Sunday, April 10, 2011

So Proud......So Scared......

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My weekend started off Friday night with some major stress.....after school on I took Casey to finally get his drivers license. He has been waiting patiently since he turned 16 in November. We have a law in Illinois that says you have to wait until 9 months after the date you get your permit to get your license and unfortunately he got his permit too late since we had never experienced this before. The actual day he could get it was Thursday and let's just say I totally screwed it all up for him with some mis-copied paperwork which let to two trips to the DMV and no license and I felt SOOOOO.....bad. 
Anyway, this is Friday's result....
Not bad pictures from my phone :) of course, I was too nervous to remember my camera.
I am SO proud of him, but at the same time I cannot believe he is this old and taking my car (which he did all weekend, LOL). He had never been totally alone in the car. We decided to stop in Panera on the way home to get dinner. I went in to order and he stayed out in the car. All of a sudden, I saw him running in and told me that he just got a call that my mom had fell at the grocery store (which is luckily right across the street). I left Casey there and went flying over there. She had tripped and fell flat on her face. There were people everywhere around her. Some very nice people that had helped her up. Luckily no broken bones but her face is pretty messed up and has bruises all over her chest and arms. Talk about stress. She will be okay, but is finally realizing that she may need a walker instead of a cain :( 

Well, end of story is that Casey got to drive her car home from the grocery store all by himself and did a fantastic job--hence why we let him take the car on various errands this weekend.

I keep asking way God gives people teens and aging parents at the same time. I'm sure there is a reason for this and I'm sure I'll make it through it. I think it will be a road mixed with many turns over the next few years. Thankfully I have a whole 370 days before Alexandria gets her license--heaven help me :)


  1. I'm glad even though your mom is banged up, she is ok - so scary though!! :-( And your son looks so excited, I'm dreading those days but with my boys being 3 yrs old and 6 months old, thankfully I have awhile before that stress starts! Congrats to him!

  2. Glad your Mom is OK and how lucky to have your son get his license on the same day! He looks sooo happy! :)

    Being part of the 'Sandwich' generation isn't always easy but the rewards are great. But you have your children which are always a source of pride and joy (and on some days frustration) and you still have your mother, frail as she may be getting. Enjoy your time with both. My children are grown and raising each raising a family and my parents are gone. Those precious years slip by too fast! Big hugs to you!!! :)

  3. Oh hon, what a day! Glad there was no serious injury to your Mom. A big congrats to Casey. Bet he was as proud to be able to help in an emergency as you were of him. Just think, this may be the end of Mom, the Taxi. WooHoo! xxD

  4. I am glad your Mom is going to be okay, It is challenging trying to care for aging parents, but GOD gives us what we need to give them the care and attention they need, now teenagers, that is sure to give you worry. lol. Hang in there.

  5. I'm so glad your Mom is going to be o.k. My Dad is 88, (89 in June) and I completely understand your stress there. One day he forgot to step down off my porch, which is thankfully just one small step down. He fell flat out on the grass. Much better than that concrete floor, but still was terribly bruised and sore. He fell with his arm under him and I really ..think he cracked his ribs but wouldn't go to the doctor!

  6. Hi Maria. Wow, what a day, huh?!? Congratulations to your son!! We've got another year before Hank's daughter gets hers, scary!! As for your mom, I am SO SO glad she's ok!! And just remember that God never gives you more than you can handle. I know, it's easier to say something like that than to actually go through it. Just know that you're in my prayers!! ;)

  7. Congrats to your son! I'm sure you have raised an extremely responsible young man! I do know how you feel. I'm not a parent, but I am 13 years older then my youngest sister and my parents got divorced after she turned a year old. So I became second mom to my sisters. My sister turned 16 in November and has just recently gotten her own car...and FREAKING out now!!! I just hope she makes good decisions! But you can't really do much but trust God take care of them.

  8. Congrats to Casey!! Sorry for the stressful day you must have had, the highs and then the lows. I'm glad there were no broken bones involved. Once my grandmother fell, and the bad part I was standing at her side just for that reason, to keep her from falling!! I turned away for one second and down she went. I felt horrible. I asked her if she thought anything was broken and she said yes..... her ego!! She was a great Lady, I miss her terribly! Hang in there.

  9. Wow, what a day or two (thursday and friday) did you have!! I hate what happened but its comforting to know that others have days just like you sometimes. Your son got his liscense just in time to help out when needed. Your nerves and confidence in his driving will get better each day. (I still have 6 years before my son does. lol!!) Take care

  10. Oh my gosh Maria...I'm glad your Mom is going to be okay but that must have been sooo scary!! Congrats to Casey! What sweet pictures...he looks so proud! (as he should be!).

  11. i am so sorry for your mom and i hope she heals soon but at the same time i am laughing at you because you reminded me of me and when my son got his. i had him text me when he got to places and when he was coming back home and the poor kid did it without complaining and for a long while. congrats to your son!


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