Sunday, April 13, 2008

Watch Your Kids Around Water!

Wow! What a weekend. I am BEAT!

We went down to Phoenix to help Sunny's sister and family move. Lots of hard work. But the highlight of this day was thankfully being in the right place at the right time to retrieve my 3-yr old niece from the pool and a near drowning. Thank you, Lord!

Boy, all one has to do is turn their head for literally 3 seconds and a child could go under. And that's what happened.

Her Mimi and I were sitting there visiting, when we both noticed that little Dru had all of the sudden disappeared. Basically just stepped off the first ledge into where the water just went over her head. Our daughters, both almost 7, started yelling, we jumped up and, because I was closer, was able to jump in and get her and lift her out to her Mimi. She immediately began choking and coughing some and began totally screaming. Of course, she's fine. We were able to settle her down and, since I was already in the pool FULLY dressed--in my jeans and flipflops no less-- we were also able to coax her into getting back in with me so that she wouldn't continue to be afraid. And did she ever cling to me!

My point of this story is just how quick a drowning can occur EVEN literally right under one's nose. I know this wasn't an extreme case, THANK GOD, but you can bet we will be even more aware in the future.

There is a weatherman on one of our local channels we watch who always ends his forecast with this statement: "And remember, watch your kids around water". So simple but SOOOO necessary.

On a lighter note, wet jeans are extremely uncomfortable!

It's All WE LOVE YOU, DRU Good!


  1. I witnessed my cousins drowing at a family reunion yrs ago. I still am afraid of water. I even was one that tried to save him. I really tortured myself for years over it. I was 16 at the time and was one of the oldest ones around. I know that it wasn't my fault, but I felt I could have done things differently. I almost drowned myself from his panick. Yes, a drowning can come so quickly and its a horrible thing to have happen. Glad it was okay with you.

  2. "Thank You Lord" for watching over Dru!

    We have always had a pool and I thank the lord often that nothing ever happened to any of the kids that were always's by the graace of God I know!

  3. I know first hand how fast a child could get into troubl my parents took us to a swinning lake when we were kids and my youngest sis almost drowned,Mom and Dad both went flying into the water to get her. Right after that we were taken back home, and that ended us going to that lake ever again.

  4. Ha, ha, Brenda, I just read your comment on my post for yesterday about your hubby wanting to get married in 3 months. Fact is, I tried to get mind to wait at least six months, but he wouldn't have it that way.

    I almost drown when I was about 12 years old. I'm not afraid of water, but I never really learned to swim except on my back.

    Have a good week.


  5. PRAISE GOD that you were right there. This story just gives me chills. Very wise of you to try to prevent a fear of the water.


  6. Boy, that will scare the spit out of you! Praise the Lord that she's okay. Hopefully it scared her just enough to make really aware of how dangerous water can be, but not so much that she's terrified of water altogether.

    Hope your week is a good one! ;o)

    Love and hugs,


  7. I am so glad that she is ok...but that is so scary. My husband has wanted to get a pool for years and we have always put it off. Our girls are big enough now to swim, but now we have a baby and I would be terrified that something like that would happen.

  8. Wow, that was happy it turned out okay. I bet you never moved so fast in your life.

    LeAnn :)


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