Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Counting my blessings

This is one of those times when you say, "Where was her mother?!"

It was Avery's parent teacher conference. Ryan and I both wanted to go so we gathered the flock, two in the double stroller, and one on foot, and headed up the hill to school. Avery and Mason happily built tree houses out of Lego's while Brittain did everything she could to wriggle free from my inhibiting arms. I gave her my keys. My cell phone. Eventually she won and joined her siblings on the floor.

We continued to look over Avery's work and talk with her teacher. After awhile Avery came over and asked where Brittain was. From the corner of my eye I saw that the back door that opens to the kindergarten playground was open a crack. I jumped up and flew out the door. When I saw that the gate to the playground that leads to the parking lot and road was open my heart fell to the floor and stopped beating.

Brittain loves to be outside. I knew immediately if she saw that she could get out she would. I headed first to the street, running and screaming her name. I scanned up and down what is easily one of the busiest streets this part of town. All the while praying for her safety. Avery came out and I hollered for her to check the back playground. She was nowhere to be found.

Then Ryan came out and was heading the opposite direction. I was in a complete panic. After a while Ryan yelled out, "I see her!" He pointed to the main playground. She had made it down 30-ish concrete steps and was standing at the base of the hill, all but hidden from view, in a pile of gravel. Happy as a clam. She didn't even know she was missing!

We both ran to her. Ryan made if first and held her tighter than I've ever seen. I continued praying. This time in thanksgiving. Once Ryan placed Brittain in my arms my heart started to beat again. Race, actually. I'm sure it was just trying to make up for all the beats it had skipped when I couldn't find my baby.

It's crazy how fast things can happen. It is a miracle that she was kept safe and I am so grateful for that.


Gallup Family said...

We went to the store the other day without the double stroller and of course Luke got away from us. I hate clothing stores that have racks and racks of clothes that you can't see around. He was only 3 feet away but I couldn't see him and I know exactly how you feel. Heavenly Father is always watching out for us :)

Malisa said...

Those are scary moments! Glad she was kept safe! Camren escaped at the dinosaur park here last summer and a little German grandpa stopped him and so he did not get very far but I was terrified.

Carmen said...

Oh my goodness!
And I have to be honest, I thought from the picture you had her foot got stuck in the deck there for a second...still.
I can't imagine going thru that...were you crying? I would have been hysterical! I'm so glad that she was alright (relatively speaking).

Destinee said...

Carmen, I hadn't noticed that her foot looks stuck in the picture. Her legs are so short her pants are just covering her foot. Funny. It totally looks like that.

Corey, Kim and little miss Natalie said...

Oh, Destinee, I'm sorry you had to go through that. I didn't exhale until I got to the end of your post. What a little escape artist!!! So happy it all turned out okay...but don't be surprised if you notice 24 new gray hairs on your head just thanks to that 60 second panic episode!

Jennifer said...

I thought her foot was caught too until I read the post. That is the WORST feeling in the world and I don't think there's a parent who hasn't experienced it at least once(kids are so sneaky)! I cried when you wrote about finding her and holding her tight, I can only imagine how you felt. Glad everything turned out well. Can't wait to see you all in July!

Kris said...

I've had my share of not being able to find my kids. It's the worst feeling ever. This is so scary. I'm so glad that she was found and is safe! Love the picture. She's such a doll.