The past 3 months in our house have been eventful, and not always in a good way. Here is a sampling of what has been happening …
- Our oven stopped working in January.
- My car got a flat tire in February.
- Two outside handles of my car broke.
- Third door of my car won’t open from the inside.
- Bed support gave way.
- Roof leak continued.
- Husband’s car began not running smoothly.
- Washing machine turned out to have a crack in the inlet valve.
- Our home remodel is progressing, but a slower than we thought. A few bumps have appeared, causing stress and worry.
All of these things have been trying to our patience, but none have been things that could not be overcome. I realize that these issues are also only problems because we view them as givens, as rights. It is assumed that every kitchen will have an oven, that everyone has a bed to sleep in and a roof to sleep under, and that we be able to turn on a machine to wash our clothes rather than do it by hand.
So, how have be dealt with these patience builders?
- The meal plan has been adjusted to use the stove top, the bread machine and the grill.
- The wheel was replaced after calling around for prices, rather than going with the place that is the closest tire store.
- The handle replacement were ordered online rather than through the dealership. This step alone saved over $50 each. They will be replaced by a local mechanic rather than the dealership also, again saving us money.
- The inside of the door will be looked at by a local mechanic, when he replaces the other handles.
- After finding a solution online, to replace our current bed support system, I stopped the furniture store in Small Town. They had the same thing only without a shipping charge.
- The roof leak was in a similar place as previous times, so I crawled up there and created a temporary catch basin. The contractor fixed the issue on the roof a few days later.
- Turns out my husband’s car needed a new wire that was associated with his spark plugs. We took it to our local mechanic, who had replaced the same thing not too long ago. It was still under warranty, so the part was covered.
- After talking online with our washing machine manufacturer, I found the part number. With this information, I was able to search several sites to compare prices. The price range was pretty great. Once the part was found, but before purchasing, I searched for installation instruction. What I found instead was an online video walking you step by step through the process. I ordered the part and, with Jack’s help, installed the piece. While it was easier than I thought it would be, there were a few points where I began questioning myself. (I had never done anything like this before.)
- We have taken the remodel bumps one at a time. It seems that we have a habit of worrying about them longer than it takes to actually deal with the issue. Ever do that? We have found that a deep breath and taking even a small step in working toward a solution usually results in less worry or even a solution to the problem.
When I get to a point of wanting to complain that “Everything is going wrong! Oh woe is me!!” I stop to remember that these are only problems because we are blessed to own these things in the first place.
- We are also blessed to have found a local mechanic who sometimes even makes house calls or drops our vehicles back off at our house. Even if we have to drop off or pick up vehicles, this mechanic is only 10 minutes from our house, rather than 30-40 in Big Town.
- We are blessed to have a high mileage vehicle that still runs with extremely minimal maintenance needs.
- We are blessed to have saved up money to be able to do the remodel on the house without having to borrow the money.
- We are blessed to be able to have a choice of foods, so that we are not restricted by not having an oven. And once we do have an oven…
- We are blessed to be able to have a choice of foods that allow for fresh baked breads, pizza, and various meat dishes.
- We are blessed to have the space and finances to own our very own “maid” to clean our clothes for us, instead of having to heat water and wash them by hand in a bucket.
Behind each of these blessing are many more. Things like:
- Blessed for my husband to have a job.
- Blessed to have grocery stores near us.
- Blessed to be able to price compare, instead of either having only one choice or having to call around.
- Blessed to have a phone readily available at a very affordable monthly rate.
I could go on and on, but by this point I think you understand what I am getting at. When I am starting to feel like it is all falling apart, I try to stop and remember all the things that we have to be thankful for. Not only do I try to remember them, but I also fill my prayers with Thanks for all that He has given us.