Project Alicia

Friday, August 28, 2009

DAY 239

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"8 inches of rain in 2.5 days makes for a long night."

For some reason my laptop that I keep in my bedroom turned on all by itself at 3AM and woke me. That was when I heard some strange noises and realized it was the sump pump. Haldan and I got up in the nick of time... 5 minutes later would have been too late. It appeared that the sump pump couldn't pump the water out fast enough, but upon further inspection we learned that wasn't exactly the case. Our sump pump's discharge isn't even a foot from the house and consequently was pumping the water outside the house and then right back in. It was dumping into the window well. Haldan rushed outside to start dumping water and find a way to redirect the water while I gathered every towel in the house. In less than 2 minutes water was back 3 feet in the house and spreading quickly. It took a couple hours to get it all taken care of, but I feel so blessed. I know it could have been so much worse. I do still have towels to wash. It ended up being about 4 loads and it's taking about 3 dry cycles to get them dry due to dryer issues, but I can deal with that. Not only were we able to catch it in time, but Haldan was even able to figure out the problem this time. The last time it flooded it was worse and we just assumed it was due to the rain itself filling up the window well. Once we were ready to go back to bed Haldan looked at me and said, "tender mercies". I do think we must have had an angel watching over us because had it not been for that computer turning on we would have slept through it and I can't even begin to imagine how bad it might have been. I know that I am not alone in my short night's sleep. I know several people that had similar experiences in the wee hours of the morning. And although it seems like it is pouring buckets in our life right now (literally)... we are plowing through the challenges handed us and trying to keep the faith. Adversity and difficulties are an inescapable part of life. The important thing is not what happens but how we accept and choose to deal with them, at least that's what I'm constantly reminding myself these days.

6 comments:

  1. Hopefully there will be no more flooding and you'll get your sump pump drainage figured out. I can't imagine what our basement would look like without ours. You have to love these Iowa rains!

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  2. Your story touched me greatly things morning. Thanks for posting it. I am grateful for tender mercies myself, for other reasons. It's nice to hear others to remind us that God is very aware of us all.

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  3. Yikes! Glad you were able to stop the damage! Hope it stops raining soon!

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  4. I think the Lord knows Cedar Rapids doesn't need anymore flood issues. You guys are in my prayers I hope the sun comes out soon C:

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  5. It was a tender mercy wasn't it. I'm glad that you were able to finally to see what the real problem was so you can take care of it and not have the same problem again...Thankfully you have so many towels;)

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  6. I love your thoughts on this "trial" for you guys! you definitely see the big picture :) Thanks for sharing :) (and I'm sorry I'm behind!!)

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