Girls Write Out
Thursday, March 22, 2007
If I could think up plot twists like God seems to do, my books would be nonstop action. Granted, I'll give you the action isn't that exciting, but sometimes I just feel like my head is in a vice and I'm supposed to come out breathing the other side. Ever have days like that?

Saturday we moved into our new house. It is just lovely here, I am in awe that God has provided such a perfect place for us. Okay, we knew we were buying a fixer-upper, but our first day here? Sewer line issue. We're told it's broken and will probably cost ten thousand to fix (it's on a hill -- apparently, that and the fact that *I* don't want to deal with sewage is enough to get them their money.) Same Day: kids are waveboarding on the front deck -- go right through a piece of it. Dry rot. Seller set up this beautiful laundry room, had it all staged, etc., we get here there is no ventilation system in the room. laundry. Boxes everywhere, a water line to the fridge needs to replaced. Water is brown. Rust problems, you should correct that with a copper meter to match the copper pipes.

It goes on an on. Did I mention my husband went out of town on business this week? Or that my book is due April first and today, I did not get one word down?

Of course this is the week my husband has to go out of town. My book is about a divorced heroine, so I need to tread lightly, especially since I have spent more time lately with the plumber than my husband. LOL So I get to my daughter's school and find out she is off on Friday. Oh I needed that. My son's teacher is bawling him out because he hasn't printed out his paper -- and she is not giving him any grace for the fact that his mother can't find the printer! But there are sweet surprises too. My husband opened the back door in the middle of the night (don't ask why!) and we heard the sweet sound of a creek on our property we didn't know was there -- I asked if he was sure it wasn't sewage and he said no, the kids had been down and seen it.

I love it here! But this is my life. It wouldn't matter if I were in Oprah's Santa Barbara retreat, Diann can testify, she's one too. There are some people that you just think I know I am God's sitcom. : ) Kristin
posted at 1:51 AM  
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At 4:42 AM, Blogger mazzucasinswaziland said...

Seems like one of those times when life is just so overwhelming, so unbelievable, you just start laughing. Or crying. Sometimes both. Know that you aren't alone. In our new place, we have giant cockroaches in the kitchen, lizards in the bathroom, and a toilet that is constantly leaking in a carpeted toilet room. And water that turns brown anytime there is a storm. Did I mention it is the rainy season? I'll bet your kids are doing well, though. Kids always seem to. What is wakeboarding? Is it a Cali thing?

At 9:49 AM, Blogger Kristy Dykes said...

Hope you get everything fixed and running properly. I know you will. Maybe these things will show up in one of your novels.

Our lives are God's sitcom? I KNOW that's so. He and I laugh a lot at the things that happen to me. Last week at the senior citizens' meeting, right after I ate the most luscious meal of homemade casseroles and desserts (thankfully not DURING) an ELDERLY lady was telling me about her husband's hemorhoids. "Yep, the doc said he wouldn't put a knife to Leroy. Instead, he tied 'em up with rubber bands. He said they'd fall off in a few weeks. 'Course Leroy said it feels a might uncomfortable back there. You know, I was telling Bertha about this, and she said she never heard of 'em doing this, except to hogs. On their balls, you know."

Hahaha (though I'm sorry for the man's problem).

At 9:50 AM, Blogger Kristy Dykes said...

Forgot to add, I'm a pastor's wife. That's why people tell me things like that.

At 9:56 AM, Blogger alisa said...

Congrats on your new home, Kristin!

At 9:58 AM, Blogger Suzanne said...

Like Kristy I am a pastors wife too, you can't imagine the things people feel free to tell us. I've crnged through more gross medical stories than I care to count. And the personal criticism that they feel free to offer? That is another story all together. I had one lady tell me a few weeks ago, "You are the exact opposite of (former pastors wife) I think I need you in smaller doses."

My life is a sitcom? Yeah, pretty much

At 10:02 AM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

Oh, that's awful, Suzanne! I guess you must get a lot of practice biting your tongue!

At 10:39 AM, Blogger Pam S. said...

Kristin, May God give you the patience and stamina to endure all the problems ...and the memory (or the time to scribble notes) to remember the things that happen-- so you can use them in future books! (People will think you're making the stuff up!)

Mazz- I can relate! One apartment we lived in, we killed 20 scorpions and caught lizards in my living room. See...I still have my memory (no senility yet), so some day I'm going to put those experiences in a story or two!

At 12:17 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

Girls, there's a new book coming out called "Desperate Pastor's Wives" you have to get it! It's hysterical and sad all at the same time. I don't think it's just that you're a pastor's wife though, people feel that warm vibe and feel free to overshare. Kristy, that story is absolutely unbelieveable and I can totally hear her little voice saying it matter-of-factly.

Oh Waveboarding is a skateboard with two wheels, it's much more artistic than a skateboard and the latest thing here. They cost a lot, but our boys had played on our neighbors' and talked his Grandma into it when I wasn't listening. Wakeboarding is skiing on water with a surfboard, two different, but wild things. Not as wild as HUGE cockroaches. My pastor's wife who spent 25 years in Africa always said she never did get used to the bugs. LOL

At 12:54 PM, Blogger Rachel Hauck said...

Yes, I have those head-in-a-vice days!

So fun to hear about the house, problems and all, and to know you love it there.

Welcome home!

Rachel :)

At 3:34 PM, Blogger Kellie said...

This blog is so fun.

I needed to laugh (and to be encouraged) and y'all always deliver, in one way or the other!

We are in the process of moving across the country. Our house hasn't sold yet, so currently my husband, 2 children, the dog and myself are living with my parents. Things are actually going very well but after living far away from here for over a decade it's very surreal to be back. Still, I miss my routine. My friends. My job....etc.

This week I started to get down because, you know, sometimes life is so dang hard!

I ended up having to go to a funeral of an older lady that I didn't know (I went as support for some friends of my Dad). It ended up being such a blessing because the lady who died was a believer...I was sad for those grieving but it was a real celebration of a life well lived and the gift of eternal life!

It made me acutely aware that I although things aren't exactly going my way, life is still so sweet.

Then I came to the blog this morning and read about exploding sewer pipes, cockroaches and hemorrhoids!

If y'all can take all those things in stride I can certainly deal with a few inconveniences!

Thank goodness for soothing sounds of "creek beds" in life!


At 4:16 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

Kellie, you summed it up pretty well. LOL. I hope you find community soon. I found it through the kids' schools. There are a lot of moms just as lonely as us, you just have to reach out. I'm so excited because of the moms is from England and a HUGE soccer fan like my family and she found out about Team USA playing Team China at San Jose State! (my alma mater). We're taking our friends (from China) I'm so curious who they'll root for! Around here, I'll bet it will be half and half!! KB

At 9:03 PM, Blogger Robin Caroll said...

LOL......laugh it through. Welcome to my world! LOL

At 1:49 AM, Blogger Rich said...

Your "new" house sounds like a blast! Oh, maybe I'd better not say 'blast' huh?


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Kristin Billerbeck
Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

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