I heaved a sigh as I started this post. It’s been a week. I’ll say that much.
Maybe I’ll clarify that a bit further – it’s been a week since I’ve updated here. And what a week.
The kids have been fighting colds for a few days, and Wednesday night I succumbed to whatever bugs they’ve been hosting. I still had to work Thursday, and Friday the car was booked in to be serviced in Dawson Creek again. I lost power-steering at some point during the cold snap we had. Apparently block-heaters don’t help power steering lines at all. Also, the touch screen in our console had a hair-line crack in it, and the replacement part had made it in so we thought we’d kill two birds with one stone this week.
Thursday night, it started to snow really hard, all at once like the snow had come out of nowhere. I was nervous about driving 120+ km in the morning with no power steering. But it stopped almost as quickly as it had started and there was no extra snow overnight.
We made it into town in about the same amount of time as usual, dropped the car off, then my friend came and picked us up and we went to McDonald’s for an early lunch and to let the kids have some fun in the playground. It was fun, to have lunch with a friend and talk about grown-up stuff that wasn’t work related. I really enjoyed it and I think it was definitely the highlight of the week.
We went back to the “car doctor”, as Abby calls it, and discovered that the power steering part needed to fix the car was not available and would take approximately 2 weeks to get in. I was a bit frustrated and made a comment about having to drive home with the car and they told me I wouldn’t have to – they would give me a loaner vehicle. That kind of shocked me.
So, it was nice that I didn’t have to drive a vehicle home that was tough to steer (and just add tendinitis into the mix here, remember). However, there was just one problem. The loaner car is a two-door vehicle. And I had to cram two car seats into the back seat, and then try to strap two kids into those car seats. Not the best part of my week, let me tell you.
By the time I got said carseats and kids loaded into the car, it was 3:30 and we were just then getting our groceries. I must say that it was pretty awesome that I was able to spend only $214 on groceries (which included diapers, extra milk, fresh fruits and vegetables in our frozen north, and a few other necessities) and earned 335 Airmiles. And that doesn’t include the extra Airmiles for using my BMO debit card (1 for every $20 spent).
After grocery shopping, I had to pick up some KFC for my mum who was sick and craving chicken. By the time we got home it was after 6:30 pm. That’s much later than I had anticipated getting home, but the silver lining is that I missed a freak snow storm that dumped anywhere from three to six inches of snow in less than an hour. The highway hadn’t been ploughed since the storm, but at least I didn’t have to try and drive through the limited visibility of snow flurries!
I’ve been absolutely wiped from this cold since getting home Friday night. And this morning I spent most of my time cleaning up [TMI alert!] bile from my poor three year old who couldn’t even keep water down for most of the day. Thankfully, I was able to find the Children’s Gravol we had purchased the last time she was this sick. Here’s hoping she’s done throwing up for the time being. I don’t have the energy to mop it up anymore because she refuses to use the bucket to catch everything.
So, I’m worn out. I had a few things I wanted to share this week, but I just never got the energy to write them out. Here’s hoping this week will go a little smoother! Also, there’s an opportunity coming up soon that will mean some life changes for me and our family. Please pray that God will be at work to ensure this opportunity goes through and in a timely manner as well.
And now, friends, is there anything you need prayer for?
Is there anything we can help you celebrate?