Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Counting My Blessings

I am seriously super behind right now on so many things but feel like it is necessary to take a minute to just chill and relax and share what's on my mind. Giveaways can always wait until tomorrow I figure.

It seems that counting our blessings is almost synonomous with this time of year and I am guilty of not doing near enough of it throughout the rest of the year, I'll be the first to admit. But I also feel like the past few days have been pretty rough and to not reflect on all of the things I have to be thankful for would be wrong.

We went to my husband's family Christmas this past weekend. We had to go later than planned because our 8 year old had a soccer game he didn't want to miss so we ended up making the 3 hour drive to my in-laws late Saturday afternoon. We got there about an hour before the rest of the family arrived for the big annual party. After everyone left, it was after 11 p.m. but the kids insisted they needed to open their presents from Grandma and Grandpa so we stayed up! Aiden just loved his new tent! He went straight in it and played with the toys the kids crammed in it for him. It was so cute and it didn't take long at all for him to be completely wiped out! *lol*

He got a ball pit too and they ALL had fun playing in it....I hate it that my little guy is getting SO big! Ack!

Normally we would have went home on Sunday but since we got their so late Saturday, we opted to stay an extra day and were even going to let the kids "skip" school on Monday but we lucked out and we got a ton of snow so school was cancelled anyway so we didn't have to call them in after all!  They had a blast playing with their new toys and playing outside in the snow!! 

 My hubby was also happy to get to spend some time with his younger brother, his only sibling. Nathan is 22 and has had juvenile diabetes since he was very young and is having some problems with his kidneys. When I see how sick he is all of the time it sure makes me feel super blessed that my kids have always been healthy for the most part other than minor things here and there!

We left Monday to come home and it was probably not the best idea. The roads were slick and drifted from blowing snow and ice. The first part of our trip was pretty nasty but once we got to the interstate it was much better!  We stopped and had some lunch at the halfway point and we were shocked to come home to see nearly 8 inches of snow! It sure was pretty though and the kids were super stoked!

Along with the snow and ice, however, come negative things too like nasty and slippery roads that cause accidents. Monday night, a young girl who we know was killed in a car accident. Ashley Curry was pregnant and also had a little girl named Ava. I am going to sing at her funeral on Friday and I am really nervous. The last time I sang at a funeral was YEARS ago when I was a teenager and a close friend was killed in car accident on the last day of school. I have also sang at elderly people's funerals but there is just something different when a young person dies and especially because of the circumstances surrounding the tragedy. I felt so sad looking at her Facebook page and seeing how excited she was for Christmas. She even posted a status updates just hours before the accident about how happy she was to have went Christmas shopping and how excited she was to see her sweet little girl, Ava open her presents. Talk about heart wrenching. I would like to ask all of you to keep the family in your thoughts and prayers. Also for a speedy recovery for Ashley's fiance, Brandon and little Ava who were both injured in the accident. I cannot even fathom the pain that these families are going through and God knows they must be struggling tremendously right now. A beautiful girl who had so much life ahead of her. We really don't know what tomorrow holds for us.

RIP Ashley!

Here is a video of one of the songs the family wants sang at the funeral. It's extremely sad and I am trying to figure out how I can sing it without crying!

We had school today but we were on a 2 hour delay. In all honesty, we shouldn't have had school. The roads were still total ice. I was really angry about it knowing that this accident had just happened the night before and I took pictures just in case I find the time to send in a complaint. I know it's because Ohio's governor decided that we only need 3 calamity days but to be honest, I would rather my kids make up days in the Summer than to be unsafe and go to school with roads in these conditions! I took these pictures on main highways too!!!Can you believe that they would send buses out and make parents drive kids to school on these roads?! Absurd!

It's no wonder that tragedy struck again this morning. 3 people were killed when they were involved in an accident with a semi just a few miles from our home.  It was a woman, her daughter-in- law and a small child who were killed. Another small child was transported to a hospital in Indiana but I am not sure of the condition. I found out this evening that the daughter-in-law was actually a girl that we knew quite well back in the day. She went to our churches small Christian school, my Mom was one of her teachers. So so sad.

So that made 5 people here die within a  24 hour period. I am no longer digging the pretty white stuff. I am wanting it to go far away and not come back. Families shouldn't have to go through this EVER but especially right before Christmas. It made me want to go get my kids from school and hold them close and keep them locked up in the house with us where they are safe and sound. I am so very thankful that God has kept his hand on me and my family members and that we are all still together and safe.  My heart goes out to all of those families who have lost someone and I pray that they find peace through their pain. This Christmas, I am definitely counting my blessings.


  1. sarah this was very nice for u to write we do all need to enjoy the loved ones in our lives because we never know what tomorrow will bring... it brought tears to my eyes... i cant even imagine what these families r going through...

  2. Oh WOW! :-( I am sooo sorry to hear about your loss. That family will definitely be in my prayers before I go to bed. How so very sad for that little girl and the precious life inside her, that will never see this world. She looks way to young to have been brought home. This really makes you appreciate life and realize that we are never promised tomorrow. I am so thankful that I have my family safe and happy with me this holiday season. This really makes me want to go upstairs and give my babies a hug. In fact I am going to do that. I am so sorry you are having such a rough time right now. I am sure God will give you the voice to sing on Friday, I will be thinking of you.

  3. Great post Sarah, well said - I know you will find the strength to sing at the funeral, and I know you will do it beautifully.

    A point on the calamity days - three is NOT enough, and the roads really were terrible yesterday - I think you should make a complaint to the governor and maybe to the school board - let me know if you would like me to write anything as well - or maybe consider sending something in to the standard. The safety of the citizens, especially children, should be first priority.

  4. Very well said. Sometimes we need reminded not to take the things/people we love for granted.
    Her family will be in my prayers.

    You will do great singing that lovely song. Such a sad song, how awesome you are to sing it for her family.

  5. So sad families will be in my thoughts and prayers. We must be close to each other then here in Ohio because I heard about that accident this morning on the news. The roads here and horrible I don't understand why they don't at least delay. May God be with you as you sing that beautiful song .

  6. Heart wrenching indeed! It is always especially horrible when families loose loved ones right before Christmas.
    Don't let their deaths be in vain - remind everyone you know to slow down, drive defensively, and stay off the roads when they are bad, school or no school. Nothing like that is worth someone's life.

  7. Prayers to those families and glad you made it safe, weather in southeastern Michigan about the same and we also have 3 "snow" days with only Monday being closed. We have very rural areas and I was very nervous for the high schoolers that drive to school !
    Thank you for sharing with us and good luck with your song, be strong, what a wonderful thing you are doing.

  8. Wow, so much sadness...
    I'm sure you will sing wonderfully but that will be a very hard day :(

  9. So sad!!!!!! I will keep her in my thoughts.

    These type of things seem to happen a lot during the holidays!

    Good luck on the singing.

  10. We pray hard...for our safety but also for those who are grieving. And I think of you whenever I hear about your city on the news! (Think we have more snow today than you do....)

    Know you'll continue to be an encouragement.

  11. Reading this breaks my heart,thinking about her family.(especially since it's so close to Christmas)That is awesome that you sang at her funeral.Sissy's Song is the perfect song for that young Mommy who lost her life so soon.


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