June 23 - Oh no! Our power is off, just like the rest of the neighborhood...or should I say, Wallingford! It was fine up until 9:00 the night before when our neighbor was trying to hook up to us so they could have some power. Just like in the past storms, our power had remained on so we thought we were good this time too. Well, the main circuit box, along Williams Road, had a tree on it and something happened that caused it to blow up. So, just as the neighbor was plugging in, I heard them shout, "What was that?" I thought they had done something to our power, but it turns out it was not their fault at all. Unprepared, I ran around trying to find some flashlights and candles that we could use. Ben was not liking the idea of not having lights in the bathroom all night long so I decided the safest thing to put in there was one of my solar powered lights from outside. Those things worked great and did wonders for peace in the home.
June 24 - We woke up to a still and quite home. Susy had a breakfast date at her friend's house which worked out well so we took her over there and dropped her off. Joe went to do a couple of jobs while Ben and I returned home. He played with his Playmobile and I did some dusting and cleaning. When Joe returned we went to get Susy and then went and had a fun filled afternoon at the Dinosaur Place, and the two children cooled off in the splash pad. It was a great way to spend a day away from home. We got back, rested a bit, then went to church service. I had nursery, and then afterwards, I went to water the plants in my classroom. When I was picking up my stuff by the door, I noticed a letter on top of it. Now, the week had been going pretty rough, but sometimes when you have something at the back of your mind there is a tension there that keeps building. I had sent a letter to Pastor, and to his son (who is going to be our new administrator at school next year) about how I did not feel right about teaching K5 and 1st grade combined. I was just not getting a peace about it. I had written a letter about a week before and put it in their boxes. Well, Pastor left town for the week and I was on edge. I knew it was in the Lord's hands, but I needed to know they knew where I stood.
So I saw this letter on my stuff and felt that butterfly feeling in my stomach. What was this about? It turned out to be God's answers to two of my prayers, as well as the knowledge that He had been working out everything behind the scenes! God knows what we need even before we ask it, and what a great joy it is to know He wants even better than our best for us. So, I am only teaching K5 and the start date of school is now a week later, just as I had prayed it would be.
I had one other prayer that night on the way home from church: please let our lights be on. And God saw fit to answer that one too. The lights inside our house just beamed at us as we pulled into our driveway. What a great way to end our Wednesday.
June 25 - All is back to normal, well, with two kids at least. We spent the morning at Grammy's, while I worked in the office and caught up on data entry. After work came play, so we packed it up and went to our friends' home down in Monroe and spent a fun filled fellowship afternoon with the Montanez family. We got back late and Ben, exhausted from the day, fell asleep in the car, came inside, fell on the couch, and slept until 8:30 the next morning, over 13 hours of sleep. What a day!
June 26 - My children are coming home! I cleaned and cleaned the downstairs, and gladly crossed off that huge job off my summer to do list. Then we got the call the children were on their way and I went down to pick up my three campers. They were so very excited to be home, though they had a good week. They spent a lot of time telling me about their week, and how two of their friends had gotten saved early in the week. They were very excited about that, plus JJ told me that God had worked on him about something. I had never heard him say anything about God working on his heart about anything, so I was greatly encouraged to know JJ is maturing in his faith. I always prayed God will do something, even if it is one little thing that they come away with. They have to learn to have their own relationship with the Lord and cannot walk with Him by hanging on to our coattails.
Overall, it was a week I would not care to repeat, but God showed up in many ways and I am thankful for His hand in my life. I am thankful for a relationship with Him, and even though He is my King and Ruler, He is my best Friend and I can tell Him anything.