.00 for the needed valves (what a heavy load off my mind). Bob and his wife were so kind to let us borrow their washer too (what a heavy load off my floor). Our warranty on our washer had expired, and this minor repair was an answer to our prayers!

“Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.”                   Psalm 55:22

Another loss came when my youngest son broke part of our vacuum cleaner on Friday (9-12-08). We have a very expensive vacuum cleaner because we were tired of buying vacuum cleaners every year. I don’t know why some of our children have discovered vacuum cleaners to be a favorite toy (Where do they pick up this stuff? Now I can’t pick up anything!) Bc gave this awesome vacuum to me as a gift when this child (Bradley) came into the world. So, naturally I was not very happy about this almost 6-year-old broken vacuum, because the seller said it was supposed to last a lifetime!. Well, I used electrical tape to perform a quick fix (house guest was coming), and it looked like I would just need to order one specific piece. Good, it could have been worse.

The next thing that broke was Bc’s tractor. It stopped working on 9-14-08, and was leaking oil. Bob (our retired neighbor/hired by us) has been helping on and off all week with that. He is very kind and very knowledgeable about such matters. Thankfully the part was only $30. Bc offered to cut his yard for free during the next months to show our gratitude.

Oh, when the washer had leaked in the laundry room, I didn’t realize it also leaked into the garage. I spent four hours cleaning up on 9-14-08. The LORD must be telling me to declutter, because I have really been forced to get rid of many things lately.

Well, I might as well include the kitchen sink! Our garbage disposal was leaking on Sunday (9-21-08). Under the sink needed some drying out, and cleaning up too. Bc had not been feeling well all week…(a cold), and I hesitated to even tell him about it. He had been working so hard lately…both at work and at home. Praise the LORD, bc was able to fix that leak too, without having to buy anything.

Yes, it has definitely been interesting…almost comical…to find so many things break in a short time period. But, it could have been worse! Let me share my final (only God knows) break scenario:

Bradley came running down the stairs on Friday afternoon yelling, “Momma, Benjamin broke something.”

My reply was “Oh no, what did he break?”

“One of the ten commandments….he said he was going to break his promise and get into my special drawer.”

My first thought was relief. Relief in that Benjamin was physically okay…no broken bones for that boy. Then relief in that he didn’t break a light or anything “breakable”. As I struggled to keep a straight face, I was reminded of the seriousness of the situation. I desired for my boys to have the desire to keep their word. We all need to do that. So, later on that evening, we curled up together on the couch and read some books together that I had promised to read with them!

“My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips.”                                              Psalm 89:34

These verses have been encouraging to me at this time:

Ecc 3:1  To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

Ecc 3:2  A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

Ecc 3:3  A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

Ecc 3:4  A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

Ecc 3:5  A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

Ecc 3:6  A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; (my work in the laundry room, garage, and under sink)

Ecc 3:7  A time to rend, and a time to sew (our sewing project); a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

Ecc 3:8  A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

2 Responses to “Our Late-Breaking News!”

  1. Jena Webber Says:

    Aaah now for that one thing that is good and broken: a broken and a contrite spirit.. which you already have.

    I enjoyed the Tim Hawkins stuff. Is the comedian the actual homeschool Dad or is it an actor? Is that his real family? What do you know about him?

  2. CC Says:

    Thank you for your kindness.

    Did you not just break out in laughter at Tim’s stuff?

    I believe the “geek” dad in the video is an actor, but Tim has many different faces. Let’s see, I do know that Tim was homeschooled and his four children are also homeschooled.

    We recently bought his DVD: “Full Range of Motion”, and we laughed till we were sore!

    On a serious note, please pray for his wife (and the entire family)…she is currently battling breast cancer.

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