Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Water, water, everywhere....

Just a few more of the flood. I'm really tired of high water! This is the Southfork River taken behind some friends' house (Bray's). The left side, just past the trees, is a 40 acre hay field. The river bed runs between the trees and makes a curve right in front of the gazebo. The flooded plain to the right is another hayfield. The picture doesn't show just how far out into the 40 acre field the flood goes, but Sonny said this was the highest he has ever seen the river since they have lived there (about 18 years). You usually have to look down to see the river.

Just to give you an idea of how much rain we have had, flood stage for the White River at Calico Rock is 19 feet, at 8:15 this morning the river was at 34.2 feet. The major highway between Black Rock and Hoxie is closed because the Black River has flooded and is over the highway bridge at Black Rock. If you have ever been that way, you know how serious that is.

The city of Hardy has been evacuated and water is almost up into the city. As of last night the river was 10 feet above flood stage. You can see some of the flooding by going to the following link:

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

How high's the water, Mamma?.....

.....four foot high and risin'. Sorry, my high school science teacher used to sing that song to us during our tests, for some reason it just popped into my head.

Here are a few pictures from today's flood. The rain is still coming down in buckets, too. We dismissed school before 9:30 today because of flooding, Hwy 223 South of Viola was closed because water was running 3 feet over a bridge just outside of town we had 3 or 4 buses that had to turn around and backtrack to get kids home because they couldn't get past the bridge . The way it looks, we may be home again tomorrow.

The bottom 2 pictures are Big Creek in Viola right at the bridge. The 3rd from the bottom is Big Creek behind Viola Baptist church, notice the basketball goals, those are usually pretty far from the creek bank. The top picture is the campground on the Southfork River just outside of Salem on Hwy 9 North. I've got a few more I'll add in a few minutes.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

New Babies!

I love spring! I was begining to wonder if spring was ever going to show up, but the birth of new baby calves just reassures me that spring is right around the corner.

Logan and I rode through the field looking at all the new babies, they are so cute! I love to watch them run on little wobbly legs, and kick up their heels. To see all the new life around me just overwhelms me with the greatness and awsomeness of God. It's amazing to see how God puts such a maternal instinct in these usually docile mamma cows, the same ones who will come right up to you become very standoffish and protective of their babies.

Now I know why I look so forward to spring, it's time for a newness in all things, my faith is refreshed with all the miracles of life around me. God is so good!