Much To Be Thankful For
Beginning yesterday, then last night, and most of today we've had a beautiful steady rainfall here in very dry West Texas. The clouds are piling up for another good rainstorm coming in tonight. I can't begin to explain how beautiful it is, or how blessed we feel to see that rain coming down!
I drove the 22 miles in to work in a major downpour this morning. The skies were so dark and heavy that all the streetlights were still on downtown at 8 AM! Water was running curb deep in several areas, and traffic was moving really slow. I used to drive a little Toyota Corolla and driving in deep water always stressed me, worrying about my car flooding out in the intersections. This morning I was so thankful for the Ford Escape I have now, plenty of height and clearance to safely navigate deep puddles!
I was thinking about what a pain it was going to be to walk the 1/2 block from the parking lot to our office building carrying a tote bag, my tea mug, and an umbrella. As I got within a few blocks of the office the rain let up and then totally stopped. I walked from the car to the building without a single drop of rain falling on me, when I got safely inside and upstairs it started up again. It was like God turned off the faucet for a bit just for me! :-)
This week also saw the start of a new part-time helper at work. We need the extra help badly to keep up with the massive amount of paper scanning/attaching to be done. She'll work every morning. She's nice and catching on quickly. I am so grateful that our supervisor/bosses and the company owner heard our cries for help and responded! Hopefully, it will help reduce the stress levels of always feeling swamped.
Another bit of good news arrived in the mail yesterday. Long time readers here will remember that I had to file bankruptcy when I divorced my ex-husband. His many bouts of being unemployed were devastating to our finances. Once that was over and I got established here in Texas with John, I obtained a small credit card from the bank I've been with for 20 some years. It was a secured card, with money deposited in savings as a backup guarantee, but it was a start. Several months ago they raised the credit limit on it as they saw I know how to handle credit responsibly. Yesterday brought a letter stating that they had reviewed my spending/payments and decided it was time to upgrade my status to an unsecured card. They will be refunding the initial savings deposit back into my account. Wonderful! Bit by bit I will get my credit rating back up to where it was before I met my ex. Thankfully, John's credit rating is excellent, so we've had no trouble with major items we needed to purchase like appliances for our home or his new truck. We live carefully, and I am thankful for his financial responsibility. I never have to worry about money being squandered.
Topping off a day of counting blessings, my daughter called late this afternoon to tell me she had put a deposit down on a lot to have a new home built in Nashville. She's been looking and hunting there for some time now and has done her homework looking for the perfect lot, home builder, and financial arrangements. She has been living in small apartments since her divorce two years ago, and it's been hard on her. Prior to that she and her ex-husband built a house in Temple, Texas when they lived there, and then bought a large fixer-upper in a great neighborhood in San Antonio and were in the process of doing major renovations to it. She couldn't afford to keep it when the divorced, so he did... and moved his girlfriend in. It broke her heart.
After having nice spacious homes, being squished into small, over-priced apartments with her two beloved cats has taken a toll. She loves to work on house and yard projects, has installed sprinkler systems, planted trees, floored and insulated attics, and strung Christmas lights on rooftops! She is a talented decorator that makes her homes feel warm and inviting. Living in an apartment and knowing its only temporary has left her with little to do but stare at the tv, and that leads to isolation and depression, her arch enemies.
She's been debating back and forth between two homes/builders/areas for the past couple days weighing out all the pros and cons and found out today that she could get the house she liked best of all for nearly the same monthly payments as the one that was second best. So she overcame her fear of failing, took a great leap of faith, chose a great lot in a nice development, and put down a deposit. Tomorrow or Monday she'll finish deciding on all the options available, and will sign papers to build the house. It should only take a few months, and they will even pay the $1000 required to break her apartment lease!
To hear the excitement in her voice tonight as she shared pictures of the model home with us, was just WONDERFUL! Anyone who knows what she's been thru in recent years realizes what a huge step this is for her, to let go of the past, and take a step forward with her life, not waiting for someone to come and rescue her. As a registered nurse, she is financially able to purchase a very nice home, and having it will be great motivation to get thru work each day. I am as excited as she is!
When I talked with her just a short while ago she was updating her online dating profile. That's good news too! Being alone at nearly 40 is hard and lonely and thus far she's met a bunch of losers, feeling more defeated after each encounter. She is long overdue for a new responsible nice-guy in her life, and would make an awesome partner. All prayers to that effect will be gratefully accepted!
So as I sit here tonight, tired from the week of work, watching a bit of tv with the Papa Bear, surrounded by purring furkids vying for lap space, I'm smiling. I realize that life is good and how very blessed I am!
Tomorrow is FRIDAY, one more reason to smile and to be thankful... weekend coming up! :-)