My heart sank.
This tree is so large that the only option we had
was to call a Tree Service so that they could come and diagnose the damage
and then if it needed to come down they would have the bucket truck to take the top off before dropping the tree.
Initially the soonest appointment was for today...just to get it looked at.
But, soon I got a call back that Dale (the owner of the tree service) would come by after he finished another job that very day!!
He came, looked and seemed somewhat concerned...but assured us that he felt it would hold on until he could get here later this week.
I prayed he was right.
We really felt that the tree was majorly compromised.
Yesterday I received a call that he and his team could do the job a few days early.
I quickly agreed!
They came and were gone before I could even get home from my afternoon activities.
All that remained were a few pieces from the tree, as he had taken the trunk
as part of our payment, and his skid loader.
Pretty soon I saw Dale pull up to retrieve the skid loader and we got to chat.
He told me that this tree NEEDED to come down.
It was so split at the point of impact that when his team member reached it
in the bucket truck he could put the entire chain saw blade down into it without touching anything.
That split went the entire length of the tree....although of course it wasn't as wide the whole way.
We are so very, very thankful that the tree stayed up when it was struck,
that Dale was able to make us a priority in his otherwise very busy schedule
and that no one was injured.
Turns out that just moments before that huge lightning strike
Warren's mom, Georgia, was out in her hammock
just feet away.
She had just stepped back onto her porch when it hit.
Isn't God good?
Since bark came off two other nearby trees I'm not so
sure Georgia might not have felt a jolt as she removed the metal hammock hooks
in those moments.
This is not something we wanted to have happen....
but if it had to it turned out as well as it possibly could.