Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Happy New Year?
On the first day of two twelve the new year gave to me: a broken heater in 20 degrees.
On the second day of two twelve the new year gave to me: carbon monoxide poisning and a broken heater in 20 degrees.
On the third day of two twelve the new year gave to me: ? We shall see what the 3rd brings.
I've been telling my kids this is going to be a great year. It has got to be better then last year right? So what if we started out with some "adventures."
So after a wonderful Christmas week with my sister Terry in California, we flew back to Denver and drove as far as Cheyenne. Bad winds, icy roads and some closures convinced me to hole up in Cheyenne and wait til New Year's day to finish the drive home to Casper.
When we finally got home on Sunday afternoon our house was freezing. The heater was broken. BRRRRR. I called our maintenance man and he came and fixed the heater. I was so happy to have heat. Finally I started to warm up. That night when I was about to go to bed (around midnight) Jacob woke up with a horrible headache...the worst he had ever had. It was so bad I took him to the ER. I brought Lynn with me but left Micah at home. No need to make him stay up all night in the ER. Apparently as we left Lynn saw micah getting some ibuprofin for a headache. On the way out the door Lynn said she had a headache and felt sick to her stomach. I thought, " Oh no, We must have caught Terry's flu (but worse!). I felt a little sick too as we headed to the ER. I was praying I wouldn't end up with a stomache bug cause I was getting a headache and a flutter of nausea in my tummy. At the hospital it was packed and we waited for a long time (a couple of hours). They were very sweet and let us wait in an empty consulting room away from the noise and brought in a matress for Jacob. Finally we got in. The doc came and started asking questions. Lynn said Micah had a headache too and that she had thrown up in the ER bathroom. Finally Jacob said that his friend Noah (who had been going to spend the night) had gone home because he wasn't feeling well. The doc thought it was odd we all got sick at the same time and mentioned carbon monoxide. (I love that doc). A light bulb must have popped up over my head. The gas heater was fixed today! How dumb was I to have not thought of it?
So what will the rest of the year bring? I hope it isn't quite so eventful as the first two days. A little adventure is all good, but some peace in between would be nice. It's all in God's hands. Romans 8:28 says all things work together for the good of those who love the Lord and are called according to His purposes. I am glad my three red heads are safe and that God protected us from what could have been a horrible newspaper story about a family tragically killed by carbon monoxide while they slept New Years night. It's not our time yet. :)