Friday, February 25, 2011

almost taken



Remember that movie Taken with Liam Neeson??  His daughter goes to Paris and befriends a stranger at the airport.  He ends up arranging for her and her best friend to be taken into a human trafficking thing.  Well that's how our day almost went down.  Aren't you just dying to know what happened??




Well it all started with my only request...to ride a ferry.  I've always wanted to and last year it just didn't work out, so sweet Lissa made it happen.  We drove downtown and hitched a ride to Bainbridge Island.





It was probably kind of boring for her.  Isn't it funny how hometown stuff just doesn't excite.  I was loving it though.  Only problem is we had a creepy stalker guy.  It started while we were taking pictures out on the deck.  He casually flirted and said that we were really beautiful and he'd love to have a copy of that picture.  We laughed and walked away. 



We went all the way to other side of the ferry.  Next thing you know there he is.  Then we go inside and find a place to sit and low and behold he sits down with us.  Starts asking us questions...like what we're going to do in Bainbridge...where are we from??  Did I mention he's got a slight accent?  He mentions that we're beautiful again and then Lissa and I both get up and practically hightail it to her car locking ourselves in!  None of this would be that exciting or scary except she had just mentioned that Seattle is rated #3 for human trafficking.  You're probably thinking who would want a pair of almost 40 year old mom's, but ya just never know.  We were spooked.





This was the view from the ferry.  Almost worth the crazy guy.



Once we got to the island we stayed pretty much in the little downtown area.  We did some shopping.




Visited a little bakery.  It was nice.  I even talked Lissa into letting me look in some consignment shops for belts to make my cuffs.  Not her favorite thing, but she indulged me:)






Okay so here's where it gets really creepy.  We just get off the ferry and decide to go down to Pikes Place Market.  I thought great photo op, but I'm not even kidding another weird guy approaches us.  He offers to take our picture.  Tells us over and over again how beautiful we are.  Oh and did I mention he had an accent??  I had a check in my spirit right away, but I handed him my camera anyway.  Not smart.  We're supposed to pay attention when God speaks to us right??  As soon as I gave it to him he put the strap around his neck and I thought OH NO he's gonna run off with my camera.  I just know it.  AND I WILL have to chase him down and kick his *$#!! 



Lissa had the same check.  Do we look freaked out in that picture?  Because we were both praying for God to protect us and pleading the blood of Jesus over us while he was taking it.  Once I got my camera back we booked it, never looking back.  He was asking us to come back.  He wanted to ask us something.  He was talking to dust, we were soooo outta there.  Twice in one day!  She says that has never happened to her before. 









How's that for some color?:)  These were of the market.  You have to love all the freshness around. 




Since I'm talking about things being taken I have to mention one last thing.  A different day we went to Green Lake, which has a beautiful running trail.  There are lots of people...it was during the day.  When we got back to Lissa's car her rear passenger window had been broken and the girls ds's and ipod had been stolen from the back seat.  I immediately thought of my wallet that Lissa made me put under the front seat.  Panic gripped my heart.  I just knew it was going to be gone and I'd never make it home.  I put my hand way under and at first didn't feel anything.  Then I found it!  THANK GOD almighty they didn't check under the seat.  God had his hands full keeping us safe this week.  These were obvious moments.  I wonder on a normal every day  how often things go on around us and we aren't even aware of his covering. 




Have a blessed day.

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72 comments:

  1. Very high creep factor! In that picture, Lissa looks totally freaked out like she's thinking "Just get us out of here alive!" and you look like you're thinking "I wonder if I could get another cupcake after this nice man hands the camera back." Stay safe you goofy girl!

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  2. wow...kind of a scary day! thankful right along with you that the lord was covering you all day...good reminders of the mercy we take for granted. and yes...lissa looks a little freaked out in that photo...

    the ferry ride sounds very cool though!

    blessings,

    alison
    stuff and nonsense

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  3. Wow! My heart is pounding...

    One - you got some really WONDERFUL photos (love them all), and Two...

    You were really blessed by the Lord's keeping you.

    His hand of protection was really, really evident.
    It looks and sounds like you had a really fun time. Glad you're home.

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  4. I'm thankful that everything turned ont all right for the two of you. Sometimes it takes a potentially "big" event to make us realize that we always need to follow what God's saying. I know that when your spirit gives you a check like this that God is shouting at you! The ferry ride looks wonderful. My brother and his family live in Anacortes. Beautiful part of the country.

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  5. I never knew Seattle was a huge human trafficking spot! WOW! Pikes Peak looks magnificent! I am glad you were protected. Thankful you had such a great time. I have always wanted to go on a ferry too! That just seems like a very fun thing to do!

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  6. Ugh. Creepers. We are safe in God... I didn't know that statistic about Seattle. What a day you all had-

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  7. Oh my goodness, that just gave me goosebumps. How scary and creepy. Glad you were kept safe and still managed to have a good time despite the uber-creepsters!

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  8. This should be on a tourism website for Seattle. I'm not really feeling the Seattle-love right now!

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  9. wow! crazy story!! that's super freaky. good thing you two had your guard up!! eek...i have shivers.

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  10. The pictures are beautiful. I want to go to Seattle so bad. Sorry the "pretty blond lady stalkers" were out in spades. The world is a crazy place. You are smart to be wary. You are wise to pray.

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  11. Wow!!! I was getting so nervous just listening to that story...the fact that they are #3 for human trafficking is sooo scary! You made me think though..how many times God's angels are defending us in our daily lives that we can't see! Praise God he protected you both!

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  12. you two are too cute!!
    sorry the creepy stalker dudes were bugging though :)
    looks like a beautiful weekend with a beautiful friend indeed!
    xo

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  13. What an exciting and scary trip you girls had! At least you girls had beautiful weather! And I love how you are both wearing matching rain boots! :)

    XO,
    Kerri

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  14. I'm here from LMM, and you have a great blog. Do you know that it's "ferry" and I'm missing the joke? I can't figure that out. : )

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  15. I love all of your photos Becky! So much color! And yes, I would say that you had some crazy experiences. Thank goodness you are so well taken care of by such a mighty God :)

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  16. Oh my goodness! I am so thankful you both were kept safe in HIS arms! What a trip!
    Beth

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  17. Wow makes this country mouse glad she doesn't live in the city. God did indeed keep you safe. Those little checks are often ignored because we don't want to be rude. Silly us!

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  18. oh my WORD! so glad you're both safe! what a bummer for lissa's car. :(

    you girls look cute in your matching boots. :)

    ~h

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  19. I just reread this post and had about 20 misspelled words. UGH! Sorry for those who got an email. We didn't ride a FAIRY boat...duh!

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  20. WOW! God is SO GOOD, ALL the time.

    note to self: NEVER let my daughter go to Seattle... :o)

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  21. Oh my gooooodness!!! That is so creepy. I love Seattle, but have only ever been with my man. Might have to make he's there again if I ever get to go back! I Just watched a PBS special on human traffiking, so very disturbing. I can't believe it happens in the US. EEEK. So thankful for the Lords protection of you guys, He is so good.

    All of your pics are BEAUTIFUL, girl! I love Pikes Place, the flowers alone are worth the plane ticket there. :)

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  22. So glad you are both safe. Very scary.

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  23. Oh my goodness! I'm glad you two beauties made a run for it! I wouldn't want to hear that two of my most favorite blogging friends were missing.

    Gotta tell you Becky, that your bangs are adorable on you.

    Have a great weekend!

    Lee Ann

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  24. Goodness girl that is some creepy stuff and so sad that someone felt the need to steal Lissa's girls things, that so irritates me...glad you are safe and your photos are stunning...maybe next time bring Neal with you!

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  25. Oh how creepy!! I'm so glad ya'll are safe and sound! We serve an awesome God don't we!!
    I love all those pictures you have taken they are wonderful!!

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  26. There are some creepy people out there... I swear nothing that drastic has ever happened to me too, but there have been some creepy incidents...

    I'm so glad you are okay and that nothing serious happened to you! Your photos are all gorgeous- but I knew they would be when I was flipping through them!

    Love you sweetie.
    Sash

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  27. Oh goodness...two creepy guys in one day!! I'm not sure I would've come out of the locked car:) I'm so glad you two lovely ladies were watched over that day and kept safe. On a lighter note, your photos are beautiful and they make Seattle look very inviting {despite the creepy-guy factor}!

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  28. scary! that Holy SPirit whispers in our ear sometimes for a reason. and yes, makes you wonder about the battles going on all around us all the time, physical and spiritual! gald you made it safe!

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  29. Adorable pics!;) Isnt it amazing how God can give us the discernment if something is not right~so glad you both are ok.Hugs,Rachel

    French Farmhouse 425

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  30. First of all, you guys don't LOOK like 40 year old moms, so I'm just gonna go ahead and guess that it's a darn good thing you high tailed it outta there!! Geesh!

    Becky, the photos are GORGEOUS (and so are both of you.) This looks amazing. I love the idea of just going somewhere new and exploring like that. I should go do that here since really this is still a new town to me! :) What a fun post!!

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  31. what a crazy day! So glad God was watching over you guys!

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  32. I've been to Seattle many times and always fairly comfortable but I am headed there again next week and will definitely be more alert. Thanks for passing on your experience.

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  33. I think I held my breath while reading this whole thing! Whew so glad you guys are ok. I had no idea that Seattle is huge in the human trafficking, wow!

    And two creeps with accents! Now my drooling over a guy with an accent might be forever gone!

    Loved the pic of you two with the boots!

    Megan

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  34. What a story Becky ~ thank goodness you are both OK! Your pictures are fabulous ~ not that they were not good before but they are spectacular! So glad you made it home safe and sound. Enjoy your week-end. xo

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  35. Taking a painting
    break and thought
    I'd pop over. Wow,
    I love all of your
    great shots! See,
    wasn't it worth a
    Pike Place repeat
    for those shots?
    Okay, except for the
    creepos! I've been
    to that bakery on
    BB and probably the
    same little shop.
    Oh, I miss it!
    xx Suzanne

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  36. That's crazy that all that happened in Seattle! But you got some great pictures - I love the colors!

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  37. Not sure if Im supposed to a love a post where you were creeped out by two crazy men, but I can't help myself. Love that you olrayed the blood of Jesus over you as your picture was being taken by a crazy!

    Your time together sounds like a gift from heaven.

    Happy Friday,
    Linsey

    P.S. Wondering if you live in MN based on your travel delay comment. I'll be there for the first time in mid-March. No idea what to expect!

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  38. That's sucks that you had such a creepy experience.
    It also sucks about Lissa's car :(
    I'm glad you were there as a pair, the buddy system always works best.
    I do have to say I'm so jealous you got to go to Pike's Place Market, it's on my list of must see places.
    Biz
    P.S. I have to laugh at the comment YOU left about misspelled words, my hubby always gives me garbage if I post and have spelling errors... :p haha

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  39. That movie Taken was so eye opening to me! I think we underestimate the creepiness of the world, sometimes.

    So glad you're both safe and sound and your pictures are just what I needed on this snowy day!

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  40. The pictures are lovely! I am sorry you had such a hard time...so creepy! I am so glad you both are safe, and I hope despite the creepy dudes you had fun being together. You made it home just in time, we have had three days of lots of snow. So Spring!! Remember to keep breathing while working towards your deadline, you CAN do this, we will all be praying you towards the finish! : ) Keep smiling friend.

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  41. Oh man! Now I'm kind of scared of going to Seattle by myself! I sure hope I won't be a target for those weird people.
    But, I totally love your camera bag (saw it sitting by Lissa on the ferry). :) I will be sporting mine as well. Even though I'm scared of the crazy people, I can't wait to see Pike's Place and all the fresh colors there as well. Thanks for sharing!

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  42. Oh how I wish you would have had a better experience at all these locations. So glad to hear that you are both okay...mental note always take a man with you....it can help ward off those "men"....So glad that you got to experience some of those "normal" things that we seattle folk have, just wish that it would have been a little less stressful for you.

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  43. um... your camera really captures my wrinkles.... ugh!!!
    glad we weren't taken.

    xoxo

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  44. Becky your images are GORGEOUS- it was so fun to come here and soak in the beauty of your trip to Seattle- one of my favorite places in the world!
    A few years ago I left my camera on that ferry to Bainbridge- I never thought I would get it back but there is so much good out there in this big ole' world and I did- unfortunately there is the bad too but I'm so happy that you girls were able to detour from it.
    Have a great weekend!

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  45. Crazy.... I'm glad you weren't taken either (to Lissa comment above). Your photos are amazing girl.

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  46. That's a lot of excitement for one vacation! Glad you made it home safely!

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  47. Yikes...I live here and didn't know that statistic...BUT I really do feel safe in Seattle. You had a perfect weekend to visit...there is NOTHING like a sunny day in Seattle..really! LOVE seeing you girls in your wellies...I just got a classic green pair!! Glad your home safe and sound!

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  48. What a crazy time! Glad you still enjoyed your time there, the photos look really great!

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  49. go ahead and give me a heart attack! good grief. well, what do you expect with two gorgeous gals out on the town?! : ) praise Jesus for keeping you safe - what a sweet reminder of being under His care.

    and amazing, stunning, colorful, beautiful pictures!!! i must visit seattle.

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  50. Wow that is so creepy. I hope you don't find this creepy but you both ARE beautiful so maybe they both just couldn't help themselves. But eeeew, you're right about getting that feeling as a sign and you were both so blessed to be safe and not around when someone broke into the car. So glad you had fun together and returned home safe and sound!!

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  51. Eeekkk...creepy, creepy! I'm so glad you ladies are safe (and your camera). Lissa looks really scared in that picture! I'm so glad that otherwise you guys had a great time together.

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  52. Yikes, Farmgirl, the city can be a scary place. You two are beautiful and bound to attract attention but that can be disturbing. I'm so glad God had His angels and His Spirit watching over you. You are never unguarded.

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  53. OK..I will say it for the 52nd time...creepy:)
    Love the boots..on you both! and yes I think you both are beautiful. I've never been on a ferry either. Lissa that picture of you with the oranges just...fit:)
    beautiful pictures Becky
    xo

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  54. Well, it sounds like you had an eventful vacation. Glad everything turned out okay. I just got back from vacation with my sister and we had a creepy guy incident too.

    Your market photos look great :)

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  55. So glad you lovely ladies are safe and sound. It's a scary world. On another note...your pics are great. I can see you're getting better :)

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  56. That was very scary! I think you were right with statistics like that. Maybe you should travel with some pepper spray. You did well to avoid them and get away. After the first guy I think the second guy wouldn't have got even a hello back. Where are your police? I'm glad you could still enjoy each other and the day.

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  57. It's too bad that you had to go through all of that just to have a nice day with a friend. Doesn't it make you worry for the young girls who don't know any better. I know a few young girls who wouldn't think a thing of talking to these people. After years of being a cop, I try really hard to make my girls suspect of strangers. I'd rather they be rude than vulnerable. That's sad!
    Your pictures are wonderful, so it's a good thing that guy didn't run off with your camera!

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  58. Please tell me you have fun/happy memories of Seattle! I am from Seattle and just don't want your viewers to think we live in a creepy state :) Sorry that happened soooo many times on your trip. So glad you are safe and sound though!

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  59. I'm so glad both of you are still with us...we would all have to hunt down the Takers and kick their...well, you know..! ;)

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  60. Oh my word... that is why I live close to the Big City but not IN it!! I have had one too many of those weirdo encounters when I visit Seattle too!! Where do they come from?? ha ha!! The Ferry rides to Victoria BC are much safer!! From Port Angles... (tip of Washington's Peninsula!).. something to think about for next time!! =)

    Our Church had amazing ministries visit this month... to open our eyes and hearts...(one started by a political figure...wow!!) anyway... ministries that help the victims.. the young girls... who are stolen for human trafficing... it is SO heartbreaking...they are as young as OUR girls! it is SO horrible... I can not believe Seattle is ranked #3!! We need some serious prayer... and I need to move to move out of this State!! yikes...

    Hope the FUN far outweighed the creepy moments!! Seattle has so much outdoor beauty around it... =)

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  61. Holy Schnikies! How scary! So glad y'all are safe - Peppa Spray next time you two!

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  62. You are a great story teller....had me scared, then you went off showing some great photos you took, then I was back to scared again ~ then you had me laughing (didn't know you were a BAD #$@ and could kick someone's "behind" !! LOL Too funny and scary all at the same time. Hey, what is the number 1 and number 2 cities ????

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  63. Wow what a story to tell in later years; a memory you will never forget. You do both look cute though!!

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    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

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  64. wow. that fish looks about as freaked out as i feel. i'm so glad God protected you both.

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  65. Sounds like you had a fabulous time, minus the stalker guy. Its funny I, too, am always thinking "who would want a 40 year old mom for (fill in the blank)." I need to keep reminding myself that being the 40 year old mom of 4 is the hottest thing around!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Michele

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  66. Becky! That post is full of all kinds of interesting stuff! That guy was a creepy weirdo huh?? Scary.
    Your photos of the trip are FANTASTIC you are really coming along with taking photos!!

    Beth

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  67. Let me just say that my heart was racing as I was reading this post! Thank the Lord for His protection on you both. That was sooo creepy!

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  68. So true that such a lovely state is number 3 in human trafficking, its always on 20/20,Im soo glad that you two are ok!That was scary!

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  69. First of all you ladies are thirty~something not all most forty. I'm soooo glad you both are safe, and never give your camera to a creepy guy again! Lesson learned
    Beautiful photo's.....
    That kind of ruined your Farry ride....

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  70. this post freaks me out.
    there are wicked weird people in this world
    and you obviously ran into two of them in one day.

    thank GOD that you were protected.....I plead the blood of Jesus OFTEN. :)

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  71. i can't believe all of that! we're road trippin' to WA in a few months and i cannot wait! i will be sure to bring the pepper spray and leave all the valuables at home. :)

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