Storms of Life

Wow!  Wow!

Is all I can say.

We have had some doozy storms lately.

Wednesday night, 5/29 we were sitting in the rig.  I was crocheting and Ron was reading RV Forum on the Ipad when the NOAA Weather Radio alarm went off startling both of us to say the least.  It had not been a stormy day so the alarm was definitely unexpected.  The calm voice on the other end said “Seek shelter now!  Severe Thunderstorms have been spotted in the Coffeyville, KS area.”  So we started to gather our things and then the alarm went off again “Seek Immediate Shelter NOW!  Winds of 70 mph are rapidly approaching.”  We couldn’t move fast enough.  Got in the Jeep to head to the shelter.  It was raining hard, I called Debra the manager of the campground and we stopped by Jesse & Ryans.  Told them about the storm warnings.  And we continued to the shelter.  We were there from 8:28 p.m. till almost 10:00 p.m. ~ no one else came.  Made me wonder what people are thinking when NOAA  makes those announcements…its not a game…lives are in serious danger.  We stayed till the all clear.

We returned to the rig and got settled for the night.  Both said a prayer that the storms would pass us by and we would get a full nights rest.

Thursday morning was overcast.  We had a few errands to run so we made a quick trip to the Post Office and Country Mart.  One sweet older lady said to us as she was heading into the store and we were going to our car.  “Make sure you pick me up if I topple over 🙂 ”  We all chuckled and said we would.  We watched her safely get into the store while we loaded the groceries into the Jeep and before heading back home.

Shortly after we got home, Ron commented that the skies were sure getting dark.

(Sorry the first three pictures were taken from the rig looking outside through the window with our screen on it)

But you get the idea…the skies were not very pretty.

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And then the alarm went off!  Severe Thunderstorms were on the way again.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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Took the above picture just before the skies opened up.  And then it rained.  It hailed.  And rained some more!  The wind was blowing somewhat but never got above 50 mph.  Not only were we listening to the weather radio we also had the radar on our computer.  It helps to see what is coming

And then the rain stopped.  The clouds cleared up a little.

This is looking out from our rig towards 169.
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This is right outside our door.  Yesterday, Mike the manager and Ron had worked on leveling out the big ruts in the yard with three loads of dirt.  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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Our own little pond 🙂OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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And then dark clouds moved in once again.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

After raining for about another 45 minutes to an hour the skies started to clear once more.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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And then the sun came out.

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The rest of the afternoon and evening was nice, sunny and warm.

As we went to bed we both commented “wonder what tomorrow will bring?”

As I reflected on how the storms came rushing in along with the downpour and hail and then the beautiful sunshine I reflected on how  my life goes that way sometimes.  Things can be going along just fine and then out of nowhere WHAM!  Like a flat tire on the Jeep – comes unexpectedly.  Do I find myself panicking or preparing to deal with things.  I was told quite often a few years back “you need to reign in those wild horses.  So hard to do when they are running amok and the panic and anxiety soars.  But when I kept my eye on the horses, being prepared for their slightest rumblings made such a huge difference…sort of like us with the unexpected weather that hits this area…as long as my emergency bag is packed, I have the weather radio turned on I respond much calmer and handle the storm raging outside much calmer inside the rig or the shelter.

How do you handle the unexpected storms in your life?

Are you prepared to some degree or do you freak out a bit, finding yourself surrounded  chaos and panic?

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Road Trip to Bethany, MO and back to Coffeyville, KS ~ Day 3

Friday ~ May 24th

Slept in and then made our way to breakfast…it was delicious and plentiful.  So nice to have good tasting food and a clean jovial place to enjoy our meal before heading out for the day.  We stayed at the Best Western just out of Kansas City.  And then we began our journey back to Coffeyville, KS.

The day started out overcast but slowly turned to blue skies and sunny.

One of the reasons Ron wanted to go to Leavenworth was to see the Federal Prison.  While he was stationed at McChord AFB, Tacoma, WA a few guys in his unit were arrested and court martialed for selling and promoting the use of a variety of drugs.  It is a huge prison.  They raise beef and buffalo and have a huge garden.  All behind fences with huge rolls of Constatina Wire.  All these pictures were taken from across the prison as there are lots of signs once you cross onto the federal prison property that say no pictures.  Across the street from the prison is a housing development with a huge park and ball fields – we wondered if that is where families of the prisoners stay when they come to visit the prisoners.

On a side note,

the picture of the blue bridge is for Ron’s cousins who live in Pasco, WA

and have to cross a blue bridge into the Tri-cities 🙂 .

Leavenworth Federal Prison

Leavenworth Federal Prison

Leavenworth, KS

Leavenworth, KS

The above pictures are in Leavenworth, KS itself.  There is definitely the older part of town where the Air Force Base is located and the newer part of town where all the shopping malls and fast food restaurants are.

While at the hotel Ron found a brochure that talked about a museum that sounded interesting so after touring the area of the prison and the air base we made our way over to the two historical homes.  Alas, the museum was closed that day 😦  We could only imagine the stories of those who had lived in the homes.  The one shown in the center was a private residence until 1964 when it was donated to the city of Leavenworth.

Beautiful Mansions turned Museums

Beautiful Mansions turned Museums

From the town of Leavenworth we made our way to the Veterans Hospital and Home where many of our veterans who have been injured over the years are treated and live.  We saw many veterans walking around the lawns…we say THANK YOU for serving and giving so much for us and our country.  In some of the pictures you can see where they are updating and making the dormitories/houses more habitable.

Veterans Hospital & Home

Veterans Hospital & Home

And then we continued on our drive.

We saw beautiful churches, a great looking motorhome and some cool looking barns

Driving through the countryside

Driving through the countryside

And then we had a HICCUP.  The first flat tire we have had in our Jeep since we bought it in November 2010.  If you have been following our blog long, you know Ron loves to drive on the back roads and avoid the freeways as often as possible.  Ron started the process of changing the tire when our first big bump was that there was a locking lug nut and us with no tools to get it off.  After trying for about 15 minutes with what tools he had, Ron started trekking down the road to the nearest farmhome, no one was home so off to the second one.  I stayed at the Jeep, texting and praying, praying and texting watching three different trucks go speeding past with not a glance towards me or the Jeep 😦  and then Ron came back carrying a couple of tools.  He got the lug nuts off and tried to pull the tire off the Jeep ~ no such luck…fortunately by this time, a young man stopped to see if we needed assistance.  After talking for a few minutes and both he and Ron pulling on a tire that would not budge, the young man grabbed his hammer and gave the tire a big hit…and voila, the tire came off.  And with that the tire was changed and we were off to give the lady down the road her tools…found out the young man that helped us was her son!  Giving thanks to God that she was home and her son had a hammer.

A BIG Hiccup in our day :)

A BIG Hiccup in our day 🙂

We then made our way to Parsons, KS to pick up a few groceries

Almost back to Coffeyville, KS

Almost back to Coffeyville, KS

And then we were home at our rig at the

Big Chief RV Park.

We had a great three days off and are excited to see how God continues to lead us.