That worked for the weekend. Then, Andy came home and did some investigating to find out that the pipe with the leak only fed the kitchen sink and dishwasher. At first there wasn't a rush to do anything to the pipe. We were turning on and off the heater for hot water and that was okay. Then, I noticed that we had no hot water while the dishwasher was running. That told us that way more water was draining out than we thought. Immediate action was needed. Andy went ahead and put a valve in to shut off hot water to the kitchen and dishwasher. Our future plan is to put an under sink water heater under the kitchen sink just for the sink and dishwasher. Right now, I am washing dishes by hand, heating water on the stove first. Gotta do what you gotta do. Now, though, we have hot water whenever we need it for showers and baths.
Definitely made me appreciate our luxuries more. To me, this whole hot water deal was a big deal. But, it got me thinking that we already have so much. As I was freaking out about no hot water, I was in air conditioning, cooking a meal with plenty of food, washing clothes, my children were playing with no worries. So many blessings. How can I complain. And, God took care of us. He provided a way for us to continue to have hot water without a huge $$$ repair. He also blessed us with our Andy, who was able to use his resources and knowledge to do the repair himself.
Thankful, just thankful.