Cord is going strong and we are in our bedroom! As of last night - thanks to Beau and Kris and Wulfgar and CJ completing the last push - we are truly home. We are short 4 boards still but the floor is wonderful! This is the first time we've ever had floor other than OSB. It is like a dream. Not long before dark - I called CJ and he came over and he and Beau and Kris and Wulfgar wrangled that crazy huge, awkward mattress out of the tent in the woods and into the back door to our bedroom. I didn't let myself believe until it finally flopped down. No pine sap either! It was precarious through the woods...
I ran to wash sheets. Bedtime was so exciting! We slept like babies so long and so peacefully that we never heard the poor home health nurse at the door!! YIKES! It was her last visit too and we missed her!
I just wanted to keep sleeping.
So - the other big news sucks so bad I don't want to tell. But I have to. On Friday night we left here for New Mexico - to attend a wonderful seed event and hopefully - to stop at Ojo Caliente on the way and grab a nice, healing soak. 5 minutes down the road, cruising along at 30 miles an hour, we came up out of Dead Mule Gulch and hit some mud and started sliding. We both thought we would be fine as we were seemingly moving in slow motion. The car slid and seemed to get faster. We both thought we would end up in the ditch and be done. Instead it rolled. Then it rolled into a small ravine on it's roof. We went over 1 and a half times. So six slams - it sucked so bad. We were talking to each other the whole time. We never thought we would roll so we were so surprised when it did! I know I said, "Cord, I'm so sorry!" He was bracing himself with his hands on the roof and he yelled back, "I'm okay - I'm fine!" WE HATED IT!!
On the last slam, the roof caved in just about 6". Scared me half to death - "We need to get out!" "Right now!, I said." Cord was so calm and collected - he was fully in charge. A man had appeared immediately and asked how to help while the dust was still settling. Cord was handling it and the man called the police.
I was so worried about him - I was so upset and still hanging upside down. He released himself immediately and turned over. His Life Vest never peeped or said or did a thing - including malfunctioning or accidentally shocking him. He then released me and I fell with my legs twisted up in the pedals and my thighs hanging over the steering wheel. He reached in and untangled each foot from the pedals and helped to guide me down. He helped get me out through the glass and through the jagged windows. This is how you get cut up. Once we were out it really got surreal. We were so shocked. I was so worried about Cord. The ambulance and the firefighters seemed to get there so fast. All I could say was "Check Cord, check Cord - he needs to be checked." I was the bloody one but I barely felt it or noticed it- that came later. Cord's blood pressure was only slightly raised - he checked out perfectly. He walked away virtually unscathed. Bracing himself on the ceiling was the trick - he rode it out very well. I was thrashed back and forth because I was hanging onto the steering wheel so I am pretty torked from the waist up. Glass cuts and bruises on my left side. Ribs bruised - stuff like that. Obviously, we were protected - we are aware of God's Grace.
Here's another amazing part of the story - pictures to prove it too - I couldn't believe it. Once we were out of the ambulance and back at the car, the firefighters were all there and I was looking at the hundreds of seed packets that were churned in the car with every thing in there as we rolled. I was taking packaged seed to the Seed Temple in Estancia, NM as a gift, along with bags of bulk seed. I knew when the tow truck got there and flipped the car that all the seed would spew out the broken windows and get wet in the rain and I would lose it all. The firefighters said, "You want your seed?" I said, "Yes, but I can get it." He said, "No, let us, do you have a bag or something we could put them in?" I was flabbergasted as they all dived into the broken windows and started filling bags with hundreds of seed packets!! They gathered the seed while Cord was finding his medicine and I was standing there crying with amazement. Talk about 'saving seeds'!
Heroes and Angels:
These guys are heroes in every way - above and beyond. Oh - and they were cheerful and kind and supportive. I will never forget it.
Everyone on the scene treated us with kindness and respect. They had so many crashes that night they said they were spread thin and some of them were called away long before we were done. It was a nasty night. They were all so relieved we were alright. Me too. My heart was pounding in my chest - and not in the good way.
Beau was on his way home to take care of Wulfgar while we were in NM and so we managed to call him with the police phone and have him come straight to us. He helped us and brought us home. They brought me home and then went back to wait for the tow truck guy. They had a hard time getting the car out so the guys finally came home and the truck arrived here around 11pm and dropped off the car. Totaled. But the roof didn't cave in - good on ya Toyota! And also - good on ya Angels!
So how's that for a scary story? I went 35 years before I had my first wreck and now this is my second - I want to yell curse words right now so fill in as you see fit. Cord and the officer said guys have much more practice sliding in mud because they do it intentionally - for fun - women tend to avoid sliding in the mud but men like it - so they are better at it. ;)
Did I say we are in our own house - our own bedroom? Cord went and got his oxygen and stuff from our neighbors and told them we were in - I will think up ways to thank them for years to come. Thank you PB and Ron!!!!
Love On The Wind:
Without of all of you - we would not be this far along. We can feel the love - I feel like miracles are happening already. I can see a change in Cord already. He is feeling it so much. He is smiling! Please don't stop sending it on the wind - it is working - it is!
We are sending love to all of you on the wind as well - I hope you can feel our gratitude and sheer amazement at the good in the world.
PS - Go Angels!!
PSS - The following picture is us Facetiming with Max in Scotland just before we left for New Mexico - he liked the picture and took it while we were talking to him - it's a little blurry but you get the gist.