I am not a moody person. At least, I never have been before. But I am feeling pretty moody right now and I don’t like it one bit! I’ve seen people write negative things about Pollyanna lately, which makes me sad, because I am a very Pollyanna personality. I LOVE the Glad Game. I pretty much live by the Glad Game. It’s not that I don’t know the truth, nor that I want to hide the truth. It’s that I believe in a different truth. I believe in the truth that says that no matter what circumstances surround me, my Lord not only has everything in control; He’s also working those circumstances out for GOOD. My good, your good, but mostly His good! Hence, the Glad Game works for me!
We arrived at Pamela’s a day later than planned. We had a good trip, so that wasn’t the problem. The problem actually began almost a week before we left. You see, on Monday night before we were planning to leave on Friday, I fell down the last few steps of our stairway. I won’t go into all the whys and wherefores. Just suffice it to say that I fell and it was eventually determined that I sprained my knee and my foot/ankle. All I know is that it really hurt bad, and it really limited my ability to prepare for the trip!
To add to the stress, we were also on the back side of the estate sale for the folks’ stuff and although we had quite a few come our way, it didn’t make a dent in the amount of stuff left over! So we had to put things away, pile stuff up, cover and protect in case the never-ending drought in our area decided to end while we are gone. We had people calling to look at some of the items we had for sale. I truly think we send out vibes to all the idiots who read the classifieds on Craigs List! You can’t even imagine the stories Bill could tell, and you might not even believe them if I told you!
We weren’t able to leave on Friday, but we did get on the road bright and early Saturday morning. We had hoped to take several large (and necessary) pieces of the folks’ furniture to Pam and Will, but Bill just couldn’t fit nearly all of it in. We were driving the Explorer to leave with Bo and Em, and found out that the only self-moving company that rents trailers for non-local moves doesn’t allow them to be pulled by the Ford Explorer. So we crammed the Explorer as full as we could and took off!
We did have a great trip. We stopped in a small town for the night, so the second day of our trip was shorter. It was so wonderful to see Pam and Will, and we had a fun few days here with them. We even got to go to the Cottage, Will’s folks’ lakehouse, for a day. Pamela has PRECIOUS in-laws, and I’m so glad we had a chance to visit, even for a minute.
Bill, Pamela, and I left for Minnesota on Thursday morning, sadly leaving Will behind. It was a horribly long drive for me. I may have overdone it with my leg the day(s) before, and I just wasn’t feeling well. I was, though, eager to see my babies, so we just pushed through the rough stuff and made it before the kids went to bed! Oh, it was wonderful to see my babies! And equally wonderful to see Bo, Em, and Dannye Reigh!
My cup was indeed running over! We had so much fun, holding the baby, making Titus smile (which isn’t difficult, I might add – he’s the happiest child I’ve seen since his Daddy!), and listening to Arulai talk and sing, watching her dance. Joy, joy, joy!
Before I left home, I got the idea to have a “Long-Distance Shower” for Emily & Selah. I invited all of Em’s friends who live too far away from her to actually give her a baby shower. I had such a great response, and so many friends gave towards our goal of a really nice double stroller. I was actually able to buy the stroller, and have enough left for Pamela and I to shop for extra gifts! So when we got to Minnesota, we wanted to have a time for Em to open the gifts – sort of a baby shower without the silly games! Emily’s mom and dad joined us for the evening. Emily was soooo surprised! And blessed! It was great!
On Sunday, we got to do one of my most favorite things in the whole world – watch my son play baseball! He is such an amazing athelete, and has so much fun playing. He has joined a 28+ team, and it seems they are all glad he did. They were also appreciative of Nathanael’s loud, cheering family – especially since that family includes not only us, but Emily’s family, too! We had so much fun!
Well, at least until we went back to the parking lot. I went over to the Explorer to load up, and it was immediately obvious by the broken glass that it had been broken into. I was just sick. And got sicker when I realized that my purse was gone! Because I wore the leg brace, I decided to leave it in the car. I was careful to put it on the floor board, but I wondered if I was watched or something, because my purse is all they took. I guess they didn’t want my Bible bag, which was right beside it!
Of course, it didn’t take long for the theives to begin using my cards. If it hadn’t been the weekend, they would have been sorely disappointed. We don’t have much, especially between paydays. We discovered it fairly quickly, but not quickly enough. They drained everything – plus!! Thankfully, our bank was great, and stopped the spending spree before more harm could be done.
We did have to close out our accounts, though, and since I now have no ID, I was not allowed to be on the new accounts. And I lost my favorite purse. And a couple of days worth of pills. And my PHONE! Oh, man, I miss my phone!
It’s a weird feeling, losing my purse. Having no ID limits everything – driving, purchasing… Having no phone is awful! Not because I love talking on the phone, because I don’t. The reason it was in the car in the first place is because I don’t love talking on the phone. And I figured that anyone who needed to get ahold of me could call any number of my family members who were right there with me. But not having a phone, my own phone, has really affected me.
As a matter of fact, this whole thing has affected me. I don’t really feel what other people say they’ve felt – violated, etc. I feel…ALONE. It is such a strange feeling for me, and probably made worse because Bill went back home Wednesday. It’s as though what identity I had left is now 1200 miles away from me! I know – melodramatic! Something I have little tolerance for normally! I’m afraid it’s creeping up on me stealthily, and overcomes me when I least expect it!
I believe with all my heart that my Lord was not taken by surprise by all of these events. I believe that He will, as He promised and always has before, work all these circumstances for good. I know He not only loves me, but cares about all of these things. I am thinking, too, that He is patiently trying to show me that HE is my identity.
These past days, though, my feelings haven’t matched up with my knowledge! I imagine that just writing all this out will help bring the two closer together. I hope so, because I really miss Pollyanna!
God bless your day!