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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Home Safe

Had just a moment amongst the chaos of returning home, to thank my new friends and followers for your prayers for our safe return home! Due to mechanical difficulties with a broken dirtbike early this week, we chose to drive home yesterday, instead of through the night Monday. I was happy for that. I find it easier to drive at night, but doing that when the temps are sub zero is not good. With our many years as Boy Scout leaders with our sons, we know and live the motto: Be Prepared. We had extra hats, gloves, coats and blankets, but why push our luck. As it turned out, we were very fortunate. We made it safely to Lexington, KY last night. We had made several stops along the way, so we were still traveling later than expected (final tally was 16 hours to get home). We had just pulled onto the interstate, and only a few cars in front of us, traffic came to a complete stop. For over half an hour, we sat. It was 18 degrees. I was thankful for the extra blankets. And I was tense. Not for us, but for the reason for the stop. We could see smoke ahead, and realized both directions of traffic had stopped. We all know bad things happen when this is what you see at eight thirty, on a dark winter night. When we finally started moving, our stomachs tightened at the sight of what was once a pick up truck, only the bed remained. The smoke was clearing, but it was obvious there were no survivors. We only saw the one vehicle, but that was enough. We realized how blessed we were for the timing, we could have been right there.  I thought about the fact that my son would be planning to drive himself home at the end of his training, and I decided he would not. I can't protect my children everywhere they are, but I will not let an inexperienced driver travel 800 miles alone. I will be returning to South Carolina next month! Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families that were changed by that accident last night.

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  1. Oh dear Cindy! I have been thinking of you and your son!! And praying. What a very wise decision you have made. I agree totally.♥

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    1. The power of prayer is such a wonderful thing!

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  2. I agree. You made a wise decision. Thankful you made it home safely. Just as you left, SC decided to start having winter. Today's high in my neck of the woods.....47 degrees.

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    1. That might not feel like a heat wave for you, from where I'm sitting right now, that sounds warm! I can't wait to get back out there, sooner than later.

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  3. Glad you made it home safe!
    I am now following your blog, hopefully you will do the same, I am from GYB event and you commented on my blog recently.

    Thanks!

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  4. Hi, Cindy - what a horrible thing to run across, especially under the already horrible weather conditions. How sad - glad you and your husband arrived safely, though a little shook. Hope the rest of the week is warmer for you - XOXO Tanya

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  5. Nice to meet you Cindy. Your experience sound dreadful and I am glad you are home safe. I'm really enjoying meeting so many lovely folks thanks to "Grow your Blog."

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    1. Thank you! Glad you stopped by here. I am still working my way through the GYB sites!

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  6. Hi Cindy, I think you have made a smart decision about letting your son drive that far. I know I worry about my son coming home from Louisiana driving and he is older then yours. It is the other people's driving that you have to worry about. I appreciate you stopping by my blog. It is helping me get through some very difficult times right now.
    I would be very shook up after seeing that. Have a wonderful weekend. Your new Missouri Friend

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    1. I guess as a parent, we never stop worrying about our children. And I agree, it is always the other drivers that I worry about, I know we have taught our boys well!
      Have a beautiful day!

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  8. Hi Cindy. I'm glad you made it home safe. I love your blog so I've nominated you for a Liebster Award. It an award to pass around the blogging community so we can get to know eachother better. See my latest post for details http://katstitching.blogspot.ca

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    1. Thank you! Have been working on this today!

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