3 Lessons a Broken Wrist Taught Me

Hello Sweet Ladies, I’ve missed you all and I’m so glad to be back!! I hope you all had an amazing Christmas and New Years! I did, but it certainly didn’t go as planned this year! The week after I signed off we celebrated my daughter’s 8th birthday a little early with a roller skating party …. dunh dunh dunh….. I fell and broke my left wrist (I’m left handed). I had surgery the following day on a Sunday to get all put back together with a plate and screws. When I do something, I do it!

 

So as you can imagine plans went a bit different than I wanted.  Today I want to share a few things I learned through this (keeping it short and sweet to accommodate my one handed typing!)

Me, Coffee & Jesus

It is what it is. 

I can be a bit of a perfectionist, especially when it comes to the holiday season. This year I had to learn I can’t do it all (especially by myself). My husband had to wrap all the Christmas gifts and guess what everyone loved their gifts even though there were no bows and in a few spots the paper was pieced together. Our celebration wasn’t lessened in ANY way by my standard of perfection not being achieved. 

 

Less Can Be More.

I always plan a HUGE baking day and this year was no different. What was different, was my plan may have been huge but what was executed was enjoyable. Instead of being upset about what couldn’t be done, my Grandma (Mem as I call her!) and my sister spent an afternoon doing what we could and enjoyed each others company. Mem and I worked together as a team on treats and I know for me it was still exhausting as a huge baking day but was way more fun!

 

Real Love is Not Big Gestures 

Now I could have told you this before I got hurt but this experience reminded and solidified it for me. My Hubby did more than you can imagine, brought me medicine, slept on the couch so he didn’t risk bumping my arm, helped me shower, grocery shopped, did laundry. Not to mention wrapped ALL the Christmas presents, bought a birthday gift, helped prepare Christmas breakfast and learned how to put Rachel and I’s hair in a ponytail! I’ll stop now, but there is more I could list. These actions speak love into my heart causing it to overflow. As women we often long for candlelight and soft music (oh sorry, just me that wants to live a romance movie) but those aren’t life. Love in real life is in the little, what needs done getting done is actually a really big gesture of love. 

 

These are my year end lessons that I was blessed with, how were you blessed as 2015 came to its close?

 

Me, Coffee & Jesus

 

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Comments

  1. Oh, Winter! I’m so sorry you broke your wrist. Hope it’s healing well. Thank you for sharing the lessons you learned through the experience. Sounds like you still had a wonderful Christmas with good family fellowship. I’m glad your husband was able to chip in so much. I’m thankful for a husband who really supports and helps me, too! Blessings to you!

  2. Oh my goodness! Sorry about your wrist! That’s a party you definitely won’t forget! Glad you are back and take it easy! Thanks for hosting!

  3. Welcome back! Welcome back!
    So sorry about your wrist! It’s good to hear about all that we missed in your days of quiet!
    Blessings!

  4. Oh my! I’m so sorry about your wrist… if I were going to break a bone, I would totally want to do it while roller-skating—very cool!! I hope you were able to enjoy some down time with not too much frustration :/ Happy New Year to you!

  5. Winter, God is so good to help us learn what is really important! I had a similar experience quite a few years ago, I never forgot how sweet my husband was and how faithful God was during that time. So glad you’re back and praying you have a full recovery. Thanks for hosting and happy New Year!

  6. Oops! I pray those bones heal God speed.

  7. Hi, glad you are on the mend. 🙂 Hope you feel better soon.

  8. Dear Winter, I’m glad your wrist is healing. You have a good husband! My Christmas was a little different too. For Christmas day we travelled to spend time with my mother and brother who are in declining health. Over New Years we rented a house where all of our children and grandchildren could be together. (Our three married children live in 3 different states.)The adults didn’t exchange gifts–instead we gave the gift of our time and presence. We had some great family time.

  9. Winter,

    Sorry to hear about the injury but delighted to hear you countenance is sunny. God has a way of making us lie down in green pastures and leading us beside still waters. He says He will give us rest and sometimes we need a little help with that.

    Praying complete recovery & healing 4 U friend.

  10. Wonderful post, Winter! Missed you, sweet Sister! So glad to have you back! Thank you so much for sharing and hosting, Love! Happy New Year and GOD bless you, beautiful friend! 🙂

  11. oh my oh my – the timing of it all – yea for your husband and your perspective! glad to have you back and to be back! take it easy…

  12. No, no, no, nooooooooooooo! I’m so sorry, Winter! Goodness, that is NOT what you needed! I will be praying it heals quickly and smoothly with no lasting issues. I just love your heart and your beautiful spirit that continually looks to the good of what God is doing. Keep that smile on, girl!
    Blessings and smiles,
    Lori

  13. God always teach us so many things about life and His works. Even thou it was not a good experience, you enjoyed every moment of it. Hope you get better soon! Blessings!

  14. Love this story, Winter! Thanks for the tidbits of God’s way of reminding us all about what matters, what is really important, and what speaks love. I am so glad you were not hurt more badly, but sorry you had any accident at all. I’m glad you’re back and recovering. I pray the healing goes well and is complete.
    Blessings and love,
    Pam

  15. Happy new year Winter, may your wrist recuperate with speed. Thanks for sharing the lessons with us. Couldn’t agree more with you. Amazing how God uses the seemingly little things of life to teach us great lessons.
    Thanks for the link up.

    I invite you to share with us over here at EncourageMe Monday Linkup: (http://www.graciousinsight.org/what-does-intentional-living-mean)
    Have a Blessed week.

  16. Glad you had a great holiday. Sounds like it was enhanced by the broken bone huh? I’m sure you’ll never forget this Christmas.

  17. oh my goodness, you poor thing! I remember breaking my foot one time or spraining my ankle or something that required my wearing a boot. I distinctly remember walking across the parking lot into the supermarket, and thinking about how slowly I was walking, and gee, I’m sorry, Mr. Driver of the Car Who Had to Stop While I Took 5 Minutes to Cross–and how it forced me to slow down-the fact that I saw everyone else still at the same pace I was going only hours before really got me to think about how sometimes God allows these things to happen to teach us to A-slow down and B-learn to receive. SOunds like you did a good job of doing both. Prayers for rapid healing to you! Missed you

  18. Sorry to read about your wrist & surgery. May God bring quick healing. Blessings to you & yours!

  19. Sorry to hear about the wrist injury 🙁 Just wanted to leave a quick comment to say thank you for providing the opportunity to connect and share in the link-up. It’s always a joy to meet new friends. Wishing you a happy and restful Monday.

  20. So glad you’re on the mend. And especially glad you were able to enjoy the blessing of slowing down and allowing others to take care of you. Not an easy task for many of us mommas. Thanks for hosting us and praying countless blessings on your year!

  21. Welcome back, Winter. I’m sorry about your wrist. I tore the meniscus in my knee one Christmas. We have a low-country style house with lots of steps. My gifts were downstairs and my activities were up. I fully empathize with you. Healing took longer than I’d thought. It sounds like you surrendered better than I! But God taught me a lot in spite of myself. Blessings on you!

  22. Bless your heart and your wrist. Praying quick healing. I fell down our stairs and broke mine some years back and had a big contraption and it didn’t heal and went back to surgery for a plate and screws and it’s been great. Hope all goes well for you.

  23. Oh wow! I learned a few of these several years ago when I was hit with a virus in my spine and couldn’t walk on my own for a few months. I hated the strain it put on my husband, but he was a jewel, like yours. To me love is shown greatly in those ways rather than the big, grand gestures. Glad you’re feeling well enough to blog again!

  24. Thanks for all you do Winter and happy to have you back! Hope you’ll be fully recovered soon 🙂

  25. Your post is perfect timing (although I’m so sorry about your wrist). My daughter just had surgery on her foot and once her right one is healed she will do the same for her left. This is NOT how I planned to start the year! But as you said: “Love in real life is in the little, what needs done getting done is actually a really big gesture of love.” I have decided this is my opportunity to love well and set aside my plans. Thanks for writing!

  26. Great to See you back. Thanks for hosting.

  27. I am so sorry that you broke your wrist!!! But I’m glad this trial was able to teach you a few things. 🙂 Thanks for sharing and Happy New Year to you! Glad to see this linkup up again.

  28. WELCOME BACK! I have missed you over the holidays, but so understand taking time to spend with family and focus on them. I always look to spending my Monday’s with you. I am so sorry to hear about your wrist, but even in the midst of this trial and inconvenience, I love your positive outlook and lessons God is teaching you and you are sharing with us.

  29. Winter, I hope you heal quickly and well!

  30. Winter…The Lord is always sanctifying us especially in the midst of a trial. He doesn’t want us left to one attitude for too long. I’m glad you are back and thank you for the encouragement you give in what you learned. Thank you for hosting, too. Have a great week. 🙂

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