Today is my day off, and I was hoping to knock out a couple of blog posts and update you all on how "back-to-school" for the kids and the adults is going, but instead I spent the majority of my free time filling out a police report.
Seems that this morning, while Luke and I were picking up some teacher gifts at the mall, my minivan door did not shut completely and a thief made off with my GPS system and iPhone car charger.
Auto rosary...still hanging.
Miraculous Medal and other saints medals...still in the ashtray!
Box of teacher-work materials...still in the trunk.
But the car charger and GPS system...gone.
Truly, the most important items were left behind!!! And my GPS system...well, it's well over 10-years old. In fact, we hadn't even updated the mapping software because a new system was cheaper than the map updates!
As I walked out of the Mall with some aromatherapy Bath & Body works products for my kiddos' teachers, I caught my breath when I saw the minivan's side door wide open.
"Please, God, just let everything be there." At the time, I was thinking of the $300 infant/toddler car seat, but my heart quickly sank when I noticed the empty GPS windshield attachment. Truly, that car seat is much more valuable than what was stolen and it is a blessing in disguise that the thief did not realize that.
My little guy was so tuckered out! After an hour and a half of meeting with Mall Security and then the local Police Department he had a potty accident (so sad for him) and zonked out on the way home.
Ironically, this morning, I had just read Billie Jo's post on her favorite things where I learned about Bath & Body works aromatherapy line. I decided that I would like to get Mary and Ben's teachers some "Stress Relief" bubble bath to celebrate the end of the first week of school, and on a whim, grabbed a bottle for myself, too.
For the teachers: RELAX AND THINK CLEARLY variety.
And look at the one I chose for myself...right before I exited the mall and discovered the theft...
Variety: eucalyptus tea: KEEP YOUR CALM.
God is always with us...looking out for us...even in the bad times!
And so this afternoon...after soothing my inner need for chocolate with a spoonful of peanut butter and a handful of chocolate chips from the pantry, I took a quiet, relaxing bubble bath and said a prayer for this thief.
Man...woman...teen...I don't know. But clearly they are a troubled soul...lost without Christ as their guide...unable to exhibit impulse control...and clearly not living a life of integrity.
Tomorrow will be a better day!