It's Been A Week…

It’s been a really stressful week, and my body is responding with fatigue- the best way I can describe it is it feels like I have a newborn- that deep, my limbs feel like they are made of lead kind of tired. When I finish this post, I know I’ll be really tempted just to leave the dishes, the toys and the laundry and just crawl into bed- at 7:30 pm.

After an emotional Sunday due to a negative personal situation that’s been ongoing, I woke up Monday morning to water dripping from Grayson’s ceiling. I called Ryan, who then took the day off to have a plumber come out. Then, as I was backing out of the driveway to take Grayson to school, I hit the side of the garage with my sideview mirror, and it shattered. Because of course.

Back at the house, the plumbers were stumped. So $350, a ripped up toilet and 3 holes of missing sheetrock later, we still had water dripping from the ceiling. In other words, a really expensive “I don’t know”.

Yesterday, we had a roofer come out to see if the roof was leaking. No, but apparently we do have $650 worth of roofing that probably needs to be done. And yes, there was still water dripping from the ceiling.

Today, we had an AC repairman out. Two hours later, he had unclogged two drain pipes and the dripping stopped. And he didn’t charge us anything for the work. Bless him. Hopefully, this has fixed the problem, although he did say the pipes are old and corroded, which makes me really nervous. And now we have to replace a toilet and sheetrock. Sigh.

This house has been good for us- it’s what we need for now- the size, layout and location. Oh, but I wish it wasn’t such a money pit.

Yes, expensive house problems are super stressful, and I’m not going to lie and say I didn’t have several meltdowns about it this week, but this is nothing compared to the stress some of my dear friends are facing this week. For those of you who read this post, Melanie passed away earlier in the week. I did not know her personally, but I and many of my friends were touched by the work she did while she was on earth. And then yesterday, one of my best friends lost her father in law to cancer.

Also, another good friend’s child had surgery yesterday and is having a tough recovery, and two of my Mito mom friends’ kids are in the hospital and struggling. And to top it off, another very close friend got some devastating news about her daughter’s health. Yes, I have A LOT of friends with sick kids. It’s messed up.

What in the world is going on? I almost feel guilty about my stress and worry over a leak in my house when so many others I am close to are hurting so deeply right now.

It does put so much in perspective I realize so many people are struggling and dealing with so much. I have really been reflecting today on what a huge blessing it is that Grayson is doing so well and has been doing well for quite a while. And while I still obviously have my own crazy life situations to deal with, these past few months of G’s stability has given me the chance to finally catch my breath and really get the chance to be the one offering support, and not the other way around. And that feels right- that all I’ve gone through the past few years has made me able to help others, both practically and emotionally.

I’m praying next week brings better health, better news, and dryer ceilings in my world.


  1. Noemi James on October 10, 2014 at 4:58 am

    Wow. A lot of really hard stuff going on around you and in your own life. I'm so sorry. I hope you–and those you know who are suffering–get some peace soon.

    It's funny you posted today, I was going to text you because I realized it have been a while since I had heard from you and I was worried something was wrong. Clearly it was. I'm sorry I haven't been around for support. I will rectify that immediately.

  2. rainsthoughts on October 10, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    (((HUGS))) That is a lot of house repairs! I'm so sorry! I hope things start looking up soon!

  3. Down On The Farm on October 13, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    When it rains it pours. And I know how overwhelming that can be. Hang in there, and know that the Bible promises that even though “in this world we will have trouble.” We can be of good cheer because Jesus has overcome the world! Hallelujah!! Praying for peace in your heart today dear Elizabeth. Peace, and rest in Jesus name. I'm still praying for Grayson!!

  4. Traci Romero on October 17, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    Awww! I suggest that you take a back seat. You'll be able to sort those things out in no time. A remedy is gonna be made clear at some point, and it may be in a manner you didn't expect. There is always trusted and effective plumbing service around the corner, which is just a phone call away.

    Traci Romero @ Harris Plumbing

  5. Brett Rogers on March 13, 2015 at 7:44 pm

    Looks like you had a lot of difficulties back then. As if that ‘negative personal situation’ you’ve been going through isn’t taxing enough, you had to add that leaking ceiling on your list of worries. Well, I just hope all the things regarding your health, personal, and household matters are in good terms now. Stay positive!

    Brett Rogers @ Flame Furnace

  6. Tommy Hopkins on May 13, 2015 at 9:58 pm

    This comment has been removed by the author.

  7. Tommy Hopkins on May 13, 2015 at 10:09 pm

    Yikes! It seems like you had a really tough week. Things can get a bit stressful sometimes. When things pile up, the only way to finish everything is to go through them one step at a time. Whatever the case is, I hope you were able to handle it well. Anyway, how are things doing with the AC? It was pretty nice of the repairman to not charge you for it. Thanks for sharing this with us, Elizabeth. All the best!

    Tommy Hopkins @ AccuTemp

Leave a Comment