I asked Daniel earlier yesterday afternoon, as he was sweating, pounding on concrete in the boy's bathroom shower, if when he found the leak, if he could cry, "Eureka! I found it!" I think he mumbled something like, "Uh, sure".
Well late last night, after pounding and digging by hand for 13 hours straight, he yelled, "I found it!" He skipped the Eureka part, but we were estatic and thanked the Lord for helping us locate it.
After the excitement had settled, Daniel said, "Well, the hard part is done, and now all we have left is the hard part :)".
The leak was found outside, under the cement of our patio, about 2 feet down, where the water goes into the house. Somehow, the copper pipe had come out of the pvc (while I might sound like I know what I'm talking about, I really don't...but I think that's what Daniel said.)
So the broken pipe needs to be repaired, a copper hot water pipe in the boy's shower accidently got broken while pounding yesterday, so that needs to be fixed, and then we should be able to get water to the house. The torn up floors can be fixed in time.
The only other issue is there must be a leak in our sewage pipe somewhere too since we would see and hear the water from the leak running down the sewage.
So Daniel spent about half of today working on the pipes. He eventually had to stop to prepare his message for service tonight and do all the preparation that goes into getting ready for a service, so we'll...I mean he'll...start again tomorrow. He says I help...I give lots of hand, wrist, arm and back rubs and moral support :) Timothy and Elijah got up really early to get all their school done for the day as they had a yard job in the neighborhood they wanted to finish today. So Timothy was also able to help Daddy for a bit.
Another day with no running water, but we heated water for bucket baths, and I'm still keeping up with my laundry. I won't tell you how many times we've forgot to pull the hose out of the machine in time as it's filling and it's overflown everywere. I told Daniel that considering my ratio of good toast versus burnt ones, it was bound to happen. :)
But I tell you, my washing machine has never looked cleaner! It looks brand new after such a bath.
School work getting done, laundry and dishes getting done, baths and water to cook and drink available, I have nothing to complain about. Once we get it fixed, I'll give the entire house a good mopping and scrub down. But for now, we'll keep the toilets flushed and be happy!