Quick Update

A lot has transpired since my last post. My sister had her surgery in Houston last Friday and is doing well. She should be coming home n a few days.

Our home had 5-1/2 ft of water in the house. When we returned and opens the door... well it was not good. Not good at all.

The day of my sisters surgery there was a group of about 15 breathren from Lugkin that came down and cleared out the house and started tearing out the Sheetrock. I was in tears. They worked so hard for someone they did not know simply because we were Christians. They were such wonderful people.

I have been swamped with emails and phone calls for the last week. I have stayed up all hours at night trying to answer them all. When sleep finally came it was in short segments and waking up with anxiety stacks. The weight of my own problems and the weight of our congregation was bearing heavily upon me.

But things are beginnng to look up. The breathren from all over are helping us in so many ways. It's just overwhelming. And that's a good thing!

The pics below were from yesterday. We have increased the size of the mound and the Sheetrock is getting trim end. There is just do much to do both for myself and for the congregation I serve.

Thank you all for your prayers! It's comforting to know that do many people care! God bless you all!

  • misssonja
    Awful!!!!!! But so good to hear from you and especially to hear that you are receiving such lovingkindness and physical help. Our elders are looking for a home for the $4500 offered yesterday. Most there are not wealthy people. Sweet to worship with generous hearts!
    by misssonja at 09/11/17 2:12AM
  • joc
    Oh, wow! So glad you are getting the good help. Our one tree that fell is nothing compared to what so many are going through. Praying for you and your family and your sister.
    by joc at 09/11/17 10:35AM
  • lovescats
    Oh wow! I'm glad some things have happened to give you cause to feel better. I don't know if you have tile floors or not. And if so, if they are being completely removed and redone? I ask because I just saw someone posting pictures of where their house had been "cleaned" but they removed tiles and discovered all kinds of yuckiness beneath them because the water had gone through the grout.

    Continued prayers as you clean up and heal.

    We don't have elders where I am, but the men decided to send a check each month for the remainder of the year to help Christians in Texas. I don't know which ones in particular.
    by lovescats at 09/11/17 11:30AM
  • ceoltoir
    We'll see you tomorrow!
    by ceoltoir at 09/11/17 2:25PM
  • kamille
    Was directed here from ceoltoir's blog. You & everyone in TX have been in our prayers.
    by kamille at 09/11/17 3:12PM
  • kailua
    I will continue to pray for you and J.

    I am sending a hug to you via her.

    Love you Brother!
    by kailua at 09/11/17 8:43PM
  • friend2all
    I been think of you and every one in vidor, I am send you and Junelle a hug through Mrs. Kathy
    by friend2all at 09/11/17 11:07PM
  • sirtarin
    I'm so sorry you and everyone down there are having to go through that sort of thing, but it is also so encouraging to see how much brethren all over the country, and even in other countries, are finding ways to help. You all have been in my prayers, and will certainly continue to be! God bless!
    by sirtarin at 09/12/17 11:36AM
  • misssonja
    Another pleo post reminded me how vile the smell is after a flood. Having cleaned up after flooding in Eastern KY, I can almost smell it now, ugh. I think about you every day and my heart is heavy with your burden but hopeful that our love for you helps just a little.
    by misssonja at 09/12/17 7:16PM
  • lovescats
    ^Yes. some smells stay with you - ugh.
    by lovescats at 09/13/17 11:10AM

My Home

My Honda CRV is parked in front of the garage under the water. The other CRV and my son in laws Prius is in the garage.

The Neches river is expected to crest today. The weather channel said it will take about Seven days to recede.

We have about fifteen families effected by the flooding. I have been talking with Mark LeGendre, the preacher and fellow elder with the North Main congregation and he was telling me of the response from the breathren around the country is unbelievable. Financial assistance, materials and labor is being organized to help us and other congregations in our area. The love of the breathren knows no bounds! And our love for them and our gratitude for them is equally great!

I have posted what information I do know on our website last night.

North Main Church Of Christ

I appreciate everyone who has commented. Please understand my lack of replays at this time.
  • ceoltoir
    Is the church bldg flooded?
    by ceoltoir at 09/02/17 12:14PM
  • lovescats
    Thank you for sharing with us and updating when you can. You are in the thoughts and prayers of many.
    by lovescats at 09/02/17 1:44PM
  • joc
    Thanks so much for the update. We have been thinking of y'all and praying for you. I will pass this info on.
    by joc at 09/02/17 2:18PM
  • misssonja
    Oh Ted, I am in tears for your material loss and heartache. That is really hard to even look at -- just makes me sick. That is a real devastating blow to absorb; you (and so many others) must be hurting terribly. We hurt with you! It's "just stuff" but I know you have worked hard for your home and vehicles.

    Please keep us advised of the needs. So many of us are waiting to understand what is needed and how best to help. Know that we really need to do something to be of help! Until then, our prayers are with you all!
    by misssonja at 09/02/17 3:38PM
  • misssonja
    I was thinking this evening that tomorrow morning, you and so many other believers will be gathered, praying and singing praises to the Only True God, remembering our Redeemer, even as you are looking at water 6 feet deep covering everything you own. The Great I AM will be glorified!!! And I know He will bless you for your steadfast trust and worship, even when your hearts are heavy with loss and exhaustion.
    by misssonja at 09/02/17 7:13PM
  • dawnmk23
    Praying! My husband is going to Texas this weekend to help with efforts! You are in our prayers!
    by dawnmk23 at 09/02/17 8:21PM
  • sirtarin
    Praying for you all. I wish I free to come down and help!
    by sirtarin at 09/03/17 12:41PM
  • kailua
    I am overcome with sadness for you and J. My heart grieves for you and all of the pain you have recently endured. I will pray. Love to you all. (((hug)))
    by kailua at 09/04/17 5:25PM
  • misssonja
    We sung this Getty song at worship Sunday and I thought of you and the rest of the folks in TX...

    Jesus draw me ever nearer
    As I labour through the storm.
    You have called me to this passage,
    and I’ll follow, though I’m worn.

    May this journey bring a blessing,
    May I rise on wings of faith;
    And at the end of my heart’s testing,
    With Your likeness let me wake.

    Jesus guide me through the tempest;
    Keep my spirit staid and sure.
    When the midnight meets the morning,
    Let me love You even more.

    Let the treasures of the trial
    Form within me as I go -
    And at the end of this long passage,
    Let me leave them at Your throne.
    by misssonja at 09/05/17 1:02AM
  • sirtarin
    I don't know if you saw it or heard it, but Tim Berman and a few other others collaborated to write a hymn because of the flooding from Harvey which he shared on Facebook (several people said they were going to be reading it at there congregations.):

    Look, O Lord, on Our Distress
    Look, O Lord, on our distress,
    See our devastation;
    Grieve with us in our duress
    Join our lamentation.
    Numbed and broken by the strife,
    Crushed amid the rubble,
    We despair of even life,
    Helpless in our trouble.

    Hold us near in our despair,
    Wrap Your arms around us;
    Bind our wounds with tender care,
    May Your peace surround us.
    When our strength and reason fail,
    When our hope is waning,
    Let Your steadfast love prevail--
    Faithful and sustaining.

    Lift our eyes beyond our grief
    Lift our hands to labor;
    In our search to find relief,
    Help us serve our neighbor.
    So, as others see Your ways
    And Your consolation,
    They will join with us and raise
    Songs of Your salvation.

    —Zachary Olson, Joel Holt, Tylene Berman, Daphene Gibson, and Tim Berman. Lyrics copyright 2017.
    by sirtarin at 09/05/17 11:07AM
  • misssonja
    We sure would like to hear from you, Ted. You are on our minds every day.
    by misssonja at 09/10/17 7:54AM


Our house flooded today when we were evacuated out the water was knee deep outside the house and we had about 6 inches on the inside. I am stressed. Considering how many people were flooded it may take a while to rebuild because of the shortage of home builders. Not to mention that it looks like we will loose both cars as well. And my sonnet m laws. The hardest thing was to walk away from all our pictures and videos of our children growing up. Memories that cannot be replaced.

I'm tired. I have tredded water for two days. I'm just tired.

Loosing mom and now loosing my home. Im just tired.
  • ceoltoir
    We are praying for you, dear friend. If you want a place to stay our home is open to you for as long as you need. The Princess Suite is yours if you need it. Walk-in closet (only partially filled with toys), en suite bathroom with garden tub and shower, nightly singing and Bible reading. I might even throw in the occasional pie to sweeten the deal. Please come if you can.
    by ceoltoir at 08/30/17 9:50PM
  • joc
    So sorry to hear this. I never realized it would get so bad after it left us. We continue to pray for you and your family. This seems like something in a bad dream that we will wake up from. But, we just have to take one day at a time and know that God is with us.
    by joc at 08/30/17 11:55PM
  • lovescats
    Oh Ted, I am just so sorry. I cannot even begin to imagine and as you said, the heartache of losing the personal things - such as pictures - that you can't get back. My heart aches for you, and I will certainly keep you all in prayer.

    Will keep checking for updates. You mentioned how the rebuild would take a long time as there are so many houses destroyed. That's something I've thought of too and have been praying for - just everyone getting their lives back and being made whole again - at least physically.

    God bless you and your family.
    by lovescats at 08/31/17 1:40AM
  • misssonja
    Brother, my heart is sore for you and so many others. I can assure you that photos can be salvaged -- maybe not all, but a good portion. My grandparents' house flooded when I was a kid & we spread all those photos out in the basement floor, wiped them clean, dried them out. The whole thing will certainly bring hard work and tears, but we will pray and we will encourage you. And like Kathy said, you are very welcome in my home, too.
    by misssonja at 08/31/17 3:17AM
  • misssonja
    I am wondering if perhaps the timing for your mom was God's sweet mercy... This uprooting would have been mighty hard on her and even more so on you with a frail elderly woman to worry over. She was spared this trial. (Which in no way alters your grief, but perhaps reinforces your trust in God's lovingkindness?)

    When you were evacuated, where did you go?

    I wonder if there is an opportunity for the church to send some skilled brothers down to repair homes? We should put our noggins together...
    by misssonja at 08/31/17 3:26AM
  • dawnmk23
    I'm so sorry for your loss!
    by dawnmk23 at 09/01/17 10:03AM
  • deusvitae
    by deusvitae at 09/01/17 1:23PM


Please pray for us. We are treading water and many of our friends have already had their homes flooded. The water is just a few feet from our house and the rain has not let up yet. Both entrances to our housing addition are impassable with one bridge washed out. we have had 17 inches of water in just a few hours, and drainage to the neches river passes through our neighborhood. They have also opened the dam on the neches which has not helped us at all. I have never seen flooding like this in our neighborhood in the twenty years we have lived here.

With all of this, I still am thankful to God for all he has done for me all these years.
  • misssonja
    Thank you for letting is know so we might pray!
    by misssonja at 08/29/17 10:00PM
  • joc
    Praying that you and your family will come through this o.k. This storm has been unbelievable. Hope it will pass on through fast. We need to know where to donate to help Christians.
    by joc at 08/29/17 10:42PM
  • misssonja
    Praying for all of you Houston folks today!
    by misssonja at 08/30/17 12:52PM
  • this_old_man
    You all are in my prayers.
    by this_old_man at 08/30/17 9:00PM

My Mother

Early this morning my mother passed away.
  • friend2all
    I am so sorry to hear this news.
    by friend2all at 08/22/17 11:14PM
  • joc
    My prayers and sympathy for the loss of your mother.
    by joc at 08/23/17 12:22AM
  • deusvitae
    May God comfort, strengthen, and sustain you through this time.
    by deusvitae at 08/23/17 1:06AM
  • misssonja
    Prayer that God will comfort you, friend.
    by misssonja at 08/23/17 11:11AM
  • friend2all
    Here a humongous hugged from me to you.
    by friend2all at 08/23/17 2:51PM
  • this_old_man
    I am sorry for your loss.
    by this_old_man at 08/23/17 10:35PM
  • sirtarin
    I am sorry for your loss; I'll be praying for you.
    by sirtarin at 08/24/17 9:25AM
  • lovescats
    I am so sorry to learn this. Prayers for your family in your loss.
    by lovescats at 08/25/17 8:58AM
  • kailua
    Sending Aloha and prayers your way. (((hugs)))
    by kailua at 08/25/17 3:46PM