Lessons learned from an overflowing toilet…

If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you know that my hubby has been working LOTS of overtime lately.  We miss him but the boys and I have been finding plenty to do to keep us busy.  We have gotten back to school hair cuts, walked the doggies and kept the house spic and span. And, we have learned how to handle an overflowing toilet!


Probably the worst part of this story is that I can’t blame it on my children.  I am the last one that used the toilet.(however, I only went number one- cross my heart! <3)

Anyway, Thursday evening I innocently flushed the toilet and left the bathroom. (Why did I use the boys bathroom you may wonder?  It is closer to the living room and I had to pee.  Will.not.happen.again) Not 30 seconds later, Matt calmly states as he walks by the bathroom “It looks like that toilet is going to overflow”.  At this point in the story I feel it necessary to remind people that Matt is Academy award worthy a tad dramatic.  This led to me not going to check on the situation as quickly as I probably should have.

When I entered the bathroom the toilet water was up to the rim and RISING.  I did the only thing I knew to do and grabbed the plunger from beside the commode. I plunged (is that the word for it?) twice and darn if water didn’t shoot up from the toilet like a geyser, spilling over the sides of the toilet and quickly flooding the floor.

I quickly realized I was out of my element and got the heck out of that room (y’all know what was in that water, right?) and did what any self respecting mama would do- I started screaming. “Get some towels”, I yelled.  “Call your father”, I screeched.  Jared obeyed quicker than Matt (big surprise there) and got Mike on the phone.  Apparently, there is a secret knob behind the toilet that turns off the water.  Who knew?  Jared and I spent a little time arguing about which one of us was going to wade in and duh, I’m the mom Jared ended up going in and turning off the water supply.  By this time Matt had brought me towels.

Here is where the lesson comes in.  I immediately placed towels in the doorway so the disgusting water did not come in contact with the hallway carpet.  Thankfully, Mike got home in the middle of all this and informed me that I needed to be looking in the basement for where water could have leaked.  He was right and there was a puddle forming downstairs (on the cream colored carpet :() from where the water had gone through the vent.  I would have never thought to look.

Isn’t that always the way?  We see what’s right in front of our face.  We are so busy keeping up appearances (worried about the hallway carpet) that we don’t watch out for the more insidious issues (water leaking to the basement). 

~Lord, search me and reveal the “leaking” places in my life.  Help me see and allow You to stop any leaks and ugly overflows.  I don’t want to be blind to the puddle in my basement, God.  ~


  1. Cute story and great lesson! Love it!

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