I to am glad all worked out well for your family and you. I am fortunate that my wife is comfortable with guns. Knows how to operate each gun WE own. We have a defensive plan for our home. It is the same when she is home with the girls, 17,13, and 3. Head to the bedroom, get between the bed and the wall, call 911, open the gunvault, and be ready. We live in town and the response time for 911 is pretty good. I am by no means a self defence expert, and this is best for the family in our home. If someone wants our stuff, they can have it, but the people in the house will be safe. BTW, the plan is the same when the wife and I go out and leave the girls at home. My oldest knows how to access the vault and is very capable with all firearms inside. I pray that it never needs to be used, but it is better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it. The wife has that she-bear instinct, and I almost pity someone for coming in the house.