|At 4:40 am, while we blissfully slept, the power went out. Without power, our valiant sump-pump stopped. This is the same sump-pump that had been keeping our basement dry during the record-breaking snow and rain accumulation in the Midwest. And while we rested, the basement filled with a few inches of water. When the power was restored at 9:00 am, the pump evacuated most of the standing water in our basement, but it was too late. The damage had been done. We had joined the thousands in our area with water damage.
We are thankful we were home when it happened (as we had just returned from Home Mission Assignment a week earlier!), we are thankful our insurance company has been easy to deal with, and we are thankful that we are able bodied and capable of doing the restoration work ourselves to undo the damage that was done. But it sure has added a bit of chaos to our arrival home.
Additionally, this adds a new element of challenge to having two families in one household. The finished part of the basement that we lost was my home schooling space, and the place where the boys and I spent most of our days at home. Again, I’m brought to thanksgiving: Our housemates are flexible and accommodating. We are treating these past few weeks (and a few more to come, I’m sure!) as establishing a new normal, just in a bit of a smaller space. 🙂