For those of you who prayed for us while we were on the road yesterday, thank you SO much! I’m not sure when I last felt like I needed prayer so badly. I thought I had everything planned out well for this trip, but there are some things that happen that we just don’t have any control over. This is a hard lesson that I think the Lord must really want me to learn. I truly felt His hand of protection over us yesterday.
The morning started out with a snag when my truck wouldn’t crank. I’m not sure if a light got left on inside the night before when we were loading it or what. Steven charged the battery, but he didn’t feel comfortable sending his girls off with a potentially problem battery. The garage we use to service our vehicles was closed for the long weekend, so Steven decided to swap out batteries with the one in his truck. That took a while, so by the time we got to my mom’s house and loaded her stuff in the truck, we were about an hour and a half behind schedule.
I had dreaded the holiday weekend traffic, but it really wasn’t any worse than usual. Our drive on the turnpike and I-75 was going fine until an unidentified flying object hit the windshield. It sounded like a tiny piece of gravel. Suddenly, there was a crack on my windshield. It got longer. And longer. And longer. I stopped at the next rest area to take a closer look. You can’t tell in the picture below, but the crack is about two feet long.
Stuff like this worries me. I like to feel safe in a vehicle. This was one of those times I really wished my husband was driving. He always does a good job handling situations that I would stress about. I called Steven, and he thought it would be safe for us to continue driving. The crack spread a little bit more during the day, but I was still able to see fine through the windshield. I’m going to check into getting the windshield replaced once our insurance agent’s office opens on Monday.
We changed time zones and hit some rain as we got into the panhandle and arrived in Panama City Beach after an eight hour drive. I had some trouble getting our resort reservation confirmed prior to our arrival, so I had no idea what to expect. I’ll share more details about that in my next post. For now, here are some pictures I took last night of fireworks over the Gulf of Mexico. The fireworks were postponed on the 4th due to bad weather, so we were blessed to get to see them last night. A beautiful way to end a rough day.
I’m so glad you made it to the resort OK. I think God saved those fireworks just for you – He knew you and the girls needed to see them!
I am sorry to hear day one was rough. I hope you can get the windshield easily replaced and have no more issues on your trip!
Oh my! That sounds like a rough day. But glad you made it to your destination safe and sound.
The fireworks are pretty!
Oh, so hoping that the rest of your trip is “issue-free”! Fireworks around here were called off, too. Even though we’re way up in rainfall totals this summer.
Valerie Basham says
I’m so glad you made it safely! I hate driving long distances without my husband, too! I love the fireworks. 🙂
so thankful you are safe and am praying for a stress free rest of the trip for you!! LOVE the photos of the fireworks!! We didn’t go to any this year…..but we heard them!