My week began making sure the kids were properly excused from school and any school work that could be done prior to was completed. That meant Jessie’s creative book report was ready to turn in on Wednesday. The theme was to create a book award that the book could receive. She read Double Fudge by Judy Blume and gave it the Family Matters Most award. She created criteria and an actual award for it. She loved how it turned out and got 100 on it. For the boys, it is preparing for tests that they will miss or have next week so let’s hope they study on the plane rides.
We had the rescheduled construction meeting on Tuesday. All the hiccups that came up in the last meeting were addressed so everyone should all now be on the same page. Although I had to call the painter the next day explaining that they still had one more room to paint unrelated to the bathroom. For as much as I shouldn’t be involved, I am. ;)
I was able to do another companionship study this week which was great. It was interesting because I prepared for the sister they asked me to study for but as we study together my insights really were for another investigator. Although together we came up with a lesson plan that would meet the other sister’s needs. We are truly instruments in the Lord’s hands. I made it to a district meeting on Wednesday too.
The kids were beyond happy to head to Utah this week for some family time and didn’t mind the 4 am wake up to catch a 6:20 am flight. I think is was rough on Aaron and I. We came home after dropping them off and crashed for a few hours. So unlike me but, I was tired from the early morning and the late night before with a sister companionship needing to stay with us last minute. Anything for our missionaries. We love them. Once up, we exercised and then headed to the temple. We had our quarterly temple trip with the missionaries this week.
They love going and we love that we have a temple so close by. I personally had a wonderful experience with some of the sister missionaries that were in our session with us in the Celestial room afterwards. I felt prompted to share some things I have recently learned about my role and great worth as a women from Eve. We had a lovely discussion from that point that answered some questions they had. Moments like this with the missionaries are priceless.
Later that evening Aaron got a call where all he could hear was screaming and sirens in the background. One of our sisters was hit on her bike as a car slammed into her broadside at about 40 mph. It was about 7:30 and getting dark. The sisters underestimated how fast the car was coming when they started to cross the road. They weren’t at an intersection and the driver didn’t see them until it was too late. When I received the call the ambulance was just arriving and the sister that was unharmed was crying and trying to tell me what was going on. We raced to the closest ER near them and pulled in as they arrived. I expected the worst and was pleasantly surprised to see her in one piece, some skinned knees, unbroken helmet, and not much else. I gave her a blessing and just talked with her to keep her from going into shock. We spent 5 hours in the ER as they did Xrays and CT scans and she was able to walk away with a lot of soreness. The RN that was working with her kept saying “Angels must be looking over you” as she read the results of the Xrays and CT scans. Her bike was broken in half and she was able to go back to her area Saturday night. This is the fourth sister we’ve had hit on her bike, two bounced off the windshield, one was dragged under the car, and this most recent accident, and not one has had much more than some road rash and bruises. However, it does take an emotional toll on them as they recover from being hit by a car. It is simply true that heaven looks after missionaries as we have a car wreck almost every week, bike crashes, and who knows what else that they don’t tell me, but I’m grateful they are kept safe. Keep praying for them!
Mountain biking dates are hitting the spot for Aaron and I even with our crashes. They make us feel alive. ;) Speaking of crashing, after a relatively uneventful (no crashing), pleasant ride. On our way back to the car I ended up going over my handle bars. Not sure why. It was a flat, no sharp turns in that area of the trail but I did. I crashed good. In the process of crashing, I think my left leg caught the handle bar from the side of my knee to mid-thigh. I could see it bruising immediately but jumped back on the bike in some serious pain. Glad I did because continuing to move it lessened the pain and hopefully less bruising. After getting back, I iced it but even resting it for that little time I could feel the muscles stiffening up. I will continue to move but probably won’t be running tomorrow more like a brisk walk for exercise. ;)
It has been a very quiet weekend without the kids around. With no church assignments, this weekend Aaron and I headed to the beach on Saturday. The weather was perfect. We took the front part of the Jeep top off for the drive down. We enjoyed laying in the sun and body surfing, well me attempting to body surf. On the way home, we stopped at Joes BBQ for dinner. Yum! It was a great day! One of the only days since we arrived where we felt like we were normal people having a normal day. We’re certainly very normal, but our current norm is just a little crazy most days.