Monday, February 10, 2014


Want to hear a crazy story? Buckle up! Alabama had a little ice storm Tuesday (Jan 30) the week before last that SHUT US DOWN. I'm sure you heard something of it on the news, well that was the very night that baby Caffee decided to bust ou eight weeks earlyt! Ben was at the fire station and the roads were completely impassable, and I was home with the kids in labor. There was NO WAY I could get to the hospital. I knew this for a fact because my very pregnant sister was spending the night at the hospital, in our doctors on-call bed, because she was stuck there after her appointment that day. So I waited. By the next morning I was in trouble. Luckily the roads were better and could be driven on in a 4 wheel drive. It was a pretty close call friends! I was 1/2 cm away from what they refer to as "the point of no return". Thank The Lord!! It took them three days to make the preterm labor stop. Well the hospital was also in quite a pickle, they were running out of food because no big trucks could get in or out! Every eating place and grocery store within miles was also out! On the second morning, Thursday, when they sent me powdered eggs I told Ben to just go home and come back with food and snacks!

When Ben got home something wasn't quite right, there was water coming from under the front door. He walked in to see that it was raining in our home. TWO insulated pipes in our attic had burst and flooded our home in every room except the master bedroom. Within an hour a drying company was there with fans and dehumidifiers to save what they could. Not a whole lot could be saved as far as the construction of the house. By the time I got out of the hospital on Friday afternoon it was clear that the place would need to be gutted. From the ceilings to the wood floors 75% of the house is ruined. That night we went "home" to a hotel.

As you can imagine the hotel couldn't last too long with my six rambunctious country kids who are use to getting outside! Ha! We needed a more permanent place that was also closer to home and family. The insurance company said that this will take 4-6 weeks to fix (I think more like 8) so Baby Caffee will likely also be born into this adventure.

Well just as I knew He would, God started working on our behalf! Our home church had a mission house available and offered it to us, no more hotel!!!! Wahooooo! In those first few days I was so confused about what had happened, what we had lost (I'm still not completely sure of that), and still wondering what in the world we would do, but God sent blessings from all sides! We feel so loved!!

The last several days have been a whirlwind. I still can't wrap my head around it all, but now we are mostly moved into the mission house (with internet!), and my kids sure are happy about that. They have a yard to play in again too! I'm back to rocking babies all day, which makes me Happy! God has shown us so much love through family and friends! He is faithful!

I'm praying I carry this baby for three more weeks, but I will check in again before then now that we are settled! xo, Sam




Anonymous said...

I'm praying for you and your sweet family Samantha! May God richly bless anyone having a hand in making this trial easier to bear.

Anonymous said...

Sam if there is anything Richard and I can do to help just let us know.
We are keeping you in our prayers. Praying also that your baby hangs in there till term.


Jeannie B. said...

Wow! Your life is one big adventure. I love the way you let your life flow into whatever God's plan is for you. A light in the wilderness.

Nell said...

OH MY!!! Sam your sense of faith and good humour never cease to amaze me. There are plenty of people who would want to have a whinge and a pity party about all that you have been through but instead you just remind us of your blessings. You are a truly unique individual. Thank you for teaching lots of us life lessons as we follow your blog. Hang in there a bit longer little baby!

Anonymous said...

Whew! Good thing you love adventure;) maybe not this kind though! I have been thinking about you so much. Take care of yourself:)


Rachel said...

Praying for that baby to stay put. I love your attitude, I can see Jesus shining through.

Scraptab said...

Wow! So wonderful that you are safe and sound! Take care and enjoy rocking those babies for a few more weeks!

cherryli said...

Wow,so cute!I have to say your family looks very warm and happy.And the handmade dress is also very beautiful.