Sunday, February 28, 2010

The End of February!

This month has gone by quickly, but they all do....

Last week I worked in South Dakota every day for at least 8 hours and then drove about 1300 miles on top of that, so it was wild, but thankfully all went as planned and I got about 75% of what needed to be done, done. I just have a huge amount of data entry left to do....

Today church was great - just didn't get to visit with everyone I wanted to talk to. Tonight Joel's band and another band from Norfolk have a concert in Ainsworth. Joel's pickup blew it's heater core for the 4th time in one year last week so I need to take him into town. Then we are leaving the car in town tonight so it can get alligned and oil changed, so tomorrow I will be happily stuck at home, doing laundry and taxes (that's the plan).

We might/might not get a refund on those pesky taxes, but if we do we are going to have some boring road maintenance done on our driveway. We have a lake.... I don't plan on washing our car until June..BUT I am so happy we've had a little warm weather!!!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Flat Tires (yes - plural)

Last Friday I was stuck behind a slow truck on my way to Rosebud so I decided to take the dirt road short cut. This road is gravel for about 10 miles and then it turns to a narrow, winding paved road - it's a really pretty drive and I've taken that "shortcut" before but I usually try to stick with the highway. Anyway, I ran over something and had a flat about 1/2 mile from town. I get to the convenience store and pull around the back and lo and behold there's Scotty, the coke truck driver who goes to my church!! He was early to that stop and I "just happened" to arrive with my flat tire just in time for him to change it for me. VERY grateful to God for His care and provision. When I realized my tire was flat, I didn't panic exactly but the "OH NO!!!!" feeling hit hard.

Yesterday I was about 6 miles north of Crookston NE in the absolute middle of nowhere when I again had a flat tire. This time the fencing staple was still in the tire, so I know what I hit.... My first thought was "is this really happening AGAIN" but I also had a neat sense of peace. I thought "I saw Scotty do this, I can do this". I unloaded the trunk, which was full of boxes, and then I got busy. I prayed my way through figuring out how the jack worked and also prayed off a couple of lug nuts that didn't want to move... but I did it. A car came by when I was basically finished and the man asked me if he could do anything so I had him wrench on the lug nuts to make sure they were tight and then off I went. The Tire shop couldn't save my tire but they still had the good tire they replaced last Friday, so they put that on for me.... (I got 2 new tires last week, but obviously only one was bad)

Just writing this down so I will remember, may be a little boring to the masses... : ) Not only did Jesus watch over me last week, He also knew I needed a quick refresher on tire changing. I have never had to change a tire, always said that I knew how to do it "in theory".... : )

I did make a comment after church Sunday - "I guess God knows I can't change a tire..." Well, I think He smiled when I said that and said "Yes you can!"

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Sick of sick

It seems like every few months we get hit with a wave of "sick".... Jon started on Thursday night, then Ben followed Sunday night, I was sick Monday and Tuesday, Matt went down yesterday ETC! I am always amazed at what a wimpy complainer I am when I don't feel good... good health is SUCH a blessing. All that was wrong with me was no appetite and complete exhaustion... so I just slept. What's to complain about there?! : ) Feeling better now but not 100%. It just reminds me that I have it very good - and I should be thankful! There are billions of people in the world without a soft bed, warm blankets and pillows, heat, hot water and not to mention a variety of OTC pain killers. I have it SO good, even when I'm sick...

Monday, February 1, 2010

Posting for the sake of posting!

I have been trying to post once a week, but I didn't get it done on Saturday. We helped some friends move in the morning, then I shopped some in the afternoon, home to housework and then on Sunday- church, potluck, business meeting, headed to Valentine where we had another potluck at Second Wind and then Joel preached.... I know the above is a very long sentence but I hope it makes the point that it was a BUSY weekend!

Lots to do today also since my hope is to work Tues-Thursday in South Dakota and Friday I have to run errands in town - I need to learn the art of packing my days and getting stuff DONE instead of just started.... I give myself permission to keep learning, life is a process and I will never arrive this side of glory : )