I’m not referring to my babies, even though they are especially busy, which is why the angels I am referring to are busy as well. Yesterday, I was in a safety training meeting at work. Amy called me on the cell phone, not an unusual occurrence, so I just hit ignore as fast as I could to stop the ringing. A few seconds later the secretary came and said my wife was on the phone, which is unusual. I try not to get too excited when I know that Amy is excited because it could be something like a huge spider in the shower and so she can’t take a shower or the toilet exploded or something like that. When I picked up the phone I heard Amy sobbing and she said something that went like this. “Eli and Landon sob, sob , sob, fireplace, sob, sniff, sob, hurt, sob, sob, please come home.”
“Amy I didn’t understand a word you just said,” I replied. “Please sob, sob, come home?” her voice a little more desperate. “OK, I’m on my way.”
And so I hurried home expecting to find blood and mangled bodies. Instead I found Amy sitting in the living room floor with Eli and Landon chattering to each other like it was the best day of their lives. Well, you could tell they had been crying but all seemed well now. In front of them laid the gas heater that is supposed to be mounted into our wall. Amy explained to me what had happen. We have a pallet, which consist of a couple of layers of blankets, in our living floor in front of the heater for our boys to play on. Amy had just changed their diapers and went to throw them away in the kitchen and to get herself a beverage. While she was filling the glass with ice she heard a huge crash coming from the living room and then screams.
As she ran into the living room she found babies trapped under the heater which had toppled over. She pulled the heater up and Landon crawled out but Eli’s foot had gotten caught under a piece of the stone that somehow fell out. The strange thing about it is that the piece of stone came from the opposite corner of where it landed on the floor. And if it weren’t for this piece of stone and the plastic wipes box, our boys would have been crushed by this cast iron heater which easily weights 100 pounds. How the stone ended up where it did, makes me wonder if the good Lord was answering the prayer I pray every day to keep Eli and Landon safe and healthy. The only injury was Eli’s foot but by the time I got there he was already bouncing around on it. The video Amy posted this morning was actually taken just a couple hours after this all happened so you can see that they are coping well with the trauma.