Last week ended on an interesting note. On Friday, we had no running water for most of the day due to a well issue. Then on Saturday, we were hit with a horrible storm that knocked our power out in the middle of the day. It stayed out for over 7 hours.
Neither of those things were all that bad, it's just that they happened one right after the other. Needless to say, all of my household duties ended up way behind. It's funny how much we take for granted these days.No water on Friday meant that I could not do laundry or wash dishes. I usually start the dishwasher before I go to bed each night. Unfortunately, I forgot to do that on Thursday night. So not only could I not wash the dishes we dirtied during the day, I also could not wash any of the dirty ones from the day before.Saturday's power outage put me another day behind on doing laundry. It also meant I could not get on the computer to check email or do any of the other extremely important things I do online every day.
But we survived, and we actually had a fantastic time in the process. As a result, there is a whole list of things I am grateful for today.
- I am grateful for all of the modern conveniences that, when working, keep my life humming along and lessen the amount of actual "work" I need to do.
- I am grateful I make dinner during stolen moments throughout the morning. On Friday, I didn't need running water to prepare anything for dinner since it was already waiting in the fridge for us. All I had to do was reheat everything.
- I am grateful for the time I got to spend curled up on the couch reading books with my children on Saturday.
- I am grateful those kids were excited when the power went off and made the whole day feel like an adventure.
- I am grateful we were able to go out for dinner on Saturday night. And I'm grateful that it proved to be such a neat experience. There was only one restaurant within a 10 mile radius that had power. So you can imagine how packed they were at 6:00 pm on a Saturday night. I am grateful we live in an area that is truly a community and that our children got to see the neighborly actions of others during what could have been an extremely stressful and frustrating time.
- I am grateful our power was restored so quickly. Everything in our refrigerator and freezer was salvageable. Others in our immediate vicinity weren't so lucky. In fact, some people had to wait over 48 hours to have their power turned back on.
- I am grateful the only physical result of the storm was a few shingles flipped up on our roof.
- I am extremely grateful that God can use a small situation to have a major impact on me and remind me of all the things in my life that are truly important.