A Big Wind and a Big Tree

I have a couple posts set for you, but I have to interrupt my scheduled posts to share what happened yesterday. The sky got dark, the winds got intense, there was thunder and lightning, and then

tree in our house tree in our house2

there was a tree in our house. The giant tree from our backyard fell down and crushed the back of our house. The roof is destroyed; the backroom addition needs to be torn down and rebuilt; our deck was crushed; our baby’s room is destroyed; and something happened with pipes in our bathroom because when you turn the sink on, water comes down and into the kitchen below.

But we are all okay, thank God. The Wee One and I were home, and it actually happened at his usual nap time. We happened to be busily doing things and decided to skip nap yesterday, for which I am very thankful. Otherwise, he would have been in his bed when the tree hit his room and the ceiling fell in.


You know how you ask yourself, what would I save in a fire (besides people) if I could only get one thing out? That thing for me is a shadow box I made with the shirt the Wee One wore in the hospital when he was born and a picture of him when he wasn’t even a day old. It hangs in his room with an icon of the angels Gabriel and Michael that my younger sister and brother-in-law gave to my son. That corner where those two items were hung was undamaged.

precious items

I can’t tell you how happy that makes me.

So for the rest of the month we are staying in a hotel; then, hopefully, we will have found a house to rent that not only has enough space for all of us but lets us have our cats and dog. Our house repairs are going to take a few months. There is so much for us to do and pack and deal with. But I repeat, we are so lucky none of us were hurt and the rest we will wade through and deal with.

My lovely older sister surprised us in our hotel room tonight with a goody care basket, filled with yummy food items, treats, and disposable paper products,

goodie basket

plus some “necessities” like ice cream (including homemade mocha ice cream she made), a mug to keep me encouraged

goodie basket3

a book of poetry, emergency art supplies, and a blank mini notebook.

goodie basket2

We are feeling very blessed that we are all safe, and we are thankful for our wonderful family and friends.

So I guess, once I find out how my sewing machine has held up, there will be posts on attempting to craft in a hotel room. If you have favorite encouraging quotes or verses, please do feel free to share them with me. Really.


29 thoughts on “A Big Wind and a Big Tree

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  3. I stumbled on your latest post and when I read that you were in a hotel, I just realized I’d missed some posts and backtracked to this one. I can’t tell you how grateful I am that you are all okay!! I always say as long as you have health, you have everything. Stay safe and focus on the Wee One; he will bring you happiness even through these tough times! Wishing you all the best for speedy reparations to your home and safer times ahead.

  4. Oh my goodness, how terrible. Glad to hear you’re all ok. I pray everything gets repaired/rebuilt quickly.

  5. I am glad that you all are safe and unhurt by this terrible accident.
    All my love special to Gabriel.

  6. Oh no, poor you! Although I can understand the ‘what if’ being so scary, you were looked after by someone who know’s the what ifs.

  7. Wow. Amazing how our lives can be altered in an instant. Your ability to write so calmly when you are experiencing such upheaval is a sign of your resiliency. Prayers of strength to you and your family.

  8. Hello Jennet and Family,
    I read this post with sadness and I read till the end of post that you guys are alright *heave a sign of relieve*

    I want to share with you this quote by one of my favorite author:
    β€œTragedies do happen. We can discover the reason, blame others, imagine how different our lives would be had they not occurred. But none of that is important: they did occur, and so be it. From there onward we must put aside the fear that they awoke in us and begin to rebuild.” – Paulo Coelho

    I must say (like the mug your lovely sister had given you).. “Keep Calm and Carry on” and hope you have found a rented place to put up for the time being.. πŸ˜€

    Take care and god bless..

  9. OMG! My goodness, I am SO glad you are alright it SO sorry this happened to you. What an I send to help you thought this time? You have always been there and an encouragement for me, and I would dearly love to be able to repay that kindness. Would you prefer something handmade, or would a gift card be more practical right now? Where can I send something?

    As for quotes, you know my favorite is “Be Kind, for everyone is fighting a great battle”, which you obviously know better than most right now.

    I also like a stamp is just purchased from Unity that says, “You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have”. You are strong and you will get through this.

    Love ya lots,

    • Maureen, I apologize for the delay responding to your lovely comment. We have been bouncing around and just in a general state of crazy over here. Still no rental house, but at least the hotel is nice. Your quotes you shared with me are wonderful, thank you. You are so sweet to offer to send something! I wish you could send yourself and we could grab some tea together! We are still unsettled and I don’t know where we will be next, address-wise, but really, your kind words and prayers for me and my family mean so much. love, Jennet

  10. I love reading the lucky stories like yours where you thought you would skip nap time and thank God you did! I hope your house is repaired in no time at all!

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