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Topic: Phew! (02/11/10)
TITLE: A Week of Learning
By Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom
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The next major phew moment happened at 80 miles per hour on a busy highway. Emily hit some debris in the road and the tire blew out. She managed to get the car safely off the road. We were the 2nd car to have a blowout. The first car was 100 feet up the road. Thankfully, Emily and Lydia insisted we stay in the car until the police arrived to clear the debris from the road. Sure enough, a few minutes later, another car hit the same spot and barely missed crashing into us. That was a big phew moment. I took the time to thank God for talented and smart daughters, as well as the guardian angel He assigned us.
The spare tire in place, we thought we could go to a nearby store, get the tire fixed, and be on our way. Unfortunately the tire wasn't just flat, the rim was bent. We would need an entire wheel. However, it was early Sunday morning and nothing was opened. After trying several places we decided we might as well continue on. Most people told us not to drive more than 50 miles on the spare tire, but it turned out the bargain car had rims that are very difficult to get a hold of. The tire had to be special ordered, we could stay put and miss our entire vacation or slowly move on towards Florida.
Believe it or not we traveled the remaining 500 miles on the spare and have been making the best of our time together. We are strong women and we can handle life. My girls have taught me that this week.
I’ve since realized that every single day is full of phew moments. We never know when something terrible can happen, so we need to live our lives the best way we know how and remember to thank God for our Guardian Angel.
Tomorrow, Emily is going skydiving and I’m letting her. Actually she's 25 so I'm not really letting her, but I like to pretend that I am. A week ago I might have let my fear paralyze me, but I’ve learned quite a bit on this vacation. I have amazing daughters, but mostly I realized I need to let go and let God. So I’m going to, but you can bet I’ll be praying for her Guardian Angel to be with her when she jumps out of the plane tomorrow. Did I really just say that? Boy, I have learned a lot this week.
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