March 11, 2017

That crazy Kansas weather

And just like that, the wildfires north of our city were contained. It ended nearly as quickly as it began. Such stress for everyone involved, but thankfully, there were only two injuries and those were to firefighters (they're doing fine). Unfortunately, there were cattle losses due to smoke, horses and pets and humans were traumatized, and eleven families lost everything.

But no one died!
Praise the Lord!

I had just pulled in at the medical center on Wednesday and happened to notice the two Blackhawk helicopters (that were doing the water drops on the wildfires) as they went by every few minutes refilling from a local pond. So I caught a few photos and noticed the neat water trail as they flew over...

The residents of the area affected by the wildfires were allowed to go back home late afternoon on Thursday. I can only imagine their shock upon seeing the devastation. One of my Instagram friends lives in that area, but his family is blessed to still have their home.

What a crazy, stressful week for everyone.

Yet all those warm temperatures over several days – mid-70s to 80s – brought out a burst of abundant new growth in the area – flower bulbs, shrubs, trees...

And then there's today.

I'm sure every Kansan is rolling their eyes at "that crazy Kansas weather."

We had snow flurries.


But it wasn't even enough to wet your tongue.

Ah well. To live in Kansas you have to have a sense of weather humor. And patience.

If you don't like the weather of the moment, just wait five minutes...

It'll change!

March 7, 2017

Pray for Kansas

As of today, our state is going on several days of ferocious winds of anywhere from 30-55mph (sometimes higher).

This has not been good... because our state is dealing with dangerous, out-of-control wildfires in several areas, including the city where I live. All we see and hear are sirens from the firefighting equipment trucks as they come through town, and the National Guard helicopters overhead as they do water drops. This is the sky we've been seeing for days because of all the smoke...

Late yesterday afternoon, the wind changed and came from the north, putting our city in danger. Then, last night, the northern half of our city was evacuated... over 10,000 residents went to safe shelters.

The wildfire north of our city is 0% contained. Those residents are still unable to go home. We all know someone affected by this – many families and friends. There are firefighting personnel from 116 agencies here trying to get it under control.

And the wind is still just as crazy as it has been for several days.

There is hope on the horizon – rain is in the forecast, but not until Friday night.

Come onnnnnnn rain!

Please join us in praying for Kansas, particulary the city of Hutchinson and areas north of us. And the firefighters, evacuees, and everyone else affected by this craziness.

Lord, you calmed the stormy sea... please, Jesus, calm the Kansas winds.

March 5, 2017

Silly Sunday {my mom/stepmom}

Soooooo... I've had connectivity issues with the internet the past several weeks. And of course it got worse right after my last blog post, making it impossible to do anything online. The tech for the company I use was just here (on a Sunday!) and found the problem. A minor silly problem. And there will be no charge.


In honor of this silly problem so easily fixed... or maybe the no charge part... I thought I'd leave you with a favorite picture of my mom (stepmom). She knew how to be silly and make people laugh.

We were visiting the thrift store run by their church when she found an orange wig over in the seasonal section, put it on her head, walked over and said, "Just call me carrot top."

We didn't know it at the time I took this photo (August 2011) that her cancer had returned. Mom's been gone five years as of February 20. It still seems like yesterday. I sure do miss that dear, sweet woman.