There are these infuriating moments in everyones' life that seem as though if everything could go wrong it would- and all at once too. Usually, if all goes as it should, at the end of things the person is made stronger for it. Or so I have been telling myself.
That has been my month of November- December.
It has been nothing earth shattering or life altering...just many things all going wrong at once.
My dryer has not been able to work since spring- which was of little consequence in the summer but now requires curtain rods to be set up between chairs in the school room to hold the gazillion socks that get wet and replaced after snow playing each day and undies hanging all in a row on the curtain rods above windows in the laundry room and clothes hanging from every spare nail down cellar, requiring you to stealthily slump and spin between them to add wood to the woodstove every few hours.
|The pile of eggs we use at breakfast time- it's ridiculous.|
Then about a month and a half ago, my oven stopped working entirely. It miraculously revived just long enough on Adele's birthday to bake a cake for her and then it went back to its silent, black, gasless coma. A birthday miracle, of sorts.
For several weeks now our computer has been whacked out and shuts down/freezes up very often when I get on it. It works when I finally get Matt to check it out and then it throws a little fit as soon as he heads off to work. Thus, no computer for me either. (Hence, the lack of blogging.)
And then, two days ago the dishwasher quit working too. It was at this point that my eyes began to glaze over and my neck began to twitch.
All of these things still sit, unrepaired, because the extra money that we have had access to was put toward something different. (Before, of course, we knew that it would come in handy again...and again...and again.) This 'something different' is something I would have shared with you by now (because it is very exciting!) had my computer not been being so mean to me. I will, though, and soon! (Because it is very exciting!)
Being out of all these conveniences all at once is pretty overwhelming!
When I find myself inwardly grumbling at the unjustice of it all (grin) I realize just how spoiled I really am and have always been. Dryers are a CONVENIENCE item. A dishwasher is a CONVENIENCE. A computer is a CONVENIENCE. Even an oven makes things easier but isn't necessary for life. I am not saying that they aren't huge conveniences and that I would ever want to live without them- but once upon a time people did and not only did they survive, they thrived. Even today- there are millions of people who are somehow living without a computer. (Can you believe it?) They are not pivotal for our existence...they don't sustain us in some way. They make life easier.
And so, even though I live like the wealthiest of all peoples just in the owning of these conveniences, I can fully attest to taking them AND my circumstances in life for granted. I fully admit I have felt poor and,when I think of all our repairs and upcoming bills- FEEL poor even now. This coming from the girl who has never lived out of her car, sacrificed her own dinner to feed her children, gone without shoes or slept without blankets or wondered where the next meal would be.
How dare I complain about what I don't have!?
Sometimes, when life gets a little bit too easy (or we forget to see just how easy it really is) maybe it is a good thing to have a reminder, every now and again, that a dryer is a gift from God that makes things easy. Not just something that sits in the laundry room drying things. My dishwasher is a gift from God and a huge help to me when I have just made a big meal at the end of the day and the last thing I want to do is clean up all the dishes covering every surface of the kitchen. I remember that now. The capabilities to put something raw into an oven and turn out something delicious and warm is an AMAZING feat that shouldn't be taken for granted. It's amazing, people!
Go and BAKE BREAD IN JOY!
We have so much. So much.
|back when the oven still worked...|
Isn't that just so how God works? When Matt is discouraged, God has allowed me to encourage him. When I am discouraged, God has enabled Matt to encourage me. God so ably provides for every one of our needs- physical, spiritual, and emotional.
Sometimes He needs to clear away the excess and take a few things away for our needs to be met in the best way possible...and maybe it isn't the way we first thought. But God knows just what we need- even when we don't- and He always provides.
|I took the children to a show about the Wright Brothers. It was cheap (meant for school children) and oh.so.fun.|
|St. Nicholas Day|
|and a chocolate letter- a van der Jagt tradition.|
It's been so long since we chatted- what's new in your neck of the woods?
How are the Christmasy things going?
Tell me- what blessing in your life do you most take for granted? Remind me to be thankful for that too, would you?