Taking Back Control

This past week has been a difficult one.  After my boys were in their car accident, the week seems to have been a blur.  Just getting through the work day was difficult, and the days seem to be almost “Groundhog’s Day.”  Then you add in the nagging cold/flu that we all seem to be struggling to overcome and it begins to feel like just waking up and getting the normal daily routine accomplished is a big deal.  And maybe it is…

Today, I stayed home with my sick kindergartner and a cough of my own.  I have, over the weekend, spent most of my time staying low and sleeping while trying to give my body the time it needs to feel better.  But doing that just results in the whole house falling apart into a mess and increasing my stress, which likely doesn’t help me in the least.  So, I decided to take back some control today, especially over the things that I can control.  I deep cleaned the living room, dining room, bathroom, kitchen, and office.  My bedroom and the pile of ‘clean’ clothes will be my night project.  Do I feel better?  Hell no, my back is killing me, my head feels like it is about to split, and my cough has made my whole throat a raspy mess.  However, I do feel less stress about my surroundings, and that might just be enough to get me better rest tonight.

By the way, I absolutely enjoyed this past football season.  I was able to follow my team and catch every game.  What a special treat and wonderful ending for a great and exciting season.  This is really the first season that I have been able to completely dive into and follow throughout, and what a better way to end it than having my favorite team win the Super Bowl!  I really appreciate this past season and that is a good thing, because you never know when or if it will ever occur again.

Go Broncos Country!





What’s Important

This weekend my family made the decision to purchase a used van.  We are thinking of doing some traveling and our current vehicles are not a good option for road trips.  So, we looked at the options available to us and decided that it was the right time to take a small car loan out and went to the city to look at a conversion van.  It has all the bells and whistles, low miles, and fits our entire family with ample room.  My kids were extremely excited by the Captain’s chairs and the dual screens.  My wife and I were much more impressed that we could barely hear them while driving.  We bought the van and handed the keys to the car that brought us to town to our oldest son.  He and my middle son were going to drive home for us while we stayed in town and did some shopping.  I no more than pulled up and started to fill my new tank with fuel when I receive a phone call that my sons had been in a serious accident on the freeway.  We hurried to the site to find a seven car accident.  My sons were okay, and the last car in the crash.  I’m not sure exactly what happened but the car in front of my sons tried to swerve away from the crash in front of them and went right into my sons car.  They were both shaken up and had both taken air bags and dash boards to the face, but they were alright.

The simple truth is that though we now have more stress in our life, everyone is okay and we will figure it all out.  It made me think about what is important in life.  My boys are definitely more important than a car, and knowing that they are safe makes me feel that maybe my problems aren’t such a big deal.