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.


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  1. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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))


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