This weekend I find myself in Albuquerque, NM worshipping with Faith Lutheran Church and my good friend Jeremy - who is a youth pastor here. May our time be blessed through music, scripture, and personal testimony to what God has done in our lives!
This morning's drive from OH toward PA was beautiful. Driving through the tree-filled mountains, we stopped @ Cabela's for a fun run-around break for Jackson & lunch. Got back on the road headed for Hershey, PA, but stopped for a hotel about 2 hrs short. I WAS TIRED. I booked a hotel on-line because it had a heated outdoor pool as Jackson wanted to swim. Got to the hotel and the receptionist said the pool wasn't heated. Well, that was the only reason I booked the hotel. She graciously didn't charge me. I apologized, thanked her and left. So I booked another hotel that had an indoor pool - 1/4 mile down the road. Went to check in and that receptionist said their indoor pool was out of service and the website should have said that. There was to be no refund on this website, but the receptionist (again) was gracious to me and as I called the website he spoke with them to have the hotel room canceled and refunded. But, more time wasted as I was tired and Jackson was jumping (literally) on the couch and bouncing off the walls....
So, I finally decided to bite the bullet and book the more expensive hotel that had an outdoor heated pool - guaranteed. We drove up and I got the kids to go inside to pay. Jackson put his hand on the glass door, not realizing it was an automatic door and the door slid back, taking his hand and wrist with it. It actually caught his hand and wrist between the glass of the 2 doors. And there he stood, stuck. As I was holding my baby in one arm and trying to help J with the other, the desk receptionists and an older gentleman came running out to help. After a few tries, I was able to finally wiggle his wrist out, but by then he was crying - I don't know if because it hurt or he was scared. So I got J in one arm and scooped Evelyn up in the other and into the hotel we went.
The amazing receptionists got ice for Jackson and gave him a little toy to help him stop crying while we looked his wrist over. (A little swollen and red, but nothing broken by my estimation.) By then I lost it. Tired from the past few days, having already been disappointed w/ 2 previous hotels, wasting 1 hour already to go to 3 hotels just to find a pool, and now this, I lost my emotions and the tears started pouring out. It's a good thing they were women @ the front desk!
All in all, we are safe. We are blessed, we are content, we enjoyed swimming in a pool tonight (outside, surrounded by the beautiful PA mountains), we are well fed, and we have a cozy bed to rest our weary bodies in. God cares for us always. And though life may get emotional at times, we will continue to trust Him in every aspect.
We pray you are daily trusting, too...in the BIG and the SMALL STUFF!