Sunday, May 02, 2010

Our neck of the woods...

This weekend has been say the least. The entire Nashville, middle Tennessee area is virtually under water. For the past 48 waters, we have received over 13 inches of rain, and the quickness of this rainfall has devastated our geography. This video is from downtown Franklin, in the back yard of Patrick's office.

Our home is ok, but the roads around us are immersed in water--some even ripped apart by the flood damage. We are homebound for now, and I am out of school tomorrow. We are in a declared state of emergency and have had a curfew enforced. Please take a minute and pray for all of the families who have lost their homes during this widespread disaster.

"God is our refuge and our shelter,
always ready to help in times of trouble.
so we will not fear, even if
earthquakes come and mountains crumble into the sea.
Let the ocean roar and foam.
Let the mountains tremble as the waters surge."
~Psalm 46:1-3

Meanwhile, before things got too bad and unbeknownst to us, we trekked out to Murfreesboro. Leaving our neighborhood, we heard tornado sirens blaring. As we got on the road, we listened to the weather and learned that we were being chased by a tornadic storm--about 5 miles behind us and heading in our direct path. We reached our destination, forgot about our troubles temporarily, and as we were leaving 2 hours later, a neighbor reported that there had been 2 touchdowns in nearby areas. We were barely able to get home. Two hours worth of sheetlike rain had produced floodwaters reaching up to surrounding homes' front porches. Who knew things could get so dangerously bad so quickly...

Our trip was all worth it, though, because we got to celebrate this little guy turning 2! Jackson is one of Addison's best buddies at school, and we had a blast at his Circus Birthday.

Jen went all out--with this clown picture op, a jumping machine, a ball machine, pin-the-tail on the donkey, and all sorts of circus-like games. With the inclement weather, she transformed her garage into party-central. Party snacks included popcorn and peanuts, cotton candy, gumballs, fresh-squeezed lemonade, and more--all packaged in theme appropriate, personalized containers. She really set the bar!

Addison wasn't too sure what to think at first, but she soon let loose and ran around with her school buddies. She LOVED jumping and playing in the balls. This morning she woke up and said, "I want Jack's house." It was fun!
Just one of Jen's snack stations. Se cute and so creative! We were thankful to have something fun to celebrate during this otherwise dismal weekend.


We are BLESSED. said...

Oh my gosh, we haven't had the TV on all weekend and I had no idea about this! Glad yall are safe and sound.

Holly said...

We will be praying for all of you!! Stay safe and dry! Love to you all up there!