Now to my family for a moment. Sometimes it’s good to know the ending and outcome of sad events.If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you might remember that my sister/bro-in-law and their family were victims of the May 2010 flooding in Nashville. My brother-in-law had just returned from a 9 month deployment to Iraq when the flood hit. They spent 12 hours moving as much as they could from the first floor of their home to the second. As you can see from my photo last summer, the first floor starts about 12 feet off the ground! The flood surpassed the 500 year flood mark, rising up to bed level on the second floor (the top windows of the house). They lost most everything–except things like pots and pans, dishes and the like. My sister’s family was fortunate, everyone was safe though they lost a lot of chickens and one of their pet cats. They had flood insurance unlike many in their vicinity.Well a couple of days ago (December 1st) their house (which was condemned) was demolished. There’s a photo at the bottom with half the home destroyed. But in all my sister, brother-in-law and their kids have come out happy. They have a new home — a farm they bought last summer with a three-acre lake. It’s pretty (beautiful, in fact!) and they plan to buy horses and cattle this next spring.
So here are a few pictures. 1) Their destroyed living room (May 2010). 2) The house as it was last summer in June 2011 (condemned). 3) The house half way through the demolition process –Dec. 1, 2011.
And now their new farm:
A picture of their farm from this summer (house is up beyond the trees). And below a picture of their lake from last week.
Below is a picture of the lake and their house (taken last week).
My sister and brother-in-law were inspiring through this whole event. Their resilience was amazing. They were so grateful for anything that survived the flood, for the help they got from their community (and the Red Cross) and the new beginnings it opened for them.
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