Tuesday, May 26, 2015

"Flood"

(by Jars of Clay) 



Well...we've had a bit going on around these parts lately, both good and bad...

Elly & I were invited to a surprise party Kassie's 18th birthday on Thursday!



Then on Saturday, we got to celebrate Dan & Amanda's boy Isaac's 5th birthday!


And later that evening we went to a graduation party for Alexis!

I don't know if I've mentioned that the graduating class this year is the largest we've probably ever had in our youth group! It's definitely the largest since I've been volunteering (nearly nine years now). This has also been the most emotional graduation season for me. I'm not exactly sure why, but I'm sure that some of it has to do with the fact that I've known most of these girls since before they were in youth. Plus my friend Kyla's son Caleb (my red team buddy) is graduating, and he's supposed to be eight. It's crazy!

Anyways...the boys both had plans on Sunday night, so Elly & I decided that a Girls' Night was in order! It was a beautiful evening, so we walked around a nearby outdoor shopping complex and made a few stops along the way...

First we got some cookie butter from Trader Joe's...


...then we shared dessert at Torchy's...


...and tried a bit of a PB&J chocolate bar from Trader Joe's...


Then we went to the grocery store {because we really know how to live it up!} & enjoyed mini Frappuccino's while we bought a few groceries!


On Memorial Day, Laurien, Elly, & I did a little shopping and went out for lunch. That evening Christopher grilled burgers, and I made homemade fries! Before that, though, Laurien helped Chris repressurize the storage tank for our water filter because it had gotten to where it would only dispense 20 ounces or so at a time. Again, we really know how to live it up around here! ;)


On a serious note, though, the reason for today's song is that we've had some crazy flooding around here! We had 5.5" of rain overnight, but areas near us received nearly 11". And those totals are just from a six-hour period last night. We have already had so much rain this season that many of our creeks, rivers, and bayous were overflowing today. There was major flooding in Houston. Here's a before and after of a heavily flooded part of town:

Water is still rising in some areas, and more rain is expected for the rest of the week. And, sadly, this is only a small portion of the state that has been affected by flooding. Several people have died across the state, and others are missing. It's just not a good situation. Though we are safe, so many others are suffering. Please join me in praying for the people who have suffered loss as well as for protection from what lies ahead.



Amy

2 comments:

Brooke said...

love the dino cake. i've requested one for my birthday next month B-)

stay safe. prayers for everyone affected.

Natalie Busch said...

I'm so glad you guys are okay. I've seen some terrible reports from the news :( Also, you are not alone to be emotional at graduation time. I am going to use the pregnancy excuse, but the truth is I probably would be really teary eyed anyway.