It was supposed to be a happy road trip.
Kim Ober packed everything she owned in a U-Haul, hooked it to her Jeep, and began her drive over the weekend from Lakeland, Fla. to Virginia Beach so she could be with her husband-to-be, who's on deployment in the Navy.
Ober (who's also eight-months pregnant) and a friend stopped for the night at a hotel in Lumberton, N.C.
She told WAVY-TV in Portsmouth, Va. that she left pretty much everything in the U-Haul and Jeep except her purse and toothbrush "because we were going to get right back on the road" by daylight.
It was not a good morning.
"We were back downstairs at 6:30," she told WAVY, "(and) the entire U-haul, the trailer and my Jeep were gone and there was glass all over the ground."
Ober described her "disbelief and astonishment that your entire life, 30 years of belongings, memories and childhood things are just gone in an instant. It's really shocking to me. It's not anything you think is going to happen."
Police located what had been stolen, but that news wasn't good, either.
"They found the trailer and my Jeep in one county and the U-haul in the next county over and both had been torched," Ober told WAVY.
While her fiance, Greg Cuchens, should return from deployment before the end of November to Hampton Roads at Little Creek, Ober for the moment must deal with starting over in a way she certainly didn't count on.
Yet the expectant mother had words of charity for those who took everything she owned. "As heartbreaking as this is for me and my baby," Ober told WAVY, "their lives must be a lot sadder than mine right now, if that's the type of life that they are living."
One bright spot is the outpouring of support she's received from friends who've given her clothes and gift cards, not to mention the online fundraising page that's helping Ober get back on her feet.
The initial goal was $1,000; at the time of publication, more than $7,000 has come her way.
Here's a report from WAVY-TV in Portsmouth, Va.: