Awake & Alive

Happy Kidos finally with Grandma and Grandpa Rose in Atlanta

“When there is a diem that absolutely must be carped, reach for a cup of Tazo Awake.” So I read on the package or Starbucks Awake tea this morning and got a chuckle since I am still exhausted from our 24 hour drive from Brooklyn to Atlanta. A drive which will live in infamy in our household as the Christmas we put it all on the line to see our dear family in the south!:)

You never know when you wake up in the morning how you may be challenged to seize the day. Friday morning, I woke up, spent a relaxing morning with my friend Mel and her daughter Ellie…and then we heard about the approaching snow storm.

We decided we must load up our rented Toyota Prius as quickly as humanly possible (took us approximately three hours to pack and load), and then we were off a day earlier than intended in order to hopefully “beat the snow.” As anyone knows who followed our continuous updates on Facebook, Friday night was a night in which we were thankful to just stay alive. The driving conditions, especially throughout Virginia, were so treacherous. We thought we were going to run out of gas many times because exits were closed. It took us 8 hours to clear a 70 mile distance. It was nuts.

But God took care of us as He promises to and He answered even the smallest prayers…we prayed after hours of fussiness that Micah would fall asleep and he did. We prayed we would find an open exit with a gas station before we ran out of gas and we did, just in the nick of time. We prayed for Rick, who drove the entire way (I have not driven in almost 3 years now and almost have a phobia now of beginning again…crazy), and he was able to stay awake and alert the entire way. MY SUPERMAN!:)

Occasionally, transport trucks would rush past us at 60 miles an hour and we thought a few times we were going to die as there was no way they should have been driving even half that fast in the conditions Friday night! In one particular incidence, Rick and I both froze as a truck rushed past us and missed our tiny car by a hair, forcing us to almost drive into a snow drift on the side of the highway…it was honestly quite terrifying!

But, we are here and one thing is for certain…we now have quite an exciting story to tell!

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6 Responses to Awake & Alive

  1. Johannah says:

    So glad you made it safely, Sus.Out here in the country, I had my first experience with speeding trucks in blizzards. I would creep along at 40km/hour, praying I wouldn't slip into the ditch, while huge trucks bombed by at 100, creating gusts that didn't help my situation. So scary.

  2. Anonymous says:

    SO thankful you are safe and sound….Mom

  3. maryanne says:

    We were ALL praying for you that night. Pat and I prayed right before bed, and were wondering about that snow. The kids thought it was so enviable that you were in snow, while my CAnadian-self knew it was very dangerous. SEe you soon! Kiss the babies for me:)AUnty M.

  4. Daniel says:

    That is crazy. Props for staying awake for 24 hours…I start to doze after like 3. :-P

  5. Corrin says:

    SO happy you guys are safe. Have a terrific time with your family. Tell them that we love them.

  6. Grace says:

    susanna,I had no idea the conditions were so bad! So glad you are safe. Can't wait to see you guys!

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