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Light Notes: 2011 flood victim cherishes keepsake after loss

Lucy Luginbill, Tri-City Herald on

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"I'll tell you what, they were a blessing," Tricia said, thinking back to how the team broke out windows, ripped out sheetrock and ceiling tiles. "They did it in one day, and that was taking out all the stuff that was ruined and had to be separated into piles outside."

What followed for Tricia and her family was another two months in the RV until a FEMA trailer arrived on their property. Still hopeful they could rebuild, they lived in the cramped space for another seven months.

These days she can smile at that memory.

"Our plans someday had been to have a fifth-wheel or travel-trailer for vacations, but we've said 'Never again!' " Tricia said, remembering the FEMA space she compares to the size of a loft. "We can laugh about things now."

They can also empathize with the distant flood victims who are facing a journey upstream, one that is behind this threesome now. Their own river of difficulty has brought insight and a bit of advice.

"Believe in God, work together, continue to communicate with each other and take it one step at a time," Tricia said, adding the importance of staying strong, being devoted to each other when tempers flare, and praying -- even asking to be on a prayer chain. "It'll all work out as long you stick together."

Nowadays, they live in a house far from the flood zone. But a special memory of that disastrous flood sits prominently on a coffee table -- an extra kindness from the Moundridge, Kan., volunteer team that labored on their waterlogged home.

"We still have the Bible they all signed," Tricia said.

And within its pages is a familiar scripture: "When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown." Isaiah 43:2a (NLT)

Comfort and a promise ... for such a time as this.

(Lucy Luginbill is a career television producer-host and the Spiritual Life editor for the Tri-City Herald. In her column, she reflects on the meaning of her name, "Light Bringer." If you have a story idea for Light Notes, contact her at lluginbill@tricityherald.com.)

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