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My Baby is Safe!

May 28, 2012

She slipped under and into the blue and it seemed so peaceful.
She just glided right under the pool cover.
The pool cover quietly  slipping shut , trapping her under….

as if it just wanted to gently swallow my baby.

We had taken everyone to the pool.
It was Sunday and after everyone enjoyed Sunday Family Dinner and some heated conversation about different interesting topics…ironically about being protective and watchful of danger
we cleaned up and prepared to go swimming.
My grandparents pool, a normal Sunday routine for us…for as long as I can remember.
My guard was up all day…so many other peoples kids there…I was so watchful.
My baby dancing around the pool all day bouncing a huge beach ball.
I wasn’t afraid that anyone would drown…all you do is jump in after them, we had a collection of doctors, nurses and exlifeguards…. but just be watchful.


The day over and everyone hustling and bustling around collecting overly tired kids …my girls glided the blue bubble cover over the pool…tucking it in for the night.
My brother and his fiance were having friends over the next day.. the heavy pool cover on, we hoped the water would warm up…and stay clean.

I watched my baby step out in faith that she could walk on water.
I heard a mother yelp behind me…

“NO! NOA! NO!”

and just like that ,

my baby was gone.

slipped right into the water and right under the pool cover and into the deep end.

the pool cover flapped shut as she sunk in….
all of this happening in a fraction of an instant.
All at once I could feel the skin on my knees tearing against the concrete and I could feel her slip through my first grasp.
I can remember not seeing my babys’ head and barely making out her arm and the trim on her bathing suit.
But my second grasp was determined and I didn’t care if I pulled her arm out of the socket…”they can fix anything I break,”I thought just like I did when I pushed her into this world two years ago.
I grabbed her up into my arms and stood up, twirled around hiding her and I from everyones face….needing that second to drink her in, just her and I.

My momma heart registering her baby heart beating

I turned back around to everyone, smiling.
She sputtered and blinked in a birth like way.
Everyone cheered for her… and she sputtered.
a cough and gurgly yelp.
“I sim..I sim?” She moved her arms over her head as if she had picked up a freestyle stroke.

I have so much to be thankful for…

  1. Skinned knees which reminded me all night that my baby is alive.
  2. A wise man explaining how close a religious spirit resembles the Holy Spirit.  Those were the perfect tools I needed!
  3. How full and satisfied I feel when we gather and hang out and exchange ideas.
  4. My God exists..and I don’t need to format him into a man made curriculum…He exists and He will be in charge.
  5. People who go in to minister and pray for my grandparents.
  6. Being excited on what my Divine Itinerary will look like.
  7. That He would use me?! me?!  awesome.
  8. the season where you walk into the back garden and pick lunch.
  9. Strawberry rhubarb crumble…and  Springy Strawberry QuickCake everywhere!
  10. Sharing my garden with everyone for Sunday Dinner.
  11. that the battered and abused know that PFW is a safe place…and that it is available to them.
  12. that the love of my life can play music  whether it be drums or guitar, nonstop for hours …in worship…no performance…just worship.
  13. seeing my grandfather smile when I caught his eye after pulling my daughter out of the pool.
  14. Poolside days …every day…full of friends and family.
  15. Waking up early this morning to make my kids a giant pancake breakfast….”Because it’s memorial  for strong soldiers day momma?”….”Not exactly honey, because we are what we celebrate…and I celebrate that we are all here today…alive!”
  16. People who understand  that Sunday Dinner is a lifestyle….and not actually just on Sundays…it’s an every day…all day…interactions…coffee appointments, texts, hey tells, etc.
  17. Just now realizing, yesterday I asked God to make the supernatural natural…it being Pentecost, yesterday….and what is more supernatural then saving your own baby out from under the pool cover.?!!
20 Comments leave one →
  1. Kent Sheaffer permalink
    May 28, 2012 9:44 am

    Oh my !! The Lord’s hand is surely on little Noa! Our prayers for your family are with thanksgiving and for protection. Blessings and enjoy the holiday. God is good !!

  2. mimitabby permalink
    May 28, 2012 9:45 am

    best get that child some swimming lessons. Both of my sons fell into pools before they were 3 and because they had had lessons they each held their breath and did not panic in the moments before I could get them out (just like you). You sound like a good mom. And your baby sounds like she will be good learning to swim..

    Mimi Torchia Boothby Watercolors

    • May 28, 2012 10:11 am

      oh she will surely be a good swimmer like the rest… of all my kids (Who are strong swimmers) she is my water baby
      as an infant she would just love to unfurl like a little tea leaf when we put her in water.
      Probably why she didn’t freak out too much!
      (big breath out)
      Thanks for stopping by!

  3. mimitabby permalink
    May 28, 2012 9:45 am

    ps your photos took a long time to load. She’s CUTE!

    • May 28, 2012 10:12 am

      yep..sorry they are sort of big… and I am not sure why that has been happening.

  4. r.elliott permalink
    May 28, 2012 10:41 am

    soooo thankful your sweet little one is ok…nothing like that to make a momma’s heart stop a beat…have a wonderful holiday~

  5. Anna permalink
    May 28, 2012 10:42 am

    We has a similar incident when my middle son was little. Twenty years layer I can still remember every detail and see his face under the water. So glad everyone was on high alert and all is well. Beautiful pics.

  6. May 28, 2012 11:14 am

    We have a pool and I’ve had to dive in a few times for my own and friend’s kids. It is the scariest thing! So thankful you were there and got her out. Praise God! I can relate to #7. Amazing isn’t it? So glad I stopped by!

  7. May 28, 2012 11:24 am

    So thankful with you that she is safe! I’ve popped over from Ann’s.

  8. May 28, 2012 11:38 am

    This goes so well with where my heart is this morning. I feel like I need to be so grateful for life, for each breath afforded me and my children. I’m so glad your daughter is safe!

  9. May 28, 2012 12:29 pm

    Wow, God is so good. This is every mother’s nightmare and I’m praising the Lord that your precious little one is safe.

    Coming from Sharing in His Beauty.

  10. Carol permalink
    May 28, 2012 1:01 pm

    Thank you Lord for your hedge of protection You have around us.
    You are so awesome and love us so much. I praise You Father.
    You prove your love for us time and time again. Amen

  11. May 28, 2012 2:32 pm

    So thankful for little Noa’s rescue and that she didn’t seem traumatized by it . . . “I sim”. I feel kind of connected to her now as my oldest granddaughter is also named Noa . . . ten next week. Blessings to you and your lovely family.

  12. Opa permalink
    May 28, 2012 5:14 pm

    Praise God. He is awesome and provides these moments so that we can realize how fragile life is. Remember yesterday is a memory,tomorrow is a mystery and today is the Present, a Gift from God.

  13. May 29, 2012 7:39 am

    Thank you one and all… yes I am so thankful a million times a trillion that she is fine…
    another day at the pool and she didn’t even step near the pool cover…she learned her lesson.
    Thank you for your comments…every single one made me smile and feel loved.

  14. May 29, 2012 11:22 pm

    #13 teared me up! Such blessing! I’ve had those life-saving moments that keep my heart beating “Praise God’ for days and years! Wishing you less adventurous blessing this week!

  15. Jessie Aitken permalink
    May 30, 2012 10:12 am

    These are some of the most beautiful pics I’ve seen of yours. They are amazing!!!

  16. May 30, 2012 11:58 pm

    The moment I read this post I felt myself right there with you. The fear. The knee scraping. The jump-in-front-of-a-bus and damn the consequences kind of love. You really nailed this emotion, which isn’t easy to do. I saw my daughter fall into a hot tub once and had the same panic. And later guilt at what might have been.

    It’s funny how you seek out a community of writers that seem to touch your heart. I saw a comment you wrote on another blog, and followed you here, and I love the honestly of your written voice.

    Amanda Hill

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