Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Summer Storm

The kids were out swimming in the wading pool and I was sitting on the swing watching them. We heard a lot of thunder and finally, it started to rain. It was so fun to watch the rain splash in the pool. It started raining hard in no time. I had a few errands I wanted to run and since most of the sky was blue, I figured that the rain would stop by the time we got to our destination. We loaded into the car and headed to the post office. I didn't get far and the rain was just pouring. I turned on my lights and kept going. I had gone about 3 miles and visibility was very limited. I pulled over to the side of the road and turned on my hazard lights. Next thing I knew it was hailing. The hail and rain hitting the car was SO loud. I couldn't really hear the kids talking to me. I looked in my mirror and Mia was near tears. She was so afraid and wanted to go home. I went the rest of the way to the post office and the water was just rushing down the street. It was going so fast and was getting deeper and deeper.

We were about halfway between our house and Grandma's house so I decided we would go there. Just as I made that decision, I drove out of the rain into this beautiful sunshine and we just went and finished our errands.

This reminds me of a couple experiences. When I lived in Texas, these rainstorms were the norm...especially in the summer. I had just bought my first car. It was a brand new car. I REALLY loved this car. I was on my way to work one day and we had this crazy storm. People were getting stranded. I stopped in at a pawn shop to wait it out. Someone came in and asked me where I was headed. I told him and he informed me that the roads were clear all the way. I had some things I needed to get done, so I went to the office. I finished what needed to be finished and headed for home.

I obviously went home the wrong way. The intersection was flooded. There were cars stranded and people pushing them. I was stuck, I didn't know what to do. I came up to the light and it turned yellow. I remember thinking, "If you follow the laws, you will be blessed." so I stopped at the light. While I was waiting there, people were pulling up in cars similar in size and they were floating, couldn't get traction on the road. Here I was in my little Honda praying my heart out. I looked down at the passenger side and there was water rushing in through the floor boards or the door frame, something. I felt like crying. This was my new car! The light turned green and no one around me could start going. Still praying my heart out, I slowly pushed on the gas, while watching the water rise in my car, the tires were slipping. Again I pushed on the gas and slowly I start to get traction. I made it through the intersection and didn't have any trouble the rest of the way home. I stopped in at a car wash and vacuumed the water out of my car. I took the car to the dealer I bought it from and had my warranty with (wasn't covered) and they did an inspection. They kept telling me how lucky I was because the electrical panel was located on the floor of the passenger side and there were no problems with me car. I know for sure I was watched over. In hind sight, I may have run the yellow light, but I know Heavenly Father helped me get traction when cars the same size and bigger were having difficulty moving. This was a good lesson to learn.

My second experience was while I was very young. I spent the first 10 years of my life on a farm. I remember that the day was hot and we were playing in the sprinklers in our swimsuits. My older sister and I were told to go turn of the water (Wheel lines). I went in my swimsuit. (I remember this so well because I am still surprised that my dad allowed me to go all that way in just my swimsuit.) We had just gotten to the main line and it started to hail. There was no where to run for cover so we high-tailed it home. The lesson learned here? Always put your clothes on before leaving the house. You might call this a life lesson. =)


becki said...

i didn't know you had started a blog-i've already put your link on mine and can always find you now.
it's SO great hearing from you and now I can see your beautiful family too!
what a scary texas story-and yes, those storms happen ALL the time!

TaLaisa said...

I saw that on the news. It was so close to you guys. Can you believe it didn't even so much as sprinkle here?

I'm glad you guys were safe and sound.

Linda said...

Jared refers to it as, "My favorite storm evah!"

It was so crazy when we drove out of it. The kids were so excited to see a garbage can on it's way to Bangerter.