Days at home are a gift…but I haven’t always felt that way. Used to be a week spent snowbound at home had me chafing at the four walls closing in around me! Take today for instance…we were all set to attend our homeschool co-op for some quilting fun (assembling table runners) and my two spelling rule classes, but the icy roads and blowing snow put a definite damper on our plans.
To heap ashes on top of ashes, literally, our corn stove has once again bit the February dust. My biggest test in this area (of corn stove malfunctioning in the brrr! of winter) is I know my dh is in for hours of tinkering…replacing stretched belts, dismantling augers to get to a bad bearing, etc.
So we woke up to a cold house, today of all days.
- Remind myself: “Think it not strange!” (1 Peter 4:12)
- Dress everyone warm, check.
- Plug the two space heaters in, check.
- Bundle up, go outside, check the corn stove. Yup, fire’s out. Worthless thing! (by now I’ve learned that it’s never as simple as just rebuilding the fire!)
- Time for another reminder: “Rejoice in everything!” (Philippians 4:4)
- Pray for hubby’s day to go well at work and for his reaction when he returns home on a fire meeting night to instead focus his entire evening on the corn stove (is it complaining to add that this is the 4th time in four weeks that we’ve had to ramp up and deal with no heat in below freezing temps?).
- Pray that it’s an easy fix. (and cheap, please God!)
- Start a bag of 16 bean soup mix cooking with ham shanks and onion, and get a pan of cornbread ready to stick in the oven for supper tonight.
- Call my friends and ask them to pray!
- Hot chocolate all around. :O)
After lunch, when the house temps dipped into the 50’s, I decided I’d better get a fire going. Thankfully we’ve kept a small stash of dry firewood on the back porch for such occasions, so I trekked outside, let our goats out to forage what they could and gathered some kindling. With the fire roaring–we have a wood stove insert in our fireplace equipped with a fan to propel the heat–the living room temp steadily rose to 73 degrees F. Cozy~!
Challenges are good for the soul, amen? Now, my dh might not agree…he’s got the stove torn into, found the problem and is headed to town for parts with oldest dd.
1 Peter 4:12-13a, “Beloved, think it not strange, concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: but rejoice!”