I was talking to my friend Ginni about being transparent on my blog, how sometimes I share things I really don’t want to share in hopes of encouraging someone else with my honesty. In reality this is really a long story that I would rather not share but it involves having a trusting faith in the midst of trials.
Not sure where this story really begins, I think it begins ten years ago, on my 30th birthday when our family car broke down which ended up causing a ten year series of events regarding our car situation. We moved to TN with two cars, one we owned and one we had to finish paying off and then we would be completely debt free.
We had plans to keep one of the cars for the kids, repair the other and buy a newer car for me to commute. I’ve never had a car of my own choosing and it was my turn to pick. We were two car payments away, so close…….
One June day, Marty and the kids were out running errands when that car broke down. I was trying to get to rescue them and thought I was putting coolant in my car, only to find out I was putting a coolant and oil mixture that had been drained from our other car. I only made it so far and broke down, I called my co-worker Melissa who rescued my entire family as both cars had to be towed home.
We got my car repaired and running again, when then very next day Marty was driving home from dropping Conner off at work, he got hit by someone who pulled out from a two way stop near our house. He was able to avoid hitting that car but my car was totaled as it came to a stop hitting another car. Thankfully, my good friends Melani and Sheree had just brought me their second car Gertie to drive while the truck was in the shop.
It turned out, my car was totaled and our truck needed repairs that were over what we wanted to spend while still making payments. So we had a rental car from the insurance and Gertie for awhile, Marty was out of school and thankfully only I had to work.
During this time, I felt a strong peace. God was telling me, it was going to be okay and turn out to be a blessing. My car was needing a lot of repairs and truthfully wasn’t the safest car in the world, nobody really liked me driving that car.
We got a check from the other insurance, I went to Carmax and got a wonderful 2013 Dodge Dart with all the bells and whistles for less than the payment we had on our truck. We paid the truck off with that money as well.
Bad news is, we needed to buy another car but at this point our savings was tapped and we knew that we could sell our truck for a good amount of money even needing repair, after it was paid off.
We gave Gertie back to Melani and Sheree once school started, my supervisors worked to change my schedule around so that I could pick Marty up on my lunch hour and ride share. We have been ride sharing since August with one car and its been okay, except for the high amount of mileage we put on my new car. We have two teenagers with busy schedules, two working parents with busy schedules, Marty and I have spent the last five months on burnout.
There have been blessings in those five months, it worked out with me working some long days I could stay and hang out around work and taking a longer lunch.
I got news that my schedule would be changing and the hour lunch would no longer be an option for me, in reality, I could have panicked and freaked out but after five months of blessings, I knew it would work out.
Marty’s friend Ray mentioned he had a friend with a car lot and took Marty down there. We were able to sell our truck to him for exactly what it was worth unrepaired and buy a nice truck for Marty with four wheel drive, something we need when I have to commute to work in the snow this winter.
We are very thankful that God turned the trials into blessings and joy. Both cars replaced after struggling through and after many years of being in a tough car situation. Funny enough, both cars equal the payment that we had on our truck, so we are spending no more money than before and we are still fairly debt free.
It has been a very long five months but we have seen so many blessings in this situation and God has worked it out for the better.We are so thankful for everyone that has prayed and helped out in the last five months, you’re all blessings to us.