Other than the week feeling like when it rains it pours, it was a really good week! We had two things in our home break this week, both of which were pretty significant. The first thing was a cabinet door. Never in the seventeen years that we've been here has anything like this been broken in our house. With four sons, I consider this a miracle. On Monday night, Graham was crouched down in front of a cabinet loving on a dog and when he stood up, the knob got hung on his pants pocket and literally ripped the door apart at the seam in the wood.
I sincerely wish I had a picture of what his face looked like when this happened, but his eyes about bugged out of his head. My husband had it put back on the next night, thankfully the break was clean and he just glued it back together with wood glue and left it clamped tight for almost 24 hours. The other thing that broke, also on Monday, was our washing machine. It stopped spinning and it isn't that old and has already been repaired once. We decided because of that and because Todd found one on sale that we would just buy a new one. Laundry is one of my favorite things that I do in our house, if you didn't know that about me and I particularly love folding clothes. Yes, I'm serious.
We went with another Maytag/Whirlpool, because that's our favorite brand and this one has the least amount of bells and whistles. About that, my husband and I agree that the more fancy a machine like this is, the more stuff that can go wrong on it. We just need it to wash clothes, please. This one is my favorite yet, because though it is high efficiency, you can turn the knob for a deep water wash instead of the auto sensing option that all the newer models have. There also is an option to always double rinse things and there IS NOT AN AUTOMATIC LOCKING LID. Excuse me for yelling, but I was forever dropping socks on the way to the washer. Welcome to adulting 101.
I am excited about new appliances years old.
We also bought a new rug because our old dog Crash was scared to walk on the floor when a fire was going. He thought it was on fire, I suppose and literally would shake violently if he went anywhere near the fireplace.
I went to my favorite store for this purchase (HomeGoods) and love the rug. That led me to reposition the living room furniture some, but I love the new way it is now.
On Sunday I stayed home and livestreamed our church service. All the others were gone and this was me at the end of the service. I love and appreciate our pastor so much! He always gives a call to pray at the end of the service and if I'd been there I'd have gone down to the altar. Since I wasn't, I knelt here at the end of the service and prayed over what he'd just preached on. It was such a great message and I am always so excited to hear him each week. Do you pray for your pastor? If you don't, will you start? I always pray for the Lord to meet him in his quiet times everyday and to give him a clear message for the following week. I always ask Him to fill him a fresh annointing of His Holy Spirit and to guard him in what he says. I always ask the Lord to multiply the time Pastor Chuck spends with Him each day and to speak to him through the Word of God. I also pray for the Lord to protect our pastor from anyone with impure intentions and to help him keep guard over his eyes, ears, mouth and heart.
In my humble opinion, the two kinds of pastors that need fervent prayer the most are the head pastor and the worship pastor, because he is the out front man. Both of these men are prone to lots of complaints, so I always try to show my gratitude to them by prayer.
On a much lighter note, these little bowls are my favorite. I bought them at my favorite store several years ago and I still love them as much as I did back then. They came in a set of four and they're the perfect snack size. Also? These cookies from Trader Joe's are another favorite.
While you see the tv in the background, I should probably confess that I'm still watching Hallmark Christmas movies. I recorded so many! I'm still working through them, but my favorite thing to do if I'm home is to have lunch while I sit and watch a movie.