When it rains, it pours!

We have had a very crazy 2014 here at the Grossen house.  I just have to document it somewhere.  If for no other reason to remind myself that I can do hard things.  Over the years I felt really impressed to teach my children that they can do hard things.  It’s one of my missions.  Because guess what folks, life is hard a good amount of the time.  But I think despite the challenges of life, our Father in Heaven wants us to succeed and to have courage to stay strong in the face of those challenges.  So in the future, when I am facing even harder times, I hope to look back on this chapter of life and remember that I can do it.  And especially that we can do it as a family.

We’ll start with the bad!  So it all started on January 30th when Dan was laid off from his job at EA.  Even though I was fairly certain Dan would land a job soon, fear about the future sometimes consumed me.  Scary times for a young family to face, but luckily they gave Dan a nice severance package and so it wasn’t all bad.  About halfway through February, our refrigerator decided to die.  So we were forced to replace it which is not a cheap endeavor.  Later that month on our trip to Disneyland, I lost my iPhone.  It was such a sickening feeling knowing it was in someone else’s hands.  It never showed up which is really tragic.  On our way home from California is when Luke started to get sick which I have already blogged about and landed in the hospital.  The very day we got home from the hospital, Sophie came down with the stomach flu so I had instant paranoia about not spreading her germs to the already sick baby.  About midway through March, Dan got the worse cold and cough known to man and felt miserable.  That weekend, while my family was in town from Idaho, I got the stomach flu and missed our time together and the baby started getting another cold.  On March 27th, me and the kiddos went to the dentist where I had 2 cavities that needed to be filled.  Blah!  On March 29th, we went up to Snowbird.  I wanted to watch Jack ski for a little bit with Dan so I grabbed Luke and Sophie to head out on to the hill.  But on my first step onto the snow, I slipped and fell.  Luke hit his head on the snow and Sophie hit her nose and was bleeding everywhere.  We went to the Instacare to make sure the baby was ok.  It scared me to death.  Later the night I started having pain going pee and ended up in the ER with a UTI.  Awesome.  About one week later I started having abdominal cramping and diarrhea.  I just thought it was a virus that would run its course so I took my little family to Boise to celebrate my brothers’ birthdays and didn’t think much about it.  But on April 15th I ended up in the ER again because I could not stay out of the bathroom.  We are talking like 20 times per day I was on the pot with the worst cramps ever and then I started having blood in my stool.  So anyway, I had a CT scan and gave all kind of specimen samples and it was determined that I had acute colitis caused my Clostridium difficile which is essentially caused from all the healthy bacteria in my intestines being killed off by the antibiotic I took for the UTI.  It was a pretty miserable experience.  On top of that, my CT scan showed that I had a cyst on my right ovary that needed to be looked at further.  So I went to the doctor yesterday and it was determined that this a complex cyst/tumor most likely a dermoid cyst (still waiting for radiology results) and will likely require surgery to remove.  And in extremely rare cases it can be cancerous.  They just have to throw that out there to cause complete panic in my brain.  I guess we’ll know more in the upcoming month or so.  So that pretty much sums it all up.  It has been crazy town around here.

But in all trials we face in life, there are silver linings and blessings unmeasured often flow in.  So on to the good.  Dan found a new job within 2 weeks at Adobe which is approximately 6 miles from our house.  He is loving his new job and the challenges it presents.  It also brought with a pay raise which was not expected.  Thankful!  And because Dan found a job so soon, we were paid double for most of March which is a miracle.  We bought a new refrigerator which is beautiful and holds so much stuff.  I went back to my old phone with qwerty pad.  Classy.  It is not always convenient to not have a smart phone.  But I learned just how much time I was wasting on the iPhone and feel grateful that I was able to return to a simpler way of life and treasure my kids a little more.   By a pure miracle, no one else caught Sophie’s flu bug or mine.  The baby only had a raspberry from our fall and his head looked practically normal the next day.  We were able to overcome all of our other sicknesses and thankfully, my C diff is on the mend and will hopefully stay that way.  And perhaps the most exciting and crazy thing of all is that we found our dream home in Lehi and will be moving the end of May.  It is a crazy story how it all came to be.  I like to browse the real estate market every once in a while since I know this is not our forever house.  I have never shown a house to Dan but this one house just really stood out because it had a lot of the things we wanted.  When Dan saw it, he ran with it.  We did a walk through and loved it.  Dan said we should put in an offer which the sellers accepted.  My heart panicked yet again because our house was not even on the market nor did I really want to move and leave my friends here.  But we moved forward and listed our house on our own.  And within 2 hours we were contacted by a ward member living in the apartments that was very interested.  And within 5 days we had an offer on our home and are now under contract! I can’t deny Heavenly Father’s hand in this.  So despite my extremely sad emotions about leaving this place where my family has grown from 2 to 5, I am excited for a new adventure and the most beautiful home to go with it!  And let’s not forget that our new house is about 1 mile from Dan’s work now.  Maybe I can convince him to come home for lunch sometimes!


7 Replies to “When it rains, it pours!”

  1. Holy smokes! When you put it all in one place like that, 2014 has been quite a doozy for you guys! The second half of 2014 should be a breeze now! And you’ll have an awesome new how to celebrate it in! Love you, Ame!

  2. Oh my goodness! That is all just too much to handle. I just came across a list as I was going through/cleaning up my computer that I made in 2011. It was a list of things I had learned in NYC. Number one…I can do hard things. Too bad it all has to come at once. I am so sad to hear about all this, at the same time I am so happy to hear all the positive things as well. I am really anxious to hear more about how Dan likes Adobe and about your dream home! So exciting!!!!!

  3. You really have had one thing after another, that’s for sure! But, there have definitely been some positives to focus on as well! No more ER visits please! It’s crazy how easy this whole job and house business have conveniently rolled along….i’ts pretty clear the Lord’s hand in it! Excited for a smoother and healthier 2014!!!

  4. Oh wow. No words to describe but I can just picture you faithful and calm about all those crazy events. Congratulations on the new awesome job and dream house! I hope you all get healthy and strong and enjoy the upcoming summer. You’re a peach and such an amazing person!

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