Saturday night. Weather extremes: today Hurricane Irene has been wreaking havoc on the eastern coast of the US, but it is also just another way-above-100-degrees-day in Texas, where there has been NO rain to speak of in I-don’t-know-how-long! Not far away, there is way too much rain, and here in TX there is a desperate need for rain. But, as we all know, there is just nothing to be done about the weather but to stand in awe of it and to know we are not the ones in control. The “weather channel” folks seem to relish times like this: people cannot get enough of the news when there is a weather event, such as Irene.
Our place in NC has apparently survived. Thanks to a fine fellow who does our house repairs, our windows are covered with storm shutters and the outside deck furniture has been moved indoors, all done before Irene arrived. We’ve learned that we lost roof shingles and had some flooding, as well as some other minor things which can all be fixed. I think the area is also without electrical power. So, we’ll return soon to get started on those repairs, and finish up the lingering repairs from the lightning strike. We’ve now had this happen twice — once four years ago in Plano, and this one in NC at the end of June (with less resulting damage). Strange that we’ve had two homes get struck by lightning. We were not at home either time. Thankfully, they did not burn to the ground!
Rob is still focused on getting a good socket fit for his prosthesis — it continues to hurt him quite a bit, so that’s an ongoing work-in-progress. But, he’ll be so thrilled when it does finally fit him well — he will never take it for granted, that’s for certain!
Lee Anne is now employed — it’s in the photography field, which she loves. It dawned on me the other day that right now, all three of our kids are employed and enjoying their jobs… another reason to give God praise!
Praying for the East Coast folks as they continue to weather the storm and the aftermath of Irene….
– from Psalm 148
7 Praise the Lord from the earth, you large sea animals and all the oceans,
8 lightning and hail, snow and mist, and stormy winds that obey him,
9 mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars,
10 wild animals and all cattle, crawling animals and birds,
11 kings of the earth and all nations, princes and all rulers of the earth,
12 young men and women, old people and children.
13 Praise the Lord, because he alone is great.