Sunday, January 30, 2011

Poor Sad Mama Henley!

We have had a wonderful weekend at Mama Henley's house. It has been a weekend full of friends, lacrosse games, good food, and pirates. Last night after I cleaned up from dinner and was ready to CRAWL into the bed, I decided to start the load of whites that had been accumulating in our washer all day long. I added detergent, moved the dial to hot water, and started our washer. Off I went to bed for a much needed night of rest. I do believe God has a sense of humor, so as soon as I fussed at one of our girls for not knowing where her Bible was before church, I couldn't find mine. I looked EVERYWHERE. Ever-so-gracious and one who is not prone to fall apart emotionally AT ALL (note the sarcasm in my type!), I did just that. I looked everywhere and couldn't find the cute Lilly bag that was holding all of my Bible Study stuff, including my Bible, so then I fell apart. Completely.

Our sweet children and my caring husband were all waiting for me in the car. I made us all late. Some of the children got out of the car to help me after I told DH, "I just can't go. I can't find my Bible and the whole house is a wreck and I just can't go because now I don't feel like going and I can't find my Bible and now we're going to be late and I won't be able to concentrate because I will be obsessed with finding this bag! And I know I didn't leave it anywhere because I remember having it at the kitchen table and the house is a wreck and no one made their beds well, including me, and I just can't go. I just don't feel like going any more now that I am so completely behind!"

My ever-patient husband calmly replied, "You'll feel better if you go and you need to be a good example for the children, so let's just go." I hurried around the house one last time and then gave up. Well, I sort of gave up because I asked DH to stop at the children's school so I could double check the office. It wasn't there.

I am so glad he encouraged me to go to church because our sermon was wonderful! I really was fed while I sat in church, and while our Hurricane did a good job of distracting me, the missing bag did not. Needless to say, I returned home and looked everywhere once again and still could not find my bag.

This afternoon I was going to move clothes to the dryer when I found my bag. It was IN THE WASHER. It was IN THE WASHER that ran last night as a full load because the bag was hidden in there and made the load look full. It was washed with hot water and I accidentally ruined everything in it... my Bible Study binder, my Bible, a brand new library book, a magazine, and some stationary. The good news is that I had removed my calendar and work from the bag,so they were spared. I cried and our sweet girls put all of my things out in the sunshine to dry. All is not lost, God protected my calendar and work items. I can buy a new Bible and beg a friend to let me make copies of the Bible STudy work. We did not suffer a flood or fire, and everyone is healthy. I just feel foolish for not seeing it. I learned that I often fail at showing the children how to react in a 'crisis' and that I need to pray through my responses to little things in life!


LC said...

I was cringing as I read this, knowing how it was going to end. At least you put it in perspective, everyone is healthy and safe, but I know how frustrating it is when things like that happen. It's hard to let it not get to you.

Hines-Sight said...

We all have days like that. I'm so sorry about the bag with everything in it. Wonder how that bag got in the washer?

Travelbugmom said...

Sorry :{

bevy said...

That just about made me sick... Like LC, I knew how it was going to turn out.

I'm so glad you DID go to church. Last Sunday morning, the boys were absolutely horrible. Mike asked me if I just wanted to skip church. I told him no, that even though I had HAD IT, I knew that's what Satan wanted. And I wasn't about to let the kids OR him beat me!

A Big Little Life said...

God certainly does have a sense of humor. All the same, it's so awful to not be able to find something. And even worse to find it in the washer : ) Hope you had a good Gasparilla weekend!

Semi-Slacker Mom said...

It seems like we have some sort of drama every Sunday morning. I know it's the devil trying to trip me up. I'm sorry all your stuff got messed up, but like you said it's just stuff.

Mama K said...

Oh my goodness! What a DAY! So glad you decided to go to church and that you realize everything is going to be okay :) I'm sure someone in your bible study will be willing to let you make copies!

Travelbugmom said...

MAMA Henley, I could not find your email and I HAVE TO TELL YOU....I. LOVE. YOU.!! I found Pf Chang dinners at my target today and I prepared 2 different kinds...shrimp and chicken. SOOOO easy, and my family loves it! I would have never tried if you didn't talk about it!
Thanks :]

Trish said...

Oh Mama Henley I am sooooo very sorry to hear that this happened to you, especially after such a wonderful weekend! Glad you made it to church through your sadness and frustration, it always helps me to go too even when I am down and feel like I just can't go.

I hope your week is off to a better start!! Wish I was shipping islandy diet cokes with you lovely friend!

(Yes it is a tiny bit hard to concentrate with all this happy music - 30 degrees in New Orleans this morning - BRR! Oh! And to answer your question we are in Old Metairie right off of Metairie Road near N. Labarre)

Thanks for your sweet note on Friday - our dinner party came out fab! It was warm enough to grill so we did filet mignon on the grill, french green beans, mini pommes anna, a huge beautiful spinach salad and homemade hummus with vegetable crudite and a charcuterie platter for apps. Rounded out with wine and bourbon for the boys, and it was quite the party! ;)

If you and your dearest DH make it back to Nola anytime you must let me know, it would be wonderful to meet up for lunch or dinner! :)

Sending sweet hugs to you!! xoxoxoxxo