Thursday, March 10, 2011

Drip Drip doesn't matter

My bad day started Tuesday night. I worked Tuesday to clean out Lamb 2's clothes and pass the ones that were too small for him down to Lamb 3. I love organizing and seeing that side of the closet was great!
About 11pm I went to check on the Lambs and I could hear a drip in their room. Water was leaking in their closet. There were a few things on the floor of their closet that I took out, but I couldn't do much in there while they were sleeping. I was shocked because it was fine a few hours earlier when I worked in there. I didn't sleep well because we usually leave their closet light on as a nightlight. The Lambs were in our room several times because they weren't sleeping well without their nightlight which meant that I couldn't sleep well.
The next morning the Lambs and I worked to clear everything out of that side of the closet. Ram looked up in the attic and he could see the spot where the water was coming in. A church member came over with a big ladder and helped Ram climb up on the roof and get some of the snow off and put ice melt on the rest. The worst news to me is now we wait until that ice melts-we can't get the roof fixed until the ice melts.
In the middle of this mess we didn't have very much school yesterday. I had to go through each of Lamb 2's clothes and figure out what was wet and needed to be washed and find a place for the dry clothes. We have boxes of their books in the living room. Other stuff is in the hallway and throughout the house.
It is so ironic to me that I was working on cleaning out their closet-getting the baby clothes/stuff out and getting organized when this happened. I have been keeping a close eye on the rest of the house to make sure it is not happening anywhere else. I know their closet really needed to be cleaned out and I was working on it gradually. I just wish that I didn't have to have this mess in the middle of working on organizing it!
I was in a bad mood about this all day. I did take a long time in the afternoon to just read to the Lambs and that helped a little. It didn't help that several times Lamb 2 said, "We might have to wait until summer to put my clothes back in my closet!"
When I went to church last night, there were a few people that had sympathy for the situation, but most had the attitude, "You have some leaks in ONE closet, it could be worse." This morning my dad's daily e-mail (he writes a letter to my sister and I each day) said I should use this as a teaching moment for the Lambs that our possessions possess us. This morning one of the first blogs I read was this. I thought of this same Bible verse during church last night when I had gone in to church in a bad mood.
"Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Matthew 6:19-21
I'm not sure how to pray for this situation-I want the ice to melt so our roof can be fixed, but I don't want snow to melt too fast or we will have flooding in the area. This is definitely one of those situations where I need to leave it in the Lord's hands and trust him to take care of all my needs, even some water in one of my closets.


Helpful Teacher said...

I'm so sorry you're having to deal with this. Anything that disrupts the regular flow of things can be really stressful. I'm glad you noticed the problem right away. Take care.

Sue said...

My sympathies. What a mess! And frustrating...

One of my cats actually discovered a leak one time. I live in a townhouse condo and the living room is open - 2 stories. The fireplace has a stove pipe open to the room, running clear up those 2 stories. One day Tiger was up on top of the fireplace, looking up, which was unusual. So I went to see what he was looking at, and it was water running down and pooling on top of the fireplace. The roof had recently been replaced; it didn't leak before! I called the president of the HOA, who came right over. The next day someone was up on the roof to fix it (in POURING rain) - they had put the flashing in wrong when the new roof was put on. Thank goodness for curious cats!