Sunday, November 22, 2009

Wet Basement Aftermath

While Greg was in Mexico, all the rain in St. Louis left Kitty and our housemates dealing with water seeping through the foundation and into our lower-level family room. The furniture was moved, the carpet came up, the paneling came down, and dirt and plastic were put in place outside to redirect the rain water. A small shop vac and a constant swap of dry towels for wet ones barely kept up with the 20-some gallons of water coming in every hour.

Greg got home the second evening and bought a large shop vac that was able to keep up with the leak and quickly pump the water out of the house. Still, that setup had to be left running non-stop for another 72 hours until the water finally stopped coming in (for now). More rain is forecast for next week.

Here are some photographs of the aftermath. It's not looking quite as bad now as it did when we were in the middle of it. And we're starting to get estimates for various suggested repairs - from $350 for epoxy injection in the spot that's leaking to $6800 for a drain tile and sump system that would protect the whole house. We haven't had any leaks in the 22 years we've lived in this house, so this won't be an easy decision.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Mexico Mission 2009

For the fifth year, Greg joined 36 people from churches across Missouri, Illinois, and Kansas to travel to Phoenix and then to Puerto Penasco (Rocky Point), Mexico, to build homes for families in need. The two teams spent the better part of 3 days in the desert building two homes, camping, and worshiping together. We look forward to this God-given opportunity every year and to how He will bless the team and the family we get to serve. It's hard to explain how amazing and humbling this experience is each year; to share a few days with a family and learn something about who they are and how they live, to work alongside them and watch them get so excited over a simple two-room stucco house that is smaller then most of our garages, and then to come home and be thankful for the comfort and safety we live in - and realize how much "stuff" we have that we really don't need to be happy and content.

This video captures just some of the experiences, work, memories, and fun from this year's trip.

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

On the Road Again

Kitty's just back from Tampa after watching two of the grandkids for a week. Now she's already in KC helping the kids there get ready to move, while Greg's in Virginia Beach on business. He'll help out In KC this weekend and then he's off to Phoenix and Mexico as part of a team building a house for a needy family. Then it's back to Florida for a Thanksgiving with family. Life on the run … it's good.