Tuesday, September 18, 2018


The rain continued off and on all day, and as
 I type this the rain is still coming down.
On Sunday night the school district called to make us 
aware that they had cancelled school for 
Monday because of severe flooding in our area.
Last night around 7:30 we got the phone call again informing
 us that school would be cancelled again for Tuesday.  
It feels weird to be excited when so many are suffering.
Mr Nielson spent part of his work day in the garage oiling up his
 chain saw and getting tools together so he and some other
 members of our neighborhood church congregation (me too!),
can go to the hardest hit areas in the state to help relive suffering and remove
fallen debris and trees in homes, yards, and roads.
Outside water pours down the streets, ditches are clogged, and erosion
has eaten away at many roads and riverbeds.
The boys spent the day inside doing this:
I don't even know what this is.
But it kept them busy for a good portion of the day.
Tonight as I was setting the table for dinner I happened to look
out my window because for the first time in almost a week, the sun
poked out of the thick clouds and with her a beautiful rainbow.
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Friday, September 14, 2018

GO away Florence!

Since hurricane Florence cancelled school we 
decided to take The Little Nies and the sister missionaries over to 
Durham to visit beautiful Duke campus.
The weather has been a little windy and rainy, 
but nothing to really talk about- yet.
Just to clarify, there has been no mandatory evacuation for my area.
We are fine and praying for those living near the coastal areas.

We are going to hunker down this weekend, keep the candles and board 
games handy, and pray the storm takes it easy on our friends.

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Unbelievable destruction

In preparation for hurricane Florence about 30 Mormon missionaries
 were evacuated to escape its wrath.
Our family is hosting two beautiful sisters who are serving in Swansboro
 (a quaint small town on the North Carolina Atlantic coast).
 The sisters will be with us for however long
 it takes for the hurricane to pass by
and it's safe for them to go home- if there is a home left to go home to.
Gas stations around me are officially all dried up and closed.
We are ready to just hunker down and wait.
I had the weather channel on all day long listening to updates and alerts.
They say this storm will cause "unbelievable destruction".
I feel safe in our home knowing that we have two of God's servants
under our roof.  Maybe Florence will just pass us by.