Tuesday, May 9, 2017

When it rains, it pours


I decided after Spring semester was over I was just going to take some time to relax. I had 2 weeks off and I was going to make the most of it. Little did I know how fast my vacation would come and go. I just started my Summer Semester and this will be an intense 3 months. After discussing what I could handle it was decided to take 5 courses instead of my usually 3. Since I'm not working right now, it was a pretty easy decision.

It was touch and go for a bit on whether I would actually take the extra case load or not. These last 2 weeks were honestly pretty intense. We had a financial set back that really had me so stressed out, it was hard getting out of bed. They say when it rains, it pours. My sewer backed up yet again. Roto rooter could only fix the problem so much. See there is a tree on the city's end that needs removing. The roots from the tree are getting into my sewer line.
The problem is I rent, I don't own, so any issues have to go through the owners. That takes time. In the mean time, we still have sewer problems. We can't do laundry, take long showers, wash dishes, etc.. even flushing the toilet can cause problems. So, we had to come up with money to go to a laundry mat and money for paper plates, disposable silverware, and paper cups. We usually don't budget that as it's not usually needed. Trying to come up with an extra $60 a week to do laundry was just something we didn't plan for.



Then to make matters worse, our stove went out. Yes, completely out. I couldn't cook any meals. All I had was my crock pot and an electric pancake griddle. To be honest, there maybe a lot of crock pot meals out there but I cook with what I have on hand. It was very hard to cook using a crock pot. My husband went so far to try heating a skillet up on the pancake griddle. It did work somewhat. With only having the crock pot to cook, it was depressing. I had to feed my family somehow, so, we ordered out a few times. It took about a week and half for the stove to get fixed. Believe me, when it was, I did a happy dance. I could finally cook again!

If you thought that was it, you are wrong. We had unexpected bills pop up. So on top of spending money for laundry mat, paper products, and food ordered out, we now had more bills to pay. It set us back hundreds of dollars. Hundreds of dollars we didn't really plan for. It hurt us and I was scared. I was worried about what we were going to do. I told my husband I would take time off of school and go back to work or drop a few courses and pick up a part time job. Eric didn't want me to have to put my degree on hold yet again. We talked and talked for hours. It was decided that I would continue my schooling and being a stay at home mom. Eric would continue working as much as needed. If he needed to take on more hours, he would. We knew that everything would work itself out. We would be ok.

As I sit here, I know, that we really will be ok. I'm not going to stop worrying, obviously. I am always going to worry when our bank account gets low and a bill is peeking over the horizon. We aren't rich by any means, but as the cheesy saying goes, "we are rich in love".



I know love and faith doesn't pay the bills, but I can certainly say that I have love and faith in my family. I have love and faith in my husband that he will make sure we are taken care of 100% no matter what.

Best Wishes, Michelle

6 comments:

  1. Love and faith ALWAYS make everything seem possible, too!

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    1. Most definitely! I know as long as I have that, I can handle anything life throws my way.

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  2. I can so relate to this, we've been in similar situations the past year or so and this passage keeps me going!

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    1. Thanks for reading. I try to make sure my content resonates with all readers. I find most individuals only look to themselves and don't see the struggles that other people have, especially if they have never struggled themselves. This shows that even though everything that can go wrong, did. I still had a sense of humor about it and learned to just value what I do have.

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  3. I loved this post. My family has been through similar situations in the past that led to many sleepless nights, but you are right! Love and faith can get you through anything.

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    1. Thank you. I'm definitely holding onto my faith that we will get through all of this. We are still trying to catch back up but we are closer to where we were before all the setbacks.

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