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- taken Anzac Day, 25th April, 2015
Nature can be both beautiful and terrible!
This post was written during and after the storm we had on April 20/21st, 2015 -
I’m sitting in my room with a phenomenal weather event happening all around me! The wind is howling. It’s like a cat 2 cyclone outside, however the correct or technical term for this type of storm is an East Coast Low.
Since 2 am I have listened to the wind shake the foundations of the house, the eaves groaning under the pressure like they were about to be sheared off at any moment.
These days we have a lot of weather events, one on top of each other – all the time…cyclones, earthquakes, volcanoes erupting and spewing lava forth after years of lying dorment, tornadoes and on and on it goes. This week it's been New Zealand and now Nepal's turn!
Actor Hugh Sheridan's brother missing in Nepal. Our hearts and prayers go out for Zachary Sheridan and his loved ones, and all of those effected by this tragedy, suffering and struggling with the pain of not knowing if family members and friends are safe...and the long wait ahead for all concerned!
The wind here was so violent (and unexpected!); this ECL so devastating to towns like Dungog that it made me think – not just about climate change (which we ALL know about and some refute) ….but about how fragile life really is – we can be here today, and gone tomorrow… Something as 'simple' as driving into a puddle that doesn't look too deep can be fatal! Remember - if it's flooded forget it!
There was a raging river behind my house. I felt sure the deluge was going to inundate our properties that surround this area! The drains couldn’t cope and the streets began to flood. It looked really bad there for awhile! But we were spared. Amen! We were so lucky! Looking at our surrounding towns I realize how blessed we were. Some months ago we had less rain and our garage flooded. This time, despite the conditions, we were okay! Fortunate does not begin to describe how I feel after such a major and catastrophic event. I look around at my little family and feel abundantly blessed!
My little crew and I spent quality time together - we played board games and hung out together chatting!
We had no power, no phones and no internet. Our power was restored quickly, yet many homes are still without it and many people are still stranded, surrounded by water! Our phones and internet service took a little longer - almost a week! At times I used free wifi where and when I could to quickly let family and friends know that we were all okay! I had many texts, emails and facebook messages to reply to! And I am forever grateful for those who were so worried about us. One minute I was in a conversation on whats app with a friend overseas and the next...I was cut off from the entire world! It would be days before I could get messages out to everyone!
Plans were halted, travel plans re-routed or cancelled, and things changed in an instant! An interstate trip I had planned on hold - so many roads closed - Sydney copped a beating, the Hunter and many parts of NSW did not come away unscathed.
This weekend is cold and rainy after two lovely days of sun! It's a true Autumn day more bordering on winter... And where we are declared a disaster zone running into the millions. Many businesses closed - some have reopened. Others are still mopping up or not operational due to damage or lack of power!!!
My facebook feed has been filled with weather alerts, or businesses letting everyone know they are either open for business or still struggling... And then so many families without food...power...and needing assistance!
While rain was predicted, nothing of this magnitude was forewarned of. We were all taken by surprise!!! There was no escape!
For over 19 hours the wind raged around us! It was quite something... And even though I hail from QLD I have NEVER experienced a storm like it! That's two in 7 years for this region! I'm sure we'll be seeing more!
So why is our weather soooo crazy!??! Global warming? A sign of the times? Revelation in the Bible predicts wars and rumors of wars...and natural disasters in diverse places...
It also lead me to wonder about something someone said to me recently - What if the anger we are putting out into the world is creating these catastrophic weather events? More than ever before the world spews forth negativity and vitriol over the least things. People are punished and crucified for opinions, asking questions, photos they post, clothes they wear, the number of children they have, what they believe, who they love, where they live, job or no job, breast or bottle, the list goes on and on... What if, as a world, we are creating our own problems by sending so much bitterness and negativity out into the world!? Every thought is a vibration, so imagine if we could turn the negative into a positive - imagine the good we could do instead! Are we the victims of our own making?
I don't have the answers! I am just forever grateful that despite the craziness we are okay and many of our friends are okay! And despite the big clean up ahead for many, a lot of money to be spent and hard times ahead, I truly believe that if you have your life and your family, then you have everything! I feel so deeply for those who have lost loved ones - not just here but overseas too! God be with those in Nepal!
Here's a look at my week in retrospect...
my precious blessings!
My fashion bunnies!
#imsofancy #iggyazalea #newclothes !!!
I'm so fancy!
You already know
I'm in the fast lane
From L.A. to Tokyo
I'm so fancy
No power? No problem!
Bored? Break out the board games!
Love this shot!
My lovable, adorable, loving babies!
#funathome! #pelican #incognito #motherandson
My little monkey!
I love to see my babies hanging out together
MY MODEL SON! #jeanswestgear
The glorious sunsets after the rain!
A wine and chocolate kind of day!
#rainbow .... #afterthestorm
Mmmmm my fave!!!
I love that my children love to cook!
#pancakes by master 10
baby #quiche by master 16
Our babies are growing up fast!!!
My sick baby had a guardian angel during the week!
My carnival cats!
They love my baskets...
It's a cat thing...you wouldn't understand
Despite the challenges the sun shines again!
Cheers til next time!