Last summer, during a severe wind storm, the big spruce tree in my front yard became uprooted and came smashing in through my living room window. Luckily, no one was home at the time, so nobody got hurt, but it was a scary sight to come home to.
We picked up the glass and covered the window as best we could for the night. The next morning, I called to have someone come out to give us an estimate on what it would cost to replace the broken window.
In the end, we decided to replace the whole thing with a box sash window and I love the way it looks. I figure that if the tree had not broken the window, it would be years before we would have ever replaced it, so in a way, I am thankful for the wind storm that night.