Tuesday, December 23, 2008

The Many, Many Blessings of the Last Two Weeks

I've tried to write this many times, so I hope that it can be perceived in the way I mean for it to. I cannot begin to express my gratitude for the many blessings we have been given just over the last two weeks. So, along with all of my prayers, I thought I would share these blessings publicly as well, so maybe someone who is having a rough time can know that things do always get better. Sometimes they get worse... much, much, much worse before they get better, but they always get better. Just a heads up... I put the background (what's been going on in our lives) in the previous post, if you want to read it. Also, this is going to be long, but as this has become my "journaling" bear with me. Also, if there's something I missed please make me aware of it, I would hate to have it not added to the list.

Onto the Blessings

  • Finding an amazing Substitute teacher for my students (especially since she was able to stay on the entire next week too, while I was out of commission).
  • None of my grandma's funeral services taking place where my dad's did (this was such a relief).
  • Being able to avoid driving in the horrible weather.
  • Being able to see family that I don't ever really get to see.

  • Having generous family members that allowed us to stay with them so we didn't need 4 nights of hotel rooms.
  • Our car making it all the way to ID and back without breaking down in the bitter cold.
  • Our car not getting smashed by the not so smart BYU employees and their big truck.

    They said..."We thought we'd run in and be out before anyone noticed!" and "I guess we did get a little close." People like that really make me hate Provo. I had to get in the car so that I didn't loose it. I did say "YA THINK!" before I slammed the door after they said it was a little close... oops (I'm still working on the not reacting thing I have a ways to go!)
  • Being able to have BYU Creamery ice cream, my favorite.

  • Not falling on all of the ice all over around Provo, and throughout ID.
  • Only having to pay for 1/2 the boot fee for parking in Dana's apartment parking lot.
  • Dana paying for dinner... twice!
  • All of the girls that came out of their apartments to help when I fell down the stairs.
  • The girls that gave me wash cloths, towels, called 911, and everything else they did to help out.
  • My wonderful husband and sister who although were completely freaking out (they didn't tell me but I bet they were) made me feel taken care of and loved.
  • Everyone staying relatively calm around me especially the lady at the front desk of the ER who tried to keep me calm while John went to park the car.
  • The extremely nice nurse that so carefully cleaned all of the rock salt and other dirt out of all of my wounds.
  • She also let me stay in bed and wheeled me to get the CT scan instead of making me get into the wheel chair again.
  • She also got a nice warm blanket and covered me up because I was freezing.
  • John for making phone calls to Mr. Peterson, Anita, my mom, Dana, and everyone else he called that I can't remember.
  • Anita for telling John that she would take care of everything... which she did with flying colors!
  • The doctor that came and explained that I "broke my face" with pictures and everything and helped lighten the mood.

  • To doctor that gave me two pain pills since I was just "going to be sitting in the car and sleeping" for the rest of the day.
  • The nurse that came and offered John a drink, and was bringing me another warm blanket, just when they came and told me I got to go home. He also wheeled me to the car, and was one of the nicest people I remember meeting that day.
  • The people at Walgreen's that were working on the Sabbath so that I could get my pain medicine, and survive.
  • Making it home without incident.
  • John being so wonderful.
  • Leah being my sub... what a lifesaver!
  • My two fellow first grade teachers... I couldn't do what I do everyday without them.
  • Rhonda for filling in for tutoring.
  • The specialist being able to see me on Monday.
  • There apparently not being anything major wrong that wouldn't heal on its own.
  • Pain medicine
  • The first graders for making me get well soon cards.
  • Lindsay for helping me wash my hair since I couldn't get my face or hands wet.
  • Lindsay for talking to me throughout my days home, being a good friend, helping me not go crazy, and keeping me in the loop :)
  • Everyone who called, told John, sent a card, talked to me or prayed for me to get better soon... I did, and it is because of all of you!
  • All my co-workers for being concerned about me, and picking up the slack.
  • All the students being concerned about me, and actually happy to see me at school. They were all curious to know if I was ok and if I would be back at school. It's so nice to feel loved!
  • The huge escrow balance check we recieved in the mail.
  • The tutoring check... I always know it's coming but still, such a blessing.
  • The refund from a doctor that I paid for because I didn't know how our insurance worked... (I'm still really confused about all of that)
  • Seeing the specialist again on Friday where he told me he didn't want to see me again unless I was having problems.
  • Seeing the eye doctor, and he too saying everything looked good.
  • I don't need surgery!!!
  • Everything should heal on its own.
  • John being willing to do EVERYTHING whenever he's needed to.
  • He's had to do more than any husband should ever have to without complaining. I'm so grateful for that!
  • Having money to pay off the credit card and buy me the new glasses that I need.
  • Finally making time to get Tuffy groomed and John's hair cut.
  • Getting our San Diego trip refunded to go another time.
  • Finding Dana a way to get to Las Vegas after Christmas.
These all may seem like little things, (and that's all I can remember... I'm sure there are so many more!) but they add up to one amazing 2 week span. The Lord truely knows us, and will only allow us to be tried as much as we can bear. He is there to lift us up when we're down, carry our physical, emotional, and spiritual pain for us when we just can't handle it any more. I love my Savior and am so grateful for all that He's done for me, especially the last two weeks. It's a time in my life when I'll look back and only see that one set of footprints, because he truely has been carrying me the entire time. I am especially grateful for my wonderful family and friends. You do so much for me and I am eternally thankful to have each of you in my life.


Tiffany said...

Isn't Heavenly Father amazing? I'm so glad that you're doing better and healing! You've been in my thoughts and prayers. You are an amazing person Erika.

Lindsay said...

I need to Thank-You for being such a great friend. For marrying a wonderful cook(Thanks for dinner John!) For getting better (YEAH:) and for keeping me sane. You guys are the best. Merry Christmas!

(Oh, and thanks for going to Target for me.)

Jessi said...

I love the times when I can sit down and just think of all the wonderful things I've been blessed with. It's really amazing when you think about it! Thanks so much for sharing... I agreed 100%!