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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

More Important Than Gardening...

Some of you already know yesterday was one of the worst days for a mom. First, a doctor's visit confirmed walking pneumonia in our 14 year old. Later a long distance call from our 24 year old crying, she was watching an apartment complex with flames coming out of two apartments. Then, at 10:34 last night a call from the hospital. My son was/is a victim of home invasion. Beat with an assault rifle, stomped in the chest with rifle in face and then made to walk around his home and tell the bad guy where some things were located. Then he and 3 of his friends shoved in the bathroom, made to count to 100 while the 3 or more bad guys cleaned out the house. Left to bleed to death and scared out of their minds. They finally came out of the bathroom when all was quiet and went straight to the hospital. So many sutures underneath the doctor lost count.

Physically, at this point, so far so good.

Emotionally, MUCH needed prayers. For his friends as well. Prayers for the police in piecing this puzzle together.

47 comments:

Shellmo said...

I am so heartbroken for you!! So sorry that this happened and glad your son is okay! I pray that they catch the terrible people who did this to him. My heart and prayers goes out to your family.

Sara G said...

Oh My Goodness, I hope he will be okay. How scary for them.
The world is sure screwed up to do this.
You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
I sure hope they catch the creep who did this.

Dorothy said...

My Dear Darla,
I am so sorry to hear about this! I know all of you are in shock! I trust that he will be healed physically and emotionally. He is blessed that they didn't kill him. I will keep all of you in my prayers!!!!

Darla said...

I guess that's one I can't quit crying......I'm GRATEFUL he is still alive!!

Sue said...

Oh, Darla,
My heart goes out to you. What a horrible thing to happen to your son! Does he live out of town, too? I'll pray for him. I hope your daughter is feeling better, and your younger son is healing.

Don't get down on yourself for crying. You will stop when you're ready. God knows your pain, and will help you through it.

Darla said...

Sue- no my son is here in town and thankfully with me now.

Thanks for all of the prayers, my son can't seem to quit crying either and he's a big tough guy, I guess seeing that hurts my heart.

marmee said...

oh darla, how horrible! i am so sorry for all that has transpired. thank God your son is alive. there is such evil in this world but God is always bigger and more triumphet. and your other children need His love and healing too. you will be in my prayers for phsyical healing as well as emotional healing. i only wish i was there to put my arms around you to comfort you. but know that you are receiving love and comfort from your best friend, Jesus. He loves you and each one of your children.
it is fine to cry it is a good way of relieving the emotions.

Rosemarie said...
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Rosemarie said...

I am sick to my stomach - and I can't imagine what YOU must be feeling as his mother. I hope they catch whoever did this to him!!!

He has you and his dad and his sisters to help him through this. I am praying for you all and for his friends, too.

I hope that you daughter who is sick feels better - and that your daughter who witnessed the fire is doing better, too.

beckie said...

Darla, my prayers are with you and your family. Just know that we are all thinking of you.

Roses and Lilacs said...

Oh my gosh, Darla. That is the most awful thing. Did he recognize these thugs? What monsters we have roaming our towns.

I pray he will be ok. I know he will be slow to get over it emotionally, but physically ok is a good start.
Marnie

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Oh Darla, I'm so sorry. As I told you in my email, our love and prayers are with you and your entire family.

Crying is good for the soul!!!! Just get it out--and thank God that your cutie pie son is still with you.

Good luck with your daughter's pneumonia also.. When it rains, it pours. Hopefully the SUNSHINE will be back soon (figuratively speaking).

Love of Love and Hugs,
Betsy (and George )

Sarah said...

I am sorry to hear of the fell things happening to your family ~ I will pray for all of you. The title of your blog is beautiful.

Dani said...

Darla, just now checked in and I can't believe that this has happened to your son! Lot's of hugs and prayers your way. Like everyone else has said, I hope they find out who committed such a horrible act.

Lindab said...

How absolutely dreadful. It sounds as if your son was pretty brave in the face of all that. Probably the best thing is for him to show emotion now and not bottle it up for possible problems later. My heart goes out to you all.

Susie said...

Bless your heart Darla and his. I'm so glad he wasn't injured more. Hope his friends are okay too.

I can't imagine how scared they must of been. I'll be praying for him and you my friend.

I hope they catch whoever did this soon as possible.

Winifred said...

That is so awful for you all. Thinking about you and remembering you all in my prayers even though you don't know me.

Take care of yourselves.

niartist said...

I am praying for you as I type this, and I will continue to for you and your family! Please keep us in the loop with your sons recovery.

Jean said...

Darla,Words can't express how bad I feel for you and your family. I'm glad that your son will be okay physically but know that is th eleast of it. I do hope that they catch whoever did this terrible thing. You and yours are in my thooughts. Jean

GreenJeans said...

Oh Darla, those pictures just brought tears to my eyes. To see your child (no matter the age) go through something like that... it's absolutely heartbreaking.

You obviously have lots of prayers being said for you, your family and for the others who went through this. Like others have already said, I hope the bad guys are caught soon.

Frank Baker said...

How very, very sad. Our prayers are with you.
Cloody and Frank

2sweetnsaxy said...

Oh my! Now I understand your comment about the tears. I am so sorry! My heart goes out to you and prayers go up for your son, your family and his friends.

FeeBeeKay said...

Darla, as a family our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Nothing prepared me for how I would feel about my daughter before I had her, and the thought of anyone hurting her breaks my heart - I cannot know the pain you are feeling - but please know that you are not alone in this.

There are people all over the world thinking of you all and sending you love and prayers

FeeBeeKay

Peggy said...

What a terrible start to the new year for you and your family Darla.It makes it even worse to have it happen in his own home where you expect them to be safe.
I am so sorry for you and all of your family at this worrying time best wishes and prayers
Peggy

Leedra said...

As in my earlier email, I am praying for you and your whole family. I know this is going to be an emotionally recovering that will take some time, I will continue to keep you in my prayers.

Salty said...

This is absolutely repugnant!

The idiots who committed this crime should along with long prison sentences be subjected to the same kind of beating they subjected your son to!

I do hope and pray that his recovery is complete and quick.

Kathleen said...

My heart goes out to you and family.This is a mother nightmare
Prayers being said for all of you and hope they can catch this evil person

Marsha said...

I am so sorry for your son and your whole family to have all of this happen! I hope that the police solve this crime soon and that your son recovers without long lasting effects. My prayers for you and your family!

Robin's Nesting Place said...

I'm sure that is one day you will never forget. Bless your heart!

I can't imagine the horror they must have felt going through that. I'm praying that there is healing in your family from sickness and this awful trauma.

Lilli & Nevada said...

Oh my gosh how awful for everyone. and i am so glad that he is alright. My prayers are with you
Hope they find the people that did this

Lynne said...

You all are in my prayers tonight. I'm so sorry.

Tootsie said...

girl....you have been in my thoughts all day long. What a horrible way to start the new year. All day I have prayed that you are all okay until I could get here and check in. Please know I am here if you need me...I will be of not too much help I am sure...but the offer of my try is there. I will be praying for you all. This is so horrible. Those poor kids have to overcome so much more than the physical wounds they have sustained! I wish on wishes for the police to find those bad guys!....
you need to get some rest sweet friend...I worry about you too at this point. This is a lot of stress for a mom to have to carry around. Please take some time to try to relax a little! Again...I know I am all the way in Western Canada....but girl...If you need a goofy friend....tootsie is your queen!

Jen said...

Darla
Prayers going up for all of you!
This is a horrible! I certainly hope they are caught and soon.

Race said...

I hope the police will get the bad guys soon! People like them should be kept behind the prison bars!

Mamapippa said...

Oh my, I hope your son will be okay very soon. They must have been scared. I hope the police can find the bad ones !
Big hugs !

Dave said...

That is awful. I really hope your son can get past the days events. The good thing is that he will be OK. Hopefully the criminals can be found. We'll be thinking about your whole family!

Gail said...

Dear Darla,

I am so sorry dear that this horrible event has happened. I hope by the time you read this he is well on his way to healing...his heart, his spirit and his body.

gail

The Church Lady said...

I heard your news through Jan's blog when I signed up for Fun Monday. What a horific thing to go through as a family. I am praying for you and hope justice is brought to the criminals who did this.

juleste said...

My prayers are with you and your family, Darla.

Be safe always

perennialgardener said...

How I missed this post I don't know Darla. I am so sorry for the tragedy that has inflicted your family. You & yours are in my prayers & thoughts.

Laurie and Chris said...

Oh My goodness!! I'm so sorry your family had to go through all of this. You are in our thoughts.

Jan (Thanks For 2 Day) said...

Dear Darla,
I just came by to look at your lovely garden and the progress on your garden shed...and what do I find? Oh, I am so sorry for you and your son. What a horrible thing to have happen. It is so good he will be ok--that's the most important thing. I hope there is closure to this situation and the criminals are identified and dealt with appropriately. My thoughts & prayers are with you Darla...your son, your daughter and your younger child with pneumonia. Jan

fishing guy said...

Darla: I feel so badly that I have been busy and missed this. I feel so sorry for all that is happenung. The envasion of your home is an awful experience for sure.

Rusty in Miami said...

Darla, I am sorry to hear what happed to your son, I hope he is recuperating and feeling better. Our prayers are with you and your family. God bless.

i beati said...

your new year is off to an auspicious start- invasions, pneumonia , wrecks - is the worst coming at the beginning and all is better from here?/I pray so Sandy

Wicked Gardener said...

OMG!! Now I'm caught up! I'm so sorry- At least he's still alive. (A similar incident happened to my stepson's best friend this time last year and he was killed. But he was probably involved with drugs and while he didn't deserve it, wasn't totally innocent either.) At least your son is ok. Hopefully his head and heart won't scar too badly.

Connie said...

Ooooh, Darla, his face looks much worse than my son's at the moment. Keith's injuries are inside with broken bones though. But even so as their mothers we can't even imagine someone slamming fist or rifles into their sweet faces. They are still precious little faces to us. My son is 46—this happened the day after his birthday—and he is still my little fella that struggles so hard to come into this world! I hope your sweet son is doing well now, sweetpea.
xoxo,
Connie