Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Duplo Flag...

Lego and Duplo products are great for shaping a child's creativity, and they're lots of fun, too. This Dad especially likes to join Riaan and Eliza in playing Lego and Duplo from time to time, and last week I even made a South African flag out of Duplo blocks! :)

Duplo fun on a rainy day.

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Daviess County Museum...

We took the kiddos to see the Daviess County Museum on Main Street in Washington over the weekend. It was a very hot and humid day and this seemed to be the perfect activity. It was very interesting and we enjoyed our visit. There is so much more to Daviess County, Indiana! :)

Cor-cor metal toys were manufactured in Washington, Indiana.
 Riaan in one of the exhibits.
 The school room exhibit.

Saturday, 6 July 2019

Happy 4th of July...

We had a pretty low-key Independence Day this year. We went to Vincennes to do some shopping in the afternoon, and we also spent time as a family at home. The kiddos spent the late afternoon playing in their sand pit, and we then enjoyed a pizza picnic on the grass outside. We didn't go to any fireworks display this year, but we did see fireworks from our front window, and both kiddos enjoyed watching the show from there. Happy 4th of July, America!

 Having fun in their sand turtle.
Watching the fireworks at 10pm. :)

Thursday, 4 July 2019

White River Flooding...

I drove south of Washington on Highway 257 a week and a half ago to see some major flooding in the area. The whole highway was underwater just past the East Fork of the White River - which marks the border between Daviess County and Pike County. The river takes a short cut across a low-lying valley and flows over the highway. The corn field that was planted here is likely ruined for this year's crop. It's amazing to see the amount of water that has inundated the area here!

 Google maps image. The water flows between the horseshoe bend of the river. North is at the bottom of the screenshot and south is at the top.
 Swollen East Fork of the White River.
 Flooded fields.
Road closed ahead.

Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Weekend Fun...

After a rather stressful week, Riaan and I went to our favourite Cherry Ghost Coffee House for some quality time spent over ice cream and coffee. Later in the day, as a family we took advantage of a break in the rain to visit the East Side Park. We walked around the lake and the kiddos spent time playing in the playground. It was a lovely overcast afternoon!

 Riaan and I enjoying quality time together.
 Rusty came with us to the Park.
 Ducks on the lake.
Water features at the East Side Park.

Sunday, 30 June 2019

Father's Day Flooding...

Soon after 18h00 on Father's Day, 16th June, some incredibly slow-moving thunderstorms tracked through Daviess County from the south-west. They weren't severe, but they dumped an unprecedented four inches (100 mm) of rain on Washington in a little under an hour. The ground was already saturated by heavy rain that had fallen over the previous few days, and the sewers and drainage systems in Washington were quickly overwhelmed.

We have never seen the water pond so quickly and little puddles merged into rivers which in turn formed lakes outside. We are the low property on our street and all the water was flowing onto our corner plot. Our house was soon an island and after moving our vehicles, we made the decision to evacuate, since we didn't know how high the water would rise.

Thankfully, the water crested about four inches below our floor boards. It was a close thing, but we were extremely grateful to find that most of the water had drained away the very next morning, with the exception of the crawl space, which was under water. I got the sump pump back online - after the breakers down there had tripped because of high water - and it quickly started pumping out all of that water.

It was a stressful evening, but through it all God showed us that He was in the details and that He was in control. It highlighted to us how amazing the community is that we have here. Accommodation just a few blocks from our home opened up that night, just like that. Our friends and neighbours were here very quickly, wading through the water and helping us carry out supplies and essentials. That was Jesus right there.

There are some questions that we have regarding the drainage here, but for now we are very thankful that the City had finished installing new storm drains on our property just ten days before this storm system hit. It could have been a lot worse. We are certain that the water would have been inside the house without those!

 The City had just finished installing new storm drains.
 We've never seen the water actually form a lake across the road.
 Our house was essentially an island.
By the next morning, all of that water had drained away!
The water crested midway up the first level of vinyl siding.

Saturday, 29 June 2019

Father's Day Fun...

Father's Day was a pretty interesting event, this year round. I had a very enjoyable day, up until about 18h15, when things took a turn for the surreal and rather stressful. But more on that in the next post. For now, I am so happy to be a father to these two little kiddos. Riaan and Eliza mean the world to me - and I am so thankful to be their Daddy! :)

The day started with Candace bringing me a yummy breakfast in bed, accompanied by my favourite South African fruit juice, Ceres, Litchi flavour, and then later in the day she made BLT sandwiches for lunch.

After our lunch, we walked to a playground next to the church building and the kiddos had a wonderful time running around and being outside. Once home, I went for a great Father's Day cycle, although I had to make tracks home pretty quickly as some threatening thunderstorms were moving in our direction.

I got home just as it started raining, and it stormed for several minutes and dumped a lot of rain on the already-saturated ground. We spent the late afternoon digging drainage trenches and mopping up the standing water outside, but little did we know that all our work was going to be in vain just an hour or so later.

 Ceres is the best!
 Looking north-west on my cycle.
 Selfie while enjoying my Father's Day cycle.
 Storm clouds heading my way.
 We tried our best to get the water moving after the thunderstorm, but the ground was just too waterlogged. We'd received a lot of rain in the previous days, too.
 The vehicles are almost sitting in the water. Drainage is an issue in this part of town.
 Eliza loved being outside and getting all muddy!
 View looking south-west.
Looking north-east across our garden. We hope that when they do more landscaping work and plant grass come August, then that'll help with our drainage issues.