Grace and Gratitude (a little late this week)

I know that last week I said that "Grace and Gratitude" would be posted every Sunday. I hate to say it, but plans changed Sunday. Plans really changed all week long at our house. But because of it, I have something greater to share with you than if I would have posted that day.

Here is something interesting that floated across my Pintrest this week:

Last week was the week of doom for our cars. We have two vehicles, one on loan/give from my parents, a 2001 Honda Civic (also my car from high school), and 2005 Chevy Trailblazer. Let me just share with you a recap of why I have been so absent around here.

Monday: Kyle couldn't get the Honda to start after work. The battery was corroded, and a co-worker jumped it for him. He drove home and went to Walmart to pick up a new battery. He installed the new battery and all was well.... haha.

Tuesday: Kyle went to work in the Honda. Everything was smooth sailing until he was on his way home from a late meeting and the car started to loose power on the freeway. He was able to coast off the exit ramp into a parking lot. It took him nearly an hour to get home after he had to wait for the car to cool off enough so that it would start and go faster than 5 mph when the gas petal was to the floor.

Luckily we are best friends with a mechanic. He told Kyle to bring him the car in the morning when it was cool outside still so the car wouldn't over heat again.

Wednesday: Kyle drove the Trailblazer to work. I met him at our friend's shop in the morning with the Honda. We left the Honda there and I took him back to work in the Trailblazer. I came home and the plan was for me to pick Kyle up from work after I was finished with my last tutoring student for the afternoon. When I went to get in the car to go to my tutoring appointment, the Trailblazer had a flat tire. Not just a low tire, a flat, flat, tire.

I called Kyle, and a friend from work was kind enough to bring him home.

We tried to put a spare tire on the Trailblazer so that I could take Kyle to work the next morning, and then go get the tire repaired, but the spare that we had was a different size tire. Foiled, again.

We were car-less. Luckily we have great friends that love and care about us.

Thursday: Kyle's friend from work came to pick him up and take him to work. A friend from church that lives right down the road from us came and got me on her way to Little Rock so that I could pick up the Honda that was ready. Turns out we just needed to replace a sensor in the car. That was great news.

I borrowed a mechanic's jack from our friend so we could jack up the Trailblazer and take off the flat tire.

I was able to pick Kyle up from work that day. It was so nice to have a set of wheels. Kyle took the flat tire off of the Trailblazer, and put it in the trunk of the car so our friend the mechanic could patch it for us on Friday.

Friday: I took Kyle to work, dropped off the flat tire, picked up the flat tire later, picked up Kyle from work, and in just a matter of a few days we had working vehicles again.

Whew. Have you ever had a week like that?

I realized last week how much of our home and my friends and family that I take for granted. There are so many things that become part of our everyday routine that we don't take time to realize the true blessing that they bring to our lives. Temporarily loosing the use of both of our vehicles and all of the intense heat helped me to realize this week that I need to step back and thank Heavenly Father for some of the more simple things that I often overlook.

So this week I am grateful for:

  • A Cool Home. 
This week Little Rock, Arkansas broke a record on Wednesday for the hottest day on record... 115 degrees! That was the actual temperature, NOT the heat index! We only lost power for a 30 minute period on Wednesday. Some families went much longer than that. I am thankful and feel so blessed. 
  • A Running Car. 
  • Wonderful God-Sent Friends.
  • Family.
  • My Husband.
What are you grateful for this week? 

Much love, 

1 comment:

  1. Wow, what a week. I wish I could have been there to help. You are right about good friends being a great blessing. The sweet relationships we share are most precious. I believe our trials have the potential to transform us little by little into better people.