A week and a half ago, we had Thomas' dad as a guest for several days. He was in town to speak at a symposium held last Saturday. It was enjoyable to have him around, even though his schedule was pretty full! We all drove up to the Bountiful temple that Friday to attend a session with Thomas' grandmother and aunt.
|Bountiful, UT temple|
|Pretty color combination in the flower beds outside of the temple|
|Jeff, Bonnie, Thomas, Lisa, & Elma in the front|
|Bradshaws enjoying chocolate cakes and cheesecake at La Dolce Vita!|
|The Provo library|
|Matthew B. Brown, symposium founder, introducing the symposium|
|Jeffrey M. Bradshaw (Thomas' dad, of course!)|
Sunday morning is when things really got crazy, though. Thomas' dad went up to Salt Lake to attend Grandma Bradshaw's ward. Thomas and I, sleeping in for the first time in what felt like forever, experienced a rude awakening by a crash and a knock at our door not long before the alarm was to go off. Well, actually, only the knock woke me. Not the crash. Didn't hear it at all.
Thomas went to answer the door, and came back a few moments later to report that "there'd been an accident." I was pretty groggy, and didn't get up until he told me "our car was probably involved."
Here's the "CAR-nage" I saw when I looked out the window:
Apparently the 19-year-old driver aroused the suspicions of the passengers in the van driving behind him when he went through the round-about a few blocks away going the wrong direction. They called authorities then, and were the first on the scene after the driver plowed into our parked car. The crash woke all our neighbors, and our upstairs neighbor helped the inebriated driver out of his wrecked car, across the grass, and onto the steps of our four-plex.
I don't really know how 5 cars were involved in the wreck - the driver must have been going ridiculously fast. But I do know he hit our car, which hit the car behind it, which hit the car behind it, which sent the car behind it soaring about 20 feet behind where it had been parked. There's definitely paint from his car on the light-post in the grassy area between the street and the sidewalk, and the cement there is chipped, and some of the asphalt was damaged as well.
|My drawing of "BEFORE" - the black to the right of the cars is the driveway.|
|My drawing of "AFTER" - the grey spot on the grass is the light-post.|
|ha- the windshield we replaced in January...|
|good little car, though- runnin' fine with that many miles on it!|
|We had our special plates for like... 2 months. :o(|
Overall, life is good and we are happy and healthy. I'm halfway through my classes for the term, and Thomas has had several interviews, which will hopefully turn into job offers. We are thankful for the ways in which we see God's hand working in our lives on a daily basis - generally in the small and simple things.