Biblical womanhood · Encouragement · Homemaking · Parenting

When Life Hands You Lemons…..Make Lemonade

When Life Hands You Lemons…..Make Lemonade

Yesterday was one of those days that my family will remember for a long time.

The minute all six of my children and I sat down to do our schooling, our chocolate lab, Zuma decided she needed to go outside.

Usually she does her doggy business, sniffs around for a few minutes, barks at a few trees, and after a quick roll in the snow she is ready to come in.

But not yesterday.

She was met outside with a male visitor, the neighborhood pit bull.

Normally, this would not be a problem except for the fact that this dog is unfixed.

And Zuma just happens to be in heat and is unfixed as well.

What ensued can only be described as chaotic and not at all productive regarding the rest of our day.

Our dog took off, which meant we took off after her, and after an hour of searching we found her and were able to brought her home.

Two hours later, the house had calmed down and we resumed schooling. Only to find ourselves once more distracted, but we were distracted by a smell and it wasn’t good.

A little investigation had turned up a trail of urine that circled the entire living room from the dog.

While I was leashing her up to take her outside, a child found a pile of dukey-doo upstairs from the dog in the children’s playroom. (This is frustrating because she is house trained and this hasn’t happened since she was a puppy.)

While we worked on getting that cleaned up, the dog had escaped again and after a child opened the door.

Off we went traipsing through the snow in search of our dog, driving through our the neighborhood calling out her name, and doing a lot of praying on the way.

After another hour long search, we found the now soaking wet chocolate lab who was being trailed by her ‘friend’ the pit bull.

(Can you stay stalker? And can you get PPO against a dog?)

Thankfully, we were able to finish schooling and even began to look forward to the evening where we had set time aside to watch a family friendly video.

Once we were settled in with our quilts and large bowls of buttery popcorn, the dog once again acted as if it she just had to go outside.

Maybe we were naive when we let her out, because we were thinking our little Houdini would stick around this time.

But the minute the door opened, Zuma ran off into the dark with Romeo.

It was almost as if Houdini and Romeo that planned this little rendezvous!?!

Knowing that Zuma needed to be found, my two oldest daughters got booted and geared up, grabbed their flashlights, and took off into the back 55 acres which was by now pitch black and had a covering of 10 more inches of snow.

Within moments of this occurring, we received a phone call requiring assistance from my husband by a friend who needed help pulling his teen daughter’s car out of the ditch. This just happened to be the very house that Romeo the roving pooch lived in. How coincidental!

After another hour of searching, my husband shows up with the dog and the girls returned. We finally we’re able to watch our movie.

What a delightful way it was to end our crazy day.

Even though we had the most distracting and disruptive day possible, we still had a great day.

However, I was thankful that the day was over because I was over chasing the dog and her little stalker friend, over the distractions, and over it all.

Tomorrow would be a new day!

But there are some things that you cannot make up. I mean, could there be any more possible distractions?

The new day began with bright promises of schooling as the snow fell quietly outside.

My daughter and I leashed up Zuma and took her for a long walk prior to breakfast, in hopes that she would be soon be sleeping for her morning nap.

However, it appeared the distractions and frustrations of yesterday carried on over into today as well. When soon began experiencing power outages that caused internet outages. The very internet they use for a portion of their schooling.

And……the dog escaped again when my 11 year old son peeked outside to check out the snowfall totals.

And once again, we found ourselves looking for the dog in the deep cold snow.

After we found the dog again, I declared it a snow day.

But before we could enjoy the day together, I had to go outside and do chores, with one of those chores involving the filling of our outdoor wood burner. However, the fire in the wood burner was out which required me to get it started up again.

After several attempts at lighting the fire, I got it going! If you have never started a fire, it ain’t easy.

While I was standing there admiring the rip-roaring fire and feeling rather proud, I began to notice a sulfurous odor. This obnoxious odor filled my nostrils and burned my eyes.

What was going on? What was that smell?

Backing up slowly, I began rapidly blinking my eyes and rubbing them. It was then I realized that I somehow had singed the ends of my eye lashes off in the process.

Admitting defeat and my tough girl image shattered, I trekked back through the deep snow into the house.

Could this morning get any better?

Could this day still be saved?

All I can say is that the rest of the day involved:

*The dog running away again with her Romeo.

*Animal control being called on Romeo.

*Our chores getting delayed until much later

*A snowstorm that raged all day at got worse with each passing hour.

However, amid all of the worry over the dog, the chaotic and stressful day, and nothing seemingly going our way; we still laughed and had a great day.

And even through the deep snow and doggie doo, I could still see through my singed eyelashes the beauty the past 24 hours.*


*Our house still had heat.

*Our dog was home.

*We got a lot of exercise.

*We worked together.

You see even when things don’t go our way, God is good, all of the time.

That old phrase “when life hands you lemons, make lemonade” is so true. Make a sour situation, into a sweet moment, even if things don’t go your way.

God is still sovereign, all of the time.

God is good, all of the time.

Learning how to handle disappointments and learning how to trust God when things do not go your way is part of maturing in Christ.

Be encouraged ladies and know that you will have bad days as a wife, mother, and homemaker. Those days will push you to the end of your rope and cause you to question your sanity.

But be encouraged and draw close to the Author and Creator of life.

He hears, He knows, He cares, and He listens.

God allows distractions and disappointments to occur to test us, draw us closer to Him, and strengthen our faith.

Just because we cannot control the outcome of our life, does not mean God is not good. It is in these moments of being tested, that we learn to trust Him.

Philippians 4:11-13 “Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.”

Romans 8:28 “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

Blessings, Stephanie,

Training Keepers of the Home

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