Down came the first one. Look how nice that is. Success. One down and one more to go. It went exactly where it was supposed to. But do you notice that other tree there to the left? The one with the wheelbarrow just at it's base? You can't tell by looking but that one there is a troublemaker. (Ignore the kids playing in the doghouse on the right. That's a whole 'nother post.) Well my sister-in-law came by and she loves being involved in outside happenings including tree falling. She and my husband decided to take out the second one and that's when the drama began. It happened so fast really. The cut was made and within a few minutes I heard my husband yell something. I ran to the backdoor and looked out. My 6 foot man was pushing on the 50' tree yelling "The wind came up and I think it's going to hit the house! Call someone! Anyone! Call my brother! Wake the kids and get out!" In a panic I called my brother-in-law and asked him to come Speedy Gonzales style. I took the kids barefoot and coatless and headed away. My husband told me he would call when it was resolved. I called another sister-in-law for moral support. She asked if we had insurance. I said oh yes but I'm pretty sure it doesn't cover ignorance. Comic relief to cope. I drove around, got the kids snacks and prayed and prayed and prayed. About an hour later I headed back still having no word and worried about everyone.
If you'll notice, that tree there is laying next to it's stump. Well it wasn't supposed to fall that way. Nope, it was intended to fall to the right AWAY from the house the same direction as the first tree. You can probably tell from the cut that it should have fallen perpendicular from where it did. I was told that as it started to fall towards the corner of the house that because of the tie off it rolled in the air completely missing the corner of the house and also just missing the big tree to the right.
Look at that! Looking at the stump I think how did that not hit the house? Even the amount of damage is minimal. Only 4 fence boards and 2 cross beams need to be replaced. The fence post set in concrete that the trunk is laying next to is completely unscathed. Truly amazing show of God's grace if you ask me.
There is my amazing man who goes through his life by the grace of God. He is always doing things that don't seem like they should work. He is the first to admit the amount of grace in his life. He often wakes from dreams with solutions to problems around the house. I do think he will recover by the time we have to take out the next 3 trees. He is already working on a trade for some help from a tree faller. Did I mention that he is clever too?
We had missed church yesterday due to some kiddos with colds. We may have missed church but I will tell you that we did not miss an encounter with God himself. He met with us up close and personal, took something impossible and made it possible. We know where the credit is due.
There by the grace of God go I. Isn't that truth for all us?