Let’s start with the good news…
So, I had this crazy idea to buy Jer a motorcycle for his Birthday this year.
But… I know nothing about motorcycles, I had no idea how to buy a vehicle on craigslist, I didn’t know what specs Jer was looking for, and I had no way to buy the thing or hid it without Jeremy finding out.
But where there is a determined wife, there is a surprised husband;)
Jer had been wanting a KLR Kawasaki Motorcycle for a longgggg time. The little Honda CB 360 that he has (that you’ve probably seen photos of us cruising around on) is just not as safe, or reliable. It’s barely big enough for both of us to ride tandem, and it’s not powerful enough to haul camera gear, camping gear, ect. Over the past 6 months, Jer has been gradually talking me into selling the Honda for something that we can take to the lake, drive on logging roads, and fit our tent and picnic on the back;)
A couple months ago, he finally sold me on the idea… but I resisted his desires to purchase one and gave him the “we don’t need it” shpeal. He finally let it go and stopped asking me about it.
All the while… I was communicating with his trusted “mechanic” and “bike guy” buddies to help me find the perfect KLR for Jer. Most of these guys had received texts from Jeremy containing photos of motorcycles and information on exactly what Jer wanted. These old text messages between Jer and his buddies, helped me figure out how many miles he was looking for, capabilities of the bike, fixings ect. One of his friends, Brian, helped me find the golden ticket! It was an add for a bike listed in Scappoose, Oregon (only about 25 minutes from Roloff Farms). And it was a smokin’ deal!!!
Since I know nothing about motorcycles, nor how to ride them…. I needed someone to go test drive it for me. However, the seller wanted to have cash in hand, before allowing people to test drive it. Fortunately, one of Jer’s trusted (mechanic bike guy) friends, Mott, lived close to the seller, so I had him go check it out to give the stamp of approval. When he gave me the green light, I began crafting up a plan to get the bike from Scappoose, back to Roloff Farms. Then, I had to figure out how I was going to hide it in the wedding barn so that I could surprise Jeremy the next time we were at the farm for filming stuff (Little People Big World).
Long story short, the seller ended up offering to deliver the bike to the farm (fist pumps!), so I just had to get Jeremy off the farm for his arrival. Thanks to my father-in-law, that was easy! Matt took Jeremy to go see this old barn that they had just purchased to restore. They went to breakfast afterwards, so I had all morning to hide the bike in the wedding barn, buy it, get the seller off the farm, and prep for Jer’s arrival!
When the seller showed up at the farm, I waved him down towards the wedding barn where I wanted to hide the bike. He walked me through all the features of the bike, I paid him, and it was a done deal. Relief!
I went to the store and bought a happy birthday balloon and ribbon to tie on the bike. Then I stole Jer’s iPad and recorded a video on of me in the wedding barn, explaining that I got him his birthday present early, and that he needed to come down to the wedding barn to retrieve it! I gave the iPad to our Producer for LPBW, and I had him text Jer and tell him to come to the production barn when he got back to the farm.
Of course I had to record the whole plan/surprise…. so I found Jer’s vlogging camera and figured out how to charge and change the batteries so that I could film the whole thing. I recorded a video of me hiding it in the barn, explaining the surprise, how I acquired the bike ect. (Full video coming soon to our YouTube).
When Jer’s dad texted me to let me know they were on their way back to the farm, I rushed to the wedding barn and anxiously awaited his arrival. I sat in there waiting for A FULL HOUR (apparently Jer decided to mow the lawn before going to the production barn – per our Producer’s request….) before I got a text from our producer saying that Jer had just watched the iPad video, and he was on his way to the wedding barn.
I set up the vlogging camera on a chair in the wedding barn and pressed record. Then I paced the barn waiting for Jer to arrive!
The rest of the story is better to watch than read… you can watch the short version of the surprise below!:)
Here is Jer, grinning ear to ear and SOOOOOO surprised that I pulled this off for him:)
Here we are posing for a first picture together on the bike. Photo credit to Amy Roloff who came out to hear to story!:)
Ok so now for the bad news… (which is actually good news, because the bad could have been much worse).
Two days after giving Jeremy his birthday surprise, we decided to take our first tandem ride together. It was a cold a morning ,so we bundled up in our boots and Carhartt’s and headed out to breakfast. We were no more than a couple miles from the farm, when we were hit by a car, and thrown off the bike into a farmers field. Praise the Lord we were only going about 10 mph…. By the grace of God we are both ok. The cargo boxes on the sides of the bike saved our legs and the bike, and our Carhartt’s and jeans saved our skin.
It’s one of those moments that shocks you to the core….
I felt like everything happened so fast, but in slow motion at the same time. I had did not see it coming at all because we weren’t doing anything risky, and we were going so slow because we had just accelerated out of a stop sign. After I realized that we had crashed, I was terrified that the bike had fallen on Jeremy… But before I knew it he was at my side. When I realized that he was ok, I became aware of how much pain my shoulder was in. Jeremy helped me try to sit up, and that’s when I knew that my shoulder had dislocated… (which I had experienced before in a ski racing accident) As I sat up, it popped it back into place, and a laid back down. The pain doubled, my vision blurred, I was rolled into the ambulance, as I prayed fragmented sentences.
>>HERE<< is a link to my Instagram post.
We are relentlessly thankful…. It could have been much worse….
We were going slow, we had reallllyy good helmets that didn’t come off, we were wearing good clothes and shoes, we landed in the grass and blackberry bushes, the woman who hit us was a believer and I remember her praying over me before the EMT’s arrived, the boxes on the bike saved the bike and kept it from landing on us, and Jeremy was completely ‘ok’ other than a few scraps and bruises.
I had a doctor’s apt yesterday to examine my shoulder. Grrr.. I have to wear a sling (night and day) for 4 weeks, and then I will come back in for a follow up to determine if I need surgery (50/50 chance right now) *praying*
I’m not gonna lie, I’m pretty discouraged, exhausted, emotional, and just bummed out.
The gift that I was beyond excited to give, wound me up in the hospital. Emotional high, to emotional low. I’ve had my fair share of health downfalls (
In the ER, I remember thinking, “thank you Jesus that we are ok, that it’s just my shoulder, that you kept us safe.”
But a few days after the accident, reality began to sink in, I am still so thankful, but I started to think of all the things I can’t do, instead of being grateful for all the things I can do.
I can’t run
I won’t be able to the half-marathon in June
I can’t teach Barre3
I can’t swim (we are going on vacation in a week)
I can’t do my hair
I can’t change my clothes
I can’t cook
I won’t be able to sleep
I’m gonna look ridiculous with this crazy sling brace…
I can’t afford this
I can’t wear a sling for my speaking engagements coming up
I can’t be excited about Jeremy’s gift anymore
I can’t get back on a motorcycle…
I can’t handle this on top of everything else going on…
If I need surgery, I can’t do any of the things just listed for another 12 weeks:(
Heavy sigh…. I am human.
But then God whispered into my ear. “Audrey, all the things you can do far surpass the things you cannot. I was with you, and I am with you.”
After many tears, I am reminded of this verse: “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.” 2 Corinthians 4:8-9.
This verse comforted me through one of my big injuries in college. I rewrote this verse in my Holy Spirit led words (as I sometimes do with scriptures that stand out to me):
I am attacked on every side, but not defeated. I shed tears in solitude, but they do not go unseen. I am hurt by oppression, but not without the hope of healing. I fall, but am not left to crawl. I am carried. I am cracked and crippled, but not crushed and crumbled.
Always remembering that in my body, I am subject to suffering just as Jesus, but not without the gospel of grace renewing my body through revival. ??
Honestly, I am pretty bruised up physically and emotionally. I’m sore, traumatized, overwhelmed, and bummed out. If you feel so inclined, please join me in praising our God for protecting His children, and asking Him to heal my shoulder quickly and completely. Specifically, that I would not need surgery. The Lord has healed me from worse, and I trust that He can make me brand new again.
His past faithfulness demands my present trust.
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