Bombs and Blows

I am in awe of God ... and some amazing strangers. His timing is perfect.

I came home today to an unusual number of emails. Brow furrowed, wondering if I had invited some kind of spam and would find offers of hair growth, weight loss, male enhancement, and urgent messages that I needed to enter my password for eBay, Paypal, Amazon ... and by the way the prince of somewhere wants to give you money for nothing ...

Not even close. What I found were over 100 comments on my most recent blog about losing Lil Bit and the summer fires raging in places dear to me. Thank you. Apparently I was Love Bombed - I'd never heard of it! What a wonderful outreach! And they weren't just shallow comments either - people (maybe you?) read the parts of my heart I had poured out "on the page" so to speak.

The timing was amazing. At work this week, a coworker made a silly comment to me about "when my baby comes" ... somehow the news that I had lost the baby had missed this individual. It wasn't intentional, but it still hurt and took me by surprise. Tomorrow we are having a baby shower for another coworker - this will be my first baby shower. But in His way, God has lifted me up and held me close and I will be ok.

So many commented on my strength - and I'm compelled to tell everyone - it isn't me! Philippians 4:13 says I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. That includes this. In fact, during the month I've been silent ... I've started doing "Couch to 5K" ... and at a friend's suggestion got a Road ID, and along with my name and age, my husband's and families' contact info, I have that verse. Lord knows I can't become a runner without his help! In a week and a half ... I'll have "earned" the new shoes I promised myself! As much as I liked Cross Fit ... I quit doing it when I found out I was pregnant. I wanted to start an exercise that I could continue or easily alter for pregnancy - if running is too much, I still have the time (and equipment) carved out to turn it into walking later.

I healed quickly from the D&C, and had a relatively "normal" cycle following. During my prenatal testing, it was found I am no longer immune to rubella ... so this second cycle (which seems to be going swimmingly) we are avoiding and I had my MMR booster. Not so fun - and the chances of contracting rubella are slim ... for the average American. Given Tim's contact with not only the public, but the often-ill public in both the pre-hospital and hospital settings ... well, it was a good idea. It really does sting though - squeeze your kiddos extra tight while they're administering that one.

Unfortunately - our blow wasn't a "love blow." It was a blown head gasket. Even in that, there is so much to be thankful for. Tim was driving to his second job ... on IH-35 ... in morning rush hour traffic ... when Green Bean (as I've named his car) stalled. Praise God, he got it started again and was able to exit and even find a good place to come to a rest. A final rest. As in, it is looking like rest in piece(s) Green Bean. Blown head gasket, frost plug needs replaced, throttle body work, new spark plugs/wiring harness, and so on ... adds up to almost three times what the car is worth.

Even being a one-car couple while we save up for a replacement for the Escort comes with blessings. When we drive together, we get to spend that extra time together that we often don't get (like tonight, when I'm at home sitting in my running clothes writing a blog while Tim is 30 minutes into a 12 hour shift). And thanks to a split in the side of one of my tires mere days after the Escort bit the dust - we have two new tires on the Civic (only one of which we had to pay for thanks to Discount Tire's warranty).

I wouldn't share these trials with anyone else. The past couple of months has tested us as a newlywed couple, and we are coming out closer than ever - to one another and God. Tim is my best friend, and I just know God has things for us to do together if we're facing this many trials. I used to always say in video games ... if bad guys keep coming, you must be going the right way.

Thank you for reading, praying, and crying with us. It brings me immeasurable pleasure to know God has used my ramblings to speak to someone.


  1. Thanks for the update on everything, Amanda. I was a bit worried when I saw that it had been a month since your last post, and I wanted to be certain all was okay.

    Keep on being strong and doing what you're doing. You and Tim are awesome!

  2. Amanda, your faith in God is so inspiring to me. As someone who believes in God, I have such a hard time trusting in Him and tend to lose faith a lot. But you are so strong in your faith, and I can tell, just through your writings, that God shines through you. I'll be praying for you! Love, Kristin

    1. Kristin, I hope your day is going well. I just wanted you to know how much your post meant to me. I too often struggle with completely trusting God and allowing him to be the center of my life. Considering the fact that my father is a baptist minister, I have always been ashame of my spiritual thoughts because I thought "oh how can I not completely trust God, I'm a preachers daughter"... I lose my faith alot and Ive always wondered am I the only one feeling like this. It's refreshing to know that you also struggle with this. I know that God loves us both and wants nothing more than for us to trust in him! I pray that we both can gain the loving relationship with God that we both yearn. I love you Kristin.

  3. What an amazing gift, Amanda! How sweet, and like you said, what perfect timing for you to get those messages. I can't help but think of James 1:2-4: Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

  4. Amanda,
    I didn't get to comment on the designated Love Bomb I will post here. I know how devastating this loss was for you and your husband. I have been there. In many ways, still there emotionally. I truly admire your ability to lean on God for strength. I have struggled with my faith for awhile now-wanting to believe God has a plan for me...but not able to trust completely in Him.
    Your writing is inspirational. It gives me hope.

  5. Thanks for the update! I went to my first shower after losing ours a few weeks ago. harder than I thought, but I made it out and was thankful to be there for a friend, even if I had to cut out early. Don't be afraid to leave if you have to!

  6. Keep living girl! Your faith is awesome! Such an inspiration! Glad to read your post!! <3
    Your such a strong women and God is good and just know that he loves you!!! He loves you more than you'll ever understand!!! :)


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