My post title is one of Nathan's phrases, as in, "That's not the plan, Mom!" when he doesn't want to do something. Today, I'm using the sentiment in reference to what I've been saying and thinking lately.
*A few weeks ago, I was backing out of the garage to pick up some (FREE!) containers for storing my homemade applesauce. There was a big crunch sound because I, um, "grazed" the side of the garage, completely breaking the driver's side mirror which lay shattered in pieces on the driveway. Ugh! I quickly called Eric, who was very gracious, but I was very upset with myself. Nathan was quite worked up over the whole ordeal, even though no one was hurt and the car was of course still driveable. It was not the plan I had in mind that day, for sure. I have a hard time letting go of stuff like this, even though it's clearly not a big deal. I just keep thinking about how much my "free" applesauce costs now! But thankfully, it was just a mirror, and we were able to purchase a used one fairly painlessly. (I called auto parts stores all over the country using this site) and ended up saving over $100 from our initial quote!)
*Last week, when I opened the freezer, I was greeted by a puddle. Not a good sign for a freezer! It turns out that our whole unit was shot, and actually blowing warm air. Once again, my plans for the day changed quickly. Instead of running to get more groceries, as I'd intended, I instead scurried to find cold homes for the ones we already had! Eric left work for a bit so we could run downtown and (for the first time) pick out a new (used) appliance. Miraculously, the new fridge/freezer was installed that same day, so even though it was not the plan, it was easier to deal with!
*On a different note, I'm sure most of you have read that my dad is unable to run for a couple of months due to the healing needed after his radiation treatment. He had been planning to run a marathon in Arizona this fall, but shortly after learning he couldn't run, he called and said that instead of seeing the Grand Canyon, he wanted to see some grand kids. Hooray! My parents are scheduled to arrive here later today, and I'm thrilled. I'll be back next week with pictures from our time together!
Until then, I leave you with this comforting verse to keep in mind when you're going through a situation that wasn't what you had in mind:
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." --Jeremiah 29:11