Grace upon grace.....


Today.

This is our life for now.

And boy am I blessed!

For those of you new to what's been going on, I will start from the top.

It rained... etc...

For days.. fast!... hard!!!

We have lived on our property for years.

In fact, longer than I've been around.

it's never flooded like this.

Never came close.

We though we would be spared but the reality hit

It was coming up faster than what we could plan for.

So we gathered our three kids and grand baby in my bedroom and held hands.

My husband prayed hard over our little family and our home.

And we rushed out.

We jumped into the back of his pickup truck as the lights flickered and darkness fell.








I held tight to Heidi and my silly little plant.

I don't know why I grabbed the silly tree but its just special yall

It's funny what you do in times like these.

It's an awful picture of me and I wish I could say I looked better now but that would be a lie lol..

We met with my sister and her family and bunked the night at her husbands business.

We crammed so many of us including 4 dogs into one small room.

We just sat there ya'll.

numb.

Sometime during the night my daughter posted this on her instgram.

I love her heart!





We waited for the sun to come up and my son took his boat out to see if it was clear.

He came back for us and we loaded one by one to take a peek.

                 


Here we are below coming up on my back yard.





                                 
                                  

Keep in mind that the water had started to go down a bit.











I can't really find the words to describe what we were feeling.

Disbelief I guess.











We floated around a bit and just took it all in.
















Then I knew it was time to face the future.

We walked inside.

The smell was so bad...



                  

Our floors and walls covered.

One of the questions I get asked the most...

"Why do you have to throw it all away"

Along with the muddy water comes sewage... yup.

Nasty , stinky  sewage.





Imagine if your toilets overflowed into your home and touched everything.

Now you may have a better idea of why we have to throw it out.



I have had people send me messages like...

 "if you're too lazy to clean your belongings, donate them"

Ya'll...

I would love nothing more than to share my things but giving people
items that are contaminated is just wrong.

Believe me, If  I could save it, I would.



Another question often asked...

"Did you have flood insurance"?

Praise God... I do.

Many don't.

We are so very grateful that our home was covered.

BUT...

The catch is they will only replace our flooring and walls.

That's all.

we lost it all...

Can you imagine?

I'm still trying too...







So we let it all sink in and I looked up.



God is good all the time!

Life is still good.

We are still so blessed.







I dug through some of the rubble and found this sign and placed it on my window.

I wanted my neighbors to know that we can still give thanks in this storm.






We could not start the cleaning process until the water went down and thank goodness...

Our family cat... "BIG Momma" was missing when we left.

She had a litter of kitties hidden and we could not find her when we left.

I heard her crying up in the tree.

It took three days to get her down.

My son and husband tried everything but she would just climb higher.



It hurt my heart to have to leave her but we had to go.

                 





We said goodbye to the house... again...





And paddled back to high land.

Meanwhile, a group of boaters were picking up stranded families and one of my signs got caught up in his motor.

He reached down and pulled it out of the muddy water.




Later we found this photo on facebook and let him know that it was one of ours and I was so happy he had found it.


He wanted to return it but I insisted he keep it.

What a great reminder that Love is all you need.



That night we made the news... lol



It seemed like weeks before we could make it back home by car.

Our home was still surrounded.







And the clean up began.



BIG Momma came down out of the tree and located her babies.

I don't know where she left them but she sure knew what she was doing.

They were high and dry.


We laughed

(I was the center of the jokes because I paint so often)

The picture below is Jesse holding up a piece of trim with a very thick layer of paint... lol


And then we cried..



And laughed some more.

We were able to salvage some of our clothing.

Nothing like a dose of humble pie when you have everything you own in the back of your truck.







My sweet sweet chairs from World Market...



It's times like these that make you reflect on all the good.

I thanked God right there..

That moment I saw my husband catching his breath and taking it in...

He has been my rock!



As for the house.

It's empty now.

The walls had to be removed half way.

mold has started to grow but we are fighting it with everything we have.



Maddy's little sweet sixteen car .... gone.

It went under.

She hasn't complained once.






Mine was parked right behind hers... gone.


So now that ya'll are all caught up.

Here is our view for now.

It may take months for this to be cleared.

Because the flood was so widespread, many people are hurting just like us.

We are not alone.

So where do we go from here?

I'm not really sure.

I do know one thing...

"This is what it means to be loved and to know that the promise was that when everything fell

we'd be held".....

I now know the true meaning of this song.

His grace has covered us.

His grace is enough.

xo

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82 comments:

  1. Bless your heart! My heart aches for you all. But through the destruction I see your determination and the love and faith that holds your family together. God will take care of you. And I had to smile at the sweet kitties. I will be praying for you and your family!

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  2. I don't know you but have been following your blog for years because I like all your signs. This post made me cry... I just can't imagine...
    Sending you good wishes to stay strong and make it through.

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  3. Oh, Susie. Glad yall are safe. That is truly all that matters. Sending love and light.

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  4. Prayers that y'all will have good health and happiness forever.

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  5. So very glad you're safe. Thank you for taking the time to post in the midst of such devastation - I have been wondering how you all were doing, your sister included. So grateful to read you are ok. Praying for each of you and grateful for your thankful hearts and for knowing God is bigger than all of it. Despite that, still wish I could just wiggle my nose & make it ok for everyone in LA.

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  6. While I live far away from your floodwaters, I do know the pain of loss and your faith and perseverance in spite of this disaster are encouraging me. i will pray for you and your family in these long days of cleaning, replacing, and recovery ahead. You have reminded me to have faith - even during the hard times.

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  7. I so admire your positivity in this time of hardship and sadness for you and your family. Prayers and peace for you all

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  8. I have cried many tears for you and Missy. I love you, girl!

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  9. I'm also so glad you are all safe. I will pray that somehow this will go more quickly than normal and everyone in your area will be back in their homes. Blessings all over each of you!

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  10. I'm so sorry that you have to go through this. Thank you for sharing your amazing attitude. Praying for you.

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  11. Just wanted to offer more prayers for your family. God Bless everyone in your great state.

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  12. It's good to "hear" from you and I'm so very sorry for you loss!! We lived through the Midwest floods of 1994 and the first floor our home was inundated. The shock was difficult, then the work...then the discouragement and time wore on and the losses really set in.

    It does get better. It is just stuff. You have a fabulous family support system and will come out on top. The challenge daily is simply to endure. I'm so sorry that you have to go through this, but I know the Lord will be with you!

    PS - I have purchased your signs and look forward to when you can make more!

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  13. I'm so sorry that this happened but am glad you and your family are safe. Prayers for you and everyone there. Thank you for this blog post and for the instagram pictures that show us what has happened there. God bless.

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  14. What a brave family and community you have. �� Many prayers being sent your way.

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  15. I was just thinking of you yesterday. I was wondering why you hadn't posted in a while....never knowing the total upheaval you and your sweet family have gone through!
    I am so glad you are all safe.
    Your signs grace many a spot in my home...I am so happy that one of your signs gave the whole area a smile.
    Cindy Riley

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  16. Sending prayers your way for you and your family and your lovely state. Your grace during all of this is an inspiration1

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  17. Wow...good luck to your family...thanks for sharing this...your light and love shine through!

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  18. Oh Susie, I don't think I even have anything of great value to say but I just want you to know that my heart is with you and your precious family. To see you standing w/ your sign and imagining your stance of gratitude and blessedness in the midst of great chaos just moved me to tears. Hugs to you sweet lady!

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  19. So sorry this has happened to your family and community. Prayers for all.

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  20. I cannot begin to imagine. Your pictures and your post make it real for those of us on dry ground. Prayers that the recovery is swift and complete. Your faith is a beacon for those who need encouragement,and I will treasure my Philippians 4:6,7 sign even more than I already have. It "looks and speaks" to me daily! God bless, Betty

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  21. Your faith and strength continue to amaze and inspire me!

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  22. With tears streaming, I'm praying for you and the long hard road ahead. I know they are all just "things" that you've lost, but our homes are sacred havens and to have it taken all away is worthy of some grief. Blessings!!

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  23. The tears started when I saw the "Love Is All You Need" photo!!

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  24. I started praying for you when I heard this on the news, So glad you and your family are o.k. I can not imagine the heartache.

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  25. Susie, I just randomly went to your Instagram today. Not sure how I got there, but it is so inspiring when in the midst of everything, the loss, the flood, you still manage to keep your faith high and encourage others, put a smile on your face and continue each day. God is in control. I actually started a go fund me account for flood victims down in Baton Rouge. One of my local church in Shreveport, Bossier Louisiana called people down for help last week. I did not get to go but I heard so many stories, seen many pictures. Words cannot describe...but I am here and want to help. I don't know how much I can help but if you have anyone else you know, a church that actually need helps for money, supplies, would you mind letting me know. I want to call others in my area to give help.

    In the midst of this, God wants to put us together, and I believe He turns the bad into good. We just need to trust in Him. Hang in there friend. You are one inspiration, one encouraging soul for others.

    Thank you!

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  26. My thoughts and prayers to you, your family, and your community. I have been following your blog for years and find your positive view refreshing! I know it is being tested through this experience. Thought this verse was appropriate:
    "And the child grew and became strong in the spirit." Luke 2:40

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  27. Precious Susie. Bless you, bless you. You are so full of courage and goodness. Grace upon grace has been heaped on your heart, that's for sure.

    Now. What do you need most? I'm headed to the GoFundMe link right now. What else can I do to help?

    Praying for you!

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  30. Susie,

    I just wanted to check to see how you and your family are doing? I hope that you were able to keep the mold away and that things are looking up. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Thank you for your optimism, and your inspiration. Your faith is inspiring.

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  31. What a positively amazing story. Your positive attitude through it all makes me cry - and reexamine my own "floods". I think I can see them in a new light now, because of you. I've never met you but thank heavens I found you. You're an inspiration!!!! The best of luck to you and your family as you rebuild a new, wonderful life. Together.

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  33. Prayers continue
    Thinking of you and yours that you are doing well

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  34. I just wanted you to know that you and your family are such an inspiration of how to persevere through great challenges. I'm so sorry for the long road ahead of you and pray you will find comfort and strength through this journey. Hugs!

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  39. Susie: I have just seen this post on your blog and I hope, as I type this, you are in a much better situation. Your faith is inspiring...it is, after all, what we have in times like these to get us through. So thankful that you and yours are safe and are making brand new memories!! Prayers for you....Lou Cinda

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