Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Three Word Wednesday: Something Will Break


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At a Yellow Ribbon event, an event held for the soldiers and family members to help prepare them for a deployment, an older lady stood up and said to the spouses of the soldiers, "Ladies, something will break." She had us laughing as she told stories of appliances secretly chatting with each other over who would be the first to go while the men of the house were away.

According to this kind lady, something will break. It's not a matter of if; it's a matter of when.

When doing my thing in the kitchen these days (I'm not really sure what my thing is since I don't cook.) I'd look at my various appliances, some older than others, and have visions of them talking among each other.

My money is on the washing machine. (My washer and dryer happen to be in the kitchen...not by choice.) The machines acts possessed. When the spin cycle comes along it bounces like a mad woman (I'm gonna say she's a she). By the time she completes her cycle, she sits much further out than when she started. After every load of laundry I need to give her several pushes to put her back in her appropriate place.

Surely she will be the first to go. All the bouncing and pushing must be having a negative impact on her longevity, don't you think?

Anywho...

I've been waiting to see who would win. In the meantime, I was ready to take the pending breakdown of an appliance in stride. It would not get to this God Strong army wife! There would not be an emotional breakdown over anyone's demise.

That would be anyone's but mine!

I spent the better part of Saturday Christmas shopping. There were a few tears here and there knowing my husband will not be with us. But I have many reasons to be thankful so I kept pressing on focusing on how neither of us will celebrate alone. My boys and their ladies will be with me and my husband will have his Army family.

After shopping, I returned home eager to start decorating our home and began pulling out boxes of decorations. The boxes had all been placed in the garage with easy access by my husband before he left. He's always taking care of me.

The decorations went up, including our fake tree (I did ponder getting a real one this year). My son and his girlfriend were going to help me decorate the tree once they returned home that evening because the tree must be decorated together. Last year we also realized my son does a much better job of putting the lights on the tree.

A little clean-up would not hurt while I waited so I went to return the tree box to the garage.

And then it happened. I found out who would be the first to break. As I tumbled down the one stair to the garage...yes, a bone in my poor little foot would be the first to break. I heard the crack as I fell.

I laid there for moment and then cried out, "No God. Not me. My money was on the washer. Pick her instead."

I eventually made my way to my bed with a bag of ice in hand. Thankfully, my son arrived not too long after and he tended to his mom. We ordered pizza for dinner, I plopped myself on our comfy living room chair and we ended our evening by watching It's A Wonderful Life (decorating the tree could wait). I was handling my clumsy fall rather well, minus the quick cry out to God.

Bedtime came and all I wanted was to curl up next to husband. I cried and cried. "God, please bring him back home!" Once again, I cried myself to sleep.

I've decided there will be a Part 2 to this story. It includes a visit to the ER, doing something I now laugh at, feeling stranded, another emotional breakdown and God's amazing grace. So come back next week for the rest of the story.

43 comments :

  1. What a beautiful blog. I am so glad I came over from DYW Wednesday. May you be blessed this Christmas as He holds you close... and please thank your sweet husband (Love that he takes care of you!!!) for his service to our country. Newest follower!!! Merry Christmas and take care of that foot! Jules from bles-id

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    1. Couldn't sign in with google friend connect ... following you on Facebook; I will come back and try GFC later!

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    2. I'm so glad you found your way here Jules. Thank you so much for your kind comment. It's super nice to *meet* you. I love how TWW connects me to knew blogging friends.
      Merry Christmas to you.
      Beth

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  2. Oh my Beth. I didn't imagine it would be you. Hope your foot gets better. I put up my fake tree(that's all I ever have) over the weekend and manage to get it decorated yesterday.

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    1. Thanks, Wanda. Other than being a little sour, the foot is doing good. We've always had a fake tree too. There have been a couple times we've done a real tree but I'm not very good with remembering to water it! lol.
      Much love to you,
      Beth

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  3. Ouch! I'm sorry to hear that. I can't imagine. You definitely need a good hug. (((hugs)))

    A good cry is definitely in order.

    Love,
    Beth

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    1. Oh I do a good job of getting in many good cries! Thanks for the hug.
      Much love,
      Beth

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  4. Oh Beth! A broken foot -- I'm so sorry! I'm so glad your son was coming over so you wouldn't have to deal with that alone. As I first started reading your post, I wondered what was going to break...and it did cross my mind that it wouldn't be an appliance! Ugh. Anyway, you made a painful situation funny! (I wonder if the washing machine is thinking now...) I hope you are feeling better soon! Blessings, Joan

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    1. Oh that washing machine...I'm still thinking she is on the list to go. We shall see.
      Blessings to you, Joan.
      Beth

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  5. Beth - I am so sorry about your foot! I cannot imagine dealing with all the stress at the same time as making the adjustments to being without your husband. May God be with you, bring you comfort & quick healing. I will be back later to link up :) Love, Joanne

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    1. Thanks, Joanne. The first day was rough but lately I've just been able to laugh about it all. God is SO good. He gives me the strength to get through each day.
      Much love,
      Beth

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  6. Oh Beth, my heart was reaching out to you as I read of you crying for your husband. There is nothing I can say except I am praying for you and your family.

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    1. Thank you, Debbie. The prayers are so appreciated. Sending hugs your way.
      Beth

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  7. Oh nooo Beth, not your foot! Too cute though(your pleading with God to let it be the washer instead), lol! I'll be keeping you in my prayers my sweet friend!! May God fill your days with a boat load of goodness to occupy you until your husband's safe and speedy return! (((((((BIG HUGS)))))))!! xoxo

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    1. Thanks, Michell. God is filling my days with goodness. He is SO good. Thank you for the big hug. It was surely felt.
      Much love to you,
      Beth

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  8. Oh my goodness, bless your heart!! My heart goes out to you...stay strong and brave, friend! Praying for fast healing on that foot, take care of yourself.

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    1. Thank you, Alecia. The foot is doing fine and not slowing me down! But I do enjoy the needed rest at the end of the day when it's feeling a little sore.
      Much love to you and hugs,
      Beth

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  9. so sorry about your foot! my sister broke her foot falling down the stairs when she was about 6 weeks pregnant. not fun!

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    1. Thanks, Jenilee. I can't image falling down the stairs when pregnant. Your poor sister. I hope her and the baby are both fine.
      Blessings,
      Beth

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  10. I dislike this turn of events immensely. So sorry! -- I am sure it's not comforting at all, but I should probably share that I related to this post because I am an expert "fall-er." I take tumbles every so often because I walk with a prosthesis on my right leg. I have a co-worker who falls frequently as well -- she comes to tell me her stories (almost weekly!), and we have given her the nickname "Tumble-ina." Welcome to our club! :)

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    1. Oh thank you, Lyli. This made me smile. I'm delighted to be a part of your club!! That is until the next time I tumble again because I really do dislike the tumbling. :)))
      Much love to you,
      Beth

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  11. Hi Beth,

    I am so sorry about your broken foot. May you feel wrapped up in our Lord's warm embrace, His healing touch, and know He is carrying you. You are in my prayers x

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    1. Thank you for your prayers, Anita.
      Many blessings,
      Beth

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  12. Ahh! I think I would have made a very similar cry to the Lord. "Take the washer instead, Lord! Leave me my foot!" I'm praying for you and the broken foot and broken heart. He is the healer and the binder and He is taking care of you. I have that confidence. Hugs and ice from Iowa. Along with so much love.

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    1. Thank you friend. The funny thing is the tree box is still sitting there in the garage halfway up to it's proper place. And the washer machine continues to bounce all over the place. Still wishing God would have taken her but I'm handling the small break with laughter now.
      Hugs to you and much love,
      Beth

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  13. Beth you made me laugh and cry! :) My washing machine bounces along too. It tends to bounce in front of the laundry room door regularly, blocking me OUT of the laundry room. :)

    Thanks for linking with Woman to Woman's Word Filled Wednesday. God bless!

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    1. Oh I'm so glad I'm not the only one with a crazy washing machine!!
      Thanks for sharing, Jenifer.
      Blessings to you,
      Beth

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  14. Yikes, didn't see that coming in your story! Hope you're keeping cozy and comfortable, Beth, so you can heal. Looking forward to updates here. Love, Diane

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    1. Oh I'm very cozy and comfortable! Thanks, Diane.
      Blessings,
      Beth

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  15. Oh, no, Beth! I hope you're feeling better and warm in your Christmas-decorated house. Looking forward to the next installment, although it sounds like a lot more action you may not have exactly wanted to deal with! Much love to you.

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    1. The following day was rough, Kristin, but I've moved on to laughing over it all. I'm sure if He would have taken the washer figuring out how to get the laundry done would have proved to be more frustrating than my small break. :)))
      So glad to have you link up again this week.
      Love you,
      Beth

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  16. I'm so sorry. Interested to hear the rest of the story.
    May you rest even more in our Saviour as He slows you down.

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  17. Oh Beth! So sorry to hear about your foot injury - and during the Christmas season! Praying you feel better soon as you rest in the arms of our Savior.

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    1. Thank you for your prayers, Penny.
      Many blessings,
      Beth

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  18. Dear Beth
    Oh, I think your washing machine is a feisty girl and has read your thoughts about her being, ahm, a bit of old and on her way out. I think she jinxed your foot!! You are such a gem, dear friend. When is Hubbie returning?
    Blessings XX
    Mia
    Blessings XX
    Mia

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    1. Oh she is feisty. I still have my eye on her. :)))
      My husband does not return until next October. Oh my...writing that is never easy. It's too far away.
      Thanks for always making me smile with your kind comments, Mia. You are the gem.
      Much love,
      Beth

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  19. I'm so sorry to hear about your foot!! At least it sounds like you got to spend a quality evening with your son :) Looking forward to hearing Part 2.. Sending love :)

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    1. Thanks, Jessica. Sending love your way too.

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  20. Beth, I am so sorry for this accident. I pray it heals quickly. With Chicago winters, you need to take it easy, if possible!! I'd come to help if I could! Just know that my heart is with you. I care, sweet girl.
    Caring through Christ, ~ linda
    PS..I tried to leave a comment last night but it would not take, so hopefully this will go. Thanks for visiting Being Woven too.

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  21. We've had a lot of breaks this year - one son's collar bone (body tossing with his friends), my husband's elbow (on youngest son's rip stick), front bumper on a car (the 3rd son in a torrential rain mishap), the washing machine, the tub, the garage door, the disposal - I think it's a mutiny! I think it's awesome how your boys join in and take care of you. I think maybe that is a silver lining to your husband's deployment - it has taught you guys to pull close and take care of each other. Thank you for sharing this - it warmed my heart. Hope you are feeling better - praying that God comfort you, give you peaceful sleep, restful dreams and blessing - beautiful blessing!

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    1. Oh my...I'm so sorry about all your breaks. I'm praying my appliances keep behaving and also our bones. :))) Thank you for your kind, kind words. You brought a big smile to my face.
      Much love,
      Beth

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