We've had a very long stretch of cycling snow storms and freezing cold temperatures and that has caused it's own issues as well as creating a certain amount of drab feelings and cabin fever alternatingly (is that really a word?).
We've had frozen heat pipes, a giant frost heave just outside the garage door, the chicken coop is at a definite angle - probably also due to frost heaves, we've had ice dams and leaking into the house, and as of yesterday, a different heating pipe has begun to leak and the plumber can't come until next week Tuesday. I've had a weird tendonitis thing in my right hand/wrist that has made life very challenging and has completely thwarted my self-therapy of sewing. The dog had surgery and then a weird doggie vertigo episode that has resulted in lots of vet visits and bills.
There are things to be thankful for even when things are hard:
- After my temper-tantrum with God back in September (mom-camp), we started attending church in Peterborough (Monadnock Congregational Church) and that has been a tremendous blessing and source of peace. Steve and I even attended membership class with the Pastor and are planning to become members during the month of March (Lord willing).
- We've had some rough spots with friends and family that have required us to speak up and step out of our normal non-confrontational lifestyle to deal with uncomfortable issues - this has resulted in shifts in relationships that prayerfully God is putting on the right track again.
- Almost all of the house issues have resolved - mostly - without any really dreadful situations or too horrendous of expenses. And we are really evaluating what is needful for projects and home improvements both long and short-term. I do see having to paint the family room this year after the water leaking in left water spots on the ceiling, but that was sort of needful anyway.
- My chiropractor has made great improvement in my hand/wrist with a new technique.
- Today it is 40 degrees and the sun is peaking out!
- The kids are healthy and doing well with their school work and we are working on our plans for next year including starting to look at colleges for Jess.
- Ben is learning to drive.
- I'm reading several books right now.
- Steve built Jess some fun built-in bookshelves in her room.
- Steve is working on building me a design wall for my sewing room.
- My chickens are all still laying and seem to be surviving their first winter okay.
- My new cat Gypsy is settling in nicely and loves to sit on my desk with me.
- We have had some great silly laugh-fests when we get a bit stir crazy.
- I've got lots of projects to work on once my hand heals enough to get back to sewing.
- There is prayer meeting on Thursday evenings at church and it's wonderful.
- There is coffee and chocolate and fudge in my world.
- I have a husband who is truly amazing, loves me so and cares for me completely, and we've just celebrated 19 years of marriage!
- My kids are awesome, smart, funny and very helpful.
- I have dear friends to share with, laugh with and who will keep me in prayer.
- I know that Jesus loves me and will carry me through the toughest things by His grace & mercy.
Blessings on the journey~