Monday, September 6, 2010

For Better & For Worse

Oh my word I'm not too good at updating as often as I'd like. 
So so much happens in a week and though I take pictures I end up not posting them. With my schedule slowing down for a little while now I'm hoping to get back to my regular blogging self.

The time we've had back in our lovely little place has been the best and the worst. The two of us joke that the month of August and this city hate us. At least that's how it seems and let me say, I'm elated it's September for that very reason. 
If you go back to some of my posts from last August you'll read of how our car broke down on us with costly costly repairs needed, the a/c in our house went out the day we moved in and the list goes on. Then rolls around August 2010 as we're headed back from our summer in Nashville. We were undoubtedly in a bubble with the comfort of our parents taking care of us, almost as if time stopped. A couple of days into being back we hear bad news about tax issues I've had with a previous employer. So much so that we could end up owing $1200+ which we didn't have nor should we have had to owe it either. That following Saturday as we arrive home from the grocery store we find that we cannot take the key out of the ignition.  Note: Memphis is not a city where you can leave your keys in the car.  The car would run fine and would also turn off, we just couldn't release the key. Apparently that never happens and we're an anomaly in the Honda world. Of course we are, cause we're that lucky. We ended up finding someone who was a specialist to fix the problem that saved us half of what we would have spent elsewhere. (Thank you Earl!!) 
Fast forward one week later, again with groceries in tow, our car won't start. Turns out it's the ignition switch and the starter. 
That was it. I had reached my limit. I can't tell you how many times I cried that day and the next. How can we afford this? How will I get to work? How will Adam get to school? My eyes were sore from tears and our hearts were worn out. We needed relief.
It was tough to say the least and our new friend Earl was pretty much on speed dial for those two weeks. He once again fixed the problem at an affordable rate in a timely manner.
On that same day I had a meeting with the IRS to finalize all of the previously stated issues. As you can see we felt loaded down. But there was good news, if it were a case of win/lose I guess you could say we won. Such a weight was lifted off of our backs, thank you Jesus!
At the end of the day we have each other, a home with food in the fridge, clean sheets and a roof over our heads. We're healthy and blessed with families who jumped at the chance to help us.
Throughout all of it we knew we had one another to lean on. I couldn't have done it without Adam, he is my rock and encourager. 
We know that God's plan is larger than our own and beyond our comprehension. He has helped us grow as a couple faster and stronger than I think we would have if everything was just fine and dandy. We count these struggles as character builders. For better and for worse, right?
If you took the time to read this depressing post, thank you! I promise a happier one will follow.
xoxo .bd

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