We aren’t promoting the movie or the band “cars,” but are just a little overwhelmed with our cars this weekend. We live in a rural area with pretty bad roads and between the hospital, cancer center, commuting for work, church, and all the activities, family stuff and events we have in the valley, we put a ton of wear on our cars. We don’t usually mind fixing them when they break because we always say it’s better than having a car payment.
With that said, the timing of both of our cars breaking down on the same weekend was rough especially since it was a chemo weekend for Amos.
Last night we were headed out to a stake music devotional. The lady in charge had a baby yesterday. I was filling in for her and directing my own ward choir so I couldn’t be late. I had a car full of my own kids and my nieces when we got a flat. Thankfully we were only a half mile away from the house so I turned around and drove back home on the flat. I know that isn’t a good idea, but I couldn’t call Amos because he was at the hospital and my dad was taking Kirra to her basketball game. Changing the tire myself would have taken too long and I’m pretty sure I couldn’t have done it anyway.
We got home, loaded everyone into my sister’s truck and got back to the church on time. When I got home, my beloved brother-in-law was changing my tire after he and my sister had brought Amos home and put him to bed.
It’s so great to know real angels. #miracles He really would do anything for Amos.
If you remember, our old BMW broke down a few days ago and it is not cheap to fix. The problem was the fuel pump and fuel filter among other things.
Both cars needed all new tires.
Today we spent most of the day at tire and car repair shops. The total cost for both cars was about $2,300. Gasp!
I took this as a sign that we really do need to slow down, limit our activities and our driving. We had a good friend give us front row tickets to a concert for Amos’s birthday next weekend. We decided to cancel that because it was too far away. We had 3 parties tonight, but decided only to go to our ward party then come home early and get prepared for Sunday.
Amos was sad to miss his work party and my kids gave me a pretty hard time about missing their cousin’s party tonight, but we have to cut back not only to give our cars a rest but to give Amos more rest.
He is on the Ritalin today and hasn’t noticed it giving him any big energy boost. He is also on a steroid that really does help. We noticed his hair thinning but he hasn’t lost it and I think if he was going to, he would have already.
The best part of today for me was the time I got to spend with Amos sitting at Oregano’s waiting for our minivan to get its new tires. Talking through things and just having a couple hours with him is really therapeutic for me. Probably because he is a good therapist.