Can't Wait....

I used to roll my eyes when I would hear someone say, "I can't wait for this year to be over."  I would think to myself how can a change in the year make a difference in your life, after all, we are the ones in control of how our experiences affect us.  

Now I find myself saying, "I can't wait for this year to be over - 2018 has to be a calmer year."  I started out 2017 as a 40 year old married for the first time.  {I never thought I would get married}.  It was all exciting and new; everyone seemed to be so happy with my new venture and how great my life was going to be.  Just ten days into my married life I was admitted to the hospital with a DVT and bi-lateral PEs {blood clots} it was very scary.  One of my husbands' Aunts had passed away from blood clots.  


Two months after that while still recovering from the blood clots and trying to find the answers as to why I had them my mom decides she wants to move to TX and because she doesn't have enough money saved up to get her own place right away she needs to move in with my husband and me.  Before you shame me, we did not have the proper room for her, and she was going to be sleeping on our sofa.   Knowing that it could add stress to our house which could impede my recovery we set off on the Mom's coming to TX campaign, we gathered items she would need, found her an apartment and funded it with money from garage sales, and helped her find a job through connections.  


Three months after that we found out we needed to move.  I was living in a condo that was purchased by myself and another person as an investment when my husband and I met.  The other person thought, well you're married now so why don't you buy my half out.  After everything, we had been through so far we were not in a position financially to do so.  Now we were in our home search.  We did find a home and were able to move in using a particular lease to purchase program and survived the "joys" of moving.  


All of this and a couple of other unexpected events had me saying, "I can't wait for 2018!!" The good thing is after a lot of blood tests and change of specialist I now know I have a genetic disorder and will be on blood thinners for life.  Not super happy about that but at least we now know why and we are working on finding the right dose of medicine to get me where I need to be. We moved into the new home in September and are pretty much settled in, and now we have a bigger home to entertain in.  And through all the unexpected "challenges" I know, without a doubt, my husband and I are problem solvers and good at creating game plans and executing.  Now I will be honest we had our fair share of moments where we loved each other but did not like each other.


I am looking back on 2017 with a feeling of accomplishment and expecting a calmer 2018.  And having a little more empathy the next time I hear someone say, "I can't wait for this year to be over."


Saved by His Grace,


Nicole Lynn



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