To preface… everyone is alright and all damage done is repairable.
A couple of weeks ago we had an incident in the Shire, resulting in external damaging and many, many reasons to be thankful.
We have been very busy, which often leads to neglecting little things, small everyday actions which lead to a moment of forgetfulness ~
If she had taken the mulch out to the compost,
If he hadn't left the bucket on the other side of the house,
If she hadn't left the boots upstairs,
If it weren't raining so hard,
Then the ashes from the stove wouldn’t have been left in a cardboard box on the porch, smoldering, until in the wee small hours of the morning it caught fire and everything in its path on the dry porch quickly went up in flame.
At 1:30 in the morning, the smoke alarms in the upstairs went off. This in itself was miraculous, because the smoke had gone up into the eaves, through the attic, and found a cracked sky light to pour into the upstairs.
Never have we been so thankful for a broken seal! As smoke billowed into my room the fire alarm went off and my soft sleeping Mother awoke with a start! She scurried into the kitchen and saw the front porch ablaze through the kitchen windows.
Within minutes, the fire had been put out by my quick thinking and moving family. I came tumbling out of the smoke just in time to see their heroics and to run about the house opening windows to prevent smoke damage.
We barely slept, but when we did, it was with hearts full of thankfulness. In the Lord’s mercy we were spared real tragedy and learned many lessons.
Thanks to my skilled Father and our willing friend, the deck repairs were well underway by Christmas and my family is so very grateful.