Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Bless That Stupid Alarm Clock

because it averted a house fire.

Last night, Elizabeth brought me her alarm clock with a bent plug. I straightened it, she plugged it in, set the clock and turned it on. But, she forgot to set the alarm. Which meant that the alarm went off at midnight.

At midnight, I yelled for her to turn it off. "Mom, I can't..." came the sleepy reply from just outside my door. She pushed her head inside my door. The one that had been shut.

"So, unplug it, please."

She wandered back to her room, unplugged the clock, crawled back in her bed, and promptly fell asleep. About 2 minutes later we smelled it. HOT. I hate the way hot smells. I always have. Sebastian got up to investigate. It seems that the fire he had built before we went to bed (just like so many other nights) had super heated. The stove was full of white hot coals, and the wooden guard that we keep in front of the hearth was almost to it's combustion point. Sebastian pulled the guard away, opened the doors and pulled the coals apart. After about 20 minutes he came to bed.

That is why we were still awake when the fan cord shorted out and started throwing sparks everywhere. Into the room. Under the insert. That smells even worse than hot. Electrical hot is horrible.

We got the insert unplugged and poured some water into the fire to cool it down even more. We poured cold water on the hearth and it immediately sizzled and evaporated. We kept at it until the area around the fire place had cooled down. Sebastian went back to bed, and I stayed up for an hour more to make sure it was going out.

And that is how the stupid alarm clock assured that we would all wake up safe in our own beds this morning. I'm going to make sure to kiss my kids this morning!

Romans 8:28
And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.


bringing up boys said...

Sounds like you need a new fire place insert! (wood stove thingamabob!) Praise God for sending you angels last night!

Lee Ann said...

God is so cool how HE uses stupid little things like that to get our attention. So glad you're all safe!

Gramma 2 Many said...


Kat said...

Oh, I am so glad ya'll are okay. It's amazing how things all work out.

Hot Tub Lizzy said...

You're giving me CHILLS... it's amazing to see the hand of God isn't it?

Frizzy said...

I'm so thankful you are ok. Imagine if all these things hadn't taken place where you all would be today. I shudder.

That said, can you please tell me the point of the dang skunk smell that routinely seeps into my home w/o rhyme or reason? It is nauseating and so not cool!

Elena said...

Oh my goodness!! What a blessing!

And for the record, I hate that hot electric ozone smell too!

David (BIL) Brother in law:) said...

WOW! Amazing. Do you all have fire escape routes and do you practice? It always seems silly, but in this case it's a great example. I am so glad you are ok.

Kathi said...

Praise God. He is faithful. I'm so glad you are all okay!! Kathi