What a Week!
Its been a heck of a week, but God has taken care of us, albeit not always the way we might have envisioned for ourselves. First our upstairs air conditioner broke , and then Jenny's car died; right in the prime of its life! Jenny and I had been headed out on a date; and I was picking up the baby sitter. Fortunately I was near their house so was able to get a ride back home from a good friend Troy Henry. Granted I did have to wait a while in the warm summer sun for the tow truck. At that point I just thought it was some kind of minor belt failure... Later we would find out that the belt failure cascaded and eventually spun broken parts into the timing belt which caused the engine valves to be destroyed. XG300 you were a nice car while it lasted.
God provided some AC relief via a free window unit that Don found for us, he even drove it up and helped me "rig" it in the window. It will work for now, but for sure isn't a permanent installation LOL God has clearly been taking care of us; its not enough to cool the whole upstairs, but it is keeping the bonus room useable, and we have moved Jordan into the bonus room at nights and for naps. As for us, we are sleeping on an air mattress on the floor of the family room! God has provided several outstanding people who are helping us out with the AC, and hopefully it will be fixed by Monday this coming week! God really is good.
To finish off this week, Friday I took a half day from work. I was going to test drive a ford freestyle that a local dealership had. It was 1000$ out of the top of our budget; I was mostly going to test drive it since carmax had a similar one down in charlotte that they would transfer. I drove, it was really nice, and I told them that if they dropped a thousand off of it, I'd drive it home show Jenny, and buy it if she liked it... the price was already very competitive for all the features, leather, gps nav, DVD, 6 disc CD, rear backup sensors... I figured there was no way they'd knock off a thousand. They came back with a 500 dollar offer... made it intruiging but not enough to delay my departure to go test drive a honda pilot... I told them that and they came down 800; that was enough! Took it home. Jenny loved it, so we are now the proud owner of a fully loaded 2006 Ford Freestyle with only 33k miles on it.
Unfortunately this means we are back in debt :( It was a nice feeling, not having any loans besides the house, but unfortunately we have only been free of the last car for 6 months, so we had definitely not built up a whole new cars worth of money. With God's help, we will definitely get back out of debt; God has been very generous towards us and given us more then we could possibly deserve starting with his Son, Jesus Christ.
So what have we been up to? You might Ask? Well we have been busy in the Yard for sure! Check out our new Garden: For more details checkout the Veggie Garden!
--Josh 22:08, 8 June 2008 (UTC)
The Patterson's (all 5 of us Josh Jenny, Jordan, Strider and Sam) have gone Wiki! Whats wiki you may ask? Good question... If I figure it out I'll be sure to let you know! Amongst other things I hope it means we will be more regular in updating the site! Well we can always hope.
--Josh 22:08, 8 June 2008 (UTC)