An Unexpected Visitor

Last Thursday while Samuel was home alone, an intruder came in our house. Samuel heard the door, and thought it was Stephen but realized it wasn’t. He went & got a bb gun and while on his way back to the kitchen, where the guy was, Samuel made a noise and the intruder fled.

Samuel watched him run out our backyard and across the ditch that runs along it. While he was in the backyard, I dropped Daniel off and left again to finish running errands. (Yes, I’ll win the mother of the year award!) They both went to the ditch and looked for the guy and found a cup and saucer from my Christmas china lying carefully on the ground. Apparently, the guy decided he didn’t need them after all.

I came home with David & Anna, saw my china sitting on the counter and began yelling for Samuel. I couldn’t believe he would eat & drink off my china and just leave it sitting around. Well, they never answered. While I was still yelling for them Samuel called from a neighbors house and told me the story.

Matt, the neighbor, brought them home and we called 911 and filed a report with an officer. I was so proud of Samuel for his bravery and his strength. He said he was scared but when I first saw him I just saw a brave young man. He was able to keep an attitude of strength which kept Daniel from being scared or breaking down in tears.

I don’t know what God has planned for our family. I don’t know His plans for our church. I do know that He protected my son Thursday afternoon. I’m not a student of spiritual warfare, but I believe there was a battle fought in my home that afternoon and God won it handily. I totally thought that I would be sitting in the living room watching TV all night that night with one or all 4 of the kids because they wouldn’t be able to sleep. But they all slept just fine, no bad dreams, no fear. I believe God is going to do great things and He is going to allow us to be a part of them. I can’t wait.

I do hope that His plan doesn’t include anymore intruders!


Published by Abby Lee

Celebrating and decorating with purpose is my favorite thing to do. When I am not filling a tree with ornaments or throwing a birthday party for my golden doodle, I am being mom to a super cool tween son, the wife to a fine blue eyed man and selling real estate. I call northeast Arkansas home and when I am not loving on my people or celebrating in our space, I am using words to express myself here or on my podcast. Be sure to follow me! I am the co-author of a blog called Life with My Sister and have a podcast called Abby As-Is. You can also follow me on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and YouTube.

2 thoughts on “An Unexpected Visitor

  1. Wow! Julie, that is scary, and yet amazing at the same time! So glad God protected the lil man and your whole family. I am filled with tears just thinking about how God does shield us from so much every day. This is such a touching story.


  2. I am so glad that God kept Samuel safe. I'm glad to see he is still the same sweet, bright, and mature, and very brave boy that I remember…I'm catching up on your family reading your posts. I miss you guys, and want you to know you are all in my prayers! Please drop me a line sometime..I'd love to hear from you, my sweet friend! xo


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