After the plumber came, I checked my email to find the first official hospital bill from having Nicholas had been processed. At that moment, I was seriously discouraged. It has taken me a week to look past this series of unfortunate events and see all the blessings associated with these occurrences. First, it turned out that our car only needed the clutch replaced. It only took a whole day of Nicholas and I camped out at the mechanics and $500. We can now make it back to Utah for Christmas as long as the weather is good. Second, after emptying out our major storage closet, we found an access hole already made and we discovered that the water from the leak had amazingly been able to drain so we didn't have a swimming pool. We were without water from Monday to Thursday, but we were able to get the leak repaired for $60. We also got the water back on before we had to throw a party for 14 people on Friday and 8 people on Sunday. Third, Nicholas had his two month appointment on Tuesday. He weighs 12 lbs and is healthy. He is such a blessing and the hospital bills seem a small price to pay to have him be part of our family. While I am not necessarily grateful for the trials that we experienced this week, I do know that things could have been a lot worse and that our Heavenly Father is watching out for us. After having Tithing settlement on Sunday, I can't help but feel that we cashed in all our blessings for being full tithe payers this week.
I also learned an important lesson this week from my wonderful husband. Because of this series of unfortunate events, I switched into miser mode. I kept on focusing on just how expensive life is and how precarious a financial position we are in with no current income. In contrast, at church when the Bishop asked for donations for the less fortunate people in the ward, Joseph donated everything he had in his wallet. As always, he is such a great example of generosity and love.