This weekend has been fun, educational, VERY BUSY, nerve wracking, depressing, and did I mention busy??
We started out on Friday afternoon looking forward to the next few days. I had just exchanged Joshua’s Beta fish (Mr.Camoflauge-Army-Guy the third) at Wal Mart. Just love their return policy. But then again, who could tell a 3 year old that he couldn’t exchange his dead, slimy, disintegrating fish for a new one? This was his Christmas present from big sister Laura and we are not doing so well keeping his fish alive. I’m thinking it’s just too cold at nights since we have not been heating the house anymore. The days are mid 80’s now so I’m enjoying keeping that heater off to save some money. Anyway, fish number 3 died, we exchanged it and now I think he has had so much fun taking his dead fish back to the store, picking out a new fish, and bringing it back home that he is hoping this one will die. Makes me smile!
So new fish on the counter, Eric home early from school, we load up and head over to Anaheim for Michael and Debbie Pearls Seminar. Not sure how bad traffic would be, we left extra early. It was nice to not be stressed about being late. We got their amazing quickly and were about 2 hours early. So we grabbed a bite to eat and then headed back to the church and staked out some seats. We bought Michaels “Good and Evil” book in color and the boys have really enjoyed reading it. The evening went well, it was good to hear Michael speak again. There is always something that we had missed the last time. The church was packed out. Over a thousand people. It’s fun to see so many families all working so hard to train up their children and to see the families that are desperately searching for a new way and have finally found it and are so hungry to hear good teaching.
We headed home around 10:00. It took a lot longer getting home. There was a horrible accident on the other side of the freeway and as all good California drivers will do, we each have to come to an almost complete stop to look and see what is going on. So even though there is nothing actually going on on our side, traffic is backed up for 10 miles. So we slowly crept home.
Next morning we were up early (5:30am) and on the road back to Anaheim. The morning session was good. At lunch we decided that we would head over to the beach. The children had sat through both night and morning sessions and had done great. With the afternoon session on issues with teens and us having no teens, we decided we were off to play. I love being at the beach and the children can never get enough playing in the water, so the afternoon was suddenly highly anticipated.
We were about half of a mile from Newport Beach when Eric mentioned that the car seemed to be acting strange. Within minutes,(just about the time we saw the ocean) there was definitely something going on that was not so good with the car. We turned around in the beach parking lot and headed back into town. At this point Eric has figured out that the car is not shifting. So we pulled into a highschool parking lot and call Roadside Assistance. They help us find a mechanic within a few miles. So we slowly creep over there. It then took then 3 hours to tell us that the transmission needed to be rebuilt and it would cost about $5,000. YIKES!! And oh-by-the-way, Chevy knows this is a problem with these transmissions but won’t do a recall. We are about 60 miles from our house, with a car that now needs a new transmission, it is dark, and the children are really just done for the day. Three hours in a waiting room when we thought we would be at the beach made for a long afternoon!
Eric decided after some prayer that we would try to make it back home and see how far we could get. Amazingly, the car did ok. Not great, but we got home and that was enough to make me very thankful. So now no more driving until Eric can rebuild the transmission. The thought of paying $5,000 to get it fixed was just to much for him. So he will be doing his first rebuild! This should bring our cost down to between $500-$1000. He absoutley amazes me. I was pretty much ready to just drive it to the junk yard (its only 4 years old) but he is going to fix it. And I know that he will and he will do a great job and save us thousands. And he will do it on top of all his school and Boards and work.
Sunday morning Eric decided that we would stay home for church and worship and study together. We had a fun time singing all our favorite songs. We worked with the children on acting out some scripture that they have already memorized. We had seen this done Friday night at the seminar. So they were exicted to try it out for themselves. We did Mark 15:1-15. It was nice to just be home and enjoying each other!