The Craziest Two Weeks of my Life (Part 1)

The craziest two weeks of my life took place last year in 2015, from May 11th to May 26th.

Trigg and I celebrate May 11th as the day we fell in love with each other (even though we didn’t realize it at the time). We call it “Our day”. If I remember correctly, Trigg and I have never spent Our day together since we entered a relationship with each other over three years ago, but May 11, 2015 was going to be the first time! I was a senior in high school and drum major of the Berwick High School Sound of Pride (SOP), and May 11th was also the date of the band’s spring concert– my very last band concert, and the last time I ever conducted SOP. My high school graduation was also that same week, so after Trigg finished  taking his finals, he and three of his siblings planned to drive to Louisiana to see me and attend my spring concert.

They ran a little late, and though my concert started at 6:00, the last I heard before I put my phone away was that they would arrive anywhere between 5:45 and 6:00. The band filed into the gym, and I took my seat at the head of the flutes, feeling jittery about playing my last concert and seeing Trigg. Time passed, 6:00 came, and the concert began…

But Trigg never got there.

In between every song (and sometimes while playing) I looked back and forth from the entrance to the place where my family was sitting, just waiting for Trigg to get there.

But Trigg never got there.

Eventually, about half-way through the concert, I saw my dad get a phone call and leave the gym. I was curious, and I began to worry. He eventually came back in, sat down, and whispered something to my mom. After the next song, while some awards were being handed out, my mom began motioning me to go to her. I was so confused. I told her no, and eventually my dad got up and came over to talk to me.

He told me that Trigg and his siblings had gotten in a wreck.

The car was totaled, and by the grace of God no one was seriously injured, but Trigg and his siblings were taken to the hospital in an ambulance. They were at a hospital 30 minutes away, being checked by the doctors. In my emotional state, all that registered was Trigg, wreck, totaled, ambulance, hospital.

And I cried. In the middle of my concert.

Shoutout to some of my best friends, the flutes and clarinets of SOP. They all comforted me and prayed with me (still in the middle of the concert, by the way), and then the concert went on. I went through the motions, playing the rest of the concert. I even gave a speech and conducted the band. But finally, the concert came to an end. I ran back to the band room, grabbed my stuff, hugged my band director goodbye, and jumped into the car. Trigg’s parents were actually in Louisiana, but my parents and I were closer to the hospital, so we left straight after the concert to go see everyone.

We drove to the hospital and found our way to the ER, and I ran straight to Trigg. What a way to spend our first Our day together. I fell into his arms and stayed there, happy to find that his only injury was a (pretty bad) brush burn from the airbag. At least the airbag went off.

It was hard to let go of Trigg, but I eventually learned that each of his siblings had also walked away from the accident with mere cuts and bruises. The couple in the other car was also fine. Everybody was okay…except for the car!

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After leaving the hospital, we drove 30 minutes farther from home to find where the car had been towed, and we saved everything salvageable. Then everyone drove back home, stopped at Walmart to pick up some supper, and stayed the night at my house. Supper was sandwiches and chips, and we ate after midnight.

The next day, everyone was a little more cheery, and I was grateful to learn that even though the doctor had warned everyone that the soreness would hit hard in the morning, Trigg and his siblings still didn’t have excess pain. I also learned that when the ambulance took them to the hospital, they all had to wear neck braces! Check it out!

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Personally, I think they were having fun!

Looking back, I see that God took care of me on every side, just like he took care of Hezekiah in 2 Chronicles 32. He always does. No matter what I go through in my life, he never lets me down! 1 Peter 5:7 says, “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you”. God wants to hear all of my stresses, worries, and fears! Because he cares for me. And that in itself is amazing. I want to keep trusting him in all circumstances, and I have faith that my God will never fail.

But that was only one day! There were still two weeks of craziness to come. Stay tuned for The Craziest Two Weeks of my Life (Part 2).

Cari

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My Very First Blog

My favorite TV show is Full House. All-time. Not gonna change. And since the name of the first episode of Full House is “Our Very First Show”, I thought the name of this blog would be fitting for My Very First Blog.

Cute name: check.

I like the idea of blogging. I like the idea of sharing our lives with each other: the fun times, the hard times. The important times. And I decided that since I’m gonna be a wife (not really sure what that actually had to do with it), now would be a great time to start. So Trigg bought me my own domain! (If you don’t know who he is, check out my About Me section.)

Cute website/blogging platform: check.

So now there’s not much left to do but write. Which is hilarious because everyone I know thinks I hate writing. I’m a math major. I tested out of the only two college English classes I was going to have to take, while I was still in high school, in like, three different ways. Dual Enrollment, AP tests, ACT scores, boom. I was NOT taking any more English after high school. No way.

…but I like to write.

I also like to read. Not in English class…but I like to read. Maybe some day I’ll write a blog about my favorite books. Books are so good…I have a lot!

But reading books inspires me to write. I’m so excited to be able to write about my life. And I hope that I can be a lovesome writer, like the name of my website. Lovesome. Inspiring love. Lovely. Lovable. It amazes me that the word lovesome has three definitions in one. And I want to be all three!

Inspiring Love

I want to inspire love in others! Two Bible verses came to mind with this portion of the definition. One pretty well known, and one that has been at the front of my mind lately. First, from the gospels:

Matthew 7:12 (NIV)   So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.

The golden rule, as it’s known. Treat others the way you want to be treated. Not the way you think they deserve. Inspire love by loving others.

My next verse is from 1 Peter. I first heard this verse when I was looking to the Bible for verses about women and modesty. But this one hit me hard. Especially because it is specifically speaking to wives…and I’m going to be a wife. I’ll post the whole passage, but I just want to talk about verse 1.

1 Peter 3:1-4 (NIV)   1 Wives, in the same way submit yourselves to your own husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives, 2 when they see the purity and reverence of your lives. 3 Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. 4 Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.

First of all, wow. Just wow. What a tall order. I pray that the Holy Spirit will lead me to be this wife for Trigg.

Like I said, though, verse 1 is the one I really want to look at. That “they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives”. I think a lot of inspiring love happens not with words, but behavior.

God let my behavior inspire love.

Lovely

I have a few different lines of thought with this one.

First, the obvious, I want to be a lovely woman and a lovely writer. I want to be charmingly beautiful. And God says that I am fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14)! That’s a lovely thought 🙂

When I think about the definition of the word lovely as it applies to spiritual things, I think of praise songs about Jesus and Philippians 4:8. The worship song “Here I am to Worship” says to God, You’re altogether lovely, altogether worthy, altogether wonderful to me. I love the truth of those words. I also think about Philippians 4:8:

Philippians 4:8 (NIV)   Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.

Just as the Bible commands us to think on lovely things, I want to write about lovely things, that my words will please God in everything.

Lovable

The last portion of the definition of lovesome is lovable. In all of my sin and shame, God says I’m lovable. His Son suffered on the cross because of me…but God says I’m lovable. In fact, Jesus died for me BECAUSE he loves me so much.

John 3:16 (NIV)   For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Praise God. And I hope my blog can be lovable, too!

So, like I said, I’m so excited to open this new door in my life and become a blogger. I’m thankful for the platform I’m blessed to have. And I’m thankful that God gives me countless blessings and teaches me more about Himself every day…so I’ll have a lot to write about! And at that I’ll sign off of this Very First Blog. But there will be more, and I hope you’ll be here to read them!

Cari