if you have watched the news this past week, you may have heard about the 13 year old boy, Ben Ownby who has been missing since Monday from a small town not too far from us. missing children cases happen all of the time, but rarely does one turn out like this one did. last night, they found the boy in an apartment less than an hour away from his home after a police officer saw a truck fitting the description of the one they were looking for (they got the info on the truck from a 16 year schoolmate of Ben’s who had ridden the same bus home right before he went missing). when they went into the apartment of the truck owner, they found the 13 year old boy alive & seemingly in good health. PRAISE THE LORD!!! if that isn’t fantastic news for the boy & his family, even more PHENOMENAL is that another boy was there in the apartment as well…. 15 year old Shawn Hornbeck who has been missing for 4 1/2 years from another small town also not far from us! He was abducted when he was 11 years old & has been kept “hostage” for all of this time. He was reunited with his family last night as well. I know they got the shock of their lives when they heard that he was alive! It is such a bizarre story with such an incredible outcome. I have been glued to the t.v today watching the press conferences from local news & even watching footage from the national news shows. For more info, click on the link below the picture for the story from our local news station. Pray for both boys as they deal with what has happened to them… especially Shawn who has spent over 4 years of his life in captivity. He has a long road of psychological recovery ahead of him.
Ben Ownby/Shawn Hornbeck
on a lighter note… after a pretty mild winter (except for the one big snow dump in early december), temperatures dropped drastically last night & produced freezing rain that coated everthing. it looks like an icy wonderland in our yard, not so much the case right next door at our neighbors’ house.
a tree in our back yard
our neighbors have a huge tree in front that couldn’t hold up under the weight of the ice. at 4:20am this morning, some of the branches snapped & fell on their house & cars. i took these pictures this morning. they had a lot of the limbs cut off today, but a lot still lay on the house. we spoke with them tonight & thankfully there is minimal damage to the house from what they can tell, but we are having more freezing rain tonight.