Suddenly there was a silver car turning left in front of me....just feet in front of me! 1st second--I slam on the breaks. 2nd second--we collide. Metal on metal, the boys' shocked screaming in the backseat, then metal on metal again as the cars spin and hit each other a second time, coming to a stop.
We are stunned, the cars pressed together in the median. The other driver hugs the woman in her passenger seat, and we are all ok. I'm ok. The boys are ok.
It's the second accident I've experienced in the last 3 years where both cars were seriously damaged but not a single passenger was hurt. Not even a scratch.
I felt God's hand over us so tangibly that day. After the initial shock, I was calm, even cheerful. All I could think of was that my boys were ok. I held my lanky two year old on my hip...because I could. Edmund was peaceful in his carrier (Oh thank God for sturdy carseats!). The other driver tearfully hugged me, and we marveled that God wanted us to walk the earth another day.
Talk about a dose of perspective to start the weekend off!
And it was a lovely weekend....
On Friday, we packed Peter up to spend the day with our friends Chad and Diana...
...so that Andrew and I (and our tag-a-long Edmund) could spend the day celebrating our 5th anniversary!
We started the day off with a fabulous breakfast...
...which involved Eggs Benedict (be still my heart!).
Also known as the "how-to-gain-5-lbs-in-10-minutes" breakfast. See those grits? They don't look like much, but they were AH-MAZ-ING.
We soaked up each other's company for the rest of the day. Picked up some anniversary/mother's day flowers at The Fresh Market, took a nap, played with the baby, relaxed at a coffee shop, and enjoyed a scrumptious Cajun dinner at a downtown restaurant.
It is so sweet to look back on the past 5 years. In that time, my husband and I have moved 4 times, had 4 jobs between us, gone through a year-long military deployment, had two kids, and (almost!) finished a master's degree. My husband's character has been proven to me in the stressful times. In the nights of separation and the high-pressure school days, he has consistently put his Lord and his family first. He has loved me so well. I am in awe of how ingeniously God answers prayers and knew exactly what I needed in a husband.
On Saturday, we enjoyed a now-yearly tradition of picking blueberries at a local farm. The farm opens up to the public for free picking once a year, and we don't miss our chance! Peter thought it was the best thing ever, and was running up and down the blueberry rows saying "Oh! Dere's one! Oh! I need to eat moy boo-berries 'cause I's hunga-ly."
We picked 24 pounds of blueberries. They are huge and deliciously crisp and sweet.
I enjoyed some of them with my Mother's Day breakfast in bed the next morning...
All in all, we had some precious family time.
Now the new week is here, and I'm making weekly goals for the 1st time since we were out of town for a month/moving/sick! I would share a menu plan, but with my hubby gone it's comprised mostly of dishes like spaghetti, beans and rice, and PB&J (is PB&J a "dish?" Hahaha...).
Goals for this week:
- Make a large batch of red sauce in the crockpot.
- Work out x 2 (trying to be realistic, since Andrew's not around).
- Memorize 1 Corinthians 1:25-31
- Read 2 chapters of Killing Lincoln.
- Go to bed by 10:15 pm each night, wake up by 6:30 am at the latest. This is my major goal this week!!!
- Edit 10 photos from last week's photoshoot.
- Write in both boy's memory books.
How was your weekend? Have you ever been in a scary car accident?
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