Joel's parents are here visiting this week, which is always nice. We're actually closer to his parents than we are to mine, really. His dad has been a pastor for about 23 years, 22 of that in Ohio, and then last fall he was called to Iowa (near Des Moines), and they're very happy out there. But now they live like 13 hours away from us, and they used to only be 7. Anyway, since his parents have always been in ministry, they understand the things that we go though, frustrations, budget issues, etc. and they're the type of people that we would like to be 'when we grow up'. Which hopefully should be soon, since, you know, we're going to be parents and all. They also enjoy the same things we do like playing games and stuff...so that makes for a fun visit.
On Thursday we had to drive two hours to trade the used SUV we just bought a month ago for another one. The one we had was nice, but it kept having maintenance problems. Which the dealership would fix for free. Problem: The dealership is 100 miles away. So we had to drive up there umpteen times to get the problem fixed. So we talked them into giving us all of our money back for the car, since it was sort of a lemon. And they did- praise the Lord! We were able to trade it in for another Explorer, blue this time (which is the original color that we wanted, but couldn't find the first time), and a year newer, with less miles on it! So we came out ahead or at least even in the end! :) It is amazing how God provides for us and we don't even know all the details!