July 16, 2011

Flash Flood

This past Sunday was quite the day. We thoroughly enjoyed "most" of it. Church was wonderful. Kristine (the primary president) was sitting in front of us wanted to hold Malea and Kaidrei saw Hannah, an 8 year old I teach piano to - who Kaidrei loves to play with, and ran over and sat with their family. So Brian and I got to sit with our arms around one another and actually listen to the talks! It was amazing!

Our stake president said a few remarks at the end and one thing that stuck out to me was about Matthew 11:28-30. It says "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." Apparently an ox can pull one thousand pounds. If you put two oxen in a yoke they can pull three thousand pounds. Not really anything new, but it really hit home to me that I need to be better at sharing my burdens with the Lord and relying on him more. Honestly I'm truly blessed and I don't have a lot major problems or issues in my life, but I need do need to rely more on the Lord in the little things like having patience when both girls are being ornery or how to get everything done on my to do list and still cuddle my little ones enough while they want to be cuddled, or how to get Kaidrei to sleep through the night.

After church both girls took a nap and after eating dinner, Brian and I decided to watch a movie. As we were watching, it began to rain. It got to the point where I was watching the rain more than the movie. It had been a long time since I'd seen it rain so hard. There were times that I couldn't see out the sliding door because the rain was coming down so hard. After the movie was over I took a nap and woke up to Kaidrei running my phone to me because it was ringing. My awesome visiting teacher was calling to check on us and see if we were okay with all the rain. My first reaction was that it was an awesome storm to watch and we were safe. She mentioned that there had been flooding in some of the houses around us. I dismissed this and then had the thought that I'd better go look in the basement. Since our basement isn't finished it is mostly storage and we don't go into the basement too often.

I will ever be thankful for that phone call because I came to an inch of water at the bottom of the stairs. 3 out of the 4 window wells hadn't drained properly and had leaked through the windows. I'm counting many small blessings that the one window that didn't leak was where all of my fabric is stored and my sewing machine happened to be on the floor because a neighbor had borrowed the table it is usually on for scouts!

Brian got a bucket and started bailing water out of the window well while I called Ann (a neighbor) to see if she had a shop vac to clean up the water. She didn't but within minutes there were two shop vacs at work in our basement. We actually walked over to the park to see the "lake" that resulted from all the water and by the time we got back there were people in our basement clearing out - at least one of which I hadn't even met before. Luckily nothing was ruined from the flooding. The boxes that did get wet had baby clothes and stuffed animals in them which just sucked the water up. So we've been doing lots of laundry and air drying around our house this week.

I feel truly grateful to live in such a wonderful place with awesome friends and neighbors. It was amazing to me how quickly aid came. The whole neighborhood was out helping one another by bailing out water, moving things, and watching each others kids. Work is truly easier when everyone pulls together to help one another.

Here are some pictures of the flooding which came from facebook pages of my neighbors since I was oblivious until most of the action was over!


Kayaking in the park



It was actually quite deep - up the the chest of some teenagers. I wasn't brave enough to venture out into it. Kaidrei dragged me in to my ankles until we were done because it was COLD water!



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