Whew. It has been a hot minute. The past few weeks have been a whirlwind around here. First, we managed to contract the stomach bug from hell and pass it around our entire family. It was awful. We’ve also had septic issues and literally had the *bad stuff* seeping up through our basement floor. Luke and Jane got in an accident in my car. It could have been far worse, and we are very thankful they were okay. As for my car – she took a beating. We expect it to be in the shop for about six weeks getting repairs. We had an amazing blizzard that left us with 3-5′ of beautiful snow (to shovel!) Then, William was at a friend’s house and tried out the hover board for the first time, ending with a spill and a mild concussion. He has since gotten an earful about helmets. En route to take him to the doctor, our last remaining vehicle (18 years old!) was shaking at every stop light.
Sometimes life gets to the point where all you can do is laugh. We thought for sure that before we made it to the doctor that our car would burst in to flames. Ya know, just to really put the cherry on top. The thing about each of these crazy instances that we went through is that we had friends who were there for us at every turn. One made me and the kiddos a delicious dinner when life felt like too much and Luke was out of town, another dropped of some chocolate just because she’s awesome and gets me, someone else lent me her van so I could regroup and feel sane while we figured out what to do with the one shaky car we had remaining. Another friend picked up my grocery order while we were taking William to the doctor with his concussion, and even though we didn’t take him up on it, another friend was willing and ready to come help us with the *bad stuff* when it was coming up in the basement.
How did we get so lucky to get all these wonderful people in our lives? How do I ever repay them? Every night I thank God for all the great friends I have surrounding me to keep my laughing, dry my tears, lift my burdens, listen to my nonsense and forgive my mistakes. Life is good. And I’m so lucky to have good people by my side to help me get through it!
In terms of other good news – Anna got baptized! She is such a special, darling little girl with a strong desire to do the right thing. She is funny, smart, sassy, snuggly, tender, and beautiful. We are so proud of her and feel very lucky to be her parents. Her Big Momma and Big Daddy came to celebrate her baptism, as well as our close friends. It was a great celebration!