Well, life has hit us hard. I wanted to let my blog friends know that they won't be seeing me much for awhile. I wanted to share our struggles right now and find the humor in it but also God's grace.
As you may know, I became a stay at home mom about 1 1/2 years ago when I volunteered to take a severance package after 20 years at a large banking corporation. It was scary but Mr. Creative and I had a plan to pay off everything except the house of course and we should be able to make it even though none of the numbers added up! We feel very strongly about our boys attending catholic school and have sacrificed to send them. This has been my first real step at having faith and trusting God to provide for us! I am one to try and tell Him how to run my life! We have made it without starving, feeling miserable or deprived!
Each month it seems that we can't meet our budget and have had to pull from our savings. Every year the tax refund and bonus would go into our savings and we would use it to make it through the year. Well, we have come to that cross road where there isn't going to be enough in the savings to make it through until income tax day!
The first thing that happened was to this beautiful piece of machinery that we knew nothing about 50 years ago and survived!!! We have 1st and 2nd floor air conditioners/furnaces. When we turned on the 2nd floor air conditioner at the beginning of summer, it ran forever without getting cool and had ice formed on the outside. So we are barely surviving without it! A box fan pulling the cool air from the first floor is good enough for our boys who only sleep up there, right??? They don't think so either but they are fine! My investigative skills on the internet told me it needed freon but we were afraid to find out what it would cost to fix the leak or to replace one of these! Pending cost...$200 - $3500 ouch.. Maybe living without it is OKAY!!
For a few years now, the roof shingles have started curling, beginning to leak and now the roof needs to be replaced. We have fixed any leaks to patch it along until we could save the money for a new roof. Mr. Creative is capable of replacing it but would rather not since we have a high pitch roof that is 30 feet in the air on the walk out basement side...what were we thinking when we built this house!! Lowest bid...$8000????
So, we are working on the best and most reasonable way to complete this before the heat of summer is over. While worrying about that, our 15 year old water softener decided to die and we couldn't afford the price of replacement or repair. Since our water is so hard and not the best quality, we decided to purchase a used one. However, we didn't have enough knowledge to know that it had froze in their garage and cracked on the inside. Long story short, we were able to mix and match what did work between ours and the used one we bought to get it going again. Cost...$800 After 2 months of Mr.Creative finding the time to change the copper plumbing and saving money to pay Rainsoft to come out and test it, we finally got it all up and running!! WORTH IT for we now have soft water and my showers are CLEAN!!
THEN....2 days later our well pump went out!! Yes, the well pump is at the bottom of 350 feet of pipe in our front yard under this wishing well. Amazing to me that there is free flowing water down underground!! Not the best picture of the wishing well!! I have stained it since this picture was taken!!
So they brought out a truck like this, backed it into my front yard and made deep tire marks into the ground...not as bad as it could have been! Luckily it hasn't rained so the ground was hard.
They pulled the 350 feet of pipe out of the ground to get to this and replace it. Pretty little thing to cost so much and to be buried so far under ground! Cost...$2280.01 WORTH IT!!! It was miserable for two days without water!
Then our youngest son will turn 16 in 2 days. We bought the oldest a cheap car when he turned 16. Do you think the youngest believes he should have a cheap car, too? Well, of course he does, don't be ridiculous!!! So now we get to wander through these NICE places in the hopes of finding a decent cheap car. Proposed cost....$1500
So, you haven't seen me blogging much. I was laying around here licking my wounds, feeling sorry for myself. I allowed myself one day for a pity party. I then got myself up and started praying for God to drop a brick on me with instructions of what path I should follow. For now, I am spending my blogging time searching and applying for jobs. It is a whole different world looking for a job now. Even though I have been working for more than 20 years, I never had to search for a job except internal of the company. Times are definitely different today! Everything is on the internet and it is hard to get your foot in the door unless you know someone. I don't have a degree in accounting so many places dismiss your application immediately. Seems 28 years of office and accounting experience aren't as good as 2 years with a degree! Not sure I can compete, but I will try! If it is His will, the right job will come my way. If not, He has another plan for us. Very hard for me to give up control but I am listening!
So keep us in your prayers, don't forget about me and I promise to be back soon!