We jumped sky-high. The afraid-of-looking-guilty precious kid blasts: “I didn’t do that.” Even Granny got moving.
“What was that?” many asked.
“Was that a firecracker?” we all questioned.
A firecracker would have made sense. After all, it was July 4th. Fireworks were randomly going off in broad daylight throughout my cousin’s beautiful rural area with a mile of field, sprinkled with two homes, behind them.
We checked around the house … nothing seemed dented or disturbed, except our hearts.
We settled back down. Conversation resumed.
My cousin spotted something shiny between my dad’s feet. She said, “Excuse me” and reached down. Holding out her hand, turning to me, and inquiring what she already knew the answer to but couldn’t quite bring herself to believe, she asked:
“Shelli, what is this?”
We knew immediately what had caused that horrid noise.
The sheriff’s department was immediately called. And we began searching nearby for the impact site.
The location was spotted mere millimeters away from glass, a mere five feet above our heads.
Just like that … one of us could have been shot and killed. Just like that. On a perfectly gorgeous day, celebrating with family, celebrating freedom … it was unreal. Like something reported on the news.
Our nerves were shot. “What if” was pondered.
- Bullet mark
Those were complete ingredients to a completely disturbed evening. And let me tell you, with a mixture of emotion and fear stirring up inside, much was made of that bullet.
Gliding into His presence
Giving thanks and requesting peace
Glorifying Him for safety
Grasping a Verse of God’s protection and voicing it
|My beautiful cousin and me.|
Mix 1 large box instant “vanilla” pudding as directed on box
Add 1 can Eagle sweetened condensed milk (I use 2 cans sometimes)
Add 1 large cool whip (but don’t add it all, leave about a cupful, ha! That’s how she
2 tsp. vanilla (she used 1 tsp banana flavoring, but I never have that on hand, so I do 2 tsp vanilla)
Slice about 4 large bananas (small slices), set aside.
Vanilla Wafers (two boxes)
Start with a little pudding on bottom, wafers, bananas slices.
Pudding, wafers, bananas – repeat until ingredients are gone, and end with pudding on top.
Take wafer crumbs and sprinkle on top. If you need more crumbs, crumble up wafers and sprinkle on top.