Tuesday, January 15, 2008

When unexpected things happen...

When unexpected things happen in my life, I tend to freak out a little bit. As I have told you before, I am a planner. I plan special events for United Way, I plan for my family's future, I plan for our future children, I am a planner! :)

So naturally I freaked out when Brad and I decided to officially start our Total Money Makeover as our New Year's Resolution, and SEVERAL unexpected things happened. Here's how everything panned out...

We bought our Dave Ramsey book and started talking about our hopes about our plan.

The next day, my car was hit somewhere between Wal-Mart, McAlister's, and a Junior League meeting. And no one was there to take the blame....it wasn't a bad hit, but someone most likely backed into (someone with a trailer hitch!).

Brad and I were a little disheartened when we learned that we would have to pay a $500 deductible OR pay the $250 for the part, plus labor (around $90 per hour).

Next morning we wake up to a freezing cold house. I go to see what the thermostat is on, and the thermostat is completely off, and it's not coming back on. A call to "Heater Danny," and we learn that the compressor (please don't ask what a compressor does because I have no idea) is BAD. Although the compressor is under warranty (cue the angels), we still have to pay for labor - which is an ALL DAY job and will most likely cost us $500 or more (Debbie Downer music).

Well, so this may set us a little behind on our start date for the plan, but it's all the more motivation to set up an EMERGENCY fund! In two days, we are already needing close to $1,000!!!!

Does it end here???

Don't think so!

Our precious dog, Turner, who is a lab mix has had several skin problems - along with others. Well, Turner has recently had the skin issue pop up again. We took him to the vet this morning and were told that the problem has gotten worse, and he is going to need to go through a series of dips and treatments to the tune of $172!!!! We will have to have him dipped every other week, which will cost around $70 for each dip! Turner is my baby, and I just want him to get better!

So, the lesson for the week is to NOT GIVE UP. Although Brad and I are discouraged at this set-back, we WILL get through this. I think my fabulous numbers-loving husband has actually figured out a way for us to take care of everything and still start our plan on February 1!!!! We wanted to start this week, but we'll deal! Anyways, I'm trying not to freak out, and I'm doing A LOT of praying :)

Have any of you gone through things like this before??


1 comment:

  1. I just got this verse for my cousin this morning who is going through some financial issues herself...Just say this to yourself each time you get overwhelmed or discouraged...

    The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness;his mercies begin FRESH EACH MORNING. I say to myself, "The Lord is my inheritance;therefore, I will hope in him!"
    Lamentations 3:22-24