Sunday, January 4, 2009

Into each life some rain must fall . . .

A belated MERRY CHRISTMAS and a very HAPPY NEW YEAR to everyone. I'm beginning to think that someone hit the fast-forward button on my life over the past few weeks. December was over before I really had the idea that it had begun. We were incredibly busy at work. Then there was the church cantata, Sunday school Christmas party, office Christmas party . . .well y'all know how it goes. Add to that the fact that we didn't know until just a few days before Christmas whether or not we were going to have the money to pay the mortgage or the utility bills never mind do any kind of Christmas shopping due to a broken contract on the part of the people who bought our business and most of you can guess what my frame of mind was for most of the month. Although I tried my hardest not to let everything get my spirits down, there were a few occasions where I turned in to Ms. Scrooge McGrinch and I was not thinking kind thoughts about certain people. At other times, I had a difficult time stopping the hormone-stress-holiday induced water works. The only thing that kept me from sinking into that deep, dark pit of depression was knowing that my son would be joining us for Christmas.

Ryan got here on December 23 at about 9PM safe and sound. We sat and talked until about midnight, catching up on all the news he brought with him from Florida. At about 2:30AM on the 24th, something woke me up. I stepped out of bed into a puddle. I was just about ready to have me a little talk with a couple little puppies when I heard Gracie drinking water . . . in the hallway . . . and her water bowl is waaaay out in the kitchen. After stopping long enough to step into my fuzzy slippers (did you know that fuzzy slippers can hold up to 5 times their weight in water) I walked out into the hallway into about an inch of water. I followed the water trail down the hall, into the living room and out into the kitchen. It wasn't raining. We're not in a flood zone. There was NOOOOO way that the beaver dam had backed up THAT far and God had promised not to destroy the world again with a flood. By that time, hubby had gotten up to see why all the lights were on and after he waded down hallway-creek, he discovered that the housing from our water filter system under the kitchen sink had cracked off at the threads. Once the water was turned off, the clean-up began. We used towels and the shop vac - something that led me to wonder exactly how safe our borders are when a National Guardsman slept through an hour of sucking water up off the floor - part of it in his bedroom - before we woke him up to help move furniture out of the way so we could pull up the carpet and pad in the bedrooms! We discovered that the kitchen, half the living room, the hallway and all three bedrooms had sustained some sort of water damage. Of course we couldn't tell the full amount of damage until everything started drying out and the brand new hardwood floors started cracking and curling and the sub floor in the bedrooms started dipping and curling between the floor joists. The good news is that hubby and I are both card carrying procrastinators. We had set a goal of having all the new hardwood floor down by Christmas. The kitchen had been done for a couple of months and by Thanksgiving weekend we had taken up the rest of the ceramic tile in the living room and hallway. But with hunting season and other obligations getting in the way, as well as the emotional turmoil we'd been going through, only a strip about 2 feet wide of hardwood had been installed. I had to be at work by 8:00 and by the time I got home at around 2:00, hubby and wonderful son had fans going and boxes moved and just about everything under control. Sure, everything is a mess, but everyone is alright, the house is livable and the insurance company has already sent an adjuster out to assess the damage. It looks like they're going to pay for the labor to unistall and reinstall the kitchen cabinets, uninstall and re-install the floors, replace the damaged sub floor and replace the carpet and padding in the bedrooms. So, looking on the bright side, hubby won't have to do the labor, the floors will be done and we'll be able to move the rest of our furniture into the house and unpack some of these boxes a lot sooner than expected!

Despite the flood, we spent a wonderful 10 days with Ryan. He and Tony got to do some target shooting and some hiking and exploring along the upper part of our property,they fenced in part of the back yard for the canine crew (something hubby wasn't able to do by himself). We went to see a movie one night. I got to cook some of Ryan's favorite meals. All in all, it wasn't the holiday I had envisioned, but you know what? I couldn't have asked for a better Christmas!

Blessings from the creek, y'all!

8 comments:

Adrienne said...

Oh my dear friend - You have been on my mind a lot and I've wondered if things were going OK for you. We've had a very hard Christmas and last couple of weeks but we always thank God that His arms hold us tightly in the best and the worst of times. I'm so glad your insurance is coming through to take care of things so you don't have to do it all. Hugs, ~Adrienne~

Kathy said...

I am so sorry you had to go through all that trouble right at Christmas! But I am happy you got to spend some time with your son! Hope it all works out with the home repairs!

Beth E. said...

Wow...things always seem to happen all at once, don't they? So glad you got to spend time with your son, and glad your insurance will cover everything.

Blessings....

sister sheri said...

This is the verse I'm memorizing...

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and

when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.

When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.

Isaiah 43:2 NIV

You had a tough 2008. I pray that 2009 brings you joy, peace... warp free floors... and many visits from Ryan! God's blessings and love, sister!

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Thanks for taking the time to update us. I am sorry for your hard road as of late. Goodness, God bless you for your positive outlook and for fuzzy slippers that absorb the wet in our lives.

May you continue to see God's hand in the midst of your clean-up; may his provision be swift and certain and exactly what you need...on a day to day basis, and for the long haul.

So glad for your time with your son. I know he was a blessing to you and your husband.

peace to your this week, and I mean it!~elaine

Utah Grammie said...

Oh my! I am so sorry for all of this! I love your attitude though - you are stronger than you think and I admire you for that.
I'm glad you got to spend time with your son and they he was actually there to help.

I pray 2009 is better for all, and especially for you, my friend!

I just know it will be -
Colleen

Kim's Treasures said...

Oh my goodness...I'm so sorry you've had such a tough time. But sooo glad you got to spend time with your son. Wishing you a vey happy new year!

Grace said...

Oh My Goodness!! Showers of Blessing? Send It On Down? Shall We Gather at the River?? Oh so many puns come to mind...

Regardless ~ what a treat to hear from you and know you had a blessed Christmas with Ryan and all is well, no matter what!

Hugs!
Grace