Thursday, September 29, 2011

And It's Still Raining

Seriously.  Still raining.
We got a bit more water in the basement.
Nothing like before.
But today I have reason to Celebrate!
It is our anniversary.
11 year ago, Rocky and I were married.
Dang, that makes me feel really old.
In 11 years, we have lived in 3 states, 8 different houses, owned 7 different cars, had 2 kids, 2 cats, 2 guinea pigs, and a fish.
And I wouldn't have had it any other way.
(OK, except maybe all the moving.  I am hoping to stay in one place for a while).
I still love looking at our wedding pictures (and if I had a scanner, I would have some on here for you to gaze at as well).
I can't seem to find the right words to describe the past 11 years, but just know that I look forward to the next 50 or so in this life (and then an eternity after).

Friday, September 9, 2011

And The Rains Came Down

For the majority of my life, I have lived in a desert climate.
(OK, I spent 3 years in Bogota, Colombia which is the opposite of desert, but that was only 3 years).
I am used to dry, dry, dry.
And very little rain.
Which is probably why I usually like the rain.
I love a good thunderstorm!
Until now.
It was rained everyday for the past, well, I have lost count of how many days.
And not on and off rain, but constant, steady, never-ending rain.
We saw the sun for the first time yesterday!
According to the news, we received about 8 inches of rain in one and a half days. 
And yesterday, this is what our area looked like:

Schools were closed early on Wednesday, and we haven't been back since.
We were lucky.
We only had 6 inches of water in our basement, which is not finished.
We do have a lot of cleaning to do, but most of the stuff down there is replaceable, and not very expensive.
I have friends who had almost a foot of water on the main floor of their house.
Many have been evacuated, and cannot return to their homes.
One of the most frustrating things for me has been that I can't get to my friends that need help.  The flooding has closed most of the roads the connect our small communities, so we are all essentially islands for the time being.  Just know that even though we can't get there physically, we are constantly thinking and praying for you.
While living in Utah, any time it would rain, there would always be at least one person to thank God during a Sunday prayer for the moisture that we had received.
Thinking about that made me laugh just a bit as we saw all the moisture we had accumulated.
I will also probably never enjoy the sound of rain on my roof as I fall asleep either.