Weathering the Storm


I was pretty excited the other day to hear we were going to get to the 40s this week. Little did I know what the 40s would do to the great amount of snow we had laying around. Add in some rain to that mix and you really have a water event.IMG_5506

Once again, our river is nearly as high as it was last fall! This time it is complete with ice blocking the flow of the river, ice floes in the bottom field and ducks floating blissfully on that same field.

Yesterday my husband spent time digging “canals” crisscrossing our yard in an attempt to get the water away from the house. He spent time doing that and plugging in a sump pump to keep the water out of our basement. I will have to say that Iowa weather is never boring. Personally I am ready for boredom when it comes to weather.

I also had forgotten the mud that would accompany such a fast melt. This is not your basic mud….this is boot-sucking mud. You have to walk very carefully in this mud. If you don’t you will find yourself with a very wet muddy sock and your boot stuck where your foot used to be. It is probably an incredible workout program.

Most of the schools around here are only running their buses on the hard surface roads. I totally get that as our short stretch of mud gravel road is not really negotiable anymore. I will have to say that it does keep things interesting.

With all this water around I am reminded of a verse that says, “When you go through the deep water.” Isaiah 43:2. I am struck by the fact that is says WHEN not IF. It also promises that we will not be swept under. I find that to be a great comfort in every circumstance.

IMG_5508And so I watch the waters rise, I hear the wind howl as the rain changes between snow and rain; as if it cannot decide which season it is, and I slip and slide over a yard of mud, ice and running water.

I hear of communities in Iowa, South Dakota and Nebraska that have taken huge hits with water damage. Dams and bridges washed away, homes flooded with basements collapsing and entire businesses gone. It makes our flooding look fairly minor. There is definitely perspective to all things.

So much of life is perspective. It is good to take a step back and realize we are not alone. In the storms, in the high waters, in the mud and ice….we are not forgotten. We are not in control and for that I am eternally grateful.

May your weekend find you safe and warm. May you keep your head above water and may you find blessing in the floods of life.


Sometimes you just need to bow your head,
say a prayer and weather the storm.




34 thoughts on “Weathering the Storm

  1. bcparkison says:

    AGAIN! Faye I am so sorry but you are right it could be worse. The life of a farm family just seems to be in a circle of ‘whats next”.Are you out of danger or are things still creeping up. My prayers are for you and your neighbors.
    We are still getting rain every week and some of the early breakout of green has fallen to frost.
    There are some things we just can’t control.
    Rabbit and I are both still concerned about Cob. Will let you know if we hear anything.

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      We have a very tall cliff down to the river (well we did before this flooding) My husband always had older farm implements parked along there. He spent some time this afternoon dragging them all away from the cliff as he is afraid it will collapse into the river and he did not want the machinery going with it.
      That boot sucking mud is something else!

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  2. says:

    Thanks for the post. Keeping our heads above water sure can be interesting. We’re experiencing a pretty fast melt here too. Yesterday chunks of ice slid off the roof and scared the heck out of me. I thought the roof caved in. I hope the flooding isn’t too bad.

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  3. Margy says:

    I hope everything works out okay!
    We have sump pumps in our Alberta basement too. Our ‘river’ is an underground stream that goes right under our house! That little fact sure wasn’t something we knew when we bought our house…

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      That was nice of the sellers to let you know about the stream under the house! Perhaps you could put a well in your basement! My folks had friends that did that years ago in their basement. It helped keep the basement dry and provided all the water their family of 8 needed.


      • Margy says:

        A well – now that is an interesting idea. In wet years, we pump to the ditch which annoys all the neighbours ‘down stream’ from us. We could pump to the seasonal slough behind us, but it is the home of mosquitoes, so we try to let that dry up as soon as possible!

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