A wonderful video put together by my friend Kaylin. She lives in Colorado Springs where the wildfires - the fire storms - are bringing danger and disaster. Yet, through it all God can still be praised. As Kaylin puts it - God is for me. Yes, Kaylin, He is. We continue to pray for you from here in Florida. I love you, sweetie! Praying you through this storm!
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
These are my new feed-the-horses-in-the-monsoon boots!
(Not a good quality picture - sorry - taken with my phone.) We needed to get hay to the horses, so we headed out. What a production! The first thing we noticed is that the road is still a major mess! See the pond where these teens are swimming? That's our road and they are standing up.
Thank the good Lord for our tractor! We were able to travel off-road to get a roll of hay in. Mark only lost the roll off the back of the tractor once - in the road :). Thankfully I was no longer standing on the side of the tractor at that point, because the front of the tractor lifted off the ground as the roll of hay splashed into the river! Uh, road!
The entrance to the fields is still under water, but it isn't quite as deep as it was yesterday. It is starting to receed.
And the front pasture is still under water, although not as deep :).
And in some spots it isn't horrible :).
This is the "higher ground" we moved the horses to. Normally the donkeys have full reign of this area, now all of the animals are housed in this field.
It is always safe to assume that Sawyer is thrilled to see food in any shape, form, or variety! What an awesome picture I got with my phone! I am still afraid to take my nice camera - and good thing when I almost got pitched into the river - uh, road - when we lost the roll of hay!
All in all, a very hopeful day! It didn't rain today - yay!!! The sun was shining for part of the day! The horses are fed, we didn't lose the tractor down a mudhole, and my fancy new boots kept my feet dry! Great day!!! Now, if our friends in Colorado could fare as well.
Lifting prayers for the Sieberts, Yuens, Rutkowskis, Greens, Craddocks, Schlichtings, Jeubs, Hagoods, and Steve Warren! Several have been evacuated. We are hearing conflicting stories about the house of one family. Praying for safety and a quick end to the fires!
Many of our speech/debate/communications families live in Colorado Springs - in the area of the fires. They are pictured in this photo. We are concerned that one of the families may have already lost their home, others have been evacuated and are awaiting news. Please lift a prayer for these people we love so much! For their safety, for their homes, for their jobs, for calm and peace. Please pray for the firefighters, for wisdom and equipment and abundant supplies of water. Pray for rain, no wind, stamina, strength, and success. Thank you - we are drying out here in Florida from our floods. Our focus is now on our friends and family in Colorado.
(I made this collage to be my cover photo on Facebook. That would explain the open space towards the left bottom - room for my profile pic.)
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
This is a test. I am trying to figure out how to post photos from my iphone onto my blog. I think it's going to work - yay!
So. We had a little storm blow through. Actually, Tropical Storm Debby came through and it sat on Florida for hour after hour after hour. It's been raining for so long now. We headed out to check on our horses this morning. This is the main gate leading into the pasture. Mark is standing in water about 9-10 inches deep.
(Instagram picture - hence the frame. Sorry.) Then you move into the fields. What a mess!
Back by the barn is a section of ground that is dry. That's where we moved the horses to. They are now in the back pasture with my donkeys.
Sadly, this is the road we had to drive down to get to our property. Not even kidding.
That's Scott and a buddy riding a 4-wheeler through the water. There's one place where they lost the 4-wheeler underwater.
Climbing out of the hole in the road. Seriously, it was waist deep there in the middle. What a mess! I've never seen this much water up around the houses and fields. And it's still raining. It's supposed to rain every day this week. I can't even imagine what it's going to be like come Saturday.
All these pix were taken with my phone. Hopefully the quality is acceptable. I didn't want to risk my nice camera out around all the water. Now, back to the art process!
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Looks like a tropical paradise. I can tell you this is not far from home.
I actually have pictures of this same spot - taken on our
honeymoon! Yes, I should find some of those and post them :).
Something you really can not tell from this picture is this . . .
. . . this beautiful tropical locale is found indoors! And we were visiting there to attend this . . .
. . . one of the best breakfasts you will ever eat! 'Ohana! Located at the Polynesian Village, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida!
It's all you can eat fare. Hawaiian pineapple bread, fresh fruit, bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs, fried potatoes, Mickey waffles, and some awesome guava/papaya/something to drink. (And I'm probably totally wrong on what is in the drink - but it's amazing!)
While you eat, four of the Disney characters come to your table and hang out for a little while.
Photo op time, autograph time. Fun time!
This particular morning we were joined by Stitch and Lilo, Pluto and Mickey!
We had a wonderful time!
Lilo and Stitch are always favorites!
What a beautiful hotel, with some wonderful scenery! We had a great breakfast, took a couple photos,
then moved on to Downtown Disney for the rest of the day!