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Tree Be Gone
by Valerie Crader

Tuesday, June 12, 2012
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Tree Be Gone, showed me that God's first offer was still warm in His hands.


An unwanted tree is finally cut down. For five years, I have wanted this very tall chestnut tree removed. Family, friends and visitors complained about this tree being a nuisance.  Not to mention, it's large roots damaged our driveway and sidewalk, for it was way too close to our house. Falling dead branches, falling nuts were hitting the cars and people on the head, who were seeing stars as they trip over the above ground large roots. May I say more about the larged roots that had crawled under our basement and cracked the basement floor. 

Five years ago, a man gave me an estimate to cut down this tree for $ 250.00. However, the timing was never quite right. I held on tight to his estimate and my desire to have this tall tree removed.

Five years later, I went on a tree service hunt to find someone, who wouldn't mind to cut down my tree for the frozen estimate of $250.00. The cold estimate from the past was looking mighty grim and ridiculous. As they looked up at the tree, I was told, "Good luck ma'am."

I was bouncing up and down with estimates of $950.00 to $550.00. It saddened me to think about my worst fear, seeing this tree stand for another year. I had a few drops of faith left to seek one more tree service. And, they agreed to the frozen $250.00

Poof... Tree Be Gone. 

I will add, we were left with $3,000  repair bill. Now that the tree is gone, we were able to widen our narrow driveway. The yellow sun can take a bow and luminously shine beautifully down on my rose garden. I will tell you this, I gladly kissed that tree goodbye. We believe as homeowners, it was in our best interest to take action and lay the tall chestnut tree to rest. 

God will deliver your heart's desire on a silver platter, when you are ready to accept His offer

Written by Valerie Crader

Revised June 16, 2012





























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Reviewed by Ronald Hull 6/13/2012
My helper just told me this morning that she thought there should be, ďa law against cutting down trees.Ē We have lost many here in Texas due to the drought. My neighbors cut down the trees in front of their houses or hack them up, making the street look like a bleak ghetto, except for my cypress, sweet gum, and asian oak, creating shade and a beautiful lawn.

I keep these trees trimmed so if the hurricane comes, they will not damage the house. it's hard for me to understand why one of mother nature's beautiful chestnut trees is a nuisance and needs to be killed.

Reviewed by Diana Legun (Reader) 6/12/2012
"...still warm in His hands." A very neat concept, and I like that you wrote this. Keep writing, ~~ Diana
Reviewed by Budd Nelson 6/12/2012
I hope you got your wish.
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