Posts tagged ‘monsoon’

Fire on the Mountain

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Excitement for our week – a “natural ignition” fire on a neighbors ranch and in one of our pastures. I was in town and a friend alerted me to smoke. I sent Emily and Daniel out to see where it was. Once they called me back and said it was close to the ranch but not too bad, I told them stick around since our neighbor  Miss Kay wasn’t home just in case they needed to put a sprinkler on her roof.

Conflicting thoughts ran through my head.

First and foremost, safety for our neighbors.  The windmill to the far left is ours, windmill in the background one of our neighbors. Three families live off the grid in our pasture.  ( Tip – if you live rural, particularly off grid make sure you have water storage and good water pressure! Also check with the local fire departments to see what kind of valve their hoses hook up to and consider installing one on your storage tank)

One of the cabins and a poly plastic storage tank did burn. Emily and Daniel did hang around and end up soaking her wood pile, rescuing kittens and a milk goat, another neighbors dog, and generally helping other neighbors evacuate.

So proud of them doing exactly what was needed and being the kind of neighbors we should be in rural areas.  We are sure sorry for Kay’s lost guest house. Returned the animals this morning.

Secondly I’m frustrated that once the houses were saved and the fire affecting them contained, all of the fire was put out. We really could have used a burn on the forest service hills and mountains behind the houses. The longer they don’t have some smaller, controlled burns the more catastrophic a fire will be, much like what is happening in Oregon.

Fire – scary, exciting, destructive, renewing and ultimately not in our control. Thankful for the Lord’s provision even when we don’t always understand it or see it.

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It Rained on the Desert Today….okay poured

Last night we had a huge storm…. our first was about two weeks ago. When it rains here, we all rejoice. You can almost feel the earth holding its breath under the hot sun and then give a sigh of relief for the cool fresh water, sometimes you can hear the water sinking into the dry earth. We pray for it, wait for it, kick the dust, and do a rain dance when it comes! The first rain we had the temperature dropped from 100 to 72.  After it was safe, the kids took to the puddles!  My beautiful picture rain puddles

Monsoon Mania

If you live in Arizona, Thanksgiving really happens in July when the rain starts. “Hip, Hip, Hooray, It’s Monsoon Day!” is not only the title of a charming bilingual children’s book, but the general sentiment in my neck of the woods. If you live in a wet area you may be wondering what all the fuss is about. I submit for your consideration, we haven’t had measureable moisture since January….until the 4th of July! Here’s my favorite things about the summer monsoons:

The natural fireworks

The smell – there is nothing like the scent of rain on the wind in the desert

Huge, gray thunderheads heavy with rain piled up over the mountains

The anticipation – just because it’s raining across the valley does not mean we’ll get any

Dust settled

The world is freshly washed

It’s cool and the air is sweet after the rain – no mugginess

The sight of running water down the ditches

The sound of frogs carrying over 1/2 a mile away from the replenished stock tanks

mud puddles

Everyone whispering and just plain announcing in church – “it’s raining, it’s raining” and not because their car windows are down

feeling of releif

the blush of green that comes over the hills, practically overnight

truly getting the meaning of phrases in the Bible like streams of water in the desert, a dry thirsty land, a tree planted by streams of living water,and how our souls should long for God like longing for rain

While we long for and pray for rain every year, we are thankful when it comes and never, ever, complain about too much!