On January 7, it was 9 degrees at 7 am and the heater in our car suddenly didn't work. It had worked fine the day before. We all got in the car (we all four ride together most days to save gas) and headed to work. About the time we got to town, the Hot Temp light came on and we could smell something burning. Hubs drove slow for a mile or so and the light turned off. Then about a mile after that, the car started making really bad noises and we had to pull over. Sitting on the side of the freeway during Monday morning traffic in 9-degree weather with no heat is not my idea of a good morning. Baby girl was crying because she was freezing and though it wasn't safe, we got her out of her car seat so I could hold her. We called Hubs' uncle and he came to pick us up. Hubs stayed with the car until the tow truck arrived.
It took three weeks to get the car fixed and during that time we only had one working vehicle. That one vehicle is Hubs' truck that needs a new transmission and the back tires are bald. I've since decided that it's best to keep all our vehicles in good shape no matter how infrequently we drive them because no one knows when one will suddenly become your only one.
All this happened the same week we had hoped to order the parts to fix my truck, which broke down on Thanksgiving day. We still haven't ordered those parts and now the plan is to sell it to salvage.
Now for our house-
We live outside of town in an old farmhouse. We have well water. The well was dug in 1955. It's almost dry.
Do you know how much a new well costs? Somewhere around $11,000. Yep. Pick up your jaw. I'm not kidding.
So we are conserving water. The kids use the same bath water. We are taking shorter showers. I'm doing laundry at my mother-in-laws house.
And we're going to use that well til it's dry dry dry. Then the plan is to get a VA Home Improvement loan to pay for a new well, and while we are at it, let's replace the old asbestos siding and cranky wooden windows.
All this aside, I'm so thankful for my husband and my two healthy children.
Im thankful that our old farmhouse is still structurally sound and keeps the cold winter wind out.
I'm thankful for my parents for letting us borrow their car.
I'm thankful to my in-laws for letting us crash their house for food, laundry, and showers.
I'm thankful for our wonderful church family.
And I'm thankful that Hubs and I have good jobs that allow us to pay all the bills and still be able to buy groceries.
It's going to be a great year!