we’re home (and safe)

Posted on September 18th, 2013 by mountain girl  |  7 Comments »

We are in our new house!  It took us four days of going back and forth, but we’re finally in. Caleb and the kids and I took the first load in the back of our 4Runner Thursday night. Unfortunately, we somehow never got a key to our house.

So I slid in through the doggie door.

Since then, the doggie door has become a favorite entrance.

Our week has been crazy. Moving, cleaning, power outage, head colds, boy-who-must-be-carried-everywhere-and nursed-constantly, you name it.  I’m ready to just hunker down and be a homebody for a while. (Peals of laughter ring out: everyone knows I’m always a homebody.)

Besides our own little life, it has been crazy here in Colorado. We had a solid week of pouring rain followed by flooding and power outages.  Lots of roads were washed away and our town lost power, phones, and internet.  School shut down, and since the road to Boulder was blocked, the town had no incoming food or gas supply.  (News link here.)

The line for the gas station went out into the street, and the other station was out of gas.  There was a line out the door of the grocery store, and later we heard they were letting one customer through at a time. The store had a small generator running, and each person was given a headlamp and allowed no more than ten items.

Lots of roads are still washed out or blocked by fallen rocks, and they are blasting to clear some of the roads.  The rain has been over, but waterfalls still cascade down the mountains, and the creeks have become rivers.

We are so thankful to be safe.  Several people from nearby cities lost their lives, not to mention homes and property.  It’s wild that last year at this time, the weather was crackly dry and fires were engulfing neighborhoods and thousands of acres. Now the problem is too much water, but still lots of destruction.

With Caleb out of school and David out of work due to no internet, we decided to move a few days early.  By Saturday night we had most of our things moved to the new house (1/2 hour drive from the other house) and we spent our first night.

We woke up Monday morning to find we were above the clouds.  It was awesome! The cloud canopy lasted through the morning.

Caleb was an amazing help, and we really could not have made this move without him. He was tireless in carrying boxes and wrestling furniture up and down stairs with David, and he helped so much with Cash while I cleaned and unpacked. I think we’re all sorry school is open again today!

I didn’t want to say goodbye to our sweet claw foot tub that I spent lots of hours soaking in (and LOTS of hours laboring in–Cash was born in it). Little did I know how much fun our new tub would be. It has jets (wonder of wonders) and the kids have been taking multiple baths each day, with bubbles up to their chins.

We (David, mostly) have been cleaning the old house for the new owners.  Here’s Cash, enjoying his favorite off-limits toy–the wood stove in the old house. David cleaned it and Cash couldn’t believe I was actually letting him play with it. He mostly stayed clean.

Our new home is incredible, and we still can hardly believe it’s ours.  Every morning the sun rises over the mountains and streams through the eastern windows, and every night the moon shines through our bedroom window.  Like a headlamp in David’s eye to wake him up at 1 AM, he says.  Or like I say, a big-a pizza pie.

And now, if you’ll excuse me, I’d better get off my doggie-door-sliding duff and get back to making this place a home.

7 Responses to “we’re home (and safe)”

  1. Kerri says on :

    What a beautiful home! We will be praying for Colorado. so sad.

  2. mountain girl says on :

    Thanks, Kerri!

  3. Mimi says on :

    Everything is SO nice….and moves are work! Glad Caleb could help David so much, he’s such a good boy….would somebody PLEASE frame that pic of the SKINNY girl going through the doggie-door?!

  4. mountain girl says on :

    Hee hee…our washer and dryer came today, but we can barely open the door with them in the laundry room. I said, “No problem, we’ll just use the doggie door!” The delivery guy didn’t think that was funny at all. 🙂

  5. Lyssa says on :

    Gorgeous! So thankful that you’re safe : )

  6. Tiffany says on :

    It looks like such a wonderful home! So big and beautiful! Cash looks so grown up! 🙂

  7. tracy martin says on :

    Hi Mia,

    I am so glad you are ok! I was thinking about you all and praying for safety. I don’t use my computer much but look at your blog all the time on my ipad, but that makes commenting much more burdensome. Anyhow, wanted to you know I think of you guys often. Your house is absolutely beautiful! God bless you! Give David my love!