More flood photos

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The same bridge, only “un-flooded”.

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And, to give an idea of just how much water that is:

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The stats, in case any one is interested…

“The Meramec River crested at 26.84 feet (nearly 15 feet above flood stage) on March 19th 2008 at 6 p.m. at Steelville, Missouri. This is approximately 0.4 feet, or three inches, below the record crest of 27.22 feet that was observed on July 27th 1998. This flood event ranks as the second highest flood of record at this point on the Meramec River.”

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Gray Line = Major Flood Level
Yellow Line = Moderate Flood Level
Cyan Line = Flood Stage
Blue Line = Action Stage

Death cannot keep it’s prey!

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On the third day the friends of Christ coming at daybreak to the place found the grave empty and the stone rolled away. In varying ways they realized the new wonder; but even they hardly realized that the world had died in the night. What they were looking at was the first day of a new creation, with a new heaven and a new earth; and in a semblance of the gardener God walked again in the garden, in the cool not of the evening but the dawn.
~G. K. Chesterton The Everlasting Man

Photos from our Easter morning:

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We stayed overnight with Dan’s brother and his family. We were up late dyeing eggs, laughing and listening to bluegrass…

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Breakfast was Chocolate Babka (fast becoming a tradition for our family) a fresh citrus salad, eggs and bacon. And of course, lots of coffee!

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The camera battery died, so I was only able to get a few action shots of the girls in their Easter dresses which Grandma Brand made for them.

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I hope that your Easter was peaceful, and that you had time to reflect with awe on the amazing fact that death has been defeated for those that love Him!

Easter Eggs

The Easter Bunny
M. Josephine Todd, 1909

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There’s a story quite funny,
About a toy bunny,
And the wonderful things she can do;
Every bright Easter morning,

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Without warning,
She colors eggs, red, green, or blue.

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Some she covers with spots,
Some with quaint little dots,
And some with strange mixed colors, too

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— Red and green, blue and yellow,
But each unlike its fellow
Are eggs of every hue.

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And it’s odd, as folks say,
That on no other day
In all of the whole year through,

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Does this wonderful bunny,
So busy and funny,
Color eggs of every hue.

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If this story you doubt
She will soon find you out,
And what do you think she will do?

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On the next Easter morning
She’ll bring you without warning,
Those eggs of every hue.

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Stunningness

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This is Kinsley’s glamor look. The look she gives you when she knows she’s so beautiful that it must be taking our breath away. It’s the look that begs compliments, and usually gets our attention, if nothing else!

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It takes a little concentration and a lot of work to acquire that drop-dead gorgeous look, but once she’s got it, nothing can stop her!

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PS – I did not give her free access to my cosmetics, or teach her how to apply them. She’s very resourceful.