Monday, February 7, 2011

A Wintry Mix of Blessings and Challenges

It was a perfectly lovely Sunday. The sermon was inspiring, the fellowship meal was simple and delicious (Baked potatoes with fixings) and to top it off, it was a perfectly mild day without the usual icicles and harsh breath of cold air. As The Mister and I settled in at home to our routine, everything seemed fine...until the bad news.

The bad news was announced grimly, by The Mister, who just came in from the backyard where he witnessed it firsthand. Our septic system is broken and un-fixable. Oh no! How can that be? What do you think happened? What will we do? When you are mid-construction on your home, you have little time to deal with the things that go wrong along the way. You are far too busy building new infrastructure while having to keep up with substantial maintenance, too. But even if your home is completely finished and every last bit of trim is set in place, you would never want to hear the words “broken” and “septic system” in the same sentence. There is never a good time and never enough money to fix anything that can go wrong with a rural plumbing system. Never.

Only hours before we had sang “Standing on the Promises of God” and so soon after, it felt like we were standing on something, but it wasn’t very promising.

Of course, it could be worse. Couldn’t it always? We plan to start conserving water until work can begin on this important subterranean project. And of course, praying for patience and wisdom along the way.

People who live in cities and suburbs often express to me a desire to live in a more rural setting on a farm or farmette, or at least in a place where the can have a large garden and animals. I admit, I like this, too, and am adverse to dense populations, traffic, and many other aspects of metropolitan living. But when I start to discuss the self-sufficient mentality that is prevalent in rural communities, eyes begin to glaze over when they hear about well-water and hauling your own trash. Oh, and when it snows? Forget it. If you have ever found yourself as one of those country living admirers, I’d encourage you to incorporate the best of what that experience has to offer while enjoying the conveniences of fewer power outtages and plowed roads. After all, we’re all just doing what we can to make our lives healthier and wholesome on various levels in whatever ways we can, no matter where we live!

Now might be a good time to take a joy inventory and remind myself what I DO love about our home...

Wide open spaces...

Room to grow...

Low cost living (present situation excluded!)

how it's filled with reminders of loved ones,
who are the biggest blessing of all.


  1. Wait, when I think if septic, I think of bathroom and if this means that your bathroom is un-usable, then I think I might have a mini panic attack right here in your honor!! When I have a farmette (and I will use that word as often as possible because it's preicous) I only want the kind that have septic systems that never break and the birds come and help hang the laundry and sing sweetly to me all day. I TRULY admire your attitude of joy because that can't be easy at this moment. Does Homeowner's even cover something like that?? I'm thinking about you ~ ♥

  2. What a wonderful attitude to aspire to! Thanks for the reminder to be grateful in ALL things :-)

  3. Oh, sweetie I'm so sorry you have to go through this. I empathize and whoever said living the the country was easy just hasn't ever been there.

    I could tell you stories, but we'll just say we've been there and we're praying you can get the work done quickly and that it doesn't break the bank.

  4. That's why I like hanging around people like you-- you see reality and also the bigger picture.... seeing the colors with the storm. Blessings on you as you tackle your new challenge.

  5. You crack me UP! "It felt like we were standing on something, but it wasn't very promising." I know for a fact that being able to laugh helps. At least a little.

    The problem itself isn't funny at all, and I hope it will be resolved as quickly and inexpensively as possible.


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