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Grateful Bracelet from Vintage Fern

You know when you have experiences in your life that make you extremely grateful to have what you do have. The moments when you realize that seconds or inches make the difference between life and death. And moments when you suddenly realize how blessed you are.


We had one of those moments Friday night.



While at SNAP I received word that a huge tree had fallen on our house.

My whole family was home except me. And despite the damage, all that really matters is that my four boys (my husband, my two boys, and Buddy) were unscathed.


Sure there are numerous holes in our roof.


Sure there was a 8 foot limb that punctured my son’s bedroom ceiling.


Sure there is consequently a hole with a view to the sky in his bedroom.


Sure our attic is literally a disaster zone filled with pine needles, sap and rain soaked contents.


But, it doesn’t matter. All that matters to me is that my loved ones are fine.

The restoration team has already moved in to start drying things out.



Yup, that would be my brand new kitchen ceiling with a big hole cut into it. But, honestly, it doesn’t matter.


Sheetrock and paint are cheap. Lives are priceless!

Sadly, I think some baby chickadees lost their lives. I’m hoping the parents survived and will consider building a new nest in their favorite home:


I’m taking a few days to give my boys extra hugs and kisses. And I’ll be busy on clean up duty. Hope to see you again soon.


Important Note: I had to cancel my talk on Monday, April 20th at the Habitat ReStore in Greater Greensboro. I will have to reschedule for a later date and will be sure to let you know when I do. If you  live in the area, still head over to the ReStore this week for Earth Day specials.


53 replies
  1. Jenny@thelavendermagnolia
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    I have had a couple of moments like your’s recently. My husband went in for a hernia repair (outpatient) surgery and ended up almost bleeding to death. He lost 60% of his blood volume after the surgery and would have bled to death if they had sent him home before they figured out there was something more serious going on. In the end we found out he has a genetic clotting problem. Never knew it before even though he’s had a number of major surgeries prior to this one. Thankful does not cover how I feel that he survived and that the staff at Rex was so observant of his status. Then he finally goes back to work after six weeks and hit a deer on his way to work one morning. If he had been driving our other car, it could have been a much more serious situation. Because he was driving his old sold steel jeep, he only broke his grill. Now I call him “Death Cheater”.

    Take a deep breath and slow down and enjoy your loved ones. I was lucky that I spent all 6 weeks at home with him and let him know how happy I am that he is still here!


  2. Alice Birchfield
    Alice Birchfield says:

    Bless your heart. Thank God that you all are okay. Hug them tightly and thank you for reminding me to do the same.

  3. Amy Huntley
    Amy Huntley says:

    So glad that everyone was safe. You are right…it could have been much worse. You are amazing and have an amazing attitude especially in light of everything you have had to deal with this year. Hope you guys can get it all cleaned up! xo

  4. Judy Clark
    Judy Clark says:

    How scary! And how blessed you are that your family was okay! Those were big limbs and like you said, even tho they damaged the house it’s a blessing your boys were all okay. Prayers and blessings to you during your clean up. I’m sure that won’t be fun, but it’ll probably just take time.


  5. AnnW
    AnnW says:

    Smart decision! Don’t worry about us while you have more important things to do. I’m hoping I’ll win the kitchen completion sweepstakes, as you keep getting delayed. We get our trees pruned and checked every year, but the storms have gotten so fierce, that we lost several trees during Hurricane Sandy. Hope your kids are not totally freaked out. Ann

  6. Creative Kristi
    Creative Kristi says:

    I saw this on facebook and I was so happy to hear that everyone was downstairs and not in their rooms!! It sounds strange to say but how lucky that was!
    Your poor family/house really needs to catch a break 🙁
    Good for you for taking s0me time to be together and focus on each other!

  7. Andrea
    Andrea says:

    Whoa. I am so glad you are all okay. Your outside picture scared me, but this is just plain crazy.

    Get some rest and recover, whatever it takes. We will be in the Bloggy world flip side when you return.

    Do let us know if you need anything at all.

  8. Cheri Berry
    Cheri Berry says:

    So sorry about the tree falling on your house, but so very glad everyone is ok. You are so right, all of the “stuff” is replaceable. I hope all the restoration goes smoothly for you. We’ll be here when you return.

  9. kristin
    kristin says:

    OMG I am so sorry, I am glad the boys are ok, how scary. Seeing that branch in your sons room breaks my heart and so glad no one was hurt. What a year you have had 🙁 Hang in there.

  10. Heather
    Heather says:

    Oh Brittany! I so admire and appreciate your positive spirit and feelings of gratitude in the midst of yet another setback in the house. You are so right, sheetrock and paint are replaceable..loved ones are not. Praying the cleanup and repairs go smoothly and quickly.

    Hugs! Heather

  11. Christine
    Christine says:

    Your honesty and humility are reassuring. I am so happy that your family is well. Although the damage is disheartening, you have a great perspective and really have your priorities in order. Hugs to you and your family.

  12. Sharon
    Sharon says:

    After all of the awful events that have happened in the last week, from national to personal, things like this make our knees weak and our throats close with all of the “what if’s” . Please take some time to take care of your and yours. We’ll still be here when you get back. Don’t sweat the small stuff, and it’s all small stuff when your family are safe and well.

  13. Cath
    Cath says:

    So glad everyone’s ok. Guess you have some new ideas for home repair posts. You don’t realize how heavy those limbs are until you have to move one that has fallen, but to see the damage to your home, gosh. Jaw dropping.
    It would be interesting, when you have time down the road, to hear how the insurance company handled this.

  14. Karen
    Karen says:

    WOW!! so very glad that you and yours are ok. Absolutely amazing to see the pictures and realize how beautiful and yet dangerous Mother Nature can be. Things can always be replaced, people can’t!
    Angels are on your shoulders and many blessings abound 🙂

  15. brenda
    brenda says:

    so sorry and may God be with you and yours as you go through the cleanup repairs and I should imagine insurance negotiations.

  16. Jaime Costiglio
    Jaime Costiglio says:

    Brittany I can’t believe my eyes!!! Thank goodness everyone is safe, you just might be able to become a contractor after this AND the kitchen, it’s too much! After living through Hurricane Sandy (and a large tree falling on the garage) I can’t even imagine how scary it was for your boys to see the destruction in their bedroom, yikes! On the bright side – any attic remodeling plans coming down the pike???

  17. kelly thompson
    kelly thompson says:

    UGG! I feel for you- we had half of a tree go down in our yard that miraculously came down in 3 parts but did not hit our fence or home or kids toys! the next day I called and lowered our homeowners insurance deductible for sure….we are fine but minus half of a huge tree but thankful no one was hurt. Hopefully you enjoyed the conference and great your fam is ok!

  18. Gina
    Gina says:

    So glad everyone is safe!! I’m sorry you are having so many things happen to you lately. That hole in your new kitchen ceiling…..oh no! I’m sorry you have to postpone the talk tomorrow…hoping I can attend whenever it’s rescheduled. I was so bummed because I had a conflict and was not going to be able to go. Please keep us posted on everything.

  19. Jeff Patterson
    Jeff Patterson says:

    Oh my Brittany, glad to hear your men are okay. It’s crazy what can happen within seconds. There’s nothing one can do about natural disasters and situations like these put life in perspective.

  20. Heather
    Heather says:

    We are surrounded by very old tall trees and I think of the possibilities every time the wind picks up – seeing your photos and reading your story has me thinking that we need to get the tree trimming guys in here again to cut back those branches and cull any dead wood. I am so thankful you are all well and that nothing more than replaceable ‘stuff’ was damaged!

  21. Norma Jean
    Norma Jean says:

    Moments like these cause us to reassess our priorities, don’t they? So glad that the damage is all “fixable”. Praying that the process will happen swiftly and smoothly!

  22. Anna Marie P
    Anna Marie P says:

    So glad to see that the damage was to THINGS and not to any of your loved ones!! So close! Praying the clean-up goes swiftly and will soon be repaired! ((huggs))

  23. Colleen Taylor
    Colleen Taylor says:

    Oh my dear Brittany, I am so sorry this has happened to your lovely home. You poor dear but your attitude is as it always is, positive. I’m so relieved to hear everyone is alright & these things are all fixable. I hope your cork floor is ok. Sending my best wishes & lots of prayers of thankfulness for you & your family.

  24. lonnie
    lonnie says:

    I am so sorry to hear about your disaster but am so glad your family wasn’t hurt. Thanks for letting us know and sending a special hug to you and your family.

  25. Cheri @ I Am Momma
    Cheri @ I Am Momma says:

    What an awesome attitude you have! You guys have been through a lot in the last year. I can’t believe the tree came down on your house! Man! However, it is always inspiring to see someone take such a great attitude in such a frustrating situation. You rock. I’m SO glad you’re all okay, too.

  26. Lucy
    Lucy says:

    Wow! how horrible and unfortunate. The damage seems so excessive. Hope everything goes ok for you guys and the damage doesnt cause you to much hassle and grief!


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