Road Trip with a Scrambled Egg

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I apologize for the interuption for your regularly scheduled reading. We will return after our brief excursion to the south.

I’m tired. Not just a little tired. I’m very tired. I know it was minor, but I’m just not used to it.


Stressed doesn’t even begin to describe it.

Okay. I’ll clue you in. A family emergency came up, and we had to load our entire family up for a 9 hour drive to Arkansas. We had 4 children, and a mother in law. She’s not just any mother in law either.

I’ll give you a little back story. Ashlee’s mother used to be a career drug addict. Before I met her, she was addicted to all the major varieties. The woman has been in rehab more times than I have fingers. She has since changed her lifestyle having a small nudge from Ashlee. By that, I mean Ashlee told her to straighten up, or never see her grandkids again. Now she goes to church and has been clean from major drugs for 3 years, and minor drugs for 6 months.  Health is returning to her body and attending church has become a new past time for her. However, the “this is brain on drugs” commercial is accurate. You can’t unscramble your eggs folks.


Might as well make the best of it right?

Flash foreward to our road trip.

I kid you not, for 9 hours straight, she talked. Not whispered. She talked as is she were trying to outspeak a rock band at your local bar. This would be a little more tolerable is she was having an adult conversation. But that is not the case. The entire trip, she bounded with my ADHD children on their level. I was close to asking their doctor is she had any free samples for adults.  I think on the way back, we’ll give her some dramamine to take car of her “motion sickness.” (Disclaimer: we aren’t really going to drug my mother in law. Or am I ?)

All that being said, I do love my mother in law. I’m very proud that she is getting her life straightened up. Anyone who has had any kind of addiction knows how hard it is. Here she is, being an example to those struggling. It can be done.

It’s just, 4 kids and a scrambled egg in a confined space for 9 hours. It was a long ride.

We will get back to the Building a Family series when I get back home. Right now, keep Ashlee’s family in prayer.  We are down here for the funeral of her great grandmother. She was a great woman, and now she gets to spend time with my daughter.

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11 Responses

  1. Lena says:

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  2. Shell says:

    Hopefully the ride back will be better… My prayers and condolences to your family on the loss of their grandmother….

  3. Deirdre says:

    “You can’t unscramble your eggs folks.” I truly loved this post. So funny and honest. I’m happy that your MIL got sober: that is very inspiring. Yet that doesn’t mean 9 hours in a car with a reformed drug addict who talks non-stop is a party. Good Luck!

  4. jhilmil says:

    9 hours talk that too at child level.. OMG, still with all prayers, I wish your MIL gets better & enjoys every moment of her life with the family!

  5. Jasmine says:

    I love your perspective and making the most of the situation. I hope the drive back is easier!

  6. Wow! What a beautiful and touching post! Sorry for you loss and hope to way back is easier!

  7. Samantha says:

    What a great post! I love it! Sounds like an interesting car ride

  8. Surbhi says:

    Your mother-in-law sounds like a lady with a strong willpower. It’s not easy to give up something so easily. She truly loves her grandchildren immensely. Great read!

  9. Jenni Petrey says:

    Am sorry for your families loss, am sure that Ashlee’s Great Grandmother and your daughter are looking down on you all xx I do like your perspective on the trip though, it sounds like it was interesting.

  10. Sara says:

    This is totally real life. I have some “scrabbled egg” friends and family members. On one hand I am proud that they did find the strength to overcome addiction but on the other hand Ug. Good thing you can write about the experience.

    I am also keeping your family in my thoughts.

  11. Nicole says:

    Very creative title- hooked me right in!

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