100 signs made
I remember a few years ago, I was filling out forms at work to get my HRA (Health Reimbursement Account) underway. For those who aren’t familiar with the term, an HRA is a group health plan from which employees are reimbursed tax-free for qualified medical expenses up to a fixed dollar amount per year. Being that my daughter and I require LOTS of medical attention I set aside a little over $1500 to cover our medical expenses for the year. What I failed to realize was I had signed up under the wrong paragraph and rather than set aside that money for medical expenses, I set it up for child care instead.
At the time both of my daughters were in high school so needless to say, there would never be child care involved. Add insult to injury, my money would be withdrawn every pay period without fail and there was nothing I could do about it. Oh TRUST ME I tried! But was told there was nothing I could do at every turn. So not only did my error mean that I was out over $1500 for the year, but I also had to cover my out of pocket expenses at the same time. As you can imagine, not only did it hurt to see that money go every paycheck but I didn’t know how I’d pay for prescriptions, co-pays etc. I didn’t mention the way the HRA works is you use it or lose it. So basically I was going to lose it all.
It took a while but after I finally gave up the reins to trying to get my money back, things just sort of fell into place. SOMEHOW I was able to pay for all our medical expenses. SOMEHOW I didn’t miss the money I was losing. SOMEHOW it just all worked out. Then about a 10 months after all this money had been withdrawn and I was getting ready to kiss all that money goodbye, I had a conversation with my sister about it. I never knew she had transferred my then school-aged niece and nephew to what was considered a day care. We enquired about using the money I had saved up in the HRA to go to their account and it worked. We were able to pay half the school year’s worth of day care charges for both kids!! It was a miracle to say the least!! My sister is a single mom and works crazy hard for her kids so the fact that I was able to take some of that burden off of her was more of a reward than I could ever imagine.
So what does that have to do with my check marks above?
Well it’s what’s not checked off at the top of the page that it has to do with. See, what I didn’t add to that list are the other obligations I have on a daily basis that I feel is a daily juggle act. Let’s see there’s:
Work 9-5 Mon – Fri
Monday -Help with Boys Home
Wednesday-Flavour Women’s group
and groceries, shopping, parenting, church, family obligations, doctor appointments, meetings, pets, all-the-stuff-you-fit-in-5hrs-before-bedtime!
The thing is, it sometimes feels like if you let one of those balls drop, the rest come tumbling down, and I’m trying my hardest to keep them all afloat. But the bottom line is it all works out in the end. I might feel like I’m on a tight rope trying to juggle balls in the air when I’m the most uncoordinated person I know, but God will not let me fall. In fact, I welcome those juggling balls because they were given to me for a reason.
I wanted to post this, not so much because it has to do with a “Shine Sign” but it has everything to do with what I feel like today. I’m taking it all in, doing my best to keep it all going and trying not to lose myself in the process. I wanted to remind myself (as well as share with you) that we can’t see into the future to know that it’ll all be worth it in the end, but I have faith that it will.