How to boil water VS. Water, water everywhere

Abilene had it’s first ever boil water notice last Friday. It seems all the rain we’ve had has resulted in lower than normal water usage. Apparently, the amount of chlorine in the tap water goes down over time, so if Abileneians aren’t using as much water as normal the level of chlorine can drop to unsafe levels. So, for about 20 hours we were told to boil our water. This, of course, leads to articles in the newspaper and on TV with title like ‘How to boil water’.

Adding to our water woes, it rained hard on Friday night. Our neighbor’s rain gauge showed six inches of rain overnight. But, the rest of Taylor county south of Abilene got as much as ten inches of rain. The counties around Taylor county are a little weird in that the watershed flows north to Fort Phantom. So any rain that falls in southern Taylor county is going to flow north through the creeks in Abilene. About 7:30 a.m. Elm Creek overflowed it’s banks about a mile south of our house so about 8:30 our street looked like this:

The real street flooding was on the next street over on both sides of our street. Abilene doesn’t have any gutters or storm drains (at least in our part of the city). So in the flood prone areas of the city, every other street will have a lot of water when it rains hard. Our street is a ‘high’ street so we don’t see as much water as the street on either side of our street. This is what the Willis Street looked like, one street over from ours:

And again, the water on Minter, one street over on the other side of the alley (standing in front of Kelly and Candace’s house):

After a few hours, the gasoline, fertilizer, fire-ant, and snake contaminated water subsided and today the streets are as dry a bone. Welcome to West Texas 🙂

Bonus. 3.5 teeth

Update Aug 21, 2007: Candace has updated pics from her side of the street here.


Happy 9 months!

Dear Carter,

Happy 9 months old my precious little boy. You are growing so very fast and developing the most delightful little personality. Your daddy and I talk about what a good boy you are. You are so happy all of the time and are the happiest when you are at home playing with mommy and daddy. You also love going to church and playing with Ms. Martha. Your favorite book is Hop on Pop and you love reading this before nap and bedtimes. We have done alot of swimming this summer and you have decided that you do like to swim. But when we are home, your favorite thing to do is watch Elmo on Sesame Street. You don't particularly care for the dark, loud noises, or broccoli. We will have to work on the broccoli thing since it's your daddy's favorite vegetable.

You now have your two bottom teeth and the two top ones coming in. This is not a fun time because I can tell that you don't feel good sometimes. But I know that once they come in you will have an even more precious smile.

Carter, my love grows for you more and more each minute I spend with you. As I lay you in your crib each night and pray over you, one of my requests to God is that He will teach the kind of love that I feel for you. Out of all the many things you will learn, I believe that learning to love others and most of all God, will prepare your heart and shape you into the special person that God intends for you to be.


Love always,

Mommy and Daddy