January 16, 2005

How does Holland manage?

My nose has super powers. I can smell anything from any distance. The hormones of pregnancy and the rigors of motherhood have only strengthened it's prowess.

So, when I say something smells funny, my family typically takes note. Well, guess what? This time my nose detected that funky old basement smell- musty and slightly damp.

E noticed that one of the Columbia-click boards was higher than the other. R went over to investigate as foundational and large structure home maintenance are the duties he claims.

For some reason, I thought living in the desert would free us from the "water in the basement" concern. However, due to the most recent rainfall in our area, I guess not.

As R was walking upstairs he said quietly, well I thought I was going to sleep tonight.

If it isn't one thing it is another. This time, I choose to look at the fact that all of our children are sleeping quietly and in health in their own beds. I choose to recall that my tummy had a delicious meal this afternoon and will have three more tomorrow. That I can drive myself anywhere I wish, vote for whom I choose, wear what I desire, and support or disagree with whomever I want. So, a little water is getting in somewhere....we have one another, our consciences, and our liberty. And good home insurance, too.

Posted by Rae at January 16, 2005 11:03 PM

Wow! What a great post..And what a great "choice" you made. :)

This put a smile on my face and you know what? That says a lot. Thanks rae. :)

Posted by: Sam at January 17, 2005 12:01 PM

Oh good for you Rae!! The Kellenbergers know all about basements, water and mold and I don't think I told you that our kitchen flooded. Yes, water ran all over my kitchen, went through the floor and "rained" all over our school room not long after you we here. The entire time my children were running around collecting water in buckets, I was praying that all of our precious books and curriculum were not getting ruined. Unbelievably, not 1 of our books got wet. But the BEST thing about it was that I got to see my husband act like a true leader. He could have cussed (noone would have blamed him.) He chose to thank God for everything we have and handle this problem like it was a test of character. He passed with flying colors and I love him even more than I did.Now when something goes wrong we look at eachother and ask, "are you going to curse God or praise Him?" What a great song that is, "Blessed be the name of the Lord." It talks about praising God in the good times and praising him "when the darkness falls around." I think God was preparing us for a "real crisis" when my 6 year old nephew was diagnosed with a brain stem tumor that cannot be removed. We can choose to hate God or praise Him for the situation and the lessons that will be learned. You have the right attitude. Water inthe basement is a big problem, and very annoying, but alot worse could happen! XOXO KKK

Posted by: chocolate at January 17, 2005 01:10 PM

Sorry to hear about that sis. I have always loved your positive view on things. I try to do the same when my boys are fussy, my house is a mess (due in large part to the remodeling that is going on), and the new puppy just peed on my carpet and I just had to shove dinner down so that I could get to work on time. When these things happen I often find myself on my way to work talking to myself "Breathe Sally, just breathe."
All my love!

Posted by: Sally at January 17, 2005 02:07 PM

Thank you for your encouragement, ladies.

The good news is that the damage is extremely minimal and has been caused by a pipe leaking (we think), and that is covered by our insurance. We do have a $1000 deductible and this will most likely not hit that, but it could be far worse.

"Chocolate"- when did that happen? In December? What a trial! You guys have had more water in that house....

Sally- are you still working? We got the picture of the boys- they are so cute :D

Posted by: Rae at January 17, 2005 07:06 PM

I have now just cut the wall all the way up to the cieling to find the drain pipe joint leaking nasty drain water from the kitcken sink and dishwasher. It reeks and is slimy. Looks like a bad glue job on the drain piple elbow. I am very thankful it is not the foundation. Looks like it will cost exactly $999.99 to fix.

Posted by: R at January 18, 2005 08:19 PM

Rae fell free to edit. I am hooked on spel chek cuz I got prollems spellun.

Posted by: R at January 18, 2005 08:20 PM
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