Oh, yes. Oh, yes. It’s cold, friends.
We had a flat tire last night. We were about 1/2 of a mile from home, on our way to a nice dinner at a nice restaurant–something we haven’t done in quite awhile. There was a strange ticking sound, and I quickly pulled into a nearby parking lot. Not too bad, right? Sure, we were lucky to be near home, and there hadn’t been a dramatic blowout. But the thermometer was reading 4 degrees Fahrenheit. FOUR! Poor Cory had to crawl on the snowy, icy ground to jack the car up, to coax a stubborn tire off, and to place a sorry little doughnut on to the car. He was frozen, and as you can imagine, the kids were antsy–and hungry. I couldn’t do much except pray that frost bite wouldn’t set in. It didn’t.
This was not how we imagined our evening. However, as I sat in the car with the heater blasting, thumbing through an IKEA catalog while the kids chattered in the back, I was flooded with a deep sense of gratitude. I have been blessed with a hard-working husband who doesn’t blink an eye at doing and being everything his family needs. I *know* how to change a tire–in my head–but as I felt the car rocking and saw Cory using all of his might (and he has a lot of might!) to remove the stuck tire, I knew with complete certainty that if I didn’t have him, we would have been stranded at the side of the road in frigid temperatures. I have been blessed with the means to have a warm car that takes us where we need to go. (Cory’s wet, muddy clothes meant that we didn’t have the nice dinner in a nice restaurant, but we did pick up a quick bite at Moe’s.) I have a house with a cozy fireplace, and when we returned from our cold outing, we lit that baby and watched the hot flames dance.
I am grateful. Life is hard sometimes, but the blessings are abundant.
4 thoughts on “Now this is Gratitude”
I am so sorry this happened to you and on such a cold, cold night! But I love how much you love your hubby and appreciate everything he does for your family!!Your blog makes me smile!
hurrah for Cory. You saved a damsel (and some little people) from distress.
I just love your blog and the love you and Cory share. You sure have been blessed with a great husband and father to your little ones. You’ve got a great family all around. I’m just sorry that the flat tire happened to you. 😦 Sometimes I think these things happen to makes us realize just how blessed we really are. Love you all.
Sorry this happened. Kudos to Cory. And for momma for keeping the faith Glad you all got home safe. Xoxo