June 15, 2011

Mile Marker - 1 Year

Amidst the impending Missouri River flooding, relocating, and draining our bank account we have not forgotten where we were 1 year ago today. It's hard to gather my thoughts about this milestone with all the chaos that we are surrounded with. I'm at a real loss as to how one should celebrate a diaversary and not sure how to mark the occasion. 

We could mark it with our house waiting to be devoured by flood waters.

We could mark it by having the Animas Ping sitting here on my desk waiting for a quieter time to start our 5 day training so Jaxson can start pumping.

We could mark it by having moved to a place that is so opposite of what we are accustomed to.

But I think I will reflect and be thankful for finding the DOC all the good that has come from his diagnosis.

June 3, 2011

Mighty Mo Taking Center Stage

I know I've been terrible about updating, but I kid you not... in my life, when it rains, it pours!

Inundation map pointing out Missouri Valley, IA.
My thoughts are scattered tonight as I attempt to reach out to my DOC for their thoughts and prayers. We are being forced out of our homes because of an impending flood headed our way early next week. Our home is estimated to be sitting in 6-8 feet of water by Wednesday. We have been packing up everything we own and have accumulated over the past 17 years for the last 3 days. Rounding up boxes, storage units and people with trucks, trailers and muscle. A home for our Sheltie. Doesn't sound too complicated, except the majority of our city is trying to do the same thing. Consider yourself one of the lucky ones if you were able to secure a U-Haul or storage facility. I've never seen this town so busy, but officials are calling this flood "historical".

Key to Inundation map

I don't anticipate we will be back. We're being told that once the flood waters are here, they won't be receding until late this year.

To distract Jaxson, I've told him we're going on an adventure after he inquired about all the packing and moving going on. He's asked me for 3 days straight now if we can leave for our adventure yet.

No Jaxson, but soon. We have to get all our stuff out of here first and put it somewhere safe.

I just remembered that Jaxson's 1 year Diaversary is on the 15th. His pump was approved by insurance and we were suppose to pick it up this week and start our training, but now just doesn't seem like a good time... I mean, with the Missouri River flooding and all, ya know?

My girls are sad to leave their childhood home. We've had a few moments where we've just cried together. We don't know where we're going to go yet, so that's a little scary too.

But I'm grateful.

Grateful for the angels who came to help and took over when I was just too overwhelmed to direct traffic and give instructions.

Grateful that we have time to prepare for impending doom and gather precious family photos and mementos that may otherwise be lost forever.

Grateful for the good in people that disaster brings out.

I know at some point I will have to unplug my computer, so I don't know when I'll be back to update. I do have a smartphone, so if I can find a way to update with that I will.

Until then, I'm grateful for your thoughts, well wishes and prayers.

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