Sep 16, 2013

Oh Sweet Colorado

If you didn't already know, I live in Northern Colorado.  I live smack dab in the middle of two of the rivers that have crested and as you probably know from the news, the flooding has caused some major destruction.  I am safe but many people around me are not.  Needless to say, over the last few days there have been many things on my mind.

(photo credit:  Unknown)

1- Life as you know it can change so quickly.  
On Wednesday my Miss M was preparing for her driver's license and was driving with an instructor.  She had to do "canyon" time and headed up Big Thompson Canyon to Estes Park, she then turned around and drove back down the canyon.  This was Wednesday evening, by Thursday afternoon the road she had just been on was gone.  Gone!  17 miles of the road and many houses and businesses we destroyed as a 20 foot wall of water worked it's way down the canyon.  The photo above is actually very mild and really doesn't show the full damage.  I can not stop thinking about those people in the canyon, some still stranded, some have died and some are still missing. All involved are hurting from the loss of their homes, family members and communities.  Knowing Miss M was just there, I'm feeling blessed that her driving time was not scheduled for Thursday as she would have been in serious danger.  I'm hugging her a little more lately.  I'm hugging Bug and Jet and Mr K too, life can just change too quickly for us to take anything for granted.

2- Preparedness and Perspective.
With my Dad passing just a few weeks ago and now with the sadness hitting my community, I've been thinking a lot about preparedness.  Am I really prepared for life's twists, turns, and emergencies?  If I were to die my husband would be lost as to where to find paper work, bill information and important things.  Like clock-work every month, I just take care of those things.  I've also been re-evaluating the preparedness in my home.  Do I know how to shut off the gas?  Do my kids know?  Do I have food and water on hand? Financially am I covered?  I walked away from my job to be able to go be with my dad and because of it, things have been harder than expected.  I feel blessed that we've been getting by and I'm so grateful that our home was out of the danger zone but things could be very different and I have to be honest and admit that I am not as prepared as I'd like to be.  I will be re-focusing some of my priorities so that I can answer that question differently the next time I have to ask it.  My perspective has been changed after all that has happened this past month.  

3- The Lord's house is a house of order.
I don't talk about my faith much here at least not in a lot of detail.  But yesterday, at church, something amazing happened and in our world that is filled with a lot of crap, I was truly reminded that good does prevail and that I associate with great people.  Yesterday I went to church expecting a normal Sunday service, it was anything but normal.  We had our Sacrament meeting like normal but then, as a congregation we listened as the Bishop explain a plan that was hatched only an hour or two before.  It was a food and supply drive for flood victims in our area.  It went from an idea to full fruition in a total of about 6 hours.  Mormons have a reputation of being "helpers", one of our core beliefs in founded in the New Testament, "Love One Another" and I really feel that yesterday, as a church community we did just that.

My Mr. K did some filming and although some of the shots look like chaos, it was not. Everything was organized and set up so that for two hours we accepted donations and then drove them to a drop off point in Loveland.  Keeping in mind that this was a plan put into place just hours before - not days - the amount we were able to accomplish and donate was astounding.

 There is a scripture I kept thinking about in Doctrine and Covenants 132: 8  that says:  "Behold, mine house is a house of order, saith the Lord God, and not a house of confusion."  There was no confusion in the organization of this drive.  It was pulled together quickly and efficiently.  It filled my heart and was a great experience for my family to be a part of.  The two hour drive filled 4 - 8ft trailers, 1- 16ft trailer, one commercial van and about 4 full truck loads and a Suburban or two, too.  In the video you see a pile of empty boxes, that is only a small portion of them and every box was filled with donated items.

A midst all the sadness that is surrounding my community right now, this was a point of happiness indeed. One other thing that I loved is how important it was for the leaders to get the youth involved in this.  And despite the rain, the kids came and happily helped.  If you watch the video you'll see Miss M a few times, she's wearing black and has her hair pulled back in a pony tale.  If you stick it out towards the end, she is in the line that is passing water out to be loaded up in the trailers and she is happy.  I love that she is happy and I love that she came home raving about her positive experience.

If you are interested, Mr. K turned some of his video footage into a You Tube video. It shows the action but not the final result of all that was collected, but you get the idea - it was a great effort and a wonderful thing to be apart of.

4- Halloween Crafts
My little Bug is the one who, before anyone else in the family, always wants to start decorating for Halloween.  She asked this weekend if we could pull out the stuff.  I'm not quite there yet though but thought it might be a good idea to post a few links from past projects.  That way if you've already started and are looking for something to make maybe one of these ideas might help you out.  Enjoy!

The 5 Minute Ghost
Giant Spider
Box Mummy
Skeleton Jars
Hanging Spiders


Emily S said...

First of all, hi neighbor! I have been readying a your blog for a long time, and just now discovered we live in the same town :) This has been incredibly sad, and it really is going to change a lot of things about our community. I already miss driving up to Estes, our camping crew was going to go to Gould this past weekend and now several of the roads we would have used are gone :( Even though we have several roads to get through Loveland again, it's still surreal to think that there are many others that are undriveable and will be for months, if not longer. It breaks my heart. Thank you for sharing what your church has done for our community! Blessings!

beth jillette said...

Praying for you, your family and your state.

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry Colorado is experiencing such awful floods; I have family who moved to Aurora from Alaska 2 years ago, and even they have had the floods affect them. All the years in Alaska did not prepare them for what they've seen and experienced. Very, very sad. Prayers go to you and family and communities.

The Lovely One said...

Hope everyone is still ok and safe, and that you'll be ready for "normal" life again soon!