All in a Day’s Work

Saturday was a day that we had a lot of work to get done around my parents’ house.  Our main goals were to spread manure (ask Dad), order a media console for the the family room, and get Mom and Dad’s bedroom painted.  Our day, however, did not go exactly as planned. It went a little something like this:

“Though the fig tree should not blossom and there be no fruit on the vines,  Though the yield of the olive should fail and the fields produce no food, Though the flock should be cut off from the fold and there be no cattle in the stalls…”

* Everyone goes to bed feeling lousy, less Ashley-Nicole and Mom
* Ashley-Nicole wakes up sick
* Dad gets the tractor stuck in the waterlogged field
* The truck will not start for Dad to pull the tractor out—twice
* While trying to pull him out, Andrew winds up covered in mud and is forced to wear Dad’s clothes for the rest of the day. They are slightly too large
* The first two coats of paint in the bedroom don’t adequately cover
* We run out of paint
* Mom puts 6 oz. too many frozen strawberries in Laura’s birthday cake batter
* The cake falls
* The cake falls out on the counter. In clumps.
* Menards mixes us the wrong color of paint
* We discover this AFTER we arrive back home
* Ashley-Nicole and Laura are banned from the painting room while the boys paint behind the doors and are made to find something else constructive to do
* As Mom drives to Mendards to exchange the paint, the entire gallon spills all over the floor of the van
* After an hour of scrubbing, the carpet is given up for lost
* Mom has no cheddar cheese or garlic powder for the Red Lobster Biscuits

“…Yet I will exult in the Lord, I will rejoice in the God of my salvation.” Habakkuk 3:17-18

* It is a lovely morning, sun shining, 60*
* Dad’s “spreading of manure” in the pasture goes faster than ever. He expects to be done in record time
* We finally choose and order a beautiful TV console for the newly remodeled family room
* The bedroom is done being painted and is beautiful! (the trim has yet to be painted, but hey)
* Mom sings praise songs on the way to Menards (before the paint spills)
* She is not all that far from home yet when the paint spills
* The girls, since being banned from the painting room, have nothing better to do than help scoop paint from the floor of the van
* The van needed new carpet anyway:-)
* Ashley-Nicole salvages the cake beautifully
* We create a new biscuit recipe and it’s to die for
* Laura’s birthday celebration is delightful
* Dad wins the Dread Pirate game


2 responses to this post.

  1. Did Brother fall into the mud like Anne Shirley does in Anne of Avonlea? Face first and everything? Because if he did that would be pretty cool.

    Saturday sounds really intense.


  2. Posted by Mom on March 27, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    Update on the Van Carpet: The Actually Clean guys are cleaning it today, and they’re pretty sure they can get 95% of the paint out. Praise God!

    Whenever something bad happens, there is ALWAYS something good to praise God for at the same time. Why don’t I remember that more often??


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