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05.24.15 Rising waters AGAIN – Really??? and Pretty little Oklahoma girls!

11112503_1068530689885286_5861828055761562663_nSunday, May 24, 2015 – Good thing we love being in our RV because we’re doing a lot of that!!!!  After watching the waters rise in the river in Arkansas we hoped that would be the last we’d see of rising waters.  But noooooo, Lake Eufaula (Oklahoma) has risen well over its banks before we even arrived and is still growing! We are parked several hundred feet from the edge of the water.

Yes we do things other than watch water rise but at the present time that seems to be the only thing to do while it continues to pour down. The pictures below start on Thursday and go through today Sunday.  From what the locals say the water is a good 100 feet past Lake Eufaula’s banks and has been that way for about a week.

See the four foot tall grey RV electric pedestal near center left. Several sites past that are underwater.
Most already moved their RVs to higher ground.
The actual lake is way beyond this.
Roy looking at a different area. There are rows of RVs on both sides of four different roads leading down to the lake. If they didn’t move they are underwater.
This is how it normally is
Even if it is a mess and out of sorts now I think I’d really like this one if it was dry!!

wpid-20150523_111359.jpg1 4Today’s pictures really don’t show much more water coming on shore except in one picture.  I’ll point that out.  With the way my Severe Weather watch on my phone kept going off last night about Flash Flooding I’d have thought it was outside our RVs front door.  I’m thankful it was not.

The square wooden platform with planter on top was on very dry ground originally as was the picnic table next to it.

We did spend some dry time going to church with a young couple we know.  Matt and Alanna Traylor and their girls Hope and Karstyn now live in Oklahoma about an hour from where we are staying.  Ours sons, grew up at Trinity (our home church) with Matt.  Alanna was my student worker at Southeastern for a few years including being together on September 11, 2001.  One thing I remember about that day was Alanna printing out a scripture with Phillipians 4:6-7 and stuck it to the file cabinet next to her.  That paper stayed on that file cabinet for many years. 20150523_183846 The scripture is in the picture below.  Man did I need that scripture that day.

phil 4 6 7We went to their church,  They have several churches in seven US states including 17 in Oklahoma. The one in Broken Arrow has 8 services on Saturday evening and Sunday  They are also accessible globally online at  20150523_185931I’ve never been to such a mega mega church.  I believe the sermon is broadcast to all of the churches preached by either the Senior Pastor or one of the staff.  Being from a traditional Southern Baptist church this was big different!  They told us before we went it that the music was very loud and there were ear plugs which Roy took advantage of.  This generations church is very different from ours but as long as we are all praising our Lord, I believe God is satisfied. A biblical sermon was preached from Phillipians and it was really neat to be in church with our wonderful young friends.

We went over to their house which is near the church 20150523_191210and had a great visit getting to catch up on each others lives.  The girls were a joy to be with especially since we’ve been Madisyn deprived for a few weeks.  They danced, played the violin, had a pillow fight with us and were just delightful.

Their family moved to Oklahoma so that their youngest daughter, the little violinist, could get intensive treatment for  her extremely severe allergies.  I admire them so much for not only the Christian couple they are but for being willing to uproot their lives in Florida and go to where their daughter could get the best care.

oklahoma-tornado-warning-sign-6380040I did promise Roy that I would share with ya’ll that I wouldn’t leave their home in time for us to get home before dark.  I was having to much fun talking.  But anyway, since we left much later and stopped at Walmart we wound up driving home in the pouring rain during a tornado watch.  With no roadside lights for miles and miles, lots of wind and pouring rain it was a scary experience.  Okay, honey I told everyone I threatened our very existence because I like to talk!

We are hunkered down in our RV today while I do my RVillage work and we watch television.  Tomorrow should be better and we plan to get out to do some sightseeing.

Ya’ll come back now, ya’ hear!

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