as we were, as we are

Last Spring’s blossoms.
Tree blooming last year

Girlies hanging in the tree just last week.
Week before tree fell

The big break.
Only branch left

Our awesome neighbors. The last branch is still hanging on, but it’s weak and has to go. We’re keeping people out of the way until we figure out how to get it down without paying $500.
Helpful crew

And that’s all she wrote. We’re doing fine. The girls are home from school again today. I cried for a bit yesterday, but it mostly had to do with me going out to be neighborly and leaving cookies in the oven for 30 minutes (and maybe a twinge of pms). I do this fairly often (forget about my cookies, that is. the pms is just once a month), and I felt like a multi-tasking failure (which I am). But God and I talked (from my curled-up ball on the floor), and He reminded me that there is no condemnation in Christ.

Have a great day, friends! And please pray for Shannah’s sister-in-law, a young mama who had what they think is a brain aneurysm this morning. A very scary thing.

Blessings on your Tuesday!

21 thoughts on “as we were, as we are

  1. mtaviano

    @beautifulheritage – Thanks for the hugs, Jenni. Yes, it was a Bradford Pear. It’s the official tree of our city (or so they tell me). Ours was the hugest in our neighborhood by far. And the only one that didn’t make it. You’re right–too big, too brittle. Our neighbors said it was planted 17 years ago.

  2. beautifulheritage

    I’m so glad the tree didn’t hurt anyone when it fell. It looks like it was a Bradford Pear. They are NOTORIOUS for splitting like that because they are brittle; their branches don’t grow straight out from the trunk but rather they grow from the trunk at an upward angle and therefore are prone to shearing off. They are not a long-lived tree because of this (30 years at the most), and honestly I think they are a waste of time. Yours was definitely one of the biggest I’ve seen! Plant a dogwood in its place! Even prettier than what you had, and much hardier.

    I am sorry that it happened, though! ((((HUGS))))

  3. YoGrandmaYo

    Wow!  Still praising God that you guys are alright!  I like Stephi’s idea of a “memorial.”:)  And, as always, your honesty and transparency about your own struggles is very refreshing!  I love you, honey!:)

  4. Anonymous

    We’re ALL multitasking failures, Marla!

    As my Dad would say, you can’t do more than one thing at a time without completely fouling up at least one of them. So true!

    One thing at a time, baby!


  5. stephaniedawnbasham

    I think you should frame the picture of the pretty blossoms or maybe the one of the girls hanging off the tree (or both) and put it somewhere where it can be a little memorial to the beautiful tree that once lived. That’s what I would do. 🙂

    I hope our neighbors are as neighborly as yours are if one of our trees ever falls down. Those pictures sort of remind me of the barn-raisings from the Love Comes Softly series. In a modern-day sense. Everyone pitching in, being all kind and caring and helpful to one another. It’s cozy. 🙂

    Again, SO glad you’re safe! Love you!

  6. jenhul

    I love the tree memorable pictures. What a good community building experience for your street too (if we must look on the bright side of things…) Now your new friends and your girls can watch as a new tree grows (when you plant one!)

  7. ladymiss3739

    Maybe they’ll do half a tree for $250?  Sigh.  I feel your pain, I do, I do.  Unfortunately and fortunately, our tree fell in two halves, leaving only the tall stump.  BP branches are long and thin.  Any chance that maybe you can saw ’em off lower down and not have the falling ones damage anything?  Or borrow those tall lopper things for pruning tress higher up from a neighbor?  That’s a toughie. 

    Glad you guys are all okay and that Gabe’s car wasn’t hurt too badly. 

  8. kkakwright

    glad you are all safe.  we are so glad now that we forked out $800 last fall to get our dead one cut down.  it most certainly would have blown down during the storm. praise God you are okay!

  9. swbtsmom

    I have actually set a food product ON FIRE in the microwave…and that was probably AFTER the microwave cooking class. The whole family survived my cooking, and have actually enjoyed much of it.

  10. YoYoYoder

    I’m still so very sad about your tree. 🙁 But I’m glad you’re all safe.

    I was getting ready to go grocery shopping yesterday and as I opened the front door to leave, I smelled something–I was in the middle of making Stewart grilled cheese for lunch!! I completely forgot about it! Thankfully it wasn’t too burnt on that one side and he still ate it.

  11. mrsnorthern8605

    Wow, it’s insane to see such a big tree just break like that. Those winds were insane! And as far as the cookies…I burn things ALL THE TIME…and feel like a failure too. Just recently I made BBQ chicken in the crock pot and forgot to turn it down before I left to run errands and came home to burnt as a rock chicken…I was so mad! You are such a good mom and wife and friend and all around woman.

  12. ergirl053

    I am so glad that you are were all safe and ok when the tree decided to go. How about a chain saw for the last branch? I’ll send my dad over if you want 🙂
    Praying for you!

  13. KmHunsberger

    Oh the tree…I really did like that tree too. I love all the neighbors out there helping you…that is pretty awesome. Was it wind that took it, or lightening? Looks like your neightbors house just missed being hit by the big branch?

    You are successful in all you do. Don’t let the little burnt cookies tell you anything different. It is the big picture my friend, don’t let the trees lie to you. I can tell you that in the big picture…you are fulfilling what God has called you to do, and you are doing it well.

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