Sunday, 29 May 2011

Lost our keys!

I've been meaning to start a blog since we got married but it seems like there is never any time to do that! After what happened to Brett and I a few weeks ago, this story can't be forgotten so it needs to be written down.
   So our family asked us if we would come down to echo lake and do spring cleanup. I thought it would be nice to get away for the weekend, so we agreed. We left around noon Friday, picked up my mom and went shopping in kalispell for a few hours before we went to the cabin that evening. All day Saturday we worked hard. Cleaning up pine needles seemed to be endless, washing windows that were four layers thick and you couldn't take apart, and mowing our football field of property. It was still a lot of fun. It was also a perfect day so we enjoyed the sun while we could cause we haven't seen any here in Lethbridge this spring.
  Everyone wanted to go home Saturday night but Brett and I decided to stay another day because we could stay at his parents condo at lake Blaine. When we arrived at Blaine, I said to Brett, "We can't come down next weekend because my brother is leaving on a mission. We should help out a bit by mowing their lawn so they don't have as much work to do next weekend." We both thought that was a good idea. It was the least we could do. As we pulled up, a huge wind storm came in unlike anything I had ever seen! I literally could not walk in a straight line, birds were flying backwards and trees were falling over. I turned to Brett and said, "Let's get started!" I ran over to the shed and realized I didn't know the code to get in. Brett came running after me, opened the garage to the shed and got the ride on lawn mower out. I got started and went for about 2 hours before Brett told me he would start the other half of the property. I went inside and wanted to shower. We had worked a 10 hour day of non-stop cleaning and mowing and I wanted nothing but a nice hot shower. I went into the bathroom and the light wouldn't turn on. I didn't think anything of it. I got into the shower and within about 2 minutes the water turned off. It was then I realized the power was out. I'm a blondie sometimes. So I threw some clothes on and Brett came running inside saying he was going to go buy more fuel for the lawn mower, I suggested we should go to town and get something to eat first. He looked at me and said, "Where are the keys?" He was the one that drove us here and he searched his pockets and they were nowhere to be found. So we had no power, no water and no keys. Worst feeling ever! I ripped apart the condo for 2 hours and Brett searched the car. I then looked outside for another hour for those keys. 9:30 it was getting dark and we gave up. We went inside and by 10 the power was back on. We went out into the freezer (thank you Linda) and there was a pizza and some m&ms. We ate a pizza, both had showers and just starred at each other for about 20 minutes in silence. We then started reviewing everything we did and yet nothing came to us about where those keys could be. The next morning would be a new day and we hoped that they were somewhere obvious and we were just being stupid. Amazingly Brett and I were really calm and  Brett apologized to me several times saying how sorry he was that he lost the keys. I said its ok, we'll find them. We called Brett's parents and they told us that Jack and Cathy Malin were down and we could get a ride home with them if needed. We were grateful we at least had an option of getting home! We said many prayers that evening and in one of them Brett made me laugh. I quote "Heavenly Father we are so grateful we have a way of getting home tomorrow would just be really nice to find the keys." lol. The next morning I decided to fast and we went scouting around for those keys for another 3 hours. No luck. I was ready to cry. It had our house key, my work key, our remote starter on it, and 3 other keys. After another session of searching, I decided to take a break and read some conference talks (it was sunday). I read 4 talks on faith, and I was to the point where I didn't have any left. After I had read them, I had this thought to call my dad. I told him what was going on and that I wouldn't be able to bring a bunch of my moms purchases home because we were going home with someone else. My dad said to me, "Sweetheart, if they're not where they are supposed to be, they're somewhere where they're not supposed to be." I told him I loved him and quoted to Brett what my dad had just said to me. He went outside and 2 minutes later he came in with the keys in his hand yelling my name! I jumped into his arms, hugged him and bawled my eyes out! I felt like we were floating at sea for 3 days and just spotted land, that was the joy that I felt. Turns out when I said that, it made Brett think a little more. He knew the last time he saw them was in the arm rest of the drivers side. He looked under the car, didn't see them, but they were actually caught in the suspension of the car! The wind blew our keys out of the car and into the suspension, what are the chances?! So after all of that, Brett and I are pretty much one of the strongest couples you can find. We didn't lose patience once, we worked together as a team and didn't let frustration get the best of us. I love Brett to pieces, he is my whole world and I don't know what I'd do without him.


  1. The same thing happened to me and Brett when we were like 6 and he found his favorite little stuffed dog in the dryer. He is a good finder. I knew I should have put that in the wedding toast.

  2. I'm so glad you started a blog! yay! and good story too, :)