My Mr. AGPMan and I purchased our Oklahoma home back in the summer of 1992. At that time our La Chaumière de Briarwood was about 22 years old and was good shape. Except for the need for some serious updating we fell in love with her from the start! Finding her and then qualifying to purchase her on my hubby's salary alone was truly a God-thing. I was a stay-at-home mommy back then and raising my children was my total focus... There wasn't a lot of "extra" money laying around to do much back in those days so it was important for us that the home be in sound shape.
(Pretty Green Shutters Rotted Away)
On closing day everything was in order. Even though the original shake shingles on the roof had noticeably been replaced with composition shingles, the "inspector" (sent from our insurance company) assured us everything was in in order. No roof worries and that made us very happy! So...we happily signed on the dotted line and became home owners for the first (and only) time in our lives.
In 1997 after living in our home for about five years we had a major roof leak just above the left front window on the ground floor. It occurred after a terrible storm and so we weren't concerned at all about our insurance carrier covering the damage. Hmmmmm...
Not knowing the proper way in which to make a claim, we called our insurance provider and they sent out their adjuster to inspect our roof damage (which also included interior damage to my piano). After just a few minutes he knocked on our front door and proceeded to tell us we had roof damage but that it was not covered by our insurance. He promptly denied our claim saying the original roof had been incorrectly installed.
YOU'VE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME?!
WASN'T THIS THE SAME INSURANCE COMPANY THAT SIGNED OFF ON THE ROOF BEING IN INSURABLE CONDITION???
~NEW ROOFING SUPPLIES~
(The New Roof is NOT the SURPRISE!)
being STUPID not knowing what to do or where to turn, incredibly we took the word of the insurance adjuster (remember...he was sent out by our insurance provider) and we paid to have the roof replaced out of our own pocket. I don't recall what it cost us, only that it took ALL we had in savings at the time... I remember only that I wanted to act like a raving lunatic was more than a tiny bit upset...
~HOW EXCITING IS THIS?~
(HOLD ON...THE INCREDIBLE PART IS COMING!)
In July we will have lived in our home for 19 years. During that time we haven't made a single claim on our home.
A year ago (May 2010) Oklahoma had a terrible hail storm and truthfully thought no more about it. We knew our upper roof was growing old and plans were already in the works to replace it...figured we'd redo the lower portion to match when we did. We also planned to remove ALL the original shake shingles and re-deck the roof, etc.
~THE BANGING and POUNDING IS UNDERWAY~
Well...about three weeks ago I was in our front yard sweeping our walk when I noticed a neatly dressed man making his way around our neighborhood. I figured he was some sort of
con-artist salesman and to be honest with you I was trying to finish my clean-up work before he made his way to my home.
~OFF COMES THE OLD!~
I had my Miss Mollie (my tiny little YorkieGirl) outside with me and just as I untethered her she ran towards the
shiester gentleman neatly dressed man who was making his way to my front door.
I came to understand he was a roofing contractor and as I was visiting with him for a few minutes he asked me if I knew if we'd had any hail damage from the May 2010 storm.
~OH MY GOSH~
(Sprayin' for WASPS!!!!)
I said I didn't know and that he needed to ask my husband about all that!!!
That is always my PAT-ANSWER!
I NEVAH, EVAH talk to
people who force you buy things you don't want salespeople...NEVAH, EVAH, EVAHHHHH!
(I KNOW NOTHING-NAUTA-ZIPPO!)
Anyway...long story short hail damage WAS FOUND and the following week the neatly dressed man, a roof inspector representing us and one from our insurance company came out to determine just how much destruction the storm had caused. All the men agreed we had major hail damage and so an insurance claim was made at that time.
Now...here's the fabulous part...
We ARE getting a brand-spankin'-new roof (fully and totally paid by our insurance company!!!) and this of course makes my guy and I simply over-the-moon HAPPY!
But what makes all this totally incredible is this...
THIS IS THE FAN-TAS-TICO PART!!!
After visiting with the neatly dressed man and signing all the papers with him (now you know this is the same guy who was walking the neighborhood, right? Are you following me???) my Mr. AGPMan and I sat around and visited him for a bit. He was friendly and caring and we liked him very much. Something just drew us to him and we trusted him completely.
So...while he was chatting on the phone with the insurance company I couldn't help but listen intently to all he had to say...
It was then I also happened to catch his full name!!!!
It was then I also happened to catch his full name!!!!
For privacy reasons I won't share it here, but let it suffice to say it was UNUSUAL ENOUGH for me to recognize it immediately.
My eyes FLEW OPEN WIDE and I just stared at him! When I regained my composure I said:
ARE YOU JENNIFER'S HUSBAND?"
INCREDIBLY the neatly dressed man was (and still is) the hubby of one of the girls that was a bridesmaid in my 1978 wedding!!! Jennifer moved away and married the neatly dressed man after my hubby and I married and we had long ago lost touch with one another. I had no idea they were even living in Oklahoma again...
Now...can you EVEN believe this?
We all plan to get together for dinner soon!
I've shared this before and I will say it again...
I don't believe in coincidences. I don't. Not one tiny little bit. I believe my steps are directed and ordered by the Most High and always have been. My Mr. AGPMan and I were terribly wronged by our insurance company nearly 15 years ago and they were forced to make things right... The incredible blessing on top of all of it (and I believe an unmistakable sign that God was IN THIS) was the reconnection with long-lost friends.
Life is amazing...Isn't it?
Once the banging in my brain stops and my headache goes away I'll share with you pictures of our beautiful new roof! We chose black shingles and they are sure to look MAHVELOUS with the black shutters we installed last Fall.
Blessings to you for an AWESOME HAMMER-FREE DAY!
Love to you...