An unworthy Deacon, named for the brother of God: James, striving to "work out his salvation with fear and trembling" within the Tradition (paradosis) of the Eastern Orthodox Faith. It is a strange and marvelous journey, and I am accompanied by the fourfold fruit of my fecundity. My wife, the Matushka or Diaconissa Sophia, is my beloved partner in the pursuit of Theosis, and she ranks me in every way.
When all the symptoms of a blown head gasket showed up over the weekend in the Suburban, I knew we were in trouble. We'd gambled in trading in newer cars for older ones - though to be fair I suspect the "newer" cars were on their way to problems as well. In any event the lack of car payments is SUPPOSED to mean you bank that money to repair the now older cars. Naturally, for us, we were "unable" to do this.
Really rotten timing. However, you take what life gives you and you carry on. Prayers please that it is ONLY a head gasket and not a cracked head/block. As if we were going to have a thrifty Christmas to begin with...now...well...maybe we should go into business like this: "Farm-Adventures"
I suppose ours would be roughin' it a bit more that what they folks offer. But if you wanna muck out stalls, tromp through mud, recirculate chicken coop shavings, set fence posts, stretch fencing, feed and water the critters, slaughter/clean a chicken, make all manner of homemade treats for Christmas presents...AND you might want to pay us for the trouble? Well boy howdy that sounds like a right fair deal to me!
Well, I reckon we are never going to be listed here...so why don't you all just come out anyway for free. Really, besides Church and work, we could survive without the truck for a long time.
ADDENDUM: It would appear the cost to repair is more than the Suburb is worth. I'm borrowing a truck from a friend to get some things we need (like the tire fixed on the farm truck) and then I'll be using that farm truck to get to work (P&R) and we'll be shopping for a "new" used vehicle. Hopefully we'll have better luck. Sigh.
Or when one loan gets paid off, another immediately appears in its place. Bad luck or God's timing...could be seen either way (said the voice of ungrateful experience). Hang in there, and lots of prayers for the right vehicle.