January 27th and 28th of this year Kentuckiana (Kentucky and Indiana) had the worst natural disaster in their (its) history.  Following a few inches of snow there was a freezing rain (yes CA it can rain and freeze at the same time, we didn’t know until we moved here) which tore down trees, power lines, and put a thick coat of ice on absolutely everything.  500,000 to 600,000 people we without power for 10 days in the warm (20-40 degree) weather.  We were fortunate to only be without power for about 8 to 10 hours.  The Lord in his sovereign providence saved what could have been a week or more without power by allowing our silver maple tree branch to land like a “T” supporting itself and not completely ripping the electrical box off the side of the house.  On top of that God did not let our house catch on fire though the neutral line coming from the power pole was severed.  God is certainly not obligated to take care of us in such a way, and he would still be good if our power were off for a week, yet in his grace he saw fit to keep us warm for which we are thankful.  Between the hurricane winds (70-85mph) in September which knocked power out to over 350,000 homes and this weeks (70mph) gusts that knocked out over 30,000 it has been quite an interesting five months.  Here are some pictures of the Ice Storm.

Our house in the snow

Our house in the snow

 

Taylor and I shoveling snow

Taylor and I shoveling snow

 

Ice beginning to coat everything

Ice beginning to coat everything

 

Flower pot

Flower pot

Normally the branches are above the roof, ice is heavy!!

Normally the branches are above the roof, ice is heavy!!

A small look at the wreckage, usually I can't jump and touch the branches

A small look at the wreckage, usually I can't jump and touch the branches

 

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15am.  It is even more scary to cut the branch off the line with a sawsall!

Just a bit scary, this happened at 3:15am. It is even more scary to cut the branch off the line with a sawsall!

 

Where did my gate go?

Where did my gate go?

 

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Refreshing work!!

Refreshing work!!

 

The lumberjack at work

The lumberjack at work

 

Watching a branch break off and fall a couple trees over!

Watching a branch break off and fall a couple trees over!

 

If you put the limbs near the street the city takes care of them for you!

If you put the limbs near the street the city takes care of them for you!

 

This is how all the berries on the trees were!  We still have some in our freezer!

This is how all the berries on the trees were! We still have some in our freezer!

 

Fred and I tearing down a branch that was blocking traffic.  Fred let me borrow the heavy duty sawsall and a big blade, thanks Fred!!

Fred and I tearing down a branch that was blocking traffic. Fred let me borrow the heavy duty sawsall and a big blade, thanks Fred!!

 

The most memorable part was Carrie and I laying awake most of the night hearing absolute silence and then a limb breaking off and crashing to the ground, then absolute silence and another limb smashing to the ground wondering each time if one would land on us, scary but kinda neat!! Praise be to God it could have been a whole lot worse.  Another positive is during all these natural disasters we get a lot of time to hang out with the neighbors so that has been nice!!