Monday, June 24, 2013

When People Gather...Even After A Storm

We had a refreshing few days away. There was canoeing on the lake, eating grilled food on the patio, personality test results to discuss over dinner, and a great time connecting as a team. I even got in some reading while Sam got some work done!

mom blogging for dummies

We arrived home on Friday evening, the same night that a storm came through the city. I've never witnessed the affects of a flash flood storm, until now. With all of the rain that we have gotten over the past month, it was the perfect setup for LARGE trees to come tumbling down, so down they came...all over the city.

flash flood storm minneapolis
Thankfully we only had branches in our yard. Many of our neighbors, and a large portion of the city, have been without power now for over 48 hours. It could be days before the lights come back on.

Our neighbor right next to us lost electricity when a huge tree fell on his power lines.

Somehow our house managed to keep power the whole time! Thankfully my Dad had an extension chord that was the perfect length to help channel some of our electricity to our neighbor's refrigerator. 

During the summer we invite friends and neighbors to come over to our house on Sunday evenings.

We gather for a meal and just enjoy sharing life together.

Tonight was extra special.

gathering outside with neighbors

The plates and utensils went out as normal...nothing fancy. If you look closely you can see the dust that my holder collects while it sits on top of the refrigerator waiting for its weekly appearance. 

hospitality

We eat potluck style...everyone brings something from their fridge to share. By the end of the night there were just a few chips left in a bowl and everyone had eaten well with so many delicious foods to choose from.

hospitality with chips

It was a beautiful evening with friends new and old. Many came tired and drained from being without electricity. One of our neighbors had rescued some of their ice cream.

How cool that on a night like tonight they so gladly shared their precious commodity?

kids and ice cream

The kids enjoyed every lick!

kids eating ice cream

It was evident that this was the perfect thing to encourage each one.

kids eating ice cream outside

In no time the two plus gallons of ice cream were gone. Not because the storm had won but because the neighbors had!

empty ice cream containers

What followed our time of eating and connecting was absolutely incredible. Everyone headed  next door to help our neighbor move the branches from the large fallen tree to the street. Our neighbor had been working on clearing the debris for the last 2 days and had huge piles of branches to discard and in 15 minutes the work was done!


Amazing things happen when people gather together to share life...even after a storm.

Were you affected by the storm? Has it been constantly raining where you live?


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12 comments:

  1. What a wonderful way to bring a community together. I love that everyone brings something to share.

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    1. Allyson,

      It is such a special time and the food choices are always great! :-)

      ~Sarah

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  2. By the way, we're changing our weekly Finished Friday link-up to a general All Our Days Community Link-up which will include all faith and family friendly posts (still including crafts, recipes, etc.) I'd love for you to share this post this coming Friday.

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    1. Allyson,

      Thanks, I will check it out! :-) We are out of town this Friday but maybe I can link it up the following week.

      ~Sarah

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  3. Oh man I wish I could a made it but I was so tired from being in the ER for 9hours lol and with it being my foot being injured I wouldn't have been much help
    ~chantal~

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    1. Chantal,

      Oh no, I hadn't heard that you were hurt. I hope that you are ok!

      ~Sarah

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    2. I am I am just a procrastinator, even when it comes to my health, but had I waited any longer it coulda been as bad as needing to be hospitalized lol but I went in and its all good need to take meds for it blahh lol ill be at church good as new :)

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    3. Chantal,

      I am glad that you are ok!

      ~Sarah

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  4. Very lovely! That is what it is suppose to be. Neighbors helping neighbors...especially in time of need. Glad you all had a great time! :D

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    1. Thanks Julie, it was a great time indeed!

      ~Sarah

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  5. What a great time and relief from the unpleasantness following the storm. I love hearing about neighbors coming together to help each other out.
    KC

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    1. KC,

      It was a memorable moment and we are so thankful for the neighbors that surround us!

      ~Sarah

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