Monday, September 24, 2012

It's a bad, bad, bad, world

Last week was the most stressful week I've had in a long time.  It started out with me finding out the H didn't get to see MG when she was in Ind*a and therefore, MG didn't get to see the video I made for her :(  I can't begin to describe how disappointed I was.  I wanted so badly for her to be able to see me talking, to hear my voice, to see me in "real" life.  They have become very strict so H wasn't able to see her or get updated pictures for me.  I was really looking forward to that so when it didn't happen, I was crushed.  It wasn't a total bust though because H. was able to give the book I made for MG to her Aunties so I'm hoping that she gets to look at it every day.  The highlight is that I KNOW that for sure she knows she has a mom!!!

Next in line was my car.  First let me say how much I love my car.  It's my favorite of any car I've had in the past.  It is an off road SUV of a certain company that begins with an "n" and ends with an "n."  I have dogs, lots of them, and I haul a ton of stuff for my garden, so this vehicle is perfect for all my needs.  When I bought it new almost 7 years ago, I bought it with the intention that it should last me at least 10-12 years.  Mid-summer when it started having this lunging to it, I felt sick because I thought it was probably my transmission.  See, dating someone in high school from the "cool car club" still has it's benefits...  Anyway, I took it to the dealer to get the diagnostic test and sure enough, they said, "you need a new transmission.  The radiator has coils that have corroded and leaked into your transmission.  That will be $5800."  Say what?  Then they told me I should just get a new car.  O.K.  I'll just get a new car.  What kind of world do they live in?  I was so frustrated because just being a woman and being in a dealership, well, my point spread went downhill fast.  I was not in the mood to haggle.  I was not in the mood to buy a new car.  My car is paid off and I wanted to keep it that way.  Then they had the nerve to only offer me $3000 for my car.  That was the straw- I told them how insulted I was and walked out.

When I got home from the dealership, I changed out of my work clothes and ran to the grocery real quick to pick up dinner.

I came back and found this:
Stupid Lola.  I've worn these boots 4 times.   She chewed off the flap on one side and a huge hole by the heel.  I know, I know, I should have put them in my closet but let's just say I wasn't at the top of my game and my mind was rattled.

Later that night, I was talking to my dad about it and he revealed he get his tests back from the doctor appointment he had earlier this month.  I don't know if it's because he downplayed it or if I was so freaking out about what I was going to do about a car, that I really didn't get into the details.

Friday morning, my sister texted me and told me to call her ASAP.  It turns out my dad has an abdominal aortic aneurysm that is measuring at a size that needs to be taken care immediately.  My dad has a zero point tolerance for pain and freaks out about anything medical.  This is causing stress on my mom because he is kicking and screaming about getting this taken care of rapido.  He had several tests done today that revealed he needs more testing done on his heart before they can go ahead with the surgery to put the stent in place.  My dad can be a grumpy old man, stubborn beyond belief, so it's frustrating that we have to talk him into getting this done like yesterday.  Please, please pray that the additional tests get done this week, that the surgery goes well, and that there are no complications.

Thankfully, this week has had some positives.  I took my car to a mechanic I've known for a long time and he told me to get a new radiator and do multiple flushes on the car.  I just picked it up and it's driving great.  All for the grand total of $485.  Thank you N------N, but I won't be needing your services.

I did a little google search and it seems there is a class action lawsuit in the process of being filed against N-------N for my year and model.  Apparently, they knew they were using faulty parts.  They should have done a recall on the radiator and they didn't.  Instead they extended the warranty from 75,000 miles to 85,000.  That's all great, but the problem doesn't show up until starting at 95,000.  Mine has 96,000.  We'll see what happens...

The BEST news of the week came in the form of a phone call this afternoon from my BFF.  She has a daughter who is MG's age.  The sad part is that she lives about 9 hours away.  Today she gave me the the most fantastic news - in a couple of months I will be able to see her beautiful face EVERY day because she GOT TRANSFERRED BACK HOME!!!  YAHOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!  I can't even tell you how stinkin' excited I am!!

Besties :)

I still haven't heard about my court affidavit.  I've been praying specifically for a certain something to happen that has to do with this, so for now, I have a sense of peace about it.  I know it's in the Lord's hands and if what I've been praying is going to come to fruition, then it makes me even more content to wait.  The best thing is I know that Munni knows she has a family.  I've been praying for SO LONG that the Lord would put hope in her little heart.  I feel like on Tuesday that prayer was answered in a HUGE way when she got to see my face for the first time :)

As I go through this week, I am reminded that even though circumstances change, Jesus never changes.  He is always right by my side and I like that.


  1. I'm so glad you had a few bright spots in the middle of the muddle. I will pray for your dad, and for you to hear news from the court! This last wait is so, so maddening, and to have scary health news to boot is very trying.
    Hang on!

  2. Oh, Kristen....I love this. :) I know it was a rotten week last week...but honestly, you exuded peace of the Lord whenever I talked with you. :) I am so happy how everything worked out with your car...and I CANNOT wait for the phone call that tells me you have received your court affidavit.

  3. WOW some week. Sending prayers your way!