I have had an interesting couple of weeks. I recently went to my home town for a weekend and had a little miniature reunion with some friends from high school, as well as with some family members whom I hadn’t seen in quite a while. Needless to say, when I came back to Lubbock, I was on Cloud 9 for several days replaying the fun time I had over and over in my mind, and recounting stories to my husband. Little did I know that my cloud was about to burst.

A few days after that the air conditioner in our house went out. It got to over 91 degrees inside our house that day. I was sweating walking from my bedroom to my closet. What a long, hot day!

As if that wasn’t bad enough, my car also broke down. We had to put it into the shop without a rental, which left us with only one car. Now, you might think this is really not that big of a deal, except that the one car we were left with has only 2 seats. That made for what I call “roughing it”. Waiting for my ride to pick me up. Making several trips to be sure everyone got to where they needed to be. Having my coworkers drop me off.




I had a few of those “when it rains it pours” moments that week. In that same week, I also had a moment when I couldn’t stop thinking about an older friend from church who lost his wife this past year. He and his wife had been one of the most devoted couples I have ever known, so I knew that no matter how much time had passed, he would still be struggling. I decided to text him to check in on him. He started by telling me how lonely it still is without her and how he just tries to stay busy and keep his spirits up. He stated that what really gets him through are the fantastic memories that the two of them had made together and with their kids and grandkids, and he reminded me to make some of my own EVERY DAY! Smart man. He then proceeded to send me a video of him parasailing 600 feet in the air behind a boat. He was supposed to sky dive that day, but it was too windy, so he missed out! He is still making memories!

With that great reminder at the front of my memory, Allen and I decided to make the best of what we had, because after all, at least we have each other and the kids! We laughed as we made our weekly trip to the grocery store in his little Pontiac Solstice. I had groceries piled in my lap and under my feet, but it is a memory I will never forget!

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 16 “Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”



Meredith Mitchell
Meredith Mitchell is a member of the Prize Women’s Leadership team.