Sunday, September 21, 2008

His and Her Citations-Counting My Blessings!

On his way home from a meeting, Spencer got pulled over for "disregard [of a] stop sign". Too bad he didn't have his updated insurance card in his vehicle. Make that two citations.

I tried to comfort him when he came home. Reminding him that it happens to everyone, that it's not a big deal, that money comes and goes, and that what was most important to me was that he was safe. I wished I could take away some of his concern and frustration. Finally we went to bed with him saying "Oh' well" to the event, and I was happy.

I woke up the next morning and decided it was time to file away all the old car receipts and info that had been piling up in my van. So I took out everything in the glove compartment and started sorting. In the middle of sorting I decided to head over to the park for play group. Singing with the windows down (not only for fun but sanity- our AC is out) we slowly strolled our way towards the park. I even looked down at my speedometer, proud that I was gently braking so as to remain under the speed limit. Then... lights a flashin in my rear view window. I was more than shocked. The best part, (you got it) my updated insurance card was sitting at home in the sorting process. Make that another two citations (mine is the pink ticket) :)

So we drove to another park while I was attempting to control the shock and disappointment that was making its way out in tears. I was trying to tell myself what I had told Spencer the night before, but it wasn't working. I was feeling embarrassed,stupid, frustrated and concerned.

Sitting in the car at the park, my precious Adelaide asked me why I was crying. As I turned and looked upon my daughters faces, my mood instantly changed. I was overcome with love and gratitude. "Is that all?" I thought. So, i'd been pulled over (with a beautifully clean record I might add) the day after Spencer...So we both were ridiculously without our insurance cards...So we'll both have to go to court to show that we were insured and pay some fines... Maybe our insurance will go up, maybe the fines will be big, but-that is all?!!. As I looked at my girls I was overwhelmed by how simple, easy, and blessed my life is. Here I was with them, safe, happy, healthy-with plenty to meet our needs. If my biggest downer is something so trivial- I'll take it!

Oh' well!

The words to the song "Count Your Blessings" came to my mind repeatedly throughout the next few days and especially a week later when Spencer was actually in a car accident on the freeway. Again, no one was hurt, just scratched up (replaceable- you can't take them with you anyway) cars.

Talk about counting my blessings...and indeed feeling surprised at what the Lord hath done.

"When upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.

Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your blessings, see what God hath done!
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.

Are you ever burdened with a load of care?
Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?
Count your many blessings, every doubt will fly,
And you will keep singing as the days go by.

When you look at others with their lands and gold,
Think that Christ has promised you His wealth untold;
Count your many blessings. Wealth can never buy
Your reward in heaven, nor your home on high.

So, amid the conflict whether great or small,
Do not be discouraged, God is over all;

Count your many blessings, angels will attend,
Help and comfort give you to your journey’s end."


Steve Probert said...

Wow, his and hers. It is so frustrating isn't it. This too shall pass. Love Dad Probert, Pappa Steve and your fan.

Rebecca said...

Wow...another problem turned into something positive. You still never cease to amaze me. Thanks for the reminder. It helps me to take a dip into your optimism every now and then.

Rachel said...

Oh man. You are amazing. I'd be wallowing in this for awhile, had it been me.
Good for you for turning it around and looking at the positive side of things.
I will for sure count me blessings more often...
Glad Spencer wasn't hurt in his accident!!

Stephanie said...

You got it sista! Good for you!

Hopefully your court appearance will reduce (if not eliminate) some of those tickets! ;o)

Meg said...

You seem to handle all trials with such grace! It really impresses me! I can't imagine a cop giving you two citations since you both are so tender hearted. Same on him.

SusieQ said...

Of all the crazy luck. (Or I guess it should be called unluck.)
Great job remembering what's really important. You're such a good example.

Brianne & Jarod said...

Oh Sara...can I come live with you? have the best perspective on EVERYTHING!! I am glad to hear that the car accident was small and Spencer is ok, and that you have a smile on your face about it all...of COURSE you would, you always do :)That is why you are so amazing!!

Kelli W. said...

Hey sista! This just happened to Pete and I last month! He got a speeding ticket driving over to Eugene...he broke it to me by calling me on his cell phone asking me if I wanted the good news or the bad news? I said the good news and he said "I'm almost here!" And the bad news?? I ask next...then I hear the police officers voice through the phone asking him for his license etc. I thought it was so funny he called me asap so I could witness the ordeal live. The very next weekend or two I got a speeding ticket also driving over to Eugene! I however did NOT call him. It took me longer to nurse my wounds since I thought the tiket was way unfair and I hate speed traps! See, I haven't gotten over it yet! Anyway, I felt the emotion and butterflies in my stomach as you described the incidents and how you cried, then realized really how insignificant it really is in the grand scheme of life. It still is a pain though!
Love you!!!