Today is not about crafting. Today is about life.
This past week has thrown us some great times and ended with some unwanted curve balls. Monday and Tuesday were normal days.
Wednesday was a great day. My daughter and I had a great lunch with a friend of mine and my husbands from college. We have lived just 40ish mins from each other for a little over 3 years and this is the first time we “planned” to get together in that time frame. The kids and I just happened to run into her and her family a few years ago at one of the pumpkin patches in the area. It is really pitiful that we have not made time for getting together with each other, but life gets busy and we allow ourselves to put some things on the backburner. Well, we vowed not to let time go by this long before we see each other again. We had a great time catching up while our two smallest children played together at Chick-fil-a.
Scrapbooking actually was the thing that got us together this time…go figure. She had been going through some things in her house and came upon a bag of crafting supplies that she admitted that she had not opened in over 8 years. Wow! So, she thought of me…I’m not sure why! She said that even if the items in it were not useful to me, my daughter would probably have a ball with them. Well, I went through it later that day and got out several things that I knew I would use and then put aside the things the kids would love to use. My daughter played with some of the stickers and paper the next day. It could have kept her going for hours.
Well, the first curve ball hit us at 3:00am Thursday morning. I had rolled over in the middle of the night and of course needed to get up to go to the restroom. Don’t you just hate that when you are so asleep?? Well, this time, I was thankful for it. As I got up in my sleepy state, I heard something hitting our bedroom window (well, I thought that is what it was). My first thought was that it was raining and that it was hail or something. Well, I quickly realized there was a bright light outside as well…we have those darkening curtains so I could see a glow around the window edges. Not wanting to wake my husband, I walked out to the living room and saw that the bright light I saw was coming through all of our windows and also realized it was a bright red. Then I knew exactly what it was….FIRE!
I was instantly awake then and started yelling for my husband. By the time he came out to the living room, I had opened the back door and realized that our next door neighbor’s house was on fire. Panic mode took over my whole body. I got my phone and was instantly on the phone with 911. The house had just been bought and we knew that no one was inside, which was helpful in my state of panic. I got through to 911, reported it and then went into our house to get the kids out. The house that was burning is literally 12 feet from our back fence and 24 feet from our actual house. Which, I can tell you, is way to close when one of them is on fire. All of these houses also have gas lines running into them with gas water heaters, gas heat and fire places. The fire in this house appeared to be in the attic and back of the house at first so we knew it was close to the gas lines. The fear of explosion scared us and so we got the kids up, in the car and we went to an adjoining street to wait it out and give room to emergency vehicles. My husband stayed on the scene to make sure no flames jumped to our house before the firefighters got there.
At the end of the chaos…these were our words of thankfulness to the Lord…
1. I woke up when I did.
2. There was no one in the house…no items had been moved in either.
3. There was no irreparable damage to our house or anyone others. (Our siding on that side of the house is melted and will need repair…but we have a house still standing).
4. We are all safe.
We had to be away from our house for a few hours…which was spent in the van watching cartoons of any kind. The power was out for a few hours after we returned. My husband asked if I would turn on the fireplace so that it would warm our house up a little….I jokingly replied that I had seen enough fire for a long time!! But, I did it anyway. Also, just for the record, I never did get that bathroom break I needed in the middle of the night…until about 3.5 hours later….
I jokingly told my friend later in the day, that this state of emergency taught me what I would grab in a state of panic….this is what I grabbed…and stuck in a laundry basket…
1. A few folded clothes that were on our loveseat…well, it was at least something…
2. My Bible bag…
3. My external hard drive with all of our pictures on it…which is something that I have always said I would grab…well, I did.
4. My purse
I actually got home and went through the basket later and really had no idea what exactly I would find in there. It was all in a panic and I guess just whatever my eyes saw, went into the basket.
So, after that fiasco, I planned for a calmer day that included my stamp club get-together that evening. My husband had to go out of town that afternoon and would return Friday night. Well, stamp club got rescheduled to Friday night because several could not make it at the last minute. It was a good thing because I came down with the stomach bug that night. When I realized that I was sick, I told my 6 year old son that he was going to have to help me and Darcie since I had to lay in bed. I overheard this convo between them while eating their dinner… (S= Son, D= Daughter)
S: Darcie, since Mommy is sick and Daddy is out of town I am going to have to be the master of the house and take care of you and Mommy since she is sick. (Very matter-of-factly)
D: Okay. You can help me and Mommy.
S: Well, Daddy says I have to be the master of the house while he is gone
This brought tears to my eyes!
So, needless to say, it has been a crazy end to a week that started out calm and collective and fun. Before I got sick on Thursday, I did make the first, of a needed 25, of these “thank you” cards for my son to send out for his birthday gifts. I copied the washi tape and talk bubble idea….I added the pain splash effect.
Next week will be better, I just know it! I already have several things on my calendar but they are mostly all things that I WANT to do, even if it does mean a busy week ahead. Hopefully no sickness or fires in the mix!