We lived in North Dakota most of our married life. All of our older children were born there. Our first home was purchased in the Fargo / Moorhead community. We survived the winters there and enjoyed the community spirit and small town feel. In our hearts we miss North Dakota.
We lived through the flood of '97. I was 9 months pregnant with our second and would hear the sound of national guard helicopters flying over head as I tried to rest in the afternoons. My husband did his share of sand bagging as we tried - as a community - to save as many houses and as much of the city as we could. When I delivered our daughter my husband left the hospital shortly after the delivery to head home and wet vac the basement of our house. Many of our friends lost a lot of valuables when their basement flooded with water faster than they could get it out. There were some who lost everything - some who lost a lot - and others of us who were thankful that the waters did not destroy more of our homes.
Our friends are living out the same drama again - 12 years later. We are miles away from their crisis; but our hearts are there. You are and will remain in our prayers.