Sunday, May 3, 2009

Tim-ber!

I was in Atlanta Friday night for a senior high girls retreat. Aly had been sick with the stomach bug (yes, the third since December!) earlier this week, so when my phone rang at 1am, I assumed Chad was calling to tell me that Caroline was sick. To my surprise, it turned out that the two-century-old oak in our front yard had collapsed into our house! Just the call everyone wants to get! On Chad's end, I can only imagine how scary the sound must have been! He had fallen asleep knowing that there were tornadoes in the area, and awoke to what he thought was a tornado in our house! He ran straight to the girls' room, both of whom had sat straight up in bed, assured them it was just thunder, then looked out of their window to see the huge oak...literally right out of their window! He couldn't get out on the front porch or out of the driveway, so he waited for the fire department in the rain with a few neighbors out in the street. We have holes in the roof but amazingly enough, not a single window was broken so we are able to stay in the house while the roof is repaired! After getting the call, I was unable to quite get back to sleep as I tried to grasp the idea that this enormous tree came just feet from changing our lives. I kept picturing kissing the girls 'good-bye' before I left for Atlanta while not giving the tree a single thought or look back. The girls' beds are on the same side of the house as where the tree hit, and I can't shake the feeling that we are blessed that we are very tired this weekend but not more! God is good!
And if you're wondering about Caroline, she did get the stomach bug...last night. Chad and I were literally walking to bed, so excited about the good night sleep we were about to get. Ha! I guess that we can sleep later! We have a safe family and a safe house. What more could we ask for?!








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7 comments:

Cortney said...

Karin! I can't believe you leave for one night and the tree has to cave in on your house???? Unbelieveable! That tree was HUGE!!! I am so sorry. I can only imagine how you felt being away from the family! We love you guys! Hope everyone is past that stupid BUG!!!!! I think you guys need a vacation?!

The Huffman's said...

Oh my gosh Karin!!!!! I can't believe how enormous that tree is!!!! I am so glad your family was not harmed!!!!! Now you have wood for next winter!!!! ;)

The Trotter Family said...

Karin!!! Oh my goodness gracious! I am so thankful your precious little people were okay!! So glad you made a comment on the journal of a wife blog so I could find your blog! I love it!! I am so glad you guys are okay, and thank you so much for your prayers! I will be praying for you! :) Blessings and love, Cari

JMom said...

I am so very thankful you all were safe!!!!

Kristan said...

That is the biggest tree I have EVER seen! So glad that you are all safe!

Kris said...

WHAT???!! That is CRAZY! I am so thankful you are all okay. We have 2 dead trees in our side yard and this has motivated Jon to call and pay the big bucks to get them removed!! I fear them landing right in Addy's room.

Emily said...

Karin, I am so glad you guys are ok. That tree is HUGE!!!! I hope there is no drama such as this when you come to Houston next month:)