Some Happenings…And a STRONG Reminder to be Responsible

Hello all!

I’ve not posted a blog for a while, but I did want to post a blog to let you know I’m still here (thankfully), and let you know what I’ve been up to these last few weeks.

Firstly, we wrapped up working building Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots at the La Jolla Playhouse, and I was just getting back into my self-employed groove with Wearing History when I got called back! I’m not working as a first hand at the La Jolla Playhouse/UCSD costume department! Totally fun, and I’m SO thankful for this opportunity.  I had starting doing Wearing History full time after I was laid off from my last theatre costuming job, and it had been several years until a new position showed up.  Now, like most theatre work, this isn’t going to be a full time job, but I’m So thankful that I have it!  It’s mighty nice to get a paycheck every week with taxes already taken out, and it’s helped out our finances tremendously.  It’s quite a struggle to try to be a one-woman self-employed show and make a profit! So hurrah for that and the good blessing it’s bringing for now.  I’m very excited and thankful for the opportunity.  But not to worry, Wearing History will still continue, it just might be a bit longer between posting of new products or creating new patterns.  Thankfully I’ll still have one day a week to fulfill orders and do work on my own business, so I’ll still be here!

Secondly, I have some scary news.  This weekend we were involved in an accident on the freeway late at night.  We had spent the day visiting friends, and were just coming home from a Christmas party, when we were rear ended on the freeway by a driver, who we believe was intoxicated, who says she fell asleep at the wheel.  We were going 60, so she must have been FLYING.  We had borrowed my cousin’s truck, and we truly think that’s the only reason we’re still here.   I guess God isn’t finished with His plan for our lives yet!  If we had been in my car, we would have probably not been here any more.  The other driver’s car is completely destroyed and she most likely totaled my cousin’s truck.

SO… my husband and I are both home from work today, nursing our sore bodies, and getting medical treatment from our doctor, to make sure all is well.  We are SO FORTUNATE that all who were involved in this accident were able to get out of their cars and walk, with no broken bones.  We were hit pretty hard, so our bodies hurt pretty bad, but it could have been MUCH worse. We’re just thankful to be alive.

I keep having this scripture speak to my heart:

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.

Jeremiah 29:11-12

So please, I beg you, especially in this time of holiday parties but always, if you have been drinking, or if you notice someone else is who is getting in their car to drive- stop them and stay where you are!  Likewise, if you are too tired to drive, PLEASE stay where you are.  Don’t risk your lives and the lives of others.  YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR LIFE AND THE LIVES OF OTHERS.  We had such a close call, and we’re so thankful to still be here.  We haven’t seen the police report yet, so we can’t say with certainty what was the cause, but I can tell you that, regardless, we’re just SO thankful to be alive.

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I wish you a blessed and SAFE week and holiday season.

Much love,

Lauren

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21 thoughts on “Some Happenings…And a STRONG Reminder to be Responsible”

  1. That is terrifying! I’m SO glad to year that you both (and everyone else involved) are okay, if a little shaken. What a horrible thing to go through. Hope you can find some peace of mind after the dust and aches settle! {hugs}

  2. So glad to hear that you’re all alright. That is so scary and awful. What a crazy experience! Also glad to hear about you having a job that you really enjoy. That’s some great news to offset the bad.

  3. I’m so thankful you were spared! It must be sobering to realize how quickly life could change. Thanks be to God for keeping you safe.

  4. So glad to hear you are safe, Lauren! And I hope your recovery is speedy.

    And congrats on the theatre gig – I learned so much for working in my college theatre costume department and have some very fond memories. Hope you are having a blast!

  5. “Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow” So glad your guardian angels were on duty. Hope you have a quick and complete recovery. Your new position sounds like a great opportunity. There are times when I miss my hometown (San Diego) and nearby places. It’s nice to hear about them in your blog. Merry Christmas, and may you be blessed in the New Year too.

  6. What a terrifying event. Thank God you are alive. You are correct to warn others about careless driving, we see it every day. Hope your discomforts are few and you will have a joyous Holiday.

  7. So glad you are ok, God was watching out for you. Can I give you a small bit of practical advice? Make sure to have x-rays taken of both your back and neck. When I had a car accident (the other driver ran a red light), I thought I was ok, too, besides not wanting to move at all when I woke up the next morning because it hurt so much. I actually had a compression fracture in my spine that was not caught for a few days, because initially only my neck was x-rayed, not my back.

    Hope that you will both be feeling better soon. And congratulations on the new job. I always thought costuming would be a blast, but it never happened for me.

    1. Thanks so much for the advice! I had my back and neck x-rays done yesterday, so am waiting to hear back on those. I had a concussion and probably torn muscles, so will have some physical therapy, but I’m just thankful to be alive!
      I’m so sorry to hear about your accident. How horrible! I’m so glad you are now ok!

      1. I heard back from the doctors office. No fractures. Yay! I did have a concussion and probably torn muscles, but I’m counting all things for joy, because it could have been MUCH worse!

        1. Hi Lauren. I’m so glad to hear you don’t have any fractures. I just saw your posts today, I hope that you are feeling a little better by now, and that you had a nice Christmas in spite of injuries. I had torn muscles from my accident as well. Physical therapy and chiropractic treatment helped me a lot. I was given lots of stretches to do at home. I was told they would help to prevent scarring. And I still do most of them even now, six years later. It helped me retain almost all of my previous flexibility. I do still have issues with my neck and back, but it is so much better than it could have been.

          You may get to a point where you feel recovery is slower than you’d like, but just stay positive. And prayer from loved ones is a good thing.

  8. Oh, wow! I’m SO glad you and Matt are okay. What a blessing you “happened” to not be driving either of your cars. I’ll be praying you both recover rapidly and there won’t be any long-term affects. (((HUGS)))

  9. Yikes! Lauren, I’m happy you could walk away! I’ve been nursing a case of whiplash since last spring. The most effective treatments for me have been myofascial massage sessions and Gua Sha administered by the chiropractor. Recovery takes time. I still have days, even weeks on end that I can’t lift anything or use my hands due to nerve pain. Hang in there and don’t hesitate to ask help with your daily chores!

  10. Yikes. That is scary! I’m *so* glad that both of you were able to walk away without any serious injuries. I’ll be praying that you make a full recovery. *HUGS*

    And congratulations on the new job! :)

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