While I was away in Chicago, something very interesting happened. I was with my mom, SIL (Mackenzie), and a friend (TR). I stayed at my mom’s house on Wednesday night so that I didn’t have to get up so early on Thursday. Thursday morning, when we went to meet Mac and TR, my mom’s car wouldn’t start. She decided to plug in a charger. None of the four of us knew that you should not leave it plugged in that long or we wouldn’t have plugged it in before leaving for 3 days. But, Mac picked us up and away we went. We had a lot of adventures, to say the least. But on Saturday morning, while we were at Crate and Barrel, our last shopping stop before heading back, Mac got a call from one of her bosses that my mom also works with. They are all friends, too. He told Mac that my moms car had exploded. Yes, that is what he said and he was very serious. Mac told TR and I and we decided that we shouldn’t tell my mom until she was sitting down. So, when we all got back to the car, we told her. She had a special attachment to the Bethmobile even thought it was old and various things were not working right. There was definitely a grieving process going on as we drive home. And there were still so many things we didn’t know about what happened.

When we were about an hour and a half from home, we found out a little more. The car hadn’t really exploded; more like caught fire. Of course, that’s pretty bad, too! She was told that there was no interior or front, but that the back end was still intact. We also found out that even though we had left it for the weekend, it had only taken 40 minutes to catch fire! We left the house at about 6:15 a.m. and this happened Thursday morning at 7 a.m. We don’t yet know what happened, but we figure that the charger, being old, was the problem. It made us all feel better knowing that at least our ignorance wasn’t the cause.

I lent my  camera to my mom to take pictures. We got in too late to really see much. But I plan on posting the pics when I get them. This is one of those things that you really don’t expect to happen to you or your family.

It makes a person grateful for God’s hand, too. We could have been trying to start the car when this happened and then we would probably be toast! The what-ifs are really scary, but God’s protection is really great. Plus, my mom’s friends and bosses are working to get her a car, which shows her how much she is loved. Who doesn’t need to see that every so often?

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Recently, I was reading one of the many blogs that I read and Lutheran Husker wrote about how he likes to write haiku poems while in boring meetings. So, while driving back from Chicago this weekend, I decided to write some poems. Some of them are inside jokes, so they may not make any sense whatsoever, but I hope you enjoy them!Parking’s a racket.
We want an open spot. We go
’round. We are trapped!

Elaine flatlines often.
She needs food stat! Quick! Hurry!
Whew! She is okay.

Mackenzie fears death,
Death from a killing disease:
public pen in mouth.

Lemur Eyes

Photo courtesy abcode on Flickr.

Lemur eyes are big.
Big, bulging, large, watchful eyes
spot a restaurant.

The Bethmobile is
gone. It blew up and
the pavement is black.

Bethmobile, you’re gone
in a flaming tribute to
your battery problems. Oh!

A puddle appears.
The fire is washed away;
only steel is left.

Puddle of buttons,
puddle of pins, you are one.
One big memory.

God loves my mother.
He has her best planned out,
so she will be blessed.

Sunburns are a pain.
A pain on my head and back;
a cancerous pain.

Coffee is yucky.
Lemonade is yummy.
Don’t drink coffee…ew!

ElaineCan you guess how old I am from the picture? Post a comment. I promise I won’t be offended, no matter what you say. I’m getting old! Ha Ha. I bet most of you will never guess my age.

Most people think I’m still in high school, or at least college. I know that I’ll appreciate that when I am 50 and look 40, but right now, I’d rather look my age.

Tonight, as a birthday gift from a friend, I will stay with my mom so that I can leave for Chicago at 6 a.m. tomorrow morning with my friend, Tricia, my mom and my sister-in-law, Mackenzie. We like to take trips to Chicago together. I think this is our second all together, but I also met my mom there one year.

That was a crazy trip! Princess was only 6 months old and I decided to take her because my mom wanted to see her. I took the train and I was worried that if I fell asleep, someone would take P, so I had her in one of those baby backpacks. She was attached to me almost the whole way. I think it was over a 12 hour trip from Nebraska to Chicago (plus 12 more on the way back). I’ve got a great picture of our trip, but right now, I’m at work. Maybe I’ll add it later, though.More...

So, I’m looking forward to exploring Chicago. My favorite spots, so far, are the Museum of Contemporary Art (on free Tuesdays), Ed Debevics, the Magnificent Mile and the American Girl store (I can’t wait until P is old enough for me to trust her with a $100 doll so I can buy her one-I do plan on splurging). Remember, I live in a very rural area. So those stores are exciting when I get to go to them.

So my plan for the day is to finish working, and then go pick up my family at the coffee shop in our church basement. I will open my gifts there (yay!), then we will go out to eat. After that, my hubby has to take me to Bay City to drop me off.

I will be taking the MacBook with me, but I’m not sure I’ll actually get around to posting or anything, so you may not hear from me for a few days. I’ll be back late Saturday night.

*If you were trying to read this right after I posted, WordPress was being spazy, so I apologize for the confusion.

Update: Did you guys look? You all are right on. I turned 28 yesterday. Thanks for the comments and greetings! It was a great day and I’m having a great trip!

ElaineCan you guess how old I am from the picture? Post a comment. I promise I won’t be offended, no matter what you say. I’m getting old! Ha Ha. I bet most of you will never guess my age.

Most people think I’m still in high school, or at least college. I know that I’ll appreciate that when I am 50 and look 40, but right now, I’d rather look my age.

Tonight, as a birthday gift from a friend, I will stay with my mom so that I can leave for Chicago at 6 a.m. tomorrow morning with my friend, Tricia, my mom and my sister-in-law, Mackenzie. We like to take trips to Chicago together. I think this is our second all together, but I also met my mom there one year.

That was a crazy trip! Princess was only 6 months old and I decided to take her because my mom wanted to see her. I took the train and I was worried that if I fell asleep, someone would take P, so I had her in one of those baby backpacks. She was attached to me almost the whole way. I think it was over a 12 hour trip from Nebraska to Chicago (plus 12 more on the way back). I’ve got a great picture of our trip, but right now, I’m at work. Maybe I’ll add it later, though.More...

So, I’m looking forward to exploring Chicago. My favorite spots, so far, are the Museum of Contemporary Art (on free Tuesdays), Ed Debevics, the Magnificent Mile and the American Girl store (I can’t wait until P is old enough for me to trust her with a $100 doll so I can buy her one-I do plan on splurging). Remember, I live in a very rural area. So those stores are exciting when I get to go to them.

So my plan for the day is to finish working, and then go pick up my family at the coffee shop in our church basement. I will open my gifts there (yay!), then we will go out to eat. After that, my hubby has to take me to Bay City to drop me off.

I will be taking the MacBook with me, but I’m not sure I’ll actually get around to posting or anything, so you may not hear from me for a few days. I’ll be back late Saturday night.

*If you were trying to read this right after I posted, WordPress was being spazy, so I apologize for the confusion.

Update: Did you guys look? You all are right on. I turned 28 yesterday. Thanks for the comments and greetings! It was a great day and I’m having a great trip!

Some Random WoodsI’ve been feeling rather dry and out of it spiritually the last couple of weeks. I got that cold and wasn’t feeling up to par physically and it just seemed to run over into my spiritual life. I haven’t been doing the normal amount of reading and praying for a couple of weeks and that always makes me feel like this. Also, Chris got a new computer. Our first Apple. We’ve both been especially obsessed with our computers this past week. We have been playing games online in competition with each other.

I told Chris about how I was feeling, just today at lunch. He suggested that I go walk in the woods somewhere. It was a great suggestion; I only had to find some woods that I could walk in. I managed to find some. There weren’t any “No Trespassing” signs, so I went for it. It’s so hard to find a good quiet place out in nature nowadays. Everyone is afraid of everyone else and afraid someone will sue them. I was careful to leave everything the same; I just took some time to stroll with God through His magnificent creation. I saw a deer blind at one point and while I don’t think it’s deer hunting season yet (I don’t really keep up with such things), I was glad I was wearing a very brightly striped t-shirt. I got away from the deer blind, too. I really didn’t want to be shot, but it was pretty quiet. (more…)