In my last post, I mentioned all the things that have occurred in the last two weeks. The story is not over yet. Thursday, after picking up the kids, the lights on the van's dashboard came on and wouldn't go off. After dropping the kids off Friday morning, I took the van to Meineke to have the oil changed, the tires rotated and to see if they could figure out why the lights came on. Five hundred dollars later, the oil was changed, tires rotated, two belts were replaced (the old ones were cracked), fuel injectors were cleaned and the O2 sensor was changed. I noticed a whine from the engine area when I left that I had not noticed before. A few hours later, while I was waiting in the car line to pick Will up from school, the van died completely. No lights, no radio, no air conditioner, no power for the windows, NO NOTHING!! Andrew had just fallen asleep and Hannah was in the back. Did I mention the temperature outside was about 101 degrees and the car line was out to the street? Yea. When I called Mike at work, I broke down crying and went into hysterics. It was not a pretty sight. After a few minutes (and a few honks) the cars were able to get around me. Will's teacher was working the car line and told us to take refuge from the heat inside the building. Mom picked up the kids and took them to her house while I waited for Mike. We talked to my dad, Dick (Mike's dad) and the Meineke guy and they all came to the same conclusion: the alternator needs to be replaced.
When I got home from Meineke, I noticed the thermostat was reading 86 degrees in the house. Come to find out, the capacitor on the outside unit went out and had to be replaced. God blessed us by having the air conditioner repair man headed home when I called. We were on his way so he came by and replaced the part immediately.
Dick came in last night from Dothan to be here for Hannah's baptism. Daphne stayed in Dothan to help take care of her mom, who recently had knee replacement surgery and lost her husband (and Daphne's dad) last Tuesday. Mike and Dick are going to replace the alternator in the van today. I hope they don't have any problems.
Well, enough of my whining for now. I hope everyone has a great week. Remember, God loves you and is with you every step of the way.