Monday, June 7, 2010


The winner of the book drawing this week is Stephanie at Hatshepsut: The Writing of a Novel.

I only have two books left so there’s only two more weeks for your chance to win a Love Inspired book. Just leave a comment and become a follower on my blog and your name will go into the drawing.

Now for a peek into my life.

I'm pretty tired as I write this blog and let me tell you why. Remember a couple of weeks ago I blogged about it snowing here on May 24th. Well, it put down a lot of snow on the Wasatch Mountains. In fact, as of a week ago they were still skiing at Snowbird Ski Resort.

It has warmed up considerably since the snow fell. And as a result the creeks are more like rivers right now, which is very dangerous. I serve as the Relief Society President in the 3rd Branch, which is an assisted living center. Right now there are over 80 residents living there. By the side of the care center is Cottonwood Creek. The residents can watch the water run by from an outside sitting area or even from the dinning room's big windows. Yesterday afternoon around 1:00 p.m. I received a call from the branch president that the creek was rising and they needed people to come down to fill sandbags. My husband and I quickly changed and went to the center. As the hours went by more and more people showed up to help. (Below is a picture of my husband and President Gunn working on sandbags.)

The poor elderly residents didn’t quite know what to think: some were scared, some were praying, some thought it was great excitement. The fire department was there. Local law enforcement came. The mayor stopped by around 10:30 p.m.

The water kept rising and rising and the center was afraid they would have to evacuate the building if the creek escaped its banks and came into the center. Then to make matters worse, of course, it rained, but people still sand bagged through it all. When the sandbags were filled most of the people left around midnight. The water crested shortly after that and the center is still dry inside. (Below is my son-in-law, Greg, and my grandson, William, filling sandbags in the rain.)

Though we’re still not out of the water (pun yes, but it applies) yet. The runoff continues, the weather is warming, and the creek is still madly flowing. If you think of it in the next couple of days, say a little prayer for the people at the care center and those working to keep them safe. Thanks!


  1. Wow- that does look like a lot of work- quite the project!

    Thank you for the book- how exciting!

    *does a little happy dance*

  2. Staphanie:
    It was qute the project. I just returned from checking on the residents. They seem more calm, though the place still has about two or three fire engines, several reacue vehicles, and, of course, all the news crews in the area.

    I hope you like the book. It's a "sweet" read. :0)

  3. OH no! I didn't realize there was such a bad runoff. I hope all goes well. (ps I already won a book, so don't put me in your contest this time.) =)

  4. Wow - that's a lot of work - I hope it all works out all right. Good luck.

  5. Carolyn,
    I was quite surprised yesterday, but boy, that water looked mean and ugly.

    You're so thoughtful about not wanting your name in the drawing because you've already won.

    However, I'm working on a great contest for my blog tour that will kick off when my book is released. I'm going to have some fun giveaways and a wonderful grand prize, sooooo stay tuned!


  6. Thanks, Jemi! I went over to the care center twice today. It looked more calm. My husband went over tonight to see what needs to be done. I'm hoping the worst is over.

  7. Hey, I remember that happening once before when I was a girl - the sand bags extended all the way down main street, a river right through town. I'm glad everyone was ok. :)

  8. I'm out here in Maryland, but when we heard from our Utah kids about snow in late May, we were shocked. This is a less wonderful bit of excitement. I hope all goes well and that that sandbagging works. They're lucky to have a dedicated RS president who comes as soon as the call is issued.

  9. MT,
    I remember that time as well. I think it was in the eighties. The care center was built within the last five years, so they probably didn't know how it would be during a heavy spring runoff.

  10. Laurie:
    Thanks, but I was one of hundreds of people who showed up. It was quite the experience. My aching bones are feeling it today. :0)

  11. It's good everyone helps in an emergency situation. Rest up!

  12. Carol:
    Emergencies sure bring out the best in people that's for sure. I certainly saw that Sunday night.

    I'm heading back over to the center shortly to see how everyone is doing. Thank goodness the weather has cooled off.

  13. Prayers coming your way, Kathi. Take care.

    I love the new look of your blog!

  14. That sort of event can always be scary. I have to admit, it's fun seeing the snow pictures--though I don't miss it!
    Congrats to this week's winner!

  15. Thanks, Lori. I went to the center today and things have calmed down a great deal. The creek has dropped some, but we're still not out of the woods yet. Prayers are appreciated.

  16. I understand, Terri. I loved watching the snow fall on the 24th. I had no idea it would cause such problems. Things are looking better today. With help from above, we'll get through this. :0)

  17. Kathi, it soudns like you had an exciting day! I expect you'll be sore in the morning. I hope everything goes okay through the night. I've never lived in a skiing area and hadn't really thought about the snow melting and causing floods like that. I've been relatively close to the Mississippi most of my life and have watched it flood most springs because of snow melt. Thanks for sharing your experience with us. :)

  18. Thanks, Sharon. The creek has dropped a bit, so we're keeping our fingers crossed that the worst is over.

    Many years ago I was in St. Louis when the Mississippi was flooding. Talk about a river. When it floods it's a moving lake. :0)

  19. Wow, that's a lot of water (cold, I bet) and a lot of work. How wonderful that volunteers and those in the community showed up to help.

    We're in the 90s here, so it's hard to imagine people still skiing.

    Straight From Hel

  20. Helen,
    It's muddy looking, too. AND so dangerous. I know, skiing in June is crazy. What's the world coming to? :0)

  21. That happened here a few years ago. Several small cities (large towns?) were flooded by the river. It was amazing just how far in land the river went.

  22. Stina:
    Water is a powerful force, hard to contain and hold back. Sorry your city/large town went through it a few years ago. Hope everyone recovered and things are back to normal. :0)

  23. Sounds like some hard work.Moving bags and putting them on the edge of the rising water. I've never had to deal with water that bad.

  24. Elizabeth,
    We had a lot of help, which helped a great deal. I'm so glad the water is starting to go down.



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