Wednesday, April 29, 2009

When it rains, it pours...

Quite literally for us. Sunday morning we were both up around two and discovered that we had water in our basement. This has happened before, just a minor drain back up. But this wasn't minor. The laundry room had about three inches of standing water, the computer section was soaked, the jungle gym room, soaked, furnace room, soaked, bottom of the stairs and two corners of the main room, soaked. I'm not proud to say this, but I had a mini breakdown. Dustin, like the dear, sweet, solid husband that he is, tried to calm me down. He tried telling me that Jesus is all that matters, I wasn't having it. No, I acted like a three year old throwing a temper tantrum. He finally just grabbed me in a bear hug and let me cry it out. Like I said, not pretty. I'm ashamed of my reaction now, but it was the final straw. I had a partially finished upstairs, a hole in my ceiling, everything so disorganized, a dishwasher and disposal that didn't work, and now my carpet in the basement was ruined.

A friend who does carpets graciously came over twice on monday to tell us what to do. Basically, throw out the carpet. When he was our huge dumpster in the driveway he thought I was super prepared for getting rid of the carpet. I informed him I had wanted to keep my carpet and the dumpster was for my walls and upstairs carpet. There is always a silver lining, and the one for this is that we already had the dumpster, and that I now have a couch in my upstairs and lots of places to sit because all the furniture is now up there.

I wish I could put pictures up, but our computer is disconnected, so they will have to wait. The good news is that all of our electronics are fine, the carpet is now in the dumpster thanks to my husbands hard work this morning. Ugg... stink, stink, stink.... we thought about salvaging it, but it was too stinky. Now we are thinking of just painting the basement and putting down some huge area rugs, just in case. My mom perked up at that because now the girls could rollerskate in the basement. :-) we did that all the time as girls in ours. Besides that, both my mom and one of my sisters tell me that carpet has tons of chemicals in it that you don't want to breathe in, probably good with my lung being what it is. :-)

Anyway, that is an update. I have to say, Monday morning I sat down in the midst of all my mess, opened my Bible randomly (something I don't do often, but had no idea where to start.) to Ps. 23:1. "The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want." The commentary said, as long as you have the Lord, you don't lack anything. That was what I needed in my chaos. Tears started to flow, and my oldest comes up to me and just gave me hugs. It made me realize that everything that really matters was ok, and we would get through this..... This too shall pass....

3 comments:

Allison said...

Oh Becca. I am so sorry you had to go through that. It's true that when it rains it does pour. Do you know where the water came from? I am thankful that the Lord is healing your heart. And you are right...this too shall pass.

jess said...

Like I said, one can only take so much at one time. Jesus understands tantrums within reason every once and while don't you think? Gracious, water. schmater. carpet. parpet.

MommaMindy said...

I remember all too well the agony of years of wet, stinky, moldy basements in the Midwest. I agonize with you! I rejoice, however, that you are letting this trial refine you, as the Lord desires. A wet basement is gross, it is horrible, it is costly, it is a lot of work. But, the beautiful part is, you are being made into that glorious image of the Lord Jesus Christ. I guess your house will look pretty good, too, someday, but I know that isn't nearly as precious to your heart. Keep abiding, dear sister!