Monday, November 23, 2015

A House and an Accident- All in One Day!

As of Friday, we are officially home owners in the Omaha area.  Yes, I bought a house without my husband. Sure hopes he like it! ;)  It feels like home already and it is going to be hard to live between two different places.  While it is incredibly difficult to leave the sweet town we live in and dear friends, we are eager to be a family reunited again in a few weeks.

To show you what an amazing real estate agent we had, this is what we found waiting for us on a chalkboard wall when we first got to the house.  (Sorry kids, it has since been painted over!)  She also left us a basket of treats from our friends at 621 Gifts

I have said this before, but it bears repeating, the local mid-west products Dan and Tonya carry are incredible and they are expanding their inventory on a regular basis.  Now is the time to order for Christmas!

And now for the rest of the story!  Just as I was walking into the real estate office to sign a bazillion papers, my oldest daughter called me to tell me that she and her brother, who were on the road to join us, had been in an accident.  When she left home, the weather was fine and dry.  Within 45 minutes they hit a wall of snow and ice - literally!

After hitting black ice they did a 180 and went off the road into a ditch.  Here is a picture of their view once they stopped, looking back the way they came from.

And here is what the back tires looked like.

Here is Salem, calm and collected, and Ashton's "I am not impressed" face.  They had a lot of bonding time as they sat in that car for 30 minutes initially waiting for the police and another hour and a half before they were towed.  In the cold.  Alone.  In a ditch on the side of the highway.  Momma was not happy, can you tell!?

Let me tell you how good God is.  The police in that area responded to 66 accidents during that time. Many cars were upside down.

By the grace of God my 21 year old daughter managed to keep that jeep upright.

By the grace of God she and her brother were uninjured.

By the grace of God we have old friends in the area that, though they were also headed out of town, turned around and found the kids in the ditch.  They eventually had the car towed to their mechanic and allowed the kids to stay with them for the night, as the weather was too bad for me to get to them. The area got 16 inches of snow!

On top of it all, we are now moving to an area where long time friends of ours are also living and the husband went to get my kiddos and bring them home safely the following day.  It was a longer trip than normal because of the bad highways, and again, I am thankful for the friends that God has placed in our lives!

So yes, for two hours, I signed house papers while at times stopping every three or four pages to take calls or texts regarding the kids and the wreck.  Our realtor was a saint and had the patience of Job.  I am also pretty sure she does not get paid enough to go through what she did with us.  I walked into her office shell shocked, scared, and unsure of what to do next.  She prayed for us and allowed me time to regroup and take things one small step at a time.  A house closing to go down in the records for sure!

Good news- we own a house once again and my kids are safe!

What could have been a tragedy was not.

Only by the grace of God!

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  1. God is good. All the time! I am so excited for you to all be together in your new house....and so thankful that the kids are safe. I will say that I got into an accident thanks to black ice was I was home for college my freshman year. Same thing....whipped around....ended up in the ditch alone. But, it was a great life lesson. I will never underestimate the potential power of black ice again!

    1. It is dangerous stuff and does not discriminate!

  2. Thank you Jesus for the safety of Salem and Ashton. Jesus certainly took the wheel. I'm so glad to hear they are safe.

  3. Wow, certainly a story to give thanks this Thanksgiving Week. I'm so glad that everyone is okay. I lost my sister in a car accident when she was only 17, so accidents always send shivers down my spine.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    1. Oh, I am so sorry to hear that! How tragic.
      Happy Thanksgiving to you as well.

  4. Praise God that they are safe and well, it's amazing how the Lord has his angels on earth scattered all around in just the right places for the right time we need them. :)

  5. Thanking God for your children's safety and for your new home.


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