Due to the extreme weather event we are facing right now I'm pausing the Gentle Domesticity book study until next week.
We are safe.
It seems living right near the dam is a blessing as the river is straight and parallel to where we live just down from the spillway, and though the river is high with waves and is breaching it's banks considerably, the dangerous place is further down river where it begins to turn corners and has caused extreme flooding which is still rising.
There are two types of flooding here.
Rain and river.
The worst are floods due to swollen rivers because you cannot pump it away - it rises around you and there is nothing can be done to stop it. You have to leave and wait for the flood waters to subside and emergency services to declare the areas safe to re-enter.
The other flooding is by the extreme rains we have had for nine days now. That's us. As long as we keep these four pumps running, the water kept under the door and the storm drain out front can carry it away then we have saved our home.
Everything is wet, mold is growing all over the place (so we have to toss those things outside for permanent removal once the monsoon is over) and right now my husband is ripping up carpet from his study where the water has come through a crack in the concrete slab our home sits on.
Then he'll remove the carpet from our bedroom as the odour is hard to cope with and sleep is made even more difficult. Staying awake and alert to keep pumps running takes its toll so when there's a weather break we try to sleep for a couple of hours.
The rest of the house is tiled, praise God.
Internet drops in and out so this blog post has taken a while, but we've not lost power even though those up the road have. I'm not replying to emails or messages so please don't be offended - there's enough happening and a blog post answers questions far easier.
Keep praying for everyone affected by this catastrophic flooding which is still not over.
And also pray for mental health, physical health, and recovery time afterwards. Just imagining that once this has cleared people will be expected back at work means a lot of mentally and physically weakened lives will be stretched even further.
Blossom and Ross opened their home to a family who had no power and were surrounded by flood waters; a sole man we saw at the dam this morning was filling sandbags for anyone who needed them because he 'needed to do something'; people everywhere are offering food, shelter, clothing to those in need.
They are just a few of the many good stories from around here.
You know, the world is overloaded with sad, hateful, frightening news...
but we need to hear more about the everyday heroes, the simple folk doing small things that mean more than they will ever know. We need our hearts lifted when they are heavy and our eyes drawn towards that which is kind and gracious and brave.
I still have this month's free pattern ready for you to download and make, and the message fits right in with what I'm seeing and hearing about in our town right now.
Normally I encourage making gifts for others, but I think this is one message we all need close by so how about stitching this for a frame in your home, or complete it as a small sack pillow as I did. The sack pillow pattern is included with the stitchery.
'Small Things, Great Love' is a free download HERE until March 3rd.
We'll keep plodding along today trying to clean up the various areas inside and out between the storms. Reports are that until midnight Monday there will be no easing of the flood surge from the dam and river so many thousands of people will not be able to access their homes the way I can. Blessed does not fully cover how we feel.
Monsoon at the top of Australia, bush fires at the bottom.
God bless YOU wherever you are, whatever situation you're facing. I'm praying and for sure thousands of others are too.