September 11, 2006

I Remember

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Noah was just a baby, almost 7 months old. I remember nursing him in our TV room, then putting him in his bouncy seat. Jeff was getting ready for work and I was in my pajamas. I had the Fox Morning News on.

I watched as they announced the first plane hit. I didn’t realize- nobody realized- what was really happening. It seemed to be a small plane. It seemed to be an accident. I casually called to hubby, “Oh, a plane hit the World Trade Center.” Said more like “weird” than what we’d know it to really be.

I remember calling to hubby again as he was about to step out the door… “Another plane!”

That got our attention. I am sure it got yours, too. I didn’t leave the TV for days straight. I’d never watched that much CNN in my life. Nothing else was on, and this was all we wanted to watch. Over and over- how many times did we need to see the planes hit- again and again, the people running in the streets, the buildings crashing, the smoke. So much smoke.

The darkness. It was so dark and smoky and ashy and death was all around when the buildings collapsed. We didn’t know what was going to happen next. We live near Chicago and we prayed that the terror didn’t come this way, too. Another plane crashed into the Pentagon. Another one in a field… what is happening? How could this happen?

This was something that took days to process in our minds. And still to this day when there is footage, or when the 1 year anniversary came around and we sat and watched it all played out on the news again, we still couldn’t look away.

9/11 was a turning point for our nation, and most of the world. There is no going back. We’ve all changed, whether we choose to realize it or not. Carter, our middle son was considered one of those 9/11 babies when he was born 10 months later during a baby boom that was credited to families drawing close for comfort from the sudden shaking of our world as we knew it.

Things changed. History happened that day, and we were a part of it. How is it that I felt so involved and affected, and I didn’t even have a loved one inside a plane or one of the Towers that day? I am guilty of moving on and forgetting some days, letting that roll into years now, and not praying like I did that first day and the weeks afterward.

What a reminder to me- this world, our country, needs our prayers now more than ever.

To participate & read others’ 9/11 stories, be sure to check out Rocks In My Dryer.


  1. I never really thought about it, but my now husband proposed to me about a month after the attacks- an effort to draw loved ones near? Please visit my story at Since I switched over to Blogger Beta I can't leave comments using my blogger account on non-bets blogs. So I had to do it anonymous.

  2. Thanks for sharing! It is amazing how it all comes back while people are sharing. I am going to post one over the weekend.

  3. It was a turning point, I agree. Great post

    I also wrote.
    Pass the Torch

  4. Our first child was just a baby too. I'm sure there were many babies getting extra hugs and kisses that morning.

  5. The saddest thing of all is the vast amounts of babies that never got to meet their daddies. Very sad indeed.

  6. You are so right about it changing everything, even if it didn't directly affect you. I am also guilty of forgetting -- thank you for reminding me to continue praying -- fFor our nation, for our familys, for our world. It could happen again, so we should be praying now more than ever!

  7. We all took it personally, didn't we, even though most of our families weren't directly affected. Thanks for sharing your perspective.

  8. I think we were all in shock when this happened. It showed that America is more vulnerable than we thought. Maybe you've already gotten one, but you can go to the 2996 blog so you can post a tribute to honor someone that passed away that day.

  9. Thanks for sharing your story, I've had a lump in my throat all day long just reading these stories.

  10. Gosh I remember that day too, to well! I can't believe it's been 6 years ago. Still is unbelieveable!

  11. I can't believe how long it's been already. It is definatly one of those moments we never will, never can forget. I remember where I was, what I had on... in was slow motion. This is a really cool post- thanks for sharing!

  12. I remember... I posted on my blog as well. Yours brought back some other memories of watching CNN for weeks.

  13. I dont think it mattered where you live
    that day changed the lives for many whether they are Americans or not
    I think a lot of people all over the world felt the impact . . the tradgy of what happened

    I am proudly honoring Joseph Maffeo at my blog

  14. Excellent post. Found it through Rocks In My Dryer.

  15. i didn't know anyone personally who died either - but it still struck me so deep when it happened and still now. so tragic. so terrifying. so needless.

  16. Thank you so much for remembering.

  17. "How is it that I felt so involved and affected, and I didn’t even have a loved one inside a plane or one of the Towers that day?"

    I felt the same way -- i think so many of us did. It was one time that drew us all together as Americans. I'm guilty of forgetting and moving on, too -- I am so thankful for this day to remember.

  18. Thank you for sharing! It has been amazing reading through everyone's blogs this evening and how we all have our own 9/11 story. I think I have felt a rainbow of emotions today. However I'm left with the realization that I am completely blessed to live in the United States of America, and that our leaders and our nation needs our prayers and God's grace more than ever.

    If you'd like to read my story you may do so here:


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