Between A Rock And A Hard Place

The sewer guys came on Friday to dig up our front yard.

We had moved out pretty much all we could. The rocks, the other rocks, and then we moved some rocks.

At first, all we had was this yellow thing. Honey informs me that it is a back hoe. It removed the grindstone, trees and shrubs and the dirt.


It dug down 11 feet. The first thing the guy said was “this is a problem”.

See that guy on the cement? He went to school with The Ab-Cat. I know his Mama. Hi Daniel! Small world.


That’s Honey with his upset stomach. Getting more upset as the day wore on.


Then all these guys came. We had guys swarming all over the front yard. Guys doing this, checking that, blowing out this line, standing around waiting for other guys.


The plumbers said our builder didn’t install  the sewer line properly. The city didn’t inspect  the builder’s sewer line properly. All I know is, WE  had nothing to do with the sewer line. Even if we had an opinion about the sewer line 10 years ago, no one would have have listened to us. We are not sewer line experts in any way. You would think that someone would remember that.

When Honey called the d***  builder and told him what was going on over here, all he said was that he might come by and take some pictures, “to protect myself”. He never came. He was probably too busy looking for legal advice.

The inspector from the city came by at the end of the day. All he would say was he needed to go pull up the paperwork, and talk to an engineer. He blames the builder. The builder blames them.

The Boss Man Plumber finally came to have a little chat. They have a solution, but it will make a mess of our entire basement. And that little job, added to the amount to fix the line outside of our house, will cost more than our first house.

There is another solution that could possibly work. But it would take the city stepping up to the plate to fix something that is obviously their fault. When you build a house, you pay thousands and thousands of dollars to your city to have things inspected. That is not a choice.  Our line could not possibly have been inspected. These safety checks are in place to prevent d***builders from making stupid, colossal mistakes. No matter what our builder did, the city inspector did not do his job. They need to make it right.

This is not the first time we have been in this position. Well, it is with the sewer business, but not with our life. We have been caught between a rock and a hard place before.  Multiple times. And if I am being truly honest, sometimes I feel we have been there enough.  But God is the boss of that, and He is not seeking my opinion or advice.

 And while I know that His plan for our lives is best, that doesn’t mean that I don’t sometimes wish to exchange the plan. Especially in the midst of a really sucky situation.

When I feel put out  by life’s circumstances, I like to read the first chapter of James. I have a feeling that James understood the whole rock and a hard place scenario.

Here is The Message translation. James 1:2-8

Faith Under Pressure

Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides.You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows it’s true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do it’s work so you become mature and well developed, not deficient in any way.

If you don’t know what you are doing, pray to the Father. He loves to help. You’ll get His help, and won’t be condescended to when you ask for it. Ask boldly, believingly, without a second thought. People who “worry their prayers” are like wind-whipped waves. Don’t think you’re going to get anything from the Master that way, adrift at sea, keeping all your options open.

Honey and I were sitting on the couch after the little chat. I was trying to cheer him up, cause I was seriously concerned that his blood pressure was going to cause him to have a stroke. I was reminding him of many other times that it seemed like there was no hope for a good solution, no good to come of a heartbreaking blow, no possible way God could work this for our good.

And do you know what God did? He caused us to remember. We told each other of time after time when He did come through, He did make things right, He did remove truly heinous people from situations,  that in spite of being knocked down so hard  that we couldn’t imagine ever getting back up, He was there, surrounding us with loved ones to help us and care for us when we could hardly care for ourselves.  He solved problems and provided solutions that were more than we asked for. More than we could have hoped for. I am thankful for the reminders.

He didn’t always fix things the way we wanted, the way we felt would be fair, but, we believe that  He was always working things out for our good. When we get to heaven, maybe He can explain things better. I have a feeling that we might not even care then.

So, here and now, we are praying that the city will agree to fix their mistake. And if God has a better idea, we are ALL ears.



  1. deb said,

    September 21, 2009 at 8:16 AM

    So sorry Kel, I am praying with you.

  2. September 21, 2009 at 8:31 AM

    Oh no. So devastating. I want to give Honey a hug in that picture! (If he’d not get freaked out, that is.) Poor fella.

    You’re right, though. Have faith. He has His reasons, I believe it with every fiber. This step is necessary, even if you may never understand.


  3. thedomesticfringe said,

    September 21, 2009 at 8:33 AM

    You have no idea how much you’ve helped me this morning with this post. I’m sorry you guys are going through more trials. I’ll pray the Lord sends a good solution quickly. Can you still use your bathrooms?


  4. automatic7 said,

    September 21, 2009 at 9:44 AM

    Awwwww. What a glowy-spirit-infused-steel-magnolia-of-the-North you are!!! I’m not happy to see these pictures instead of your front porch flowers but your insides are showing and man, are they spectacular!!!

  5. Honey's older sister said,

    September 21, 2009 at 10:20 AM

    Hugs & prayers!

  6. caprilis said,

    September 21, 2009 at 2:53 PM

    Well you definitely ARE “mature and well developed, not deficient in any way.”
    And I agree with what Automatic 7 said… simply and truly spectacular!
    Love and hugs.

  7. tammy said,

    September 21, 2009 at 3:10 PM

    Oh girl….I am so sorry. I did not even imagine it would be like this. What a beautiful post and I know it humbled me to no end. God has blessed you with insight and wisdom that most of us cannot understand. What an inspiration you and your family are. Keep us updated and my prayers are with you. Tam

  8. Robin said,

    September 21, 2009 at 4:41 PM

    Oh….you poor guys! We’ve had water issues before too. Perimeter drains, new leech field, septic etc. etc. with yuck and more yuck! But…your faith is strong. “In your patience possess ye your souls.” – Luke 21:19. (Which should be tatooed on my lower bifocal, progressive though it may be, so I can be reminded constantly!) You’re doing much better than I would be. Inspirational!

  9. Capri P said,

    September 21, 2009 at 5:35 PM


  10. 3goodkids said,

    September 21, 2009 at 10:44 PM

    Oh my that is not a good situation. Don’t forget about the key rings you passed out to all of us so long ago. God keeps his promises. I agree you and your your family have surly had their share of hardships. Your faith is amazing. You are an inspiration to me. Thanks for sharing. God hears you.

  11. Rachel Hostler said,

    September 22, 2009 at 11:49 AM

    My heart breaks for you — I’m so glad that you are focusing on God through this situation. He knows how strong you are even when you feel about to crumble! I will be praying that this situation is resolved as quickly as possible so that we can give God all the honor & praise!

  12. warren said,

    September 22, 2009 at 1:06 PM

    Ugh…but I guess it’s cool that you have the best swimming/fishing hole in the neighborhood…well, hmmm…sewer problem…never mind. Still, you are right to think back on things when He did come through…it’s gonna be ok

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