Exhausted: Plumbing Woes, Sickness and More

Welcome back to #TellAMemoryTuesday. Today I continue the story of our first week in our house in Plainfield, New Jersey. Part 1 can be found HERE. Part 2 can be found HERE. Throughout that time, God provided dear friends who showed great love and care for us. They were a balm for this exhausted young mother.


exhausted but friends helped


As I mentioned last week, more things happened after I got home from the hospital that evening…


Exhausted but More Problems


By the time I got home that night and put the kids to bed I was really tired. Then when I called Steve’s parents to let them know what happened, his dad answered. He didn’t even know who I was at first. It took awhile to make him understand.


Then I called my parents and because of my dad’s job they weren’t able to come up and help us, which was discouraging. Both sets of parents lived in Florida.


After making my phone calls, the toilet overflowed upstairs and down into the kitchen. When I finally got that cleaned up and was ready to drop into bed, exhausted, I went to check on the girls.


Sickness in the House


Little Jamie had gotten sick and thrown up all over her bed and was sleeping in it. So, I cleaned her up and put a towel on one side of my bed for her to sleep on in case it happened again. I don’t remember much about how I felt because I was so busy taking care of things.


[bctt tweet=”With all the problems in the house, my husband in the hospital, my parents not being able to come, and a sick child, I felt pretty alone and helpless. Finally, I was able to get some sleep.” username=”GaylWright”]


By the next day Sara got sick, too. We had such kind church friends who came to help me do some things at the house, and others took care of the girls so I could go visit Steve.


Then the inevitable happened. I got sick, too, so there was one day I couldn’t go visit him. Thankfully it was just a 24 hour stomach bug. During the day our friends were very helpful and I appreciated it so much. But then the night would come and I was alone with my two little girls. 


Exhausted and Scared


This may have happened that day or it might have been one of the other days that week. After a day of visiting Steve at the hospital, I was in the elevator getting ready to go to my car in the parking garage. I had already taken the keys out of my purse so as to have them ready.


[bctt tweet=”Then I noticed out of the corner of my eye that the two guys in the elevator with me were sort of pointing at me and talking.” username=”GaylWright”]


That made me a little nervous. Since I had a bad feeling about what their intentions were, I put my keys back into my purse. Instead of leaving right away, I went to visit the hospital gift store. I stayed  there for quite a while, hoping I would not see them again.


It was still a very nervous young mama who finally went to her car. But no one was there, and I made it safely home.


[bctt tweet=”That week exhausted me, but God was watching over, protecting and giving me rest.” username=”GaylWright”]



Exhausted but find rest


Can you remember a time in your life when you felt exhausted and/or overwhelmed? Did you have any help or were you on your own? I’d love to hear any of your memories if you’d like to leave a comment.


I’m linking up with: #TeaAndWord, #TellHisStory


There is more….  Click HERE for the conclusion of our first week in Plainfield, New Jersey.


10 thoughts on “Exhausted: Plumbing Woes, Sickness and More

  1. Dear Gayl,
    What precious memories of God’s protection! Yes, communication and phone calls were so different back then, weren’t they? And yet, God still brought help to you, even when you were alone in that gift shop. I am amazed when I look back too, wondering, “How did God do that, and help us to get through those days??” He is so faithful to us. Thank you for your beautiful photos and Scriptures that are so full of encouragement too. You blessed me today. Hugs and love to you Dear Friend.

    1. Dear Bettie,
      Thank you for your sweet encouragement. It’s always good to look back to see that even in our hard times, God was there. And He will never leave, so we can depend on His faithful love to see us through whatever the circumstance. You are such an inspiration to me through your writings and poems and photos. Thank you for you friendship and love. Blessings, love and hugs to you, my dear sister! xoxo

  2. I know that feeling of exhaustion and protection. And I just had a plumbing problem, it needs replacing but the leak isn’t leaking. Maybe I was a funny kind of kid, I never would have thrown up on myself, or in the bed. What a lot of things we go through or have gone through, we do need His peace.

    1. Yes, I think many of us know the feeling. Plumbing problems are no fun. My daughter probably threw up in her sleep. She was a deep sleeper and not quite 3 years old. I am thankful God does give us peace even in the hard, trying times. Blessings to you, Rebecca! Thanks for visiting.

  3. Gayl,

    Yeah we have to go through various situations similar to those above feelings..Sometimes I too felt that how hard to manage the situations? We can’t predict anything about future, its all planned and executed by one above who have complete control on everything…..But everything works for good to those who believe in Him.Like similar, I used to go through stuations still going but we all have a hope in front of us..Only one true hope that inspires and motivates us to live…

    Thank you for sharing dear Gayl !!!

    Stay Blessed !

    1. Thank you for your thoughts, Athira. You’re right, we can’t predict the future, but we can trust Him. I’m glad you know that true hope and share that in your writings. Blessings and hugs, dear Athira! xo

  4. When you know, you know. I’m glad you followed your intuition into that gift shop. Sorry you had to clean up my barf more times than you can count. Thank you for sharing this part of your story. xo

    1. I’m glad, too! And don’t be sorry about the barf and other messes. That’s what a mom is supposed to do. And by the way, I’m glad I’m your mom! I love you so much. And our story is ongoing! Blessings and hugs, dear daughter! xoxoxo

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