Friday, January 16, 2009

I Guess I Got What I Asked For!

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Anyone who thinks the Lord is some prude, sitting up in heaven and staring down upon his creation in nothing but seriousness....really has it all wrong.

I just mentioned yesterday that I was SO thankful for our nice, warm house during these cold temperatures. I talked about how I didn't want to take these things for granted and how I didn't want my kids to take them for granted either. Well.....

This morning I woke up to the sound of NOTHING happening. We always keep our fan running along with our heat so there is always some sort of white noise in our home. Therefore, it's immediately obvious when our electricity goes out as there is a sudden lack of said noise. At 6.54am on the coldest day so far this year in Indiana, our power went out. Awesome.

Sometimes our power flickers and occasionally goes off for 5-10 minutes at a time, but once 15 minutes was reached and the inevitable cold temps started to sink in to my thoughts, I figured this time it was a more permanent outage.

We stuck it out for a few hours upstairs with some candles and our cold breakfast but when the downstairs finally reached 50 degrees, we caved and went to spend the morning with some friends across town. (Thanks, Rachel!) We got home at 2.15pm and our kitchen clock was flashing 1:07. Apparently we didn't stay out quite long enough because our house was still a fairly chilly 62 degrees. But regardless, I am so happy that our power has been turned back on!

And, just like I had hoped for yesterday, I did get a chance to explain to my children that some people don't have electricity at ALL and that some people don't even have a house to live in. I'm not sure that they really understood, just judging from the glazed looks on their little faces, but I still pulled my share and explained to them that we should be so thankful that we DO have those things.

The moral of the story: Be careful what you wish for. :)

4 comments:

Lee Anne said...

Oh no! It was -15 this morning so I am so sorry you guys had no electricity! Oh my...glad you were able to go to a friend's house for warmth. I have been following your blog for a week or so and think it's great but had to comment on this one. Brr!

So Blessed! said...

God gives us opportunities to teach our children in ways that sometimes we ourselves wouldn't think about. Plus, it's always a nice reminder of how blessed we truly are...

Extraordinary Ordinary Life said...

Wow, thank goodness for good friends!

Amy said...

I'm glad we had to go to the warmth of work on Friday, but the power went out as I was in the shower rinsing my hair...luckily Robby came in pretty fast with a flashlight! However, double whammy...he went to start my car and it just wouldn't. His car is still inoperable, so no jump...but he managed to take the battery out of his car and put it in mine so we were only 20 minutes late for work...yeah?! :)