Our second born just turned 8. His name is Caleb, from the Bible. And when you look at Caleb in the Bible- he was strong-willed, didn’t succumb to peer pressure, strong, and definitely unique-it’s no wonder we named him this. And the day we celebrated his birthday, well, it’s one that will go down in the books.
How to deal with the Unexpected
The morning started off bright and early-before 7 with all 4 kids up and at-em ready for a fun-filled birthday day. Pancakes, presents from us and his siblings, and then everyone ready for the party at least 2 hours before it began.
And then the dreaded words: Mom, the toilet won’t flush.
We live on a septic system, so this is kind of frequent anyway. Plus with 4 children, well, it happens alot. So, I run downstairs to get it fixed because Dad is working on the Sunday School lesson.
I plunge, and plunge, and plunge some more… and much to my surprise nothing happens.
Oh no. Not today. Not when we have 20 kids coming over in 2 hours.
Oh yes it does. Because crap happens.
Here comes the husband to save the day, well, what we had hoped would happen. But it didn’t. The water would go down a little, but the minute you flushed it again, it was stopped back up.
This is when the blame game begins…
How much toilet paper did you put down there?
Did you put the Lysol wipes down the toilet?
Did Abby put a diaper in it?
Why is there a sock in the trashcan? Did she put the other one in it?
Poor kid. She got the short end of the stick on this one.
So we did what any family would do in this dilemma-had a prayer meeting in our boys’ room so the toilet would work. Even our 5 year old girl who refuses to pray in front of her brothers said she was going to be “brave” and pray that the toilet would work.
This did not impress the husband. But, well, you’ll see the answer in a bit.
An hour til go time, the hubby can’t find the “snake” to go down the toilet to unclog it so he has to head to town.
Did I mention he was in charge of grilling the hotdogs for the 20 kids?
Well, we won’ t fret. This is how to deal with crap-you keep on going with the best attitudes possible. That’s all you can do.
My sister arrives from a 3.5 hour drive and we conquer the water slide, the tables, and decorating while the hubby plunges, snakes,and gets toilet water all over the bathroom. You could randomly here my twin sister and I screaming words of encouragement to my hubby as he is dealing with all this crap.
Ugh, you should see my gross face even as I’m typing this now. It even got on my foot. I can’t even.
People start arriving, then all of a sudden the hubby appears and is grilling.
Say whaaatt? It works!
For the time being, at least we will see.
Party time!!!! Nothing more fun than a water birthday party 🙂 Complete with slip n slide, water guns, food, and a pinata.
We survive the party, and then we hear the dreaded words again:
Mom, the toilet is stopped up again!!
By this point it is well into Saturday afternoon, during Memorial Day weekend. There isn’t anything open.
This is when my husband says,
I’ll just have to wait and call someone Monday.
A look of sheer terror and fear overcomes my face. We have 4 children. Children, who will not poop or pee in a bucket. Yes, I will blame it on the children. But really I am thinking, There is no way in the world sitting on a 5 gallon bucket will I actually go to the bathroom.
I think he must have seen it in my eyes. That is when he came back inside and found a septic man who is open til 6.
Please oh please, let us catch him.
After two calls I finally reach him. The man is walking out the door. And I catch him.
And the angels sing.
I have never been so happy in my life. Whereas he on the other hand was kicking himself that he answered the phone.
In around 30 minutes he shows up in the largest truck I have seen. A green truck, that holds the most disgusting contents. And he is here at our house. On a Saturday evening.
This is going to cost a fortune. I know it.
Why does this stuff happen right when you could use the money for something else? We are going on vacation in less than 2 weeks. Vacationing with 4 children is not cheap. So we are trying to penny pinch our way to the vacation.
He, of course, comments on the amount of children we have. Shocker.
As they are digging up the septic tiles (apparently our house is old school and it is a cement septic system) our oldest keeps asking his Dad-
Dad this is going to be expensive. How much do you think it’s going to cost Dad? I have $300 do you think that will cover it?
All the while John and the man are both out their working. Kids, no filter. But this time it worked to our advantage.
After what seemed like an endless amount of crap, they get everything back in working order. And do you know what that man charged us? $200.
No way. On Memorial Day weekend, on a Saturday at 5 PM. Yeah, he was having mercy on us.
Oh but wait, it doesn’t stop there people.
The birthday boy gets to choose dinner-McDonald’s. Yes, we live in style.
We are the only ones there-probably because there was a monsoon coming. (You know it’s bad when your bff is texting you telling you where a tornado is.) And the monsoon hits while we are there.
Have you ever tried loading 4 kids into a van during a monsoon? Huh. Well, vans should come equipped with blow dryers.
We still had to go to our warehouse a few minutes away. Our 5 year old keeps talking about how wet she is (take note of this).
We all are honey.
On the way home we notice that no one has any lights on.
Apparently, during the monsoon the electricity went out. So we get home, drenched, with no electricity. I know it was God’s way of taking care of me because the day before, at Wal-Mart, I bought glow in the dark ring toss and bracelets.
Score for mom.
My kids were so excited we had no electricity. Forget the fact we had no water, lights, wifi… we have glow in the dark ring toss and flashlight tag!
All was grand until bedtime rolls around. Then,
what? No fans? It’s so dark in here!! I’m scared.
Oh my goodness, 10 minutes ago this was the best thing ever!!! Now, we’re all like gloom and doom and the world is over.
10:35 rolls around and all of the lights in our house come on and everything beeps.
Oh, and you know about the 5 year old talking about being so wet? Well, guess what? Our van door was open during the monsoon. Yep, we had 2 inches of water standing in the stow-n-go. Poor kid, no wonder she was so wet and cold, her door had been open the entire time. Our van then smelled for the next 5 days. Right as we were fixing to go on vacation. It smelled like stinky shoes, you know the ones that your kids wear without socks and then you arelike, Oh my goodness what is that smell? Yeah, like that.
So how do you deal with the unexpected?
A septic tank on the morning of a birthday party-call the septic man and thank the Lord for a hubby is an angel and can withstand human excrement.
The unexpected- with just your day not going entirely as you had planned: you make the most of it. I learned this lesson the most from my kids-joyful always (except at bedtime, none of them are joyful at bedtime).
- They were so excited about the whole predicament, everyone who came to the party: don’t use our toilet!!
- When the Septic man came they were so excited with seeing all that pooped being pumped into a truck.
- There is a monsoon coming but hey- we get McDonald’s to ourselves!
- No electricity: yes! Game night!!
It was only by the grace of God that my husband and I did not loose it that day. Truth be told: it was a fun day 🙂
These verses come to mind:
16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances;for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Oh, I am so glad I made my husband take a shower before we went to McDonald’s. I can’t fathom him eating dinner and having game night after dealing with all that crap. I cringe just thinking about it.