Monday, September 20, 2010


Pneumonia. Car Wrecks. Exhaustion.

The 3 things that have kept me away from the blogging world.

Let’s just tackle these one-by-one, shall we?


Last week, our whole family ended up feeling sickly at the same time. No fun, of course, but we figured it was a temporary set-back. The problem? My hubby didn’t get better. In fact, he continued to get worse while the rest of us recovered. For those who don’t know him, here’s a little secret about my husband (who I adore): He doesn’t like to go to the doctor. Like, at all. Ever. Unless he’s on his death-bed. So, I knew it was bad when he finally consented to going to the doctor. (Another hint was his fever getting up over 104!)

The bottom line: He had pneumonia.


(Gotta throw in an education photo now and again, right?)

So after a couple more doctor visits, some antibiotics and an inhaler (along with many fever-reducing meds) my hubby is finally on the mend. But it’s a slow process, and it’s been a lesson is patience and trust for both of us. But I’d also like you to know that what the enemy meant for evil – God meant for good. As it says in Romans 8:28, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” God used this difficult time in a big way for me and Josh – and brought us even closer as husband and wife. It’s been an awesome and humbling experience.

Car Wrecks.

Does it count as a wreck if you weren’t in your car? Either way, our car was more than a little scuffed last week. Right in the middle of our sickness situation (we’re talking the day Josh finally started thinking about going to the doc) our neighbor comes to the door and says, “I just hit your car.” Bad timing, to be sure, but I thought it couldn’t be THAT bad because she was just backing out of her driveway. Right? Wrong. Apparently she likes to get out of her driveway with gusto (or something) because she did quite the number to our driver-side doors.


Thankfully, she has insurance and it paid for all our repairs. The insurance company was good to work with, the repair shop was polite and efficient, and the rental car place was passable. It was an smooth as it could have been, really. But it was another thing on top of a thing, on top of something else, and it was all wearing us down very quickly.


With all of the sickness and car damage, it wasn’t a big surprise to find exhaustion waiting outside our door. Josh was so sick that it was difficult for him to sleep. And because he was up, I wanted to be up helping him as much as I could. But then of course, little boys don’t sleep in on a good day, much less when you desperately need them to. So we’ve been lacking in the ‘rest’ department, but we’re trying to remedy that. (though now Josh is coughing a lot, and that makes it tough for him to sleep, as well)

But, as I said before, God has used this whole situation to bring us closer to Himself and to each other. You hear all the time (and we know it to be true from past experience, as well) that you grow and learn more through the valley than you ever do on the mountain tops. (In fact, our pastor spoke on a similar topic not too long ago)


It’s in our struggles that we see our weakness, and His strength, most clearly. So… I praise the Lord for the trials.

“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

I will say of the LORD, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.’”

(Psalm 91:1-2)

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