November 7, 2008

p i n n e d


She writes! So, this hasn't become just a photo blog after all!

The other night I was traveling along a highway not far from our house headed somewhere that should have taken me about fifteen minutes.
Long story short: it took me over an hour and a half.

I'd never experienced traffic on this highway- it is not normally busy and even when they are doing construction you won't run into problems. So when I approached two lanes of brake lights as far as I could see, I knew there must have been something not good happening.


I felt trapped. We were stopped, cars and semi trucks all around me, with no way out. I was frustrated that I needed to be somewhere by a certain time and would now be late. I was scared for what might be ahead. Certainly tragic? Someone I know? A hostage situation?

I locked my doors and called my hubby. Ivy stirred from her seat behind me and rocked it gently to get her back to sleep.

I hate that feeling of helplessness.

I soon learned that there has been a horrible accident due to someone driving on the wrong side of the highway. I needed to turn around as soon as possible or I would be there for hours.

Down into a grassy ravine I drove and prayed I could make it over to the other side. I headed back towards home to find a different way to get where I needed to go.

I ended up making it- albeit 1 1/2 hours late- and all is well.

Although incredibly frustrating, sometimes turning around is the only way to get back on track, to get where you need to go.

I'm still figuring it all out, so you might have lots more pictures instead of posts in the coming days, as I crawl out from under my to-do list. I am still having fun with the fabulous perks of this job and being able to just be myself and share who I am in real life with you.

And with me.


Photo by Beth of Beth Fletcher Photography.

21 comments:

  1. you are allowed to give yourself a break! you have a new baby to fall in love with and other kids to love on! we'll still be here after you've turned around. :) love, love, love the pic too.

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  2. I don't know how you do it! Take a break, if that is what you even call it.
    Jen

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  3. Sorry that you got stuck, but you wrote a good story and lesson here...

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  4. Sometimes it is good to turn around too.
    I want to call in sick and just lay in bed with Libby and soak her all in. I understand. Pictures are good, I do it too.

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  5. Wow I hate when stuff like this happen I get so stress out behind the wheel (thats why hubby does most of the driving!!!)

    Btw cute picture!

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  6. great post! It's been hard for me thing time too... such an adjustment {but happy to do it} :)

    brittany

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  7. First of all, those kids are adorable! That pic could win an award.

    Second, we have TONS of construction around here and those stories of hours on the interstate, are keeping me off the hwy as much as possible!

    Third, chick- you have 4 beautiful children! Take your time with them and with yourself. Recoup after having a baby and take some time to yourself! No rush! I'll still be reading when you get back around the this bloggin'!!!

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  8. First of all, those kids are adorable! That pic could win an award.

    Second, we have TONS of construction around here and those stories of hours on the interstate, are keeping me off the hwy as much as possible!

    Third, chick- you have 4 beautiful children! Take your time with them and with yourself. Recoup after having a baby and take some time to yourself! No rush! I'll still be reading when you get back around the this bloggin'!!!

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  9. "Although incredibly frustrating, sometimes turning around is the only way to get back on track, to get where you need to go."

    I love this line- thanks for passing along the wisdom :)

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  10. You just take it easy and enjoy life!

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  11. I know I'm partially preaching to the choir here, but don't beat yourself up about cutting some corners on the blog lately. Your kids are FOREVER. And we totally understand.

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  12. I'm not complaining about just posting pictures because they are CUTE!

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  13. I think that stuck, panicking feeling is even worse with a new baby in the car.

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  14. Too cute picture!

    Traffic is no fun and yes indeed sometimes just turning around is a great idea!

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  15. The pics are so darn adorable how can you help it? Stella is nearing 4 months already and I'm still not up to where I was before in bloggy world! I've got half as many kids and feel the crunch so you more than deserve to keep posting those photos. Just as long as you keep posting them for us to see!

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  16. I love the photos you've been posting. Who could get tired of looking at such sweet babies and such a beautiful family? Enjoy them!

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  17. Being stuck like that is such an awful feeling, especially with your baby in the car. When we had all that flooding a month or two ago, I was trying to get from my parents' to my house with Luke, and I had a few moments of utter panic where I thought we would be stuck.

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  18. Don't feel bad about the photos! Keep 'em coming! They're soooo cute...and sometimes we readers need a little break too.

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  19. What a precious photo! Take as long as you need...we all deserve breaks now and then!

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  20. You are doing a good thing. I love all the pictures!

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