The day after Thanksgiving my husband's laptop died a rather dramatic death. It was used extensively by the entire family so its loss is really felt. Without it my husband cannot work from home (which he did a few days every month), and the two oldest boys will now have to share one computer for an online class they are in.
It is possible that an experienced repair person may be able to fix it at a reasonable price, but that involves taking a chip off the motherboard, and we run the risk of ruining the motherboard in the process. For those of you not familiar with motherboards, that would be bad.
Perhaps we will be able to replace it after Christmas. I would love for my husband to have a new laptop. His was five years old, which in laptop years is about 100. But in the meantime, we are down a computer. And you know what????
I am thankful.
I am thankful we have two desktops that we can use. Both of them are old, and one of them is so old it will not support our online classes, but it does most other things reasonably well (I'm blogging on it!).
I am thankful my husband had the most amazing attitude about it. No ranting or raving at all. No visible, outward discouragement. Not even a heavy sigh. "It's just a thing," he said.
I am thankful that in the grand scheme of things, a broken laptop is not even a blip.
I am thankful that God has been so faithful. We've had a lot of things break in the past few months, but by God's grace they have all been fixed or replaced.
I'm thankful God is showing me that gratitude is a year round perspective. It doesn't have to stop after Thanksgiving. I'm grateful there are still so many other things to be thankful for!!!