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A Bit of This and That

It's been over a week since my last post. I'm not sure why except that I know I tend to withdraw at times, especially when I feel stressed. I would appreciate your prayers about this because writing is one of my favourite things to do.

Next week, from Sunday to Friday, Tom and I will be tucked away in a lakeside chalet in the Whiteshell area of Manitoba. I'm looking forward to it but, unless I'm able to do a fair bit of writing between now and then and post-date some to fall during that time, I will be silent a while longer before I again start to write.

Also this coming Sunday, I will officially become a member of my church. I've been attending since the first Sunday of 2008 and am looking forward to really belonging.

The Red River Valley from Fargo, North Dakota, north through Winnipeg, Manitoba, is preparing for a major flood. Twelve years ago, in 1997, we had "The Flood of the Century." It wiped out 80% of Grand Forks ND, all of St. Adolph MB and countless other homes and farms on the flood plain.

The prediction is that this year's flood could be as high or even higher. Communities are preparing to evacuate and municipalities on both sides of the international border are on high alert, cranking out sand bags and building dikes. Most of Winnipeg should be okay because we've increased the size of the floodway that helps to divert the Red River's excess around the city--except that frozen drains on streets, alleys and in ditches are allowing large "lakes" to form, flooding many, many basements.

I shouldn't be up this late, and I did go to bed three hours ago, but I can't sleep. What's a person to do? It's nice to have the computer to come and play on till I can sleep.

God's blessings on each of you.

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Samantha said…
I wish you joy as you become a member of your church. And I hope things go well for you in the coming week. I'll keep you, and those in harm's way in Manitoba, in my prayers.
Samantha said…
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Thank you, Sam. At the moment, the greatest danger is for Fargo ND. We're downstream from them so we won't get it for another week or more. They'll be getting it any day now.

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