This year for us has been a challenging one, I guess. And really, I suppose, for many, every year is a challenging year, right? I have heard it said that life isn’t full of peaks and valleys, but rather, life is life, and what determines our peaks and valleys is perspective. I used to believe that, but now I’m pretty sure, that is a lot of b.s. Life is full of ups and downs. Ebbs, and flows, good and bad. But, through it all, we still have to maintain a certain amount of grace and joy and positivity… at least, as best as we can.
These past few months have been even more… crazy? Stressful? Weird? This has been Kaitlyn’s senior year of school, so of course we knew it would be full of activity in preparation for graduation, and then college. What we didn’t bank on, or prepare for was the college process. Then, life threw her (and us) some health curve balls that completely derailed the last 4 or 5 weeks of her senior year. Amazingly, she rose above all that and was still able to graduate on time, in spite of the opinions of teachers 🙂
Preparation for the big party began back in March, or was it April? Whenever the weather broke, so it was probably April. Things around here really haven’t been attended to like they should have been for a couple (few) years due to lack of time when I was working outside the home, and then lack of ability because of my back surgery last year. There was a lot to do, both inside and out. Added to all of that, Phil took a second job so we could reach a couple of goals. Wow!
The party went off so well, and the amount of love poured onto Kaitlyn was just… awesome. It was a great time, and so wonderful to see everyone.
Just four days later, Kaitlyn was in a serious car accident. I can’t describe what it was like to drive up to that scene, but I knew she was ok when I saw her. It was so traumatic for all of us. Let me tell you this… luck had nothing to do with her surviving that crash. Jesus, and her ministering angels were all over that business. There is no other explanation. She should be dead. But, I know God has something super amazing planned for her. From the crash, she just had some lacerations, and a minor collapsed lung. The reason she wrecked is because she passed out behind the wheel – probably due to dehydration and the 103 temp that she had. She had been sick for the few days prior, in fact, I had her to the doctor the day before, and she was going to get a checkup the next day, too. After 5 days in the hospital, we found out she had campylobacter infection. This is a food borne infection from under cooked meat, or you can get it from backyard poultry and waterfowl.
So, yeah. It is time to pause.
This week has been full of looking for another vehicle. The Durango had 245,000 miles on it, and the plan was to just drive it into the ground. Right now, or rather, as of a couple of weeks ago, we had no plans, ergo no budget for vehicle replacement because we were working on other financial goals. The idea of having another car payment brings up a little bile in the back of my throat. We are praying for another sturdy vehicle (SUV or truck), sound, reasonable priced that we can get into. Free? 😉 We still don’t know what effect this wreck is going to have on our insurance, either, so there’s that. Sigh.
And, soaping… I have been craving it since March. I need to start from scratch and build back again, slowly. That is a desire that is in my heart to do – somehow get my hobby of bath products going bigger 🙂
Last, we will be homeschooling in the fall. There are many reasons, but Amanda came to us at the beginning of this last year in tears, asking us to please home school her. Kids are mean no matter where you go. The only difference between public and private is private school they hide it behind fake smiles and pretentiousness. This has been going on for years – first with Kaitlyn, now Amanda. Maybe it is just us, but it is just time to move on. Plus, we just can’t justify the cost anymore – this year has done us in. Amanda has wonderful goals that she wants to go after, and this is the best way for her to get there.
So, now we pause. It is time to regroup, and listen for what the Lord wants us to do.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. ~Jeremiah 29:11