Thursday, April 28, 2011

Survived the storms!

Talk about deja vu. Last year, during this exact same week, our community was flooded. As a matter of fact, much of our state was flooded. My little town was/is very lucky because we sit atop a bit of an upside down "bowl" which really and truly saved us last year. We had to watch as home after home and community after community was literally washed away. All the while thanking the Lord for our higher elevation and thinking, "There but for the grace of God go I."

Fast forward to this year. It all started happening again. I had never realized before that this is a yearly pattern in our area. That this particular week on the calendar apparently brings cataclysmic storms just like clockwork. The rains started on Saturday. Thankfully, flooding was at a minimum this year, though there was some. But what this year brought with it was high winds and tornado after tornado. By Monday evening we were in the thick of it. Monday and Tuesday nights were sleepless for us as the community tornado sirens were going off. I tried to get the weather on tv (one of the few things I think it is good for) but with such harsh weather, there was no reception. Luckily I could still get live video streaming of the local weather on the computer. Things hit a fever pitch yesterday around 3:00 when what the forecasters were calling, "the worst of the worst" was headed straight for our little 4.4 square mile town.

And it thankfully...blessedly...went right over us without touching down.

We are tired. Last night was the first solid night's sleep we had in a few days. I've still got all manner of pillows and comforters and blankets piled in the bathtub, just in case I needed to put my children there. We now have three full days of beautiful, blessed sunshine predicted. We do need it dry things out. (You don't even *want* to know the state of the ground inside our chicken run right now. Let's just say that Diatomaceous Earth and I have a date with each other this afternoon.)

I know that so many were not as lucky as us. Our hearts go out to them. As I said before ~ There but for the grace of God go I. All we have can be whisked away in the blink of an eye. Hug your family a little closer today.