It looks like we’ll be getting another car. The Taurus is out. Well to be exact, we’re going to hold onto it until the summer when Nate will try to fix it – and then we’ll try to sell it. We’re still not 100% sure what is exactly wrong with the Taurus, but it’s one of three things with the engine, all of which are extremely time-consuming to fix (days/weeks of repair) and quite possibly very expensive. There’s no way we could/would bring it to a mechanic – the repairs would cost more than the car is worth. Nate discussed the options in detail with my dad (who knows a LOT about cars, especially about Taurus’s as he’s had two – and by the way, does not recommend them!) and while it can be done, it would simply be too much work with possibly no end in sight. We don’t have a garage, so Nate would have to be out in freezing cold temperatures trying to fix it, not to mention when he could find the time to do so! Nate works 50+ hours a week with a one hour drive EACH way to work, so he’s away an easy 60+ hours a week.
But in the meantime, we do need another car, so we will look at getting another (used) car in the next month or so. There’s some auto auctions in the area and Nate will probably try there next month. There’s just too much going on with Christmas now to try to tackle a new car and all those expenses right now. So for now – temporarily Lord-willing – we are a one-car family.
I am not thrilled, I am disappointed, but resigned to the fact. For whatever reason, this is what God has for us now. I don’t know why, in fact in my own limited knowledge of things, this is pretty bad timing. But God knows and so I will do my best to trust in Him. I’m trying hard not to get too discouraged. It’s a daily battle, especially as I know this is just beginning, but again I’m trying to give it to Him.
On a lighter note, I was talking with Nathan earlier and something came up about Daddy’s car. I told Nathan that it was broken and we were going to have to buy another car, but it might take us a little while because cars cost a lot of money. Nathan said “Oh I can help!” and ran upstairs. He came back downstairs with his wallet and pulled out his one and only dollar.
“Here, Mommy, you can buy Daddy’s new car with this!”
I thanked him, but explained that a new car would cost a lot of money – even a cheap one would cost maybe a thousand dollars. And also that it was his money and he should keep it.
Nathan’s eyes got wide for a minute as he thought about it, then he turned and raced back upstairs. He ran back and handed me a quarter.
“Now THIS will help Daddy!”
He was so pleased and proud and I was so proud of my little boy for being so sweet. I insisted he keep his dollar, but I told him that his quarter would help Daddy and I thanked him very much. Then we put the quarter carefully on the kitchen windowsill to give to Daddy when he came home later.
Isn’t that precious? We are so blessed, God is SO good to us!