Last night was going to be an ordinary night for the Humrichous family on a Friday night. We ordered pizza, went for a drive, then came home to ride bikes and eat ice cream. While playing outside, we saw a storm starting to move in. We started putting away toys and bikes. Everyone made it to the house (before the torrential rains and 80 MPH started) except for Lynnea and Joseph who were stuck in the "unattached" garage. Through coaxing from Jason, they finally decided to brave the rains and run inside. The inside was very dark. We started drying everyone off when Jason had a chance to look out the front. The beautiful tree you see in this picture had significantly changed. The winds split the tree in two and it fell onto our brand new remodeled porch. We waited for the rains and winds to slow up a bit (all of 10 minutes) and Jason went out to survey the damages. Thankfully, it looks like the the structure is sound. The roof might have been punctured because there is water coming into the porch through the ceiling. Silly enough, my next concern after the structure was whether my new landscaping was hurt. I have worked so hard to keep it growing and blooming. Today a tree removal service is coming so we will see more of the damages. When I asked Jason for a playhouse with swings and a fence for the kids, I didn't think he would take me quite so literal!
This whole experience has reminded me how fleeting this life is. My possessions can never become greater than God's plan for my life and the time I give to things that last for eternity. In a strange sort of way, I am thankful for this reminder from the Lord. Once again, I eagerly await heaven!