Thursday, September 28, 2006

Just one of those days

I am having one of "those days."

Linus and Greta woke up too early and are crabby and fighting with each other.

Yesterday, Dustin called me at 6:30 a.m. from the gas station in Rockford: he had stopped to get gas and when he got back in the car to finish the commute to work our car wouldn't start. I woke the kids up and loaded them into the van to go pick him up. We barely got home in time to get Miles to school and had to have the car towed to get it fixed. It cost $1,100 to fix and then the mechanic said there's about $1,200 more that needs to be done in the next couple of months. The car has almost 200,000 miles on it and we're trying to decide if it's even worth sinking any more money into it.

I'm frustrated to no end with our efforts to get the school referendum passed in Maple Lake. We're trying to round up people to write letters to the editor in the local paper. At least half of the people we've contacted have said no... not because they aren't going to vote yes in November, but because they are worried that they might make someone in this town upset with them. The small-town politics are driving me nuts. I don't see this as a touchy issue. It's an investment in our kids and the future. Unfortunately, it doesn't really matter what I think because my last name is not well known in this town. In Maple Lake, it's all about who you know and how long your family has lived here.

Whew... venting is over.

Lord, forgive my poor attitude and self-pity, especially at a time when there should be nothing but celebration in our house. My family is healthy. You have always provided for us and will continue to do so. I surrender our money matters to You. Please give me the strength and wisdom to be a voice in this community that will be heard.


  1. Friend, I am so sorry. Doesn't it feel like when it rains, it pours? This too shall pass, and you will look back and know that you have grown, changed, and you depend more on God than ever before. I can only say this having walked through some pouring of my own. Please call us, we will find something free and fun to do to take your mind off the current stresses of life. We love you guys

  2. Margaret, one option is to write letters to the newspaper yourself and then just sign the name of the influential-chickens who won't do it. I'm not saying this is the Jesus type of thing to do, but sometimes...

  3. If I lived in Maple Lake i'd vote yes. I have voted yes on every school amendment, even when I didn't have kids. I believe investing in our childrens future, mine or not is key to the future of our community, state, and country.

    As far as the car is concerned...when they get that old...I hear kicking it works wonders.