Friday, August 24, 2012

tender mercies

As you all might guess, Mark and I are swamped in medical & insurance bills {still} and I'm constantly burdened with urges that I need to get a job to help compensate. Mark continues to say that he doesn't want me to feel stressed about anything and that we will be just fine. Faith. Is. Huge. So, here I sit and I think about all of my blessings. We have everything that we need. Mark and I are healthy. Noah is healthy (minus the poop-bag, intestine issue). We love our ward. We love our apartment. We have incredible families.

Here are my tender mercies for the day:
I have an aunt having a baby in a month and a sister-in-law due in October. My aunt's shower is tomorrow and I am THE BIGGEST procrastinator (so sad, given all the free time on my hands) and my sis-in-law is moving to Boston in a few days so I thought I'd go see what bargain shopping I could do for them. Also, we've been feeding Noah just on the ground and I figured I should probably get him some kind of a high chair/booster seat because it is a PAIN to feed him when he's just wanting to crawl all over the place.

{Tender Mercy(ies) #1}
I went to Babies R' Us because I had a coupon and maybe a gift card somewhere in my wallet... Well, I pick out a few items on the registry and see that the "space saver" high chair is 60 dollars! No way Jose! So I go check out with the two baby gifts. I happened to have a gift card and had no idea how much was on it. My total for the purchases was $36 and as she scanned the gift card and BOOM it covered EVERYTHING. Then, she said I had $24 left on the card. I thought "sweet! I'll go grab that high chair!" I went to the back, stuck it in my cart, and Noah was unbelievably fussy by this point so I thought "I'll go nurse him real quick then I'll check out." Well, as I walked to the mother's room, I saw a portable high chair for $27! Score!! I nursed him, he was great, badda-bing-badda-boom we headed to get checked out and I had a %15 off coupon for high chairs. It didn't work. I asked the employee if there was any way I could get the discount and she went ahead and gave me not %15, but %20!! So after all of that, I paid $1.82. Heavenly Father is good people. I'm totally feeling watched over and it's continually a testimony builder that He cares about me and loves me.

{Tender Mercy #2}
On Tuesday I went with my mom, Estef, and my two nephews to Thanksgiving Point's farm yard petting zoo. It was a mad house. There were people and strollers and kids everywhere for "Two Dollar Tuesday." While waiting in line a man was asking people if they wanted to take a survey for a chance to win a free membership to Thanksgiving Point. I gave him my email and we had a blast the rest of the morning.
I took the survey that night and answered one of the last questions that was something like this: "Would you likely return to the farm yard? Why or why not?" I briefly answered saying that I would return because my 8 month old had so much fun looking at all the animals and we planned on returning on Monday before his surgery that week (true story). Well, I get a response saying that he wanted to send us a "gift" for Noah and asked me how many family members we had for free passes to the farm yard. I didn't know what to write back--I was so touched. I thought it was really sweet. I wrote back saying thank you and that we would love to have 8 if he could. I was thinking of grandparents and nieces/nephews. He said it'd be in the mail and to let me know when I received it.
I checked the mail today and there was a package. He sent us not only 8 passes to the farm yard, but 8 passes to the museum and also the gardens AND a free family membership ($175) to Thanksgiving Point! Holy cow. I am still so touched by his kindness.

{Tender Mercy #3}
My mom. She is in town and my goodness, has she taken good care of me. She knows of our situation and loves us so much. She gave us some grocery money the other day and honestly that was HARD to accept! It was very much needed though and she did it without even hesitating. The next day she took Noah and my other nephew Regi to get their passports. It's over a hundred dollars to do that and she covered both of theirs. Then she took me to Costco where she bought over 400 diapers and wipes for Noah and stocked us up with meat and groceries so that we don't have to worry about going shopping after we get home from the hospital. I hope that one day I can do that for my children. My dad needs to get credit too because he's been working 60+ hours a week so that he can do sweet things like this for his kids. It's hard to be humble and accept help, but I have to realize that one day I will be doing this for someone in need myself and we all need help in one form or another every once in awhile.

There are so many good people out there. It makes me want to be a better person and serve others more faithfully. We are instruments in Christ's hands--It's so important to remember that. Mark and I aren't going hungry or anything, so don't worry about inviting us to do fun things! We are doing great and the great thing is that Noah's condition won't be an on-going expense for us. The medical bills will eventually be gone and that is a wonderful thing.


  1. this post kind of brought tears to my eyes. first of all, i love that you are seeing these tender mercies in your life!! and it is totally coming at a time in need. and second, that you are taking the time to recognize them! what a testimony builder. i sound mushy and gushy but what an inspiring post! thanks for sharing this! love you, mark, and noah!! he's a strong little man!!

  2. amy this post helped me a lot today! thanks for sharing :)