Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Scared to death

I love watching CSI shows, but starring in one is not on my top priority list. Last night, or should I say early this morning I had the most horrifying experience.  I was asleep in bed when my five year old, Ariana, came and got into bed with me.  She told me that she had a scary dream and I told her that she was safe and that God’s protecting angels were round about us.  We just started to doze off when I heard a loud bang.  It sounded as though someone or something had hit our house.  I sat up and again heard the noise.  This time it seemed somewhat more recognizable like gunshot.  My dogs were barking like crazy.  I got out of my bed to make sure that the house was securely locked and found that I had missed the back door.  As I was looking out the glass door into my backyard I saw a flash of light and smoke disappear into the air directly in front of me above the toddler slide just opposite of the picnic table in my backyard.  My whole body was quaking with fear.  Who was shooting at my house and why?  I quickly went to the phone and couldn’t make it work.  Where was my cell phone?  I couldn’t think, all I could do was pray for my safety and the safety of my children and that my phone would work so I could call for help.  Again I tried to use my phone and this time I was able to call 911.  It seemed like it was forever before the police came to my door even though I was on the phone the whole time with the 911 operator.  While I was waiting I heard two more bangs.  I could see the police patrolling the neighborhood.  Finally after they had finished investigating one officer came to my door.  I let him in and took him to the backyard where I had seen and heard the noises.  He discovered exploded plastic bottles and debris right where I had described.  He relayed to me that it appeared to be dry-ice bombs.  I have never heard of such a thing.   Two other officers joined him.  And just like they do in CSI one officer put on plastic gloves and collected the evidence and put it in a bag. They informed me that a few weeks ago there was an incident at a Walgreen’s involving dry-ice bombs and a lady was injured and hospitalized.  Lucky for us we were only scared to death and not injured or sustained any damage to my home.  I suppose my home is an easy target but nevertheless it was a bit unnerving and now I will make sure I never miss a lock or window before going to bed.  And perhaps I should cut down on the CSI shows they don’t help with my run away imagination in times of fear.  Sleep would have totally evaded me if it weren’t for the power of prayer.  How grateful I am for the blessing of being able to communicate with our Father in Heaven and feel of his comforting arms.   I also pray for justice and that the culprits are caught and that their days of vandalism and terror are brought to an end.

7 comments:

Tracy said...

I am so glad you guys are safe. I don't think even with prayer, I would go back to sleep. Exhaustion would have to do it for me.
You are doing an amazing job!!

Emily said...

How scary!! That is crazy. I'm so glad that you are all ok.

Chrissy Beach said...

That sounds so scary. I might have even bundled the kids up and left the house (I get scared easily)!! You are brave!! Sorry about those crazy vandals.

On a side note Merry Christmas to you and your sweet kids!!

Stephanie said...

I'm glad you are okay. How scary! We had someone put one in our mail box a couple months back. It scared me to death. They hit several of the yards, mail boxes and vehicles on our street. Looks like they are doing it again.

esplin said...

I am so glad you are all o.k. That would be so scary.

Anne said...

Wow! It was just random vandalism? Crazy! That's more scarey than a loaded gun being thrown onto my patio from someone who was running away from the police!

The Sorensen Bunch said...

What the HEck!!! So scary--yeah stop watching CSI-its sick! Glad your safe!