What a Car Wreck Taught Me about Marriage and Parenting

What a Car Wreck Taught Me about Marriage and Parenting January 25, 2016

The impact of the other car jolted me awake. I pulled over, dazed, heart pounding, to the shoulder of the interstate. I couldn’t believe this was happening. We were covered in debt and doubts and I’d picked up an extra twelve-hour shift that Saturday morning to try and make ends meet. The worst part? The insurance agent promptly reported, “Mr. Austin, your auto insurance lapsed three weeks ago.”

Waiting on the State Trooper seemed to last forever, so I called to deliver the bad news to my wife. I felt like all I ever gave her was bad news. I can still hear her say those heavy words, “I’m taking the kids to Florida for a while, until we can figure things out.”

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  • Ruthie Wolfe

    Steve – thank you for sharing such a candid approach to such a difficult life — being married to someone battling a mental illness. I “am” one of those people, having married quickly when I heard all the right phrases, as we entertained one another in a too-short courtship. I am losing my vision & have multiple debilitating issues in my spine, but I have no income (in the final leg of the appeals process with the Social Security agency.) My husband of 4 years struggles greatly, and those emotional woes have such a profound impact on our life together. I pray — FERVENTLY, as I don’t know what the future holds. It made me fell like I’m not alone, as I read what you & your wife have gone through. I’ll add your family to my prayer list, asking God to be a Beacon of Light for your journey forward. Thanks again for sharing – Chaplain Ruthie Wolfe

    • Ruthie, you have blessed me by sharing your story. I am sorry for your struggles but will be praying for that same Light to guide your path and for peace for your journey. Thank you again.
      –Steve

  • Ruthie Wolfe

    Steve – thank you for sharing such a candid approach to such a difficult life — being married to someone battling a mental illness. I “am” one of those people, having married quickly when I heard all the right phrases, as we entertained one another in a too-short courtship. I am losing my vision & have multiple debilitating issues in my spine, but I have no income (in the final leg of the appeals process with the Social Security agency.) My husband of 4 years struggles greatly, and those emotional woes have such a profound impact on our life together. I pray — FERVENTLY, as I don’t know what the future holds. It made me fell like I’m not alone, as I read what you & your wife have gone through. I’ll add your family to my prayer list, asking God to be a Beacon of Light for your journey forward. Thanks again for sharing – Chaplain Ruthie Wolfe

    • Ruthie, you have blessed me by sharing your story. I am sorry for your struggles but will be praying for that same Light to guide your path and for peace for your journey. Thank you again.
      –Steve