It's just what it sounds like -- where every Thursday, bloggers do a post about something that they are thankful for. I am hoping that by committing to even ONE positive post a week will help get me on the way to a better attitude. About everything.
So it begins today. And I start with my stove.
Just over 9 years ago, as Les and I were preparing to start our married life together, we were also working on furnishing our first home. My father-in-law happened to stumble across a $50 stove at a garage sale...in perfect working order -- just old. We happily gave him the go-ahead to buy it on our behalf and voila! One less appliance to have to worry about purchasing.
Over the last couple of years we have started noticing a few problems here and there. Mostly with a couple of the stove top elements. We could have the dial set on a low number, yet the element would get red-hot and our food would boil when we just needed to keep it warm. We did get a repair man to come take a look at it last year, and he did replace a part to help us fix that. Of course it cost more than the $50 that the stove did to get it fixed, but we figured it was better than having to dish out hundreds of dollars for a new one.
However, it didn't take long before the problem started occurring again. It was an inconvenience, but it just meant that we needed to keep a closer watch on things we had on the elements. No big deal.
Then over the last several weeks, I was beginning to notice that it was taking a really long time for the oven to pre-heat. But eventually it always got up to temperature, so I thought perhaps I was just getting extra impatient or something. Until last week when I had our meal in the oven for over half an hour and it was still cold.
Huh. I guess it wasn't just my imagination and my impatience. Clearly there was now a problem that could no longer be ignored.
After putting a status on my Facebook about the failing oven, I had a cousin respond that they were looking to get rid of their still-working oven, as they were getting a new convection oven in its place. What perfect timing! Five days later we picked up the offered stove and voila! A replaced stove -- for free!
To be honest, I was sort of happy when our stove busted -- I thought it was the perfect excuse to finally get a brand new oven. You know, a flat top one that maybe even had a working timer on it and everything! Yes, my mind was already picturing something new and pretty sitting in between my cabinets.
So what am I thankful for? Well, I'm thankful for Facebook obviously! :) But more than that, I am thankful for helpful offers from friends and family when we need it most. Even when it is 16 years old. For as much as I wanted a sparkling new appliance, the new tires we had to put on Les' truck two weeks ago weren't really going to allow room in our budget for that.
I am also thankful for our original stove. That for the low cost of $50, it provided us with 9 years of almost problem-free cooking and baking. It was a big help when starting off our life together to be able to cut corners as much as we could to get our home up and running.
It may be a small thing, but it reminds me that God cares about even the small things. Like a stove.
**Click on the picture at the top of the post to read what other people are thankful for today.**