The World According to kcillini77

November 26, 2007

Pouring it on


When it rains it pours.

Everything happens in threes.

Well, here we go… in the span of the three days since Thanksgiving:

1) Furnace goes out… could be fixed to function for $500, but also has cracks in the heat exchanger meaning if we continue to operate the furnace family could die in the night from CO poisoning. Family got to spend 3 nights at the in-laws, and I’m home from work now typing as our brand new furnace that I don’t have the money for is installed.

2) Jen’s car has been leaking coolant for a couple weeks. Assumed it was a cracked hose and topped it off a couple of times. Finally got up under it yesterday and found it’s not a cracked hose. Don’t know what it is, but have an appointment to take it in to a shop tomorrow. My pessimist brain has already determined that they’ll probably tell me it’s a crack in the engine block and I pretty much need to buy a new car. Which I certainly don’t have the money for.

3) Brinton woke up from a nap yesterday with a 103.2 degree fever. For those of you without kids, they would send us home from the emergency room if we had taken him in – they don’t get too anxious about fevers in young kids under about 105, but another thing to add to the stress. Oh, and we did take him to see the doctor today – which means a copay – and a prescription. Which I have no money for anymore. See (1) and (2) above.

Anyway, here I sit in a house full of things with a family that loves me waiting to come home when the heat returns and complaining about how rough I have it because for pretty much the first time in my life I have some uncertainty about how I’m going to pay for something I need. And I’m reminded of all the people that do not have what I have and that don’t have people to love them and I feel selfish. And blessed. And undeserving. And angry with myself for my lack of faith. And stressed out. And fat. I ate too much this week.

There’s a lesson in here somewhere. Comment if you find it.


  1. Which brings up a very important point that I am curious about….how can we be poor AND fat? Only in America 🙂 Sorry to hear you’re broke, dude. You WILL recover, and God will provide. If you would like any other cliche’s, let me know!!!

    Comment by Joshua — November 26, 2007 @ 7:12 pm | Reply

  2. I don’t know what to say. But I do find comfort in the fact that your family is in tact and that you are leading it. You are a Godly husband and leader and I trust that you are figuring it out. Yay for men who lead their families.

    Comment by Kristiapplesauce — December 4, 2007 @ 6:08 pm | Reply

  3. I hope things are better now in Feb ’08 than they were in November of ’07. I hope you don’t mind, but I found your graphic for this post to be perfect for my own trial of three bads right now, so I borrowed it on my blog. I’ll give you credit for finding it. 🙂

    Comment by J — February 27, 2008 @ 2:07 pm | Reply

  4. […] (graphic found here…) […]

    Pingback by Thinking About… » When it rains, it pours… — February 27, 2008 @ 2:09 pm | Reply

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