Tuesday, February 16, 2010


Not because of the heat... for this is the temp it was in our house yesterday morning, and all through the night before...

But because our furnace decided to burn up!

You can kind of see the black burn marks in this photo...

Sunday night around 9 I realized the furnace wasn't kicking on, and the temp was slowly retreating. I called the only place I could find in the phone book who was open, and they asked if I wanted a repairman. Well, I WANTED to say NO! I don't WANT a repairman on a Sunday night! But knowing I was leaving early in the morning to take the boys to day care so I could get Olivia to her Chicago Dr. appts by 8:30 am, I NEEDED a repairman! :(

Fast forward almost two hours. I am trying to keep myself awake, waiting for a call or the doorbell, and nothing. I call back and ask if they know what time it might be that the repairman comes??? I'm told they haven't gotten a hold of him yet. Nice. Within ten minutes, what do you know, he calls. He asks what happened and then if a 6am appt would work. Perfect, fine, maybe I won't pay horrible Sunday fees then, come on over at 6!

I placed another blanket on each of the sleepy darlings, got myself in warm and snuggly, and slept. Finally. It was chilly getting ready in the morning at 55 degrees! :) But we did it and survived!

Our doctor appointment went really well! Olivia's neutrophil counts had been low and they are now finally back up where they should be after lowering one of her seizure meds slightly.

By the time we spent some girl time in the afternoon and picked up the boys, the furnace was fixed, to a whooping $578! I know, I know, that's a good cost compared to what it could have been. And believe me, I know that we are extremely blessed that there was no actual fire related to this and that so much more COULD have happened! It just stinks when you're so close to (hoepfully) selling your house to have to put this much money into it! Especially when that's money that is now coming off the down payment for our new house. Oh well! :) We have HEAT! :)

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I am a single mom to four amazing kids; each of whom just happen to have been adopted. The first three were adopted through foster care, and we just completed an international adoption from Haiti. Our family has grown through adoption and I am all the more blessed to know each of my children. I worship a mighty God, teach Special Ed, love bargains, and am inspired by Pinterest... come along with us for the ride!

Olivia - 14

Olivia - 14

Braeden - 11

Braeden - 11

Liam - 9

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Little did I know that the road would be so rocky
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Little did I know that a dream has it’s own timing
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But God knew all along and He had a plan to follow
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