|American Gothic was painted by Grant Wood.|
Our first speaker was Mrs. Julie Gariss. Immediately, we felt welcome as this sweet lady came upon the
stage. Her first topic was titled “Holi-mess.” (I quickly felt a connection to that one :o) Some of the verses she mentioned were Hebrews 12:14
Mrs. Gariss had two quote which I specifically enjoyed. The first is one by A.W. Tozer which reads,
Greetings dear friends! It has been so long since I last wrote–I hope you all don’t think I’ve fallen off the earth! No, I haven’t fallen away life has just been busy! :o) School is almost finished for this year; I am really looking forward to having time for other things–things like catching up on letters and making dresses!
Our dear home is beginning to look more and more home-y. We had HAD a schedule for moving from the basement to the upstairs but the vast amount of rain we received last two seeks ago moved things along. :o) My family and I had been blessed to travel to Illinois to my grandparent for Easter Sunday (and we had such a good time). But while we were gone we had our dear friends and at the time house-itter call and notify that our basement was flooding! (Oh No!) I praise the Lord for the help our friends gave us–one family came and vacuumed water out and lifted our belongings off the floor while the poor house-sitters (who got WAY more than they bargained for) did their very best to mop up floors and live in a clammy and moist area. We are truly blessed! The Lord was also good to us in that He was faithful in meeting our needs–His grace was more that sufficient as we were up late vacuuming water.
The first night wasn’t so bad; we got home from our trip and immediately went to work–I think our adrenaline was pumped up. However, when the waters began to seep in the second night I will say that I was tempted to cry a few times! (And while they won’t admit it. . . I think the boys considered doing so too! :o) But God was so faithful and my sweet family kept lifting and encouraging one another. My brother and I kept trying to find reasons to laugh (to keep our spirits up) and so in honor of the situation I compiled a few of our funny ideas and up-beat conversations:
1. “Look on the bright side, it could have been sewer water!”
2. “It’s a good thing we haven’t put carpet in yet!”
3. “The wise man built his house upon the rock . . . and the rains came tumbling down!” (Notice that the rains did come )
4. Dad: “I think you’re just pushing the water around.”
Me: “What do you mean? I had to fight the beaver and cross the swamp to get this far!” (After I had been
mopping a puddle for quite some time).
5. Me: “Well, I guess I can be a farmer’s wife. . .I passed test #3.”
Brother: “What do you mean?”
Me: “Well, I’ve plucked chickens (test #1), I’ve done hay (test #2), and now I’ve had to deal with some sort of hardship (test #3). You can’t be a farmer’s wife without passing those. :o)
6. “Teacher, I don’t have my homework finished because it floated away!”
7. “We could have had carpet down here and this could have been sewer water!” (I repeated this one on purpose because out of all of the above I think it was the most important reason to smile!)
8. “At least we have an upstairs to move into.”
:o) I’m so thankful for all of the help we received during that time. We were blessed because we only got about 1 1/2 inches of water in our basement and I believe some in our area got much more.
Since we have moved upstairs alot of progress has been made. I have put some before and after photos for you all.
Left to Right View
Dining Room: Now
Laundry room with floor and paint
Dining room light fixture
|We we so blessed to have four men come and help us move. God was so good in meeting our needs far more abundantly than we expected!|
|My family after our first moving day! Tired and dirty but happy! 🙂|
|A long picture of our dining room, kitchen, and living room (from left to right).|
|A peep across the pond. I’ve named it Olive Lake. Olive because it is often an olive green color and Lake because it seems so big to me! :o)
|An old cup from the past owners burn area. I thought it was pretty!|
|And here I am trying to take a photo of myself! :o)|