This is not going to seem very exciting to most of you, but is a huge answer to prayer and relief to us, and me in particular, and since this is my blog, I'm going to write about it! :-)
My husband has been employed now for eight months. In that time we have had to pay thousands (yes, thousands) of dollars to the water department for huge water bills. It is one of the things that has made our "catching up" so difficult, and has been incredibly stressful. During the time that my husband was unemployed our old hot water tank developed a leak, but it took us several months to figure it out. At first we thought it was a leak around the window from a bad rainstorm, but caulking that did not solve the problem. Then we thought it was the flange around our furnace vent on the top of the roof, but the furnace people came and made sure that seal was tight and we still had leakage on our basement floor. Finally we realized it was the hot water tank.
It is pretty hard to pay a huge water bill every month and save money for a new hot water tank, and just seeing the little trickle on our basement floor that led to the drain made me sick to my stomach. It was literally like pouring money down the drain.
But, finally, this was the month!!!
Our old hot water tank was taken to the curb where it was happily picked up by the metal recycle guy.
And our new tank was carefully carried in.
It was expertly installed by my husband and my dear friend Sally's husband.
It doesn't leak gas or water (both good things!) and is giving us lovely hot water whenever we want it, and no water at all when we don't. Lord willing, this will be the end of our exorbitant water bills!
I am thankful!
Thank you to our dear friends who helped make this possible, and thank you to the anonymous person who managed to pass along to us some cash at church last Sunday! I don't know how this person (or people) are finding out exactly when we need money, but we are humbled and grateful and choosing to see it as a lovely, undeserved gift from God!