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Some things that are making me happy

It’ll probably be a happy/grateful mash-up this time around.

Insurance is giving us a fair price for Joshua’s car.

(Just so you know, I got Joshua’s permission to tell you it was his wreck. I didn’t want to share that without making sure it was ok with him.   He wasn’t being careless and wasn’t on his phone; it’s just a spot on the road that backs up suddenly sometimes, and I almost rear-ended someone in that same spot six months ago despite my decades of driving experience. Stuff happens, you know?)

Joshua is fine, which is what matters most.

But the car is totaled, which is a major bummer because it was a great car that would have lasted for a lot more miles.   And really, 3/4 of the car was perfectly fine after the accident!

But once airbags deploy, you know how that goes.

We paid $6500 for the car over two years ago, and the insurance company is giving us $5900 for it. I feel like that’s super fair, and Mr. FG and I were both shocked since our experiences in the past with other companies have been full of low-ball quotes.

Erie has been GREAT.

This is the first time we’ve had to place a claim with car insurance since we’ve had Erie, and I have no complaints at all.   We got a quote on Joshua’s car less than 48 hours after the accident, they got us a rental car the same day of the accident, the assigned adjuster actually answers his phone (so many don’t, in my experience with other companies!)…and the best thing of all:

Our $1000 deductible was waived because the person Joshua hit was also insured by Erie, and apparently that means no deductible!

So, I just need to get everyone who drives in the vicinity of my children to sign up with Erie insurance, and then we’ll be good to go. 😉

Lisey’s car is getting fixed and it’s going to be pretty affordable.

During a windstorm, a basketball hoop blew over and landed on her car, denting it and scraping the paint off down to the bare metal.

Luckily, our deductible for this type of thing is only $250 (it’s a $1500 repair), and the body shop my car-savvy brother-in-law recommended is a preferred shop for Erie! Her car is now in the shop for the week, and we have another rental car through insurance.

So at the moment, our house has two mid-size SUVs from Enterprise parked in the driveway.   It feels a little weird!

I’ve been getting to know my Erie agents so well this past week. 😉 They are very nice, but I hope I get to stop talking to them so much very soon.

(Incidentally, the car Lisey drives is an older model and none of us, including her, really care about it cosmetically. But bare metal rusts, so this is an issue of maintenance, not beauty. We don’t want the car to have a spreading rust issue.)

My brother and sister-in-law gave me a huge rose bouquet.

It’s my 40th birthday later this week, so they gave me 40 of these beautiful roses.

So sweet.

I got to snuggle my smallest niece.

She was baptized on Sunday, and I came to take some photos of her adorable self.

It’s finally gotten warmer!

Almost every day in the long-range forecast is in the 60s or low 70s, which is a big improvement over what we’ve had up to this point.

We’re going to finish up school in four weeks.

Sonia and Zoe will be done with their homeschool stuff right around the time Joshua and Lisey finish their college classes, so there will be a pretty nice exhale around here soon.

Zoe’s math paper: notice the countdown on the right

Alrighty. I think that’s a long enough list for me!

Want a little attitude boost? Share your own happy things in the comments!

P.S. Because this always, always, always bears repeating on the internet, which is full of highlight reels: just because I can make a list of happy things does not mean that everything in my life is happy (I mean, my son totaled his car and a basketball hoop fell on my daughter’s car. Ha.), nor does it mean that everything works out hunky-dory for me either.   Everyone’s life is full of ups and downs, including mine.

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Thursday 26th of April 2018

That is so awesome that they gave you that much for the car. I am thankful for the following in my life; - my sister with whom I have wonderful long distance phone calls with - my sister I live with who offered to make dinner the last couple of nights as I have been overwhelmed with tasks lately - God who gives me his Presence and Peace - a u tube video on the ultimate value of women I saw by God-happened-stance - the friends I have at work - particularly the women who give great hugs


Thursday 26th of April 2018

If nobody in the other car was hurt, that’s a HUGE thing to be grateful for. I was rear-ended two years ago and still have problems.


Wednesday 25th of April 2018

1. I have 3 beautiful children who love each other and make me smile.

2. We're heading home tomorrow after being out of town for medical appointments this whole month.

3.My husband dropped everything and came to help either last free appointments and the drive after our trip was extended a week due to 3 weeks of continuously sick children.

4. Medical appointments went well and appear at this point to have been successful, so we're almost done with this issue.

5. My son has medical insurance that allows us to see some of the best doctors for his condition in the country.

6. It's spring.

7. My hosts have Oreos. They're a special treat for us.


Wednesday 25th of April 2018

I love love love Erie! They gave us so much help when our car was totalled. And what a fair payout.

Also, happy birthday, birthday buddy! I turned 40 last week.


Wednesday 25th of April 2018

Happy birthday right back at you!


Wednesday 25th of April 2018

Happy Birthday! Your niece is adorable! So glad Joshua is ok and Lisey wasn't in her car. I had a flashback to when my daughters were young drivers. My older daughter had a similar accident and the car looked the same, but no injury, thank goodness. My encouraging tip for you is they will all grow up and move on, and one day you will be a grandmother to more beautiful children. I consider that the reward for parenting. You and your husband seem to cruise through parenting beautifully. However, I found it to be one of the most difficult things I've done in my life!


Wednesday 25th of April 2018

Ahaha, well, we have not always cruised through it. It's just that I don't generally share our not-cruising moments here, due to concerns about privacy for our kids. Parenting is hard! And I think it's hard for everyone. Even when we can't see that.

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