Today I experienced the scariest 8 (or so) minutes of my life! Gage and I were playing and I had to take a bathroom break so I just left him in his room and went into our bathroom. Usually I get followed but today he just stayed there...or so I thought! I come out a few minutes later and our front door is wide open! So I think maybe he just went out on the porch...No Gage. I run down our steps and do a lap around our yard....No Gage! So I thought maybe he opened the door and went back to his room....so I run through my house yelling for him....No Gage anywhere! I grabbed the phone and dialed Matt...there was no answer. So I call my brother's phone (they work together)...no answer! I tried Matt again just to hear his darn voice mail! By now I'm nearly screaming profanities at the phone...running around outside like a crazy woman and debating to myself....Do I call 911?! I was thinking....maybe I'm overreacting he's probably just hiding from me....But then, what if some creep took off with him and I wait to call and it's too late! Really I was going crazy! My legs felt like jello and I could hardly even talk to the dispatcher (yes I decided to call)! I gave her our address, our phone number, my name, his description, she was trying to calm me down and tell me someone would be on their way soon and just then I look down the road and two little girls are carrying my now reported missing son! Holy moly! Relief washed over me and nearly put me into shock I think! I apologized to the dispatcher, hung up the phone and ran to meet the girls! So did I overreact? Maybe. But I have to admit I've never been that scared in my life! I just kept thinking of possibilities and praying that he was okay. Apparently he had seen them walking their dog and gone after them....WAY down the street! I can't be sure if the deadbolt on our door was locked, I think that it was, and if that's the case I'm really in trouble because he's been trying to figure that thing out for weeks! Thank goodness everything was okay! Now I just need to go lay down for a while. Apparently my stress has brought on some pretty good contractions!