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.


  1. How scary! I hope you and your family finds a safe place to go to--and it is a blessing that you have the time to pack up and take what you need. I'm so sorry--it must feel terrible to leave your home. Stay safe and know the DOC will be thinking of you and your family!

  2. Oh my! I am thinking of you and the family Deanna. What a scary and heartwrenching experience to have to leave your home in such a manner. Puts things into perspective I am sure. Stay safe and know you are cared for.

  3. Oh, Deanna, I'm sorry. My heart goes out to you and your family and neighbors. Thank goodness you have some advance notice. Still, I know this has to be so scary, upsetting and unsettling. I wish you all the best. I'll keep you in my thoughts. I hope this flood turns out to be much less significant than what is predicted. Good luck! Update if you can. Many of us truly care and will be thinking of you!

  4. Deanna!!!! I am amazed at the strength in your words and spirit in this time of uncertainty and loss. Your faith is strong and carrying you through. I will add your family to our prayers for safety and for God guiding your family to a new home. I wish I could lift the stress and strains of what D adds to the mix. I certainly think holding off on pumping for awhile is a smart decision.

    Please keep us updates as you can. Know you and your family will be lifted in prayers and I will say an extra one for Him to wrap you in his arms of protection.

  5. OH MY GOSH Deanna! Please know that we will be thinking and praying for you. I hope it is not as severe as they are thinking. Take care and hugs to your family.

    PLEASE let us know you are safe when you arive wherever your adventure takes you.

  6. OH my goodness! Prayers coming your way! I hope that you can return home soon, and that your family is kept safe! Hugs and love to you!!

  7. Thank you all for your kind comments. Having your prayers and support during this unpredictable time means more to me than I can convey. We're tired, scared, numb but still strong enough to get through... come what may. Still looking for housing so please keep praying.

    Love you all!

  8. I'm still thinking about you guys and I'm still praying for this entire situation. I know it can't be easy.


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