Location: St. George, Utah
Today was colder than it has been for the last weekish. All the wind must have blown in a cold front. It was still beautiful and sunshiney all day…just on the cold end.
Today I slept. A lot. I’m not sure if my body is in a healing phase, or what. But I’m just feeling a loss of energy, and also somewhat downtrodden (not generally at the same time). It is not all bliss, living in a ‘perpetual vacation’. A ‘perpetual vacation’ isn’t what this is, at all, actually. It’s a lot of work. Hard work. And it’s very stressful – for me. (I am not even trying to begin to suggest that it’s the case for everyone. I’m just sharing my situation and experience and it’s based in/on my personality and my personal issues and struggles.)
We waited around to get a few packages to be delivered to us. They finally came just after 6. So we got ready to go to dinner.
Chipotle sounded good to me, and so I suggested we go a different way to get to Chipotle. As we were driving, we got about 5 minutes out, and Ben said ‘I guess I’m changing a flat tire’. I was like “what???” as I looked around. And then I saw it. A car on the side of the road with a flat tire. And an adorable young woman who was pulling stuff out of her trunk to get to her spare.
Instead of Ben getting out and working on the tire, and trying to socialize-ish alone, I decided to turn the car off (remember it was ‘cold’!) and hop out with him. I sat and chatted with the adorable woman for the duration of Ben – and later also her friend that came to help – changing her tire. It is amazing the conversation that can be had in such a short time, and how much you can get to know a person. It’s also interesting the serendipity and ‘coincidences’ that happen as you are aligned with the path that God has in store for you. If we had gone a different way. Or 5 minutes earlier. Or even 15 minutes later, we wouldn’t have stopped and met this sweet woman.
If you haven’t caught the drift, yet, I’m being very elusive on our blog for future people that come along and read it. I don’t mind sharing details with my friends and family, but I don’t believe everyone that comes along and reads needs to know exactly where I’m from, where my family lives, where my ‘permanent residence’ is, and where my cars are registered at. If you want to know any of those things, just ask. Privately. And, if you are one that we deem can/’need’ to know – for some reason – I/we will tell you. If not, it ain’t happenin’.
And I feel that same way with everyone we meet. Unless they have their own blog that they want us to link you to, you will just get to see cute faces…out of respect.
So, here is her cute face, and mine. (And, yes, I asked her permission if I could post it here.)
It was a special experience having a situation like that.
And, if you don’t remember, I will remind you of about 24 hours prior when we had to change our own very flat tire. I guess Ben needed the experience? Lol. Whatever the reason, I trust that there is a message, and that God will relay it to us…and that I/we will listen as He is/does.
She said something as we were parting, and I have to share it here, as I agree – wholeheartedly. She said (referring to Ben) as I had just told her about our conversation about us stopping to help “He’s a keeper.” Yes. Yes he is. And I love him so, and his willingness and desire to serve. He is still having a hard time with the transition – as he loved his calling as Elder’s Quorum President in our last ward. And it’s been hard to make the transition. But I know, and Ben knows, that we will continue to have plenty of opportunities to serve…even if they all look very different from his last calling. <3
Enjoy your own serendipitous life, and look for all the evidences of such. You are loved. And you are wanted. And you are needed.
And we thank you for your support!
With all the love we posses,
Ben and Shannon
P.S. If you have any suggestions of ‘must see’ places in Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas, I am happy to hear them.