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After the storm...

Written by Sue, Tuesday, July 3, 2012                         Hot! Hot! and very hot! temps. 100
Sunday afternoon, lots of wind, hail, and rain,  we are truly thankful that we, our animal friends, and home  are safe.

 Poor Hibiscus, I hope she makes it...

 However, some of our trees and landscape didn't survive, we lost 5 of our Bradford pear trees..

 surveying the damage....

The sheep waiting to go out to pasture, and so glad the storm is over,of course there has to always be one who is out. Truth is Tulip is waiting for her bottle.
 Lucy going with me to survey the damage, here she is taking the time to let the horses know who is boss. Rainy just looks at her and goes back to eating.

Bradford pears are known for splitting...
Mr P., a neighbor, and I got busy cleaning, they cut and moved the trees

 "Thanks hon, can't stop now, I will take it on the run". Dh takes every thing in stride and  always has  a smile. I am blessed beyond words.
And away we go...

My job was to pick up debris, rake, and try to get the flower beds back to normal
 She survived!! a little battle worn, but still glowing!
 I think I did  a pretty good job, Don't you? ~grinning~

Psalms 30:5~......Weeping may endure for the night, but Joy comes in the morning.  I took this photo this morning,  I also think Mr. P did a fantastic job, we have a few more days of work, and hopefully some normalcy will resume. Hmmm! what is that?

Storms of life will always come our way, our problems here at the farm are so minute compared to what so many are facing,but one thing for sure, Our God is always so faithful.Deuteronomy 7:9~Know therefore that the Lord thy God, He is God which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love Him and keep His commandments to a thousand generation; Whatever you are facing please know that God loves you, cares for you and He is faithful, Always!!

Wishing you a most blessed and happy July 4th,celebration!


Bernadine July 3, 2012 at 9:17 AM  

WOW! That looks like quite the storm. I love your pear tree lined drive and it's a shame you lost so many trees. However, in spite of the damage everything still looks great! Your garden is beautiful and the plants don't look damaged at all. I'm glad everyone was safe. Happy Fourth!

Walking on Sunshine... July 3, 2012 at 9:33 AM  

I didn't realize the storm affected you and your property. Those are amazing photos, especially the after! You got everything cleaned up really nicely. Beautiful scripture you quoted. Hope you have a nice holiday tomorrow! Say hi to your hubby for me!

Janette@Janette's Sage July 3, 2012 at 10:10 AM  

Oh NO!!!!!!!! Can you hear me yelling all the way from TEXAS!!! This looks like what happened around here...oh my!! I am so glad everyone is safe...so, so sorry...now just why can't I hop in the car and come give you a hand? We must take this up with the Lord.

Oh sweet one..the house and now the outside...many, many prayers and hugs coming your way!!

Your beautiful place will shine from the inside out....the house and all the grounds. Keep you chin up!!

Hugs, hugs, and prayers from Benjamin and I both...he is still trying to talk me into coming your way, he looked at the map and said, "it isn't too far",

Patsy July 3, 2012 at 10:15 AM  

The weather angels have been very busy all over.
You both did a wonderful job getting back to normal.
Always enjoy a visit with you on your beautiful farm.
Happy 4th of July

Debbie July 3, 2012 at 10:16 AM  

Good morning! WOW! Looks like quite the storm, but also looks like you got it cleaned up quickly and all looks good. Sorry you lost the trees, but oh my they are soo gorgeous! How you must love coming and going on that driveway. I LOVE it! I just have a feeling your hubby and mine would get along soo well...just like you and me. : )
Your a blessed lady that's for sure. thanks for all the prayer Sue, I appreciate it so. Enjoy your 4th my friend! HUGS

Vee July 3, 2012 at 10:24 AM  

You really did have a storm! I'm so sorry for the loss of the trees and whatever plants suffered damage. You both do such excellent work. Your property looks beautiful! So glad that your hibiscus survived. This story reminds me of an entirely different storm this 4th of July... Sometimes I think too much. Have a blessed holiday! Don't spend much time working if you can help it!

Cheryl @ The Farmer's Daughter July 3, 2012 at 10:31 AM  

Oh my! I'm so sorry you had all that damage, but so glad you are okay and it wasn't worse than it was. You and hubby did a tremendous job in cleaning up and restoring order. The gardens look beautiful.

The scripture you share is perfect. Have a safe and Happy 4th!!

Farm Girl July 3, 2012 at 10:42 AM  

That must have been some storm to knock or split 5 trees! I like your attitude, that you just get up and keep on going.
It all looks so pretty, storm or not.
I am glad that you were both okay.

Mrs.Rabe July 3, 2012 at 10:58 AM  

I am so sorry you lost those trees!

Glad that everyone and the animals and house are fine!
You both did a great job with your clean up!

Your husband reminds me of mine...such a hard worker!


NanaNor's July 3, 2012 at 11:27 AM  

Dear Sue, So thankful that you didn't have more damage! Your yard is incredible; I think I've told you before that you should give tours-I'd sure pay to see it all. Love your landscaping and glad your Hibiscus made it, but sorry about the trees. Love seeing Lucy out too.
Blessings on your 4th dear friend.
Hugs, Noreen

Sunny July 3, 2012 at 2:40 PM  

You have a beautiful place Sue and so much to be thankful for. Glad to see your damage was not worse. Your Hibiscus looks happy to have made it through the storm :)

Trish July 3, 2012 at 6:25 PM  

Oh Sue, praise the Lord you and hubby were kept safe!
That must have been frightening for you both!
And yes - you certainly did do a great job in your pretty garden :-)
You and Mr P are real "troopers".

Thanks so much for visiting me and praying for my healing.
I truly appreciate your kindness!
Lots of love and blessings..Trish xx

LDH July 3, 2012 at 7:47 PM  

Oh, dear Sue, That was a lot to clean up. Things are looking lovely again after all that damage!

Cheryl July 3, 2012 at 9:30 PM  

Sue, what a lot of damage these storms have brought, but I am grateful (as I know that you are!) as I look around and see how much we were spared. I pray for those who have suffered.

Please take your time doing the clean up in this oppressive heat! I just know that you and Mr. P. will have your beautiful farm all looking as good as new in no time!

Hugs to you, my friend...

Jenni July 3, 2012 at 10:57 PM  

Hello, there, Sue! Goodness! It looks like y'all had some rough weather, but I am so glad y'all are all ok! And what beautiful scriptures you included with this post.....

Big hugs,

Christine July 3, 2012 at 11:20 PM  

Even among your debris and damage, your farm is beautiful.
It's heart breaking knowing that there was so much destruction, everywhere. What a blessing, that there wasn't any injuries.

Terri Buster July 4, 2012 at 3:25 PM  

Wow- that was a big storm- you and DH cleaned up pretty quick and it looks just beautiful!

Lynn July 4, 2012 at 4:36 PM  

What a lovely place you have! And it looks like you did a super job, cleaning everything up after the storm :)

Susan B July 4, 2012 at 9:15 PM  

So sorry that you lost some of your trees Sue. Your property is so beautiful. I hope you and your husband are enjoying a wonderful July 4th! :)

Debbie July 5, 2012 at 7:12 AM  

Oh no! I'm so sorry to read that you lost some of the pears on Pear Tree Lane!
That looked like a horrible mess of hailstones. I'm glad no one was hurt.

I love how you dealt with it, and the way that you wove this into a lesson. It seems that I have had more than my share of hail in recent years, but He has been faithful through every storm and hasn't failed me yet.

Elena July 5, 2012 at 12:03 PM  

Wow, what a storm that was. I was so sad to see the trees that you lost. I am thankful no one got hurt and your house and flower gardens are OK. Your land and farm is so beautiful!! I hope you had a wonderful 4th of July. Hugs, Elena

Beverly July 5, 2012 at 5:29 PM  

Hi Sue....
I just happened upon your blog. Love, love your gardens!! It's so sad to lose mature trees! We are always losing trees in our woods....luckily they keep us supplied with firewood for the long winters!
Bee Haven Acres

Happy@Home July 5, 2012 at 6:25 PM  

Oh what a shame to have lost those pretty trees. You and Mr. P did a great job at taking care of business. Everything looks so beautiful now. That hibiscus is such a pretty color.
We bought some SC peaches from a farm stand yesterday. I couldn't figure out what the dents in them were until the farmer told me it is hail damage. Seems they have had a lot of hail too.
I hope you are staying cool.

travelintoadventure@gmail.com July 6, 2012 at 1:28 PM  

my goodness - glad all is well .. beautiful place - farm life is filled with such events to do with weather -- when I lived in Utah we had snow on July 4th and that was the end of our garden that summer..
hugs - for your back to normal days!..

Carol July 7, 2012 at 5:22 PM  

Sorry to see what happened to some of the Bradford pears. I've seen them split like that before. ;(
Glad the hibiscus made it. One of my favorite flowers!
That 2nd to last picture is gorgeous. What a beautiful place to live, and what a blessing to be Keeper of the Home.

Susan July 11, 2012 at 10:59 AM  

Sue, I'm so glad that ya'll are safe and that you did't have more damage than you did from that storm.........Im not blogging much right now....Im so busy with the girls and my workout and being in God's word. Then there is the horses,chickens,dogs and goats (we have our first baby goat)....Oh and then trying to keep up on the house,garden,and canning :o)......Im tired now just mentioning all this LOL I need a nap!
Blessing to you Sue, you are a very sweet lady....I wish we were closer, I'd come for a vist and a glass of Ice tea (sweet) :o)

tania August 3, 2012 at 10:04 AM  

Sorry about your trees, so many!

I'm just glad all of you and your animals are safe.

Your property/home is very beautiful all your hard work of love for it pays off!


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