Michael has posted on Facebook that I have a bunch of photos here, so I guess I’d better get busy and get those photos UP.
But first, a little view of how the day has unfolded……
It’s been a normal day here, and moving backward from this moment I can say that I have spent a bit of time building a solar system, cleaning up a paint spill, explaining how a multiplication chart works.
I have spelled about eleventy gajillion words aloud to one of my darlings who is writing a paper on a topic which is perhaps too ambitious (but I assign that type of paper all the time and it generally works out).
We have enjoyed three hours of piano lessons on the piano which is, for better or worse, positioned at the exact center of our living space downstairs, so my head is now ringing a bit in the sudden absence of the sound.
I have spoken to two banks, three tax preparers, the Internal Revenue Service, one floor refinisher, and twice to my husband and then once to the man who needs to come and repair our patio.
I have learned that our neighbors who were in Christchurch New Zealand when the first earthquake occurred this week are alive and well, and I am so thankful for that news, and really for all the other stuff too.
This day began really nicely, too. I was up at 5:30, showered, and running laundry by 6:30.
I was reading in Psalms for a bit, and loving the verses where it says
” I sought the Lord and he answered me, He delivers me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant, their faces are never covered with shame……The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them…….Taste and see that the Lord is good, blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him.”
Then Helen and I cuddled up on the couch to work on our memorization of the book of Philippians. We were working through the second chapter, where it says
“Do all things without grumbling or questing that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world…..”
…then we heard a siren. And since we live way off in a little wee community in which sirens are never heard, we got up and went to see…..and what we found is in the slide show below…….Audrey took all the photos.
Please pray for our neighbours who have very likely lost everything in the house. And for us that we might be a blessing to them. This is the second fire in our little community this year. It is amazing and beautiful to me to see how my neighbors reach out to one another in kindness, and I am thankful to be a part of a community where there is so much love.