It happened just before 2:00 pm. Philip was upstairs napping and Andrew was in his high chair. I was on my way into the hall when all of a sudden there was a horrible rumbling and the walls began rattling. I'll admit, I was instantly panicked. I was hardly the picture of calm. I'm pretty sure I screamed at Phil "What is that?!" and "Get the baby!" before dashing up to Philip's room where his dresser was still ratting as I grabbed him out of his bed and awoke him from his sleep. By the time I got him downstairs it was over. We flooded outside to join our equally confused neighbors on the street and ask the obvious question: "Did you feel that?!"
Apparently the epicenter of the quake occurred in Mineral VA, which is just 38 short miles from us here in Culpeper. All was quiet again until 8:04 PM when an aftershock rocked our house for a brief second and sent me flying to me feet ready to grab the children from their beds again!
I'm praying for a quiet night tonight. Not sure I'll sleep so soundly though!
Thankfully, the damage from this quake appears to have been minimal so far. We are all very blessed that it was not any worse!