July 31, 2017

July 2017 Update

Lawsy. July has been a doozy of a month.

We started out with our annual trip to Birmingham to celebrate the 4th of July with my Dad and Skylar stayed behind for Granparent Camp. This year she asked to stay for 2 weeks. I'm so thankful for all my family who stepped in to care for her during that time. She got to experience not only grandparents but special days with aunts, uncles, and cousins too! In Alabama, she's "Camper of the Week" every single day. LOL!
Mike and I got some much needed rest and recuperation while she was away. I also finally had time to do something that had been on my to-do list for a long time... build a website for myself. I've been putting some systems and staff in place for quite some time in order to grow my business even more. I'm so excited to launch www.StaciBishop.biz. If you know of someone needing help, please send them my way.

Right after Skylar returned home, we went to court regarding the robbery we experienced last month at the BFF. Someone took several items including our push mower out of our garage. They offered him a plea deal but he's still going to spend 7 months in jail. Unfortunately we still haven't recovered any of our items and we won't receive any restitution, but I feel a little better that this guy isn't still running around stealing from others.

Our girl also got braces this month. Y'all know that I'm not a fan of this growing up business but she just looks so darn cute with them on that I can't help but to love it. She's pretty excited about them too!

I'm sad to report that we lost one of our chickens over the weekend. A little Google research leads us to believe that we have a weasel as the culprit based on the bite marks and cracked eggs. We've taken steps to beef up the security on our chicken coop and hope to set a trap to catch the little pest soon.

This past Saturday evening, Skylar and I were involved in a car accident. We were hit from behind by a drunk driver traveling at 50+ miles per hour. I never even saw him coming. The hit spun us out of control, sent us airborne and we flipped 3-4 times. I never felt scared while it was happening.  I just kept thinking that we would never stop rolling. Skylar and I talked through the whole accident. It was so strange. When we finally settled we were upside down. Many passersby came to our aid. Skylar was able to unbuckle and someone helped her out of the window. I was trapped and had to be cut loose and they had to lift up my car to get me out. The next part is so unbelievable that I still can't quite wrap my head around it. We both walked away from the accident virtually unharmed.
She has some bruises and burns from the seat belt and I received 6 stitches in my right hand. We have zero broken bones, no fractures, and no internal injuries. Despite 6 out of 8 windows being broken, Skylar didn't have a single shard of glass on her. I had glass all in my hair but she had zip, zilch, nada. I am 100% convinced that the Lord placed her in a bubble during that accident and there are no words to explain the gratefulness in this mama's heart. We are both extremely sore but, truly, we should both be dead or severely maimed. I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around that fact but I'm choosing to be grateful and trusting that this accident did not come as a surprise to the Lord. I'm overwhelmed by His protection. I trust that His plan will benefit us and be used for His Glory. He is good, all the time.

I saw the orthopaedic doctor yesterday about my hand. They need an MRI to confirm that my tendon isn't torn because I'm having trouble with one of my fingers cooperating, but otherwise we are recovering slowly but well. I'm hopeful the stiches and splint can come off next Monday but we already know I will need physical therapy either way. The first 2 days were the most difficult getting the physical pain and emotions under control. While I wasn't scared at the time of the accident, the weight of it has caught up to me and I've had a few bouts of anxiety. Even riding in a car makes me nauseous right now.

Thank you to all of those who have prayed for us or texted to check on us. I'm sorry that I haven't been able to return them all (bum hand and such) but it has meant the world to me to hear from you. Our tribe has taken good care of us and my clients have been so kind to be patient to give me time to rest and recover. Everything makes me tired and I've needed lots of naps. LOL! At the same time, I've been told I'm a terrible patient because I probably overdo it. It's hard to keep a type A down. Ha!

Let's hope next month is a little less adventurous although it sounds like we will be visiting a courtroom again pretty soon. Sigh.

More July photos here including accident pics.

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