Monthly Archives: September 2006

I’ll give you THREE guesses…

Guess what's new at our house!

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I’m a real live chicken barterer!

I felt like such a real homesteader today.  I bartered some of our chicken for Raw Honey and Homemade Soap!!  It kind of gives you a glimpse of community – everyone sharing of what they have.

Maybe we still have time to do another batch of chickens before winter, hmmm….

You Never Know What The Night Will Bring – Part 1

 28 One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” 29 ”The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” 32 ”Well said, teacher,” the man replied. “You are right in saying that God is one and there is no other but him. 33 To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.” 34 When Jesus saw that he had answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And from then on no one dared ask him any more questions. Mark 12:28-34

We had quite a bit of excitement here Friday night. We had one kid spending the night at a friend’s house, two with dad at the gun club, and then I was almost an hour away scrapbooking with a friend. My husband had called a few times to ask when I was headed home because he was  concerned about the weather, but I wasn’t too nervous. It wasn’t even raining where I was.

Nonetheless I wrapped things up and headed for home.

On the way home, the lightning show started. I’m not one to worry too much about the weather, but I know my husband is. And I know that it’s because he feels such a responsibility to protect all of us. In fact as I was driving home that night I was thinking about how my husband displays so much of  God’s love and protection to me.

Sure enough it wasn’t long before the wind started to pick up and I decided to turn the radio station  to one with local weather. I was a little shocked to hear all that was going on – tornado warnings, 60-70 mph winds,  trees down, and flash flood warnings. Tony called to get an update on where I was and told me to just stop at the friend’s house where our son was spending the night until the weather cleared a bit.

I was kind of embarrassed, but I knew that it was better to be safe than sorry. I woke my friend up (they were all sleeping peacefully in the storm), and stayed there until it looked like the bad weather had passed. And I headed towards home.

Wowsers was it raining!

The rain was actually blowing sideways with the wind, branches were down, and I was wondering about how high the creek would be as I got close to home. Once inside, we all kept an ear on the weather alert radio while I finished up my scrapbook project.

To be continued….

Part 2

Part 3

You Never Know What The Night Will Bring – Part 2

Here’s the link to Part 1 if you missed it:

I guess it was about 1:30 or so when Joe & Tony headed to bed. I was going to just stay up a few more minutes to finish my project.

Thirty minutes later the doorbell rang. There stood a soaking wet young man (maybe 19 or 20) telling us that his truck was stuck in the creek and wanting to know if we could help him pull it out. We told him that we didn’t have anything that could pull like that, but gave him the phone so he could call his parents. He called and then promptly took off back towards the creek a little miffed that we couldn’t be more help. (Folks around here think everyone has a tractor!)

We’ve learned just how quickly our creek rises, so Tony & Joe got dressed so they could go check on this boy and his two friends to make sure they were ok until someone could get there to pick them up.

I’ve got to admit that I was a little nervous about my guys even going down there. I figured if one person was stuck there wasn’t any sense in another heading that way. BUT I knew that if our boys were stuck somewhere I’d appreciate someone keeping an eye on them until we could get there, so off they went.

When Tony and Joe headed down there, they were surprised at just how quickly the water met them. The creek had come all the way through one field and was halfway up the tires by the first corner. They got out to holler for the boys, but the water was rising so rapidly they had to turn around and drive about 16 miles to come around on the other side of the creek. By this time, the boy’s dad was there hollering for them too.

It was raining so hard and was so dark that you couldn’t see anything and could just barely make out their voices. It was pretty scary.

Tony said his heart almost fell in his chest when that dad looked at him
in the rising waters and said, “Will you help me find my boy?”

To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.” Mark 12:33

It had been well over an hour since Tony and Joe had left by this point.

The boy’s mom was calling to check in with me every so often to see if I knew anything. She was the one who told me about how fast the water was rising and about Tony and Joe having to go around because the water was so high on our side.

I began to realize how serious things were. And I began to pray.

Tony had told her to call 911, but she was a bit hesitant. I think she was in shock and just didn’t want to admit how bad things were looking. I told her to go ahead and call them though. The selfish part of me knew that if those boys had been swept away, my guys would be trying to rescue them and I wanted them to have professional help. And oh boy did I start praying.

Praying for those boys, praying for their parents, and praying for my guys.

I’m always amazed at how things can change so quickly.

More in part 3….

You Never Know What The Night Will Bring – Part 3

Start with part 1 & part 2 to see how the story started.

So she called 911 and I began praying even more fervently.

The rain was pouring down and I stepped out our side door to see if I could see or hear anything. Nothing except the pounding of rain. I tried to shine the only flashlight I could find and noticed how high the small creek in front of our house was. I contemplated putting the 5 yr old in the car with me and trying to drive down there and check on things, but realistically knew that wasn’t wise. So I prayed some more.

Then I got the wise idea to honk the car horn. That’s the “come home” signal  if Tony or the boys are out hunting or working around the property. I figured that even if they couldn’t come home, they would honk and let me know that they were okay. Nevermind that it was 4 in the morning. I had to try something.

It was just moments after that when I heard voices hollering back in response. Sure enough, coming down from the fields by our horse barn were the missing three boys! The sound of the horn had helped guide them through the dark woods. However, I had my 150 lb English Mastiff by my side so they weren’t sure they wanted to come down towards us. I had to laugh at that. Face the mastiff or go back in the creek… hmm….

I finally coaxed the three water-logged young men to the house. I brought them onto our front porch out of the rain and immediately told them to call their mother!

Unfortunately she wasn’t there. She had gone to look for them too, so I called 911 to let them know that the boys were all safe at our house. Thankfully, while I was on the phone with 911,  Tony, Joe and the father of one of the boys showed up. I was so relieved. However, you had to laugh at the boy’s first comment,“I promise Daddy, we weren’t out doing nothin stupid. The water, it just rose so quickly.”

Now while it might be up to debate whether they were in fact doin anything stupid, that water did rise shockingly fast. In fact, the father had parked their car a good 100 yards away from the creek while he went to look for his boy, and unfortunately the creek got it too!

Can you believe it? One family lost 2 vehicles in one night. Fortunately the fear of potentially losing a child helped everyone to keep it in perspective.

So at about 5 AM we tried again to settle down for the night. We changed out of our wet clothes, washed up, and headed for bed: thankful that everyone was safe. And reminded of just how much we need each other at times out here in the country.