When the @#$! hits the fan….

  It was really the only appropriate title, considering the type of problems we have had….
  So we are not exactly having the best weekend so far.  To make a long story short, last night the basement laundry room and storage room flooded again.  This time Alan figured out that it was actually–so gross–sewage coming out from below the drains.  A plumber came this morning.
   Cause:  Someone (can’t imagine who) flushed a solo cup and a tube of toothpaste.  Not only that, but the pipes are so old and corroded we need an extra service to clean them out and fully remove the clog….  $1200 later this problem will be solved.
     But while we’re talking problems….this morning we woke up to a seriously freezing cold house.  Where we live it is a very cold spring.  Highs have been in the 40s, and lows are in the 20s, on average 8 degrees cooler than average….I looked it up.
     Today our heater isn’t heating.  I changed the thermostat batteries, but that didn’t fix it.  Now we are hoping that a new filter will help, as this could be related to the flooding as well.  The filter got wet too.  Man, I hope this will be an easy fix!  
     Have I ever mentioned that parenting can be very expensive?  We were lucky when Joshua did this as a 3 year old.  He flushed a small Buzz Lightyear and a pair of underwear, but that was when we lived on base, so housing took care of it.  Amazingly enough, I never had a Caleb related plumbing problem.  
    We will be okay; the hard part is living in this freezing cold house.  Right now it is 61 degrees inside and 48 and super windy outside.  My fingernails are purple.
  I took the boys to a neighborhood egg hunt this morning.  Dan was pretty hard to keep up with in the crowd, Joshua was with his friends but seemed to be doing fine, so I mostly focused on the other two.  One of Caleb’s friends scolded him for touching the forbidden yellow rope barrier, Caleb then went missing right before the hunt started.  I found him crying under the rockwall and couldn’t convince him to come out…..so Caleb didn’t actually participate in the hunt.  I gathered all my freezing cold chickies and walked home, the wind blasting us in the face.
   One plumber just left and another just arrived.  Alan is now at a 2 hour long baseball coach’s meeting.  After that, he can finally buy a new heat pump filter.  Until then we freeze, and Dan naps.  
  Oh, did I mention that Alan’s new boss didn’t think baseball coaching and Cub Scout leading were a great idea considering the high tempo and potential stress level of the new job Alan starts in late April…  To be fair, Alan hadn’t actually signed up to coach ball, but they put him in due to a shortage.  At least this way he does get to pick the practice day and time.
I kind of feel like I’m sitting, very very pregnant, at the top of a roller coaster that is about 
to take a free fall. 
   But don’t worry about us.  We’re okay.  We just keep putting one foot in front of the other, and PRAY for help!  And also I vow to follow Daniel around, letting all other chores be neglected, in hopes of preventing further disaster.  And anyone who wants to criticize the resulting housekeeping, can just deal with it.  At least for now there are only three kids, the boys have school, and I am only slightly handicapped.  
   When the next baby arrives……that’s what scares me the most!   I am definitely going to have to hire some help this summer until I am recovered from the c-section, etc!   Only I don’t have anyone I can think of that is fully available to help as much as I’m afraid that I may need.  I need someone that can take the kids to the swimming pool, someone who can basically be my right hand assistant!  Mom is coming at the first, so I know I have that covered, but I would feel a lot more peace if I could get this more fully resolved.  Mom and I were discussing this on the phone the other day, and one of the big problems is that Daniel is so young and will be unable to crawl all over me, due to the painful abdominal stitches.  Yet he is such a Mama’s boy, he is not going to understand, causing himself and everyone else a lot of misery.  This really makes me wish I were better at birthing these large babies!  But it isn’t safe for me to do so.  Caleb was a serious close call, and judging by my current size, this one will be just as large.  You should see me!
   Sometimes in life problems hit you smack, out of nowhere.  At least it seems that we are getting a lot of fair warning about ours!
  “Is any of you in trouble?  He should pray.”           James 5 :13
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”    Philippians 4: 6-7
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.  Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”            James 1:2-4
…………And the silver lining (usually there is one of if you look for it):  This plumber says these pipes are so badly corroded, that the chance of finding my lost engagement ring are pretty good, and if they find it, they will retrieve it……wouldn’t that be something?  Otherwise, at least I will know it’s not there, instead of always wondering.  Don’t you hate the not knowing!?
  Pictures of Daniel’s birthday to come soon!  My camera quit working the day before his birthday (because life is having a good time messing with me), so I took pics on my new iPad type device.  Only I’m not so good at blogging from the tablet yet.  It’s a slow upload, and I have a thing or two on my mind right now!
   Hope the rest of you have a good weekend.  We’ll just be happy to have a functioning, warm house again!