August 25, 2009

disaster

Yesterday I had so much to do in so little time. Not that I had something super important going on- mainly counters full of dirty dishes and some writing deadlines. Oh, and being a Mom.

I had just taken a break from drying dishes and was going to send a Tweet about my latest post at Real Moms Guide (my thoughts about breastfeeding in public), so I was sitting with my laptop by our back window when I heard a boom and looked outside to see a BIG part of our fence fall down.
I immediately thought a car must've hit it, and called 911. Then I thought to myself I hope it wasn't just the wind!

And it wasn't.


poor fence
Not the side that fell down, this is the part the car drove through.

An [elderly] lady had hit another car, lost control, and hit our fence and then drove
through another part of our fence and then backed out and ended up on the other side of our yard. Or something. I didn't see it all happen but it looked like a tornado came through.

accident

And I am so so very thankful, still shaken up about it, that the kids weren't home from school yet. Because the first thing they do is go outside to practice golf right in the very spot that the car came through.


Little People : (

This is the toy Ivy was playing with in the photo here.
I found it mangled in the street.

Both drivers were ok. One car was towed away. I'm hoping the fence company can come make repairs very soon (our poor fence has gaping wounds and a toothy sad smile), and I hope the insurance transaction is quick and uneventful.

I had a really hard time sleeping last night. I kept thinking about how dangerous it was that I let the kids play so close to that part of the fence. Would I have reacted soon enough if Ivy had been down there?

It doesn't matter now. All is ok. Thank goodness all is ok.

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50 comments:

  1. I am so glad the kids weren't out there.

    We build walls and fences and subscribe to the theory that we're safe. We're never really safe, are we?

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  2. That is so crazy. Thank God everyone is okay.

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  3. Oh thank God your babies were still at school!

    Something like that happened here a few years ago, except the woman was drunk. My kids usually play in the exact spot she came through our fence.

    My stomach still turns when I think about it.

    I hope today is peaceful for you!

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  4. It's funny how things like this always remind you that everything. EVERYTHING! Could change in a split second. And no matter what we do, how careful we are, we're just so incredibly vulnerable. I'm so glad y'all are all okay. I'd still be shaken up too. And clingy!

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  5. Very scary. I would have had trouble sleeping, thinking the same thoughts. Ugh. I'm so glad everyone is OK.

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  6. So thankful that your kids weren't there!

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  7. Oh my goodness! Thank God you guys are all OK! How very scary; what a miricle no one was hurt.

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  8. It leaves a pit in your stomach, doesn't it?

    I'm so glad they were OK. And truthfully, there are probably many times each day angels must protect our little ones. We are just unaware.

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  9. The "what ifs" are enough to make your heart stop. I am so very thankful that everyone was safe and exactly where they were supposed to be at that moment. God and His angels were at work... thank goodness! Tighter hugs today! XOXO

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  10. I like Michelle's comment. If it had to happen, the timing was perfect. God was watching over everyone. Thank you God for no injuries.

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  11. I was reminded of this after the tornado...that the line between being totally ok and everything in our life destroyed, is so fine it's scary.

    Thank goodness we are protected, we rely on Him for our safety, and we know all will be ok no matter what happens.

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  12. Shuddering over here. So glad everyone's ok!

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  13. Oh, how scary...and thank goodness everyone is okay!

    stephanie@metropolitanmama.net

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  14. Thank goodness the kids were at school! Are you guys a corner house? I love corner houses, but my mom always said corner houses are dangerous and I never understood why.

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  15. So thankful your kids weren't there. A few years ago a little old lady swerved near our church and ran through the playground fence. It was minutes after the playground had cleared due to Moms Group being over.

    Hope it gets fixed quickly.

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  16. Oh my goodness. That made my heart skip a beat. I am so glad that none of you were outside, how scary. Now hold your babies tight & I'm going to go give mine a big hug too.

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  17. Its funny how God works. Maybe he did this to send a message to one of your readers. Who knows Thankfully no-one was outside and all was O.K.

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  18. God was watching over for sure! Thank goodness everything turned out okay, and wishes for a speedy fence fixin'!

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  19. I'm so thankful that none of the kiddos were out there!

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  20. Praise the Lord your kiddos weren't there! Things like that have a way of shaking us up. I'll be praying a little of God's peace your way.

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  21. steph, that brought tears to my eyes. i'm awful laid back, but the "what if's" in those kind of situations can make me crazy. so thankful that God is so much bigger than all of our what ifs and can be praised for the grace shown to the people that were involved in the accident and the sweet grace shown to those (precious children!) who weren't involved it it.

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  22. Wow! Thank goodness the kids weren't there is right! Close calls are all over the place. We live near a busy street and my heart skips a beat when I hear screeching or horns or anything thinking about the TONS of kids in our neighborhood. Just found your blog and I am following.

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  23. Thank God they weren't home. I'm praying that you sleep well tonight!

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  24. Oh sweet Steph. I cannot imagine how awful this must have been!

    If I may say this gently and lovingly - I don't see anything dangerous about you allowing your children to play in your yard near a fence. We build fences in our yard to protect our children. 99.9% of the time, the fences do their job and keep them away from cars and other dangers. There is no way you could have foreseen an elderly woman driving through the fence! Sometimes the fences we build offer plenty of practical protection, but the One who holds them in His Hands is the only one who can truly protect them.

    And again, I say all of that very gently because no one drove through MY yard yesterday. I just don't want you being too hard on yourself, sister.

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  25. Wow! That's crazy and very scary! I would be feeling the same way you are but agree with Megan, don't be too hard on yourself.

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  26. I am so glad your kids weren't home yet and that everyone was alright.

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  27. What a blessing that your babies - all of them - were safe and sound. You're never as safe as you hope to be, but it's lucky they were safe this time.

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  28. Push away those what ifs and just know that their guardian angels were working over time yesterday.

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  29. Oh how scary! I am so glad everyone is ok and i hope that it all gets taken care of.

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  30. Scary!

    I think the odds of something like this happening are astronomically low. I'm sure that your children are safe in your yard. Although I can imagine that I would be locking mine up for the next 17 years if something like that happened here.

    I'm sending my wishes for a smooth and fast repair for you guys.

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  31. Just the fact that part of the fence is in the pool freaks me out!! So glad everyone is okay and hope the fence gets fixed soon.

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  32. gretchen from lifenutAugust 25, 2009 3:40 PM

    How scary! Thank God the kids were away. Shudder.

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  33. Oh, Steph. Oh my. Sending you a BIG hug.

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  34. How scary! Glad they are all safe.

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  35. What a scary day - thank goodness everyone is alright. Hope you sleep a little better tonight! Hugs!!

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  36. Steph, I had to turn right out of Panera (I always forget that!), so I followed you out and drove past the fence, and oh my, that pool sitting there freaked me out! That is really scary, but thank God you are all safe. Thank God!

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  37. So glad you are all safe! What a scary thing to have happen...

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  38. So, so, so scary. I'm so glad your children are safe.

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  39. I am so glad you and your family are safe! That is terrifying.

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  40. Stephanie this is craziness! You have to let us know how this works out. So glad the kids weren't home, and that you and Ivy weren't out there.

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  41. Wow, I hadn't looked at the date of this post and figured it was that tornado at first. That is so scary and as a mom can't help going through those "OMG, What if?" kinds of thoughts. They can be hard to push away. Thank goodness it was only the fence. And, like you said, hopefully the insurance process will be smooth.

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  42. What a mess for everyone involved! But at least God was taking care of you all!
    Hope clean up is speedy and painless as well.

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  43. I just saw that today! I was going to ask you about it.

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  44. Oh, my goodness, how VERY scary!!! Sounds like you need some concrete posts on the other side of that fence!!!

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  45. I'm so glad your children are alright.

    Crazy.

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  46. Eek! I'm so glad that everyone is okay. Chances are that it will never happen again but if it will make you feel more secure you could look into getting metal posts put in as part or in front of your replacement fence - the ones designed to prevent cars from driving through. Your insurance might even be happy to pay for it.

    Our neighbour just had some put in in front of their gas meter in the driveway to prevent people from accidentally hitting it with a car when backing out of it.

    I know God has his hand on you and yours though, so you have nothing to fear!

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  47. sooo sooo glad your kids were ok!! (sorry i haven't been around much lately. am playing catch up on reading your blog right now. ;) hope all is well w/ you and yours. :)

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  48. I too am so glad your kids were not home and are safe - scary

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