Tonight was Megan's AWANA Grand Prix race. Jaime came home early from work to help her get her car all ready to go and then, when it was time, we headed to the church to check in and weigh in her car. The car was a little heavy so Jaime made some minor adjustments. She got to race several times and ended up winning third place! She didn't even realize she had won until we told her. She got a trophy, a ribbon and lots of hugs and kisses from mommy and daddy. It was very exciting. As soon as we got home she put her trophy on display up on her dresser.
Our electricity finally came back on Thursday evening. It was a surprise blessing. We weren't expecting it back until yesterday or today. It was out for a total of 9 days, 7 1/2 hours! God took great care of us! We were definately blessed during this time. Unaware that this storm was on it's way, I started cooking like crazy, stocking my freezer, about two weeks before the storm hit. We have a gas stove so we had lots of great food to eat! For the first few days, we kept the house warm with our wood burning stove. We pulled all our mattresses into the family room and basicly lived there. We were able to borrow a generator and Jaime connected the whole house to it so, for the most part, we were able to live normal after that. I just had to turn off the heat to use the washing machine or coffee maker, make sure we didn't have too many lights on at once, and the microwave and dryer were off limits. I must say, if it wasn't for my time in Honduras I probably would have struggled through those 9 days. In my four years down there I got used to the power going out unexpectedly and having no idea when it might be back on, living without using a dryer (I had one, but chose not to use it most of the time), and learning to improvise during times such as these. It has been a little strange trying to get back into the swing of things now that the power is back. I've let so much slide (mostly laundry and house cleaning). I have a ton of laundry to catch up on and I'm trying to do some more cooking to stock my freezer again.
Here are some picture from our yard during the storm.
Ice, ice, ice.
Solid ice around everything.
We couldn't get into our cars!
The branch that took out our electricity line.
An inch of ice!
The next morning.
Trying to save our peach tree. The kids coloring by candlelight.
Life with three kids is about as crazy as I expected, but oh so wonderful! God has blessed me so much with a terrific husband and three beautiful, healthy kids. I am right where God wants me to be. Life couldn't be better!!!