Today marks 5 full days with no propane (our only way to
cook), 3 days with less than 6 hours of electricity (which have only been at
night), a day without running water, and 2 kids with 103 fevers this week.
This morning I woke up to one baby who had an explosive
diaper in his pack n play. I cleaned him up dragged the pack n play to my back
porch where I could clean it later. I got my other baby up and gave him
breakfast in his booster seat at the table where he had an explosive diaper. So
it is now about 6:30 I have a chair, booster seat, and pack n play on the back
porch all covered in poop. My sink is full of dishes. My laundry basket full of
poop covered clothes and sheets. The
lack of electricity has caused all the food in the fridge to ruin and its
adding to the smell so I throw everything out.
We still have a little water outside where we wash clothes. I
clean up all the explosive diaper mess, wash clothes, dishes, and bathe my
kids. About that time the electricity comes on and I am thinking oh today isn’t
going to be so bad. I put on a movie for my kids and turn on the pump to fill
the tank so we can have running water again. That lasted about 20 minutes
before the electricity was off again.
I fed my kids lunch a piece of turkey, cheese, and crackers.
With no way to cook there isn’t much more I can offer them but they enjoyed it.
Then off to naps on the concrete floor because it’s just too
hot to sleep in a bed today.
Grace and Caleb woke up covered in sweat so I decided to
bathe them again outside to cool them down.
I am sitting there watching them play in the little bucket
replaying the day and wanting to complain when Grace gets a big smile on her
face and says “Mom, I’m so happy” Out of the mouth of babes right? I had to
stop right there and remember how blessed we really are. There are people who
are my neighbors in this town who have never had running water, propane, or electricity in their lives.
These very same people are the happiest people you will ever meet.
has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may
be in, therein to be content.”- Helen Keller