I’m finding it hard to believe that it’s been more than two months since I last posted. The time has flown by in a flurry of treading to keep our heads above water. I would love to tell you that we’ve just been busy having fun; while there have certainly been some celebrations around here, most of what has kept us busy is brokenness. We have handled most of our trials with laughter, but we’ve also had our moments.
We are on our 4th washing machine, 3rd sump pump and 2nd dryer since my last post. Those replacements came with all of the expected drama; I can tell tales of a flooding basement the day of a 4th birthday party that ended with a tornado warning and guests in our recently drained mess. I could relay to you all the details of acquiring 3 more washing machines and doing laundry with 3 broken ones still in the basement. I could even tell you all about moving all the extras out of the basement, but I’ll spare you the play by play and opt for a synopsis. Hubby has also fixed the plug on the vacuum. Twice. The A/C compressor in his car had to be replaced, and before we could manage that repair the A/C in the house blew a capacitor. The Le Creuset utensil jar in the kitchen mysteriously broke. The valve for the water and ice on the fridge went out and started leaking. We hadn’t even replaced that when the valve on the dishwasher died. The replacement valve on our dishwasher was only used 4 times before the motor went out too. The lamp behind the couch died completely and had to be replaced. We have broken and repaired or replaced or done without more things than I thought possible in the last several weeks, and I am certain that I have forgotten to tell of some things. When he came to look at our dishwasher the second time our repair guy said, “I hope it’s not the motor. If it’s the motor, you guys are having a epically bad year for appliances.” I replied, “We are already having an epically bad year for appliances.” without missing a beat.
At times I was laying hand washed meals worth of dishes on line dried towels or washing the boys extra undies by hand to get us by while I futzed with a washing machine that only worked when it wanted too. I feel like I should apologize for my unexpected hiatus. I feel like I should have managed to get into this space before now and share something. Anything. (Especially the items I owe like a book review…) But I just haven’t been able to make it happen. Between the extra time it takes to do things by hand, the time spent shopping and repairing and waiting for repairs, the teething (Oh, the teething!!!! The bambino just about has a mouth full!), the longer daylight keeping bigger boys up later at times, the baseball games, and the work on large projects there just wasn’t a way to get here to this blog that is so very important to me.
I have so much to share though! We had a (albeit a bit soggy) 4th birthday to celebrate, a 14th anniversary to revel about, and many good spring and summer times involving things like parks, pools and fireflies. We’ve been up to our usual growing, tending, creating, and loving around here, and I have the photos to prove (most of) it. I also have a review for you of Anni Daulter’s “Naturally Fun Parties for Kids”; I can’t wait to tell you how very cool her latest book is. Her contributor on this one is the amazing Heather Fontenot. I’d love to start telling you how wonderful the book is now, but I’ll save it for later next week.
I spent an hour a week ago writing this post only to have it disappear into the ethos of the net as soon as I hit post. I had planned to make an analogy and tie all the broken stuff in our lives to our faith. I had wanted to express that God lets us be broken too in an effort to build us up again stronger and more glorious (for Him, of course) than before. Even in the midst of our toughest days I recall how He has not only brought us through the tough stuff, but brought good and beauty out of it. He will bring glory from all of this too. It’s an amazing thing He does for us, and yet while He it is for us, He shines all the brighter. We are flourishing in this respect around here. I might be short on time, but I am blessed beyond measure and overflowing with a love I cannot understand.
My posts will be less frequent for a bit here. I still have some serious projects begging my attention for a bit yet, but I will get here a couple of times a week in the future. Well, unless something else breaks (my money is on the water heater next… ). There’s more excitement coming up, and I can’t wait until I can share all of it with you too!