No this won’t be a post on poop. Not exactly. True, we are struggling with potty training and a few weeks ago, that along with, the choice of school for Hayden had crowded my thoughts. Now those sagas seem trivial. This week has taken a dramatic turn and I have to write about it all, with humor and share the numerous lessons learned.
Hernia lessons learned- Listen to your intuition and be your own advocate.
Back in March Chuck had surgery for a hernia. He awoke concerned they operated in the wrong area. In pain and not quite sure, it was two weeks before he questioned the surgeon. He was assured it was fluid and would pass eventually. Nope. That pesky intestine is still poking through. He is scheduled for a repeat surgery on the 12th and this time may opt for a cat scan first. When it comes to intestines, it is pretty pivotal they remain inside the stomach.
However this serves to remind us, that we know ourselves better than we might think. Seek second opinions and haha trust your gut! Pun intended. If something isn’t right than research and advocate on your behalf, in all situations- not just with holes in your tummy.
Lessons Learned- The Big Dig.
Late last year we had a back-up in our basement. We had a plumber in, then we had a second plumber in. Cameras went down and big bills later, we thought the situation was resolved.
Well. This is my yard today.
Wait, it gets better…
Oh, Come’on! For real?
This mess will be continued on Tuesday…..
After 5 days of “emergency water” usage only, I learned you can’t plan enough for the unknown. Just when you think you have it figured out- always, always , always be prepared for the unexpected. I also learned I am not EVER going to live in like that wild family in Alaska that builds a hut every three weeks. I couldn’t make it two full days without running to my sister’s house for a steamy shower and to do laundry. I will not ever apply to be on Survivor– although I might have done well since without an AM shower, I am ready to fight someone.
I also learned Hayden might prefer peeing on our tree.
In all seriousness though, I did learn that we are wasteful and need to practice being more thankful for the things we have in our life. For some, water truly is a luxury and I will lead an effort in my household to teach my “young’ens” to be less of a consumer.
I also learned a house, is just a house. It is love, that fills your home. Tough times will happen and we hopefully surround ourselves with the people you can lean on and lend support to. I love my husband more now than ever. Hernia and all.
In times of trouble, people show what they are made of, make sure to choose good people and be a good person.
Lessons Learned- Don’t give up. Ever.
Just when you think it can get tough. It might get worse. Don’t dwell.
Top 40 distributor Newton Manufacturing announced this morning that it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in U.S. Federal Court in Des Moines, IA. Although subject to potential competitive bidding, the filing included a court motion to sell nearly all of the assets of the business to fellow Top 40 distributor HALO Branded Solutions. The transaction will be an expedited sale to take place within 30 days….(more)
My husband, our sole financial provider- will be out of a job, after 15 years, in 30 very short days. Mama may be going back to work. Actually correction, I will be seeking employment outside of the home. Truthfully as a SAHM, I have never had more difficult boss(es), demanding schedule or dealt with more chaos than while being “CEO of Mommyland.” A paying career, though bittersweet, might seem like a welcome change from my little guys who think they are in charge!
So friends keep us in your prayers or thoughts (oh wait! my washer and stove are also about to go caput, kids might have colds, and a neighbor nearby is foreclosing…. but those things have not taught me anything new, so no need to waste your prayers on those. forget it, I was just venting since you are here). 🙂
I am currently a lot of fun, huh?
I know that hardest lessons to learn, are the ones that teach us the most. I know hundreds of others in my city were also effected by today’s news and also have to deal with equally stressing factors, so my prayers are with them, too.
I am glad this day is over and look forward to tomorrow and our next chapter- where/whatever it may be. The unknown is scary, but I have the best company a long for this bumpy ride.
PS- Blogger friends– How the heck should this post be tagged for SEO? Shi%*y week? Just kidding. Kind of. No, not really- any suggestions?