Friday, January 14, 2011

By The Skin Of Our Teeth


Cue 'choral music'. 2 cm. That's it. The sludge came within 2 cm of all the ground floor units.

How powerful are your prayers.

With ambulances and police demanding his attention, in the evacuation phase, Warren, our apartment manager, took my desperate phone call, and despite the predicted 5.5m river peak (which would have seen the water up to the top of the corner light in the picture) and the possible futility of it all, let himself into my unit and put my chair up on my bed. Warren you brought me to tears this morning when this scene greeted me.


..and this reduced me to a blithering, blubbering mess.


Across the road



This is what my neighbours are dealing with. Not just flood sludge but with a dash of sewerage. The smell is putrid. All the sewerage drains in the centre of our street exploded. Our street is now closed as it is sinking.... huge sink holes full of rubbish bins and s**t.... literally.


Directly across the road. We are about 50cm higher. My beloved apartment neighbours, who I am camping out in the hotel with, now joke about "our grassy knoll" and how it saved us... cue choral music again.




Our apartment is to the right. The river is at the top of the screen.


The entrance to our complex's underground garage. It was full. See the water mark on the steps to the left?....that's the entrance to the office. The ground floor apartments to the left of the steps start at that water mark. The carpark was still 3/4 full of water and s**t when we were there this morning. There will be no power, water or phones for 2 weeks. Everyone has moved out. The utility switchboards are under that 3/4 volume of water. Once cleared, everything has to be rewired. This is gonna be a slow process. I have shipped the boys off to Grans and I am lining up floors to sleep on for the next 2 weeks.


I am checking out of the hotel tomorrow to go back and do this with my neighbours.


In these! 
Thanks for getting them for me Gran! 

I just want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for all your offers of help and support. You are the most generous, loving group of friends a girl could ever wish for. I will answer all your emails over the next few weeks, while I am camped out in various residences! Denise - you're first. 

I will load up more photos of our travels this morning tonight... if I have the energy. Or maybe not. I think I might chill out and have a champers tonight.

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Update: Thank you everyone for your lovely words. We are thrilled beyond belief that we were spared. I truly thought our place was a goner. Thank goodness for the lower peak. But... my neighbours are struggling. If any of you locals have some wellies and want to pitch in, come down to the end of Montague Rd, West End, tomorrow, near Albertos Shot Coffee Shop. You'll see all the food and coffee tents set up for the volunteers. Get chatting to someone and you'll find your path for the day. I can't wait to meet a neighbour I have never met. Many hands. 
Oh and bring masks and thick gloves.... E.Coli... yuck. A-M xx

92 comments:

  1. I have been praying for you and your boys over the past few days. Fom your blog posts over the past few months you surely did not deserve any further heartache. I am so pleased to hear that your apartment and lovely things and your boys lizards have been spared.

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  2. Oh AM I am so happy for you. That chair symbolises a lot to you and isn't Warren a lovely man. And the lizards too!! (mind you I had them pegged as survivors).

    Good luck with the clean up help, it all looks horrendous, and I am thinking of all you gutsy Queenslanders a lot.

    xoxo

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  3. This is wonderful news and the smiles on your boys' faces are bright lights in these grey days.

    Make sure you get a syndicate Lotto ticket with your lucky neighbours and Warren...it looks like your luck is on the rise A-M!

    x Felicity

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  4. I can only breathe the biggest sigh of relief...EVER!

    Such wonderful news A-M. The photo of the boys and their lizards almost reduced me to tears!

    The power of prayer indeed.

    xxMB

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  5. To see those happy faces and lizards is priceless. The rest is just icing. And good luck with the mud. I am so pleased for you.)Not the mud bit!) See, life will now go on :)
    Yippee - '''''happy dance''''' (my boys are looking at me strangely...)

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  6. Oh A-M I burst into tears when I saw your chair, savfe and sound and strted all over again with the photo of your happy boys and their lizards. So happy that all the stars aligned for you in a positive way. I only wish that many more Qlders were in the same "boat" you are. All the best during the clean up and have I'll be having a glass for you with my hubby tonight.
    Engracia
    xx

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  7. Yippee!!! I cannot tell you how relieved I am! I've been thinking about you all day...wondering and praying. Thank goodness.

    ...of course not to take away anything from all those poor unfortunate victims in Qld, NSW, VIC, TAS and Brazil. :-(

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  8. hallelujah sister!! I have been checking your blog all day for updates (sneeky whilst at work) and the photo of the boys faces has just absolutely MADE MY DAY !! wOOHOO bugger the chair, the lizards survied (oh well not really bugger the chair but you get my point). If i werent in a boring office right now i would do a happy dance for you all . Mel xx

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  9. I have never been happier about the lives of two lizards! Somehow knowing they survive makes everything so much better - joy cometh in the morning~

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  10. Shivers of delight just went up my spine when I saw your first two photos. Nigel and Brian made it through! Oh how happy your boys look and oh how happy you must be to discover all your possessions still intact. I'm so very happy for you.

    It's champagne and wellies time now. :)

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  11. I am so happy for you and the boys A-M - I don't know what you went through before Christmas but obviously it was not something good - so you just didn't need this on top of everything else. I don't think I have ever been so happy to see a pair of lizards (usually I HATE them)
    Sending lots of best wishes to your neighbours who too have been badly hit.

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  12. Oh A-M a true miracle....thank goodness..you deserve some miracles...take care..the look on your lads faces is priceless ;-)

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  13. I am so relieved for you and your family, I have been watching your blog all day hoping for good news for you. A new journey begins....

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  14. It's heartbreaking as a fellow Brisbanite but I'm pleased that your family and home are safe. x

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  15. Wow...nothing short of a miracle!
    Wonderful to see boys and their 'babies'!
    Although thrilled to know the piano made it too.
    What a start to a new year....it is nice to see that yours was a cheerier outcome. than for many.I must say I
    waited with baited breath reading each of your posts.

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  16. OOps forgot DO chill out with champers tonight!

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  17. Oh. My. God.
    That really brings it home, seeing the clean up. Is this New Farm? I used to live in Welsby Street.

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  18. Thank goodness everything turned out ok :) I'm elated!! If I weren't in Sydney writing up my thesis, I'd be there to help you clean up in a heart beat!

    p.s. I'm sorry to notice something so meaningless at this point in time given your situation, but your bed quilt cover looks exactly like ours - did you buy it from Target many moons ago?

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  19. I just arrived home and rushed to the computer to see if you posted an update. I am so so happy for you and your family. Seeing your chair propped on the bed gave me a huge smile from ear to ear, and then once i scrolled down to see your gorgeous boys holding their lizards, I cried!!

    WELL DONE. YOU DESERVE ALL THAT YOU SAW IN YOUR HOME AND MORE.

    I'm in shock what queensland is going through as a whole. Un-imagineable.

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  20. Praise the Lord A-M, that is great news. xx

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  21. I am so happy to hear and see that your own apartment has not been affected so to speak, but my heart bleeds for everyone around you. I wish I could fly over there from Tokyo to help. It's horrible, but it's times like these that really brings out the best in people and rallying together makes for a stronger, tighter neighbourhood. Your boys smiles and the fact that their lizards survived almost brought me to tears too! God bless you all, you still need to stay strong for what's ahead of you, but thank god your possessions survived, these things are important despite what people might say. Good luck, stay strong and all of us, all over the world send our love and prayers to all of you on the Gold Coast and where love and prayers are needed which now seems to be Brazil and Sri Lanka too. What a world we are living in at the moment, there is light at the end of it I am sure.

    Angela xoxo

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  22. Oh A-M, I have cried for you and prayed for you and thought of you so often these last days. Your new photos made my heart swell. I know its just stuff but its your stuff and I'm soooooo glad its not ruined. I can see the boys had their prayers answered too.
    Wishing you all the best with the tasks ahead.
    Georgia

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  23. Oh A-M...I am a blubbering mess ( and because I know my hubby doesn't read blogs...I will tell you he has tears streaming down his cheeks too)! I do not think I have EVER been happier for anyone! That photo of your boys with Nigella and Brianna is absolutely priceless. i will be having a champers for you darling girl. Much love to you and the boys ~ xx

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  24. Oh lovely lovely news, so happy for you and the boys (and the lizards)...but sad for your neighbours at the same time. What a terrible, terrible mess. I think good old Brisvegas is in for some tough weeks ahead. All the best and once again, great news! Cheers x

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  25. Now that was a bullet well and truly dodged. Very happy for you!! Best of luck helping your neighbours in the clean-up. xx

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  26. That photo of the sludge covered dryer says it all. My God you have had the 1st bit of GOOD LUCK in ages, which you deserve! Come and have dinner with me any time- Ole Mr FF is back up nth so I'd love the company and would love to feed you. Food being my way of showing I care and the Universal Symbol of Nuturing. Plus, let's face it, you'll need some carbs what with all that physical activity with the sludge removal. Great photo of the smiley boys xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx PS The Universe has given you a Sign A-M. Do not waste a second more on your Grief. Now is the time for You.

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  27. OMGoodness! That is the best news I've heard all week. I am SOOOO glad for you A-M. All those positive thoughts and prayers paid off didn't they, I can't believe it!
    I am just so happy to see the smiles on B & esp K's gorgeous faces to see their precious lizards all safe and sound, I think that will be one of those photos for the rest of your life that will give you goose bumps every time you see it.
    I am just overjoyed for you A-M!
    Huge hugs my dear,
    Jxx

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  28. Glorious news for you, amazing what a difference a couple of centimetres can make in a flood. Enjoy those bubbles tonight and sleep well for the first night in a while!

    P.S. The boys look ever so happy to be reunited with their lizards.

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  29. YAHOOOOO I AM SO HAPPY AND RELIEVED!!!!
    I felt in the pit of my stomach A-Me that your home just might survive especially getting a surprise visit from Mr lizard last night. Oh the joy on B & K's faces...absolutely priceless darling. Good God I'm nearly crying, this news is so wonderful. Have been checking in all day for an update.
    Of course you are more than welcome to doss down with us. Please call me or email if we can oblige.
    Hugs
    A-Mi xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  30. One word - Hallelujah!

    Big Love,
    Katie

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  31. Hey AM

    I am all the way over in WA so I cant really offer you a bed at the moment and I suppose you are very lucky that you still have all your clothes etc but if there is anything I can do all the way over here (Which I have to say is extremely hot and dry) please let me know.
    XOX
    Miss V

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  32. Oh A-M, I am so happy for you all that your apartment is fine. Like everyone else, I kept checking to see what the outcome would be. Great news!!!

    I too smiled at your chair up on the bed but lost it entirely when I scrolled down and saw the boys beaming with their lizards. The sheer joy on their faces is wonderful. I shed a tear as I can imagine my own children if they lost their dear pets. It really brought it home.

    Please take up offers of food and shelter from your friends. You will need their support and strength over the next few days, weeks and months. However I know you will all get there.

    Queenslanders (I'm in NSW), seem to have such great resilience. Or maybe it is an Australian thing?
    God help NSW when origin comes around as I think you'll be so full of pride that you'll flatten us! LOL If you win, it will be truly symbolic. How could anyone deny you that!

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  33. Hi A-M
    I hope I don't sound like an intruder by popping up here on your blog all of a sudden, I wanted to let you know your posts have been absolutely wonderful! I'm a bit lost for words...so I'll just say
    "Thinking of you all up North and sending you loads of Positive Vibes"
    Gail xx
    p.s. They say "Everything Happens for a Reason" which I do believe in, however it often takes a very long time to find out the REASON!
    WE ALWAYS EVENTUALLY DO!

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  34. 2cm - just amazing! A friend of mine had it up to her driveway. Another friend's parent's place was up to the roof - 50cm below the gutters. Unbelievable. Glad you are ok, and the chair, and the lizards.

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  35. Yay! Yay! Yay!! I've been watching facebook and surfing the net for updates all day (instead of doing housework!) and feel so relieved that 'your stuff' is okay.

    I hadn't realised quite how tense I was reading your post until I noticed I had tears streaming down my face! It's wonderful news, and wonderful of you to go help out your not so lucky neighbours.

    I'm sure you and the boys will sleep well tonight. B.

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  36. So So happy for you AM.. which sounds strange given what you all face.. but I am so glad your chair [good on ya Warren] and the lizards were saved!! The boys and you needed this lift... and I hate to think what you face now with the cleanup and sorry I can't be closer to help out... Relax a bit.. you'll be exhausted now from the anxious build up waiting to know... xxx Julie

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  37. Oh A-M - What a glorious relief! The picture of those beaming smiles made my day!
    Jo

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  38. Oh, Sweetheart, goosebumps and tears of joy in Hobart tonight. Maybe those prayers did help after all.

    That photo of the boys is so precious. I don't think I've ever seen delight like that.

    Warren is a gold-plated legend.

    And forget about *a* champers - you just about need an intravenous drip!

    I'm so pleased you finally have a ray on sunlight piercing through, sweet girl. Good luck with the floor surfing and go Gran! J x

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  39. Yayyyyyyy our whole family is cheering and breathing a sigh of relief. The look on your boys faces, how wonderful. Yay, yay, yay. I knew St Mary would come through. My eldest just asked why my eyes are leaking.
    Your luck has definitely taken a positive turn.
    Sing out still if you need anything, I see yellow rubber gloves are the fashion, if you run out I can have some posted up in a jiffy. Deb

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  40. Thanks be to the power of nature that chooses some and leaves others....We are so happy for you and wished we could do something for everyone other than donate money. My son had some christmas money left and said mum I want to donate that...
    Good luck in the weeks ahead....

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  41. Fantastic news and how sweet of the manager to move your gorgeous chair onto your bed. I agree this is a sign that this year is going to be a good one for you and the boys. Could those boys have a bigger smile on their faces??? So happy for you, take care. ;-)

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  42. Dear A-M,
    Enjoy that glass(es) of bubbles tonight, you deserve it. What a sight to see the smiles on the faces of those two gorgeous boys, I am so happy beyond belief that you have been saved further heartache.

    Stay safe over these next days and weeks, we are thinking of you all constantly.

    Apart from some $ donations, I am joining the efforts of the lovely "Retromummy" in the Queensland quilts effort to hopefully bring some comfort to the many in need.

    Thank you so much for keeping us all updated with your situation too - you are amazing!!!!

    Best wishes as always,
    Christine xo

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  43. That picture of your boys and their beloved lizards, their faces, A-M, that photo is a forever treasure!! I started my day with a massive whoop when I saw it and I know that all around the world your blog friends are doing the same, a cross-continental Mexican wave of relief and support! I am overjoyed for you. xxx

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  44. what a relief! - love and blessings to the three of you!***From the Butlers

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  45. PHEW...that was close!. Hooray , angels were smiling on you. Stay strong Brisbane!!
    Ally xx

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  46. You don't know how happy I am to hear that your apartment is ok!! We just found out that ours is ok too!! Hip Hip Hooray. The pic of your boys and the lizards almost brought me to tears... you can see the excitement on their faces, especially the little one!!

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  47. Such good news in the midst of it all. So pleased you are all ok (everyone, including our reptilian friends). Hugs to you. Emma.

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  48. Fabulous news, so good to have bright spots in amongst all the chaos and tragedy. Just love the smiles on your kids faces... they'll never forget it. A x

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  49. I am so, so, so happy for you A-M!

    The smiles on your beautiful boys faces says it all.

    Sandy K
    xxx

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  50. Hard to take my eyes off the picture of the boys with their lizards. Life is very sweet sometimes..Rachaelxx

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  51. Dear A-M, I'm so happy for you and especially your boys!What a sludgy horrible mess to clean up for those poor people across the road and the rest of Brisbane...I know material things don't matter but imagine having to deal with that! Goodluck with your sleeping arrangements over the next few weeks...it's really great to see you blogging again! Robx

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  52. Oh boy, what positive news from a horrendous week, so glad to hear it & so happy for you. Take care & stay safe in that clean up. Thank goodness for wellies! Alison

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  53. Hi again,
    I don't know if my first comment was saved.

    I just want to tell you that I am so glad to see my lil AM's happy faces with their lovelies.

    And to you, "pls hang on there" Lady, I know Our Saviour just trying you the hard times, looking at you level of survival, but He knows that you are a strong woman and HE'S keeping an eye on you.

    You take care and hope no more disaster coming. Take care, chillax and tomorrow is another day, k?

    Heart you dear,
    /chie

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  54. Wow I was so worried when I saw that your blog had been updated on my bloglist, can't say how happy it made me to see your chair on your bed, and your gorgeous boys smiling with their beloved lizards. The gods have smiled on your family.

    Best wishes for you all

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  55. How wonderful to get some good news out of this horrible mess,
    Warren is obviously a real champ and your chair looks as beautiful as ever!
    I think if it was possible almost the whole of Australia would be there to help clean up.
    Take care xo Julienne

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  56. Fantastic news! Bravo Warren - what a gem. The looks on the boys' faces - priceless. Thank you so much for keeping us all up to date on what has been happening. Make sure you have heaps of insect repellent and rubber gloves to match those chic boots! ;)Sharyne

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  57. I cried when you posted about your youngest crying out "they drowned" in his sleep and I am crying now at the look on his face holding his beloved lizard. It is an absolutely beautiful priceless photo. Mxo

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  58. Oh A-M, I am so pleased for you. I click on your posts and hold my breath. But the big fella upstairs must've decided it was about time you got a break. You are so lucky to have a pair of gumboots. My brother has been driving all over Brissie trying to find a pair but they have sold out everywhere. I guess that's a good thing as everyone is pitching in to help.

    Take care

    Jennifer xx

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  59. Thank God! Literally! And a huge Thank you to Warren! What a compassionate human being. A hero. Now..take a little breather A-M. Stress is hard on the body and you don't need to get sick. Please take all precautions during the clean up process. Yes, gloves should be used along with those lovely boots. Maybe a face mask too depending upon circumstances.
    So,so very glad to hear your good news!! Keeping all of the flood victims in our prayers. Blessing on you all. Nancy W/USA

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  60. Such wonderful news! The smiles on your boys' faces say it all. All the best for the weeks ahead.

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  61. Thank you everyone for your lovely words. We are thrilled beyond belief that we were spared. I truly thought our place was a goner. Thank goodness for the lower peak. But... my neighbours are struggling. If any of you locals have some wellies and want to pitch in, come down to the end of Montague Rd tomorrow, near Albertos Shot Coffee Shop. You'll see all the food and coffee tents set up for the volunteers. Get chatting to someone and you'll find your path for the day. I can't wait to meet a neighbour I have never met. Many hands.
    Oh and bring masks and thick gloves.... E.Coli... yuck. A-M xx

    PS Kathryn - it's West End, down near Orleigh Park, on the river... well Orleigh Park is now THE river. Sigh!

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  62. Oh me-oh my. A-mazing! What a saga A-M! You couldn't have scripted a better drama. It's been a cliffhanger. So delighted that the outcome wasn't as bad as expected. It is still stressful though - take good care. (How did the lizards survive without their grated carrot? Your resilience must have rubbed off.) With very best wishes. Deb xx

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  63. Absolutely A-M,

    I think you deserve to chill with a champers or two. I have thought about you all day and wondered how it was all going.

    I can't tell you how happy and relieved I am for you and your two boys....look at their grins, nothing more needs to be said.

    I completely understand about your furniture and especially the chair, I would feel the same way too. Be good (!!!)and look after yourself, I may go and have a champers myself to celebrate 'with' you!!!!
    Take care
    Janine
    XXOO
    N.W. Coast Tassie

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  64. It's just how I pictured it!!!

    So so happy for you guys. Cherish your deserved happiness and all the best for the next phase. I have heard wonderful stories of the kindness of strangers xx

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  65. I am so happy for you and the boys, A-M. And I hope your good luck continues. The smiles on your boys' faces tell the tale. I so wish I could help with the cleanup. Still praying for all affected. God bless!

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  66. So glad mother nature chose you & your gorgeous boys to smile upon A-M, Good Luck with the clean up.
    Ive lived in Brisbane in the past & its a beautiful city, so heart breaking to see it experience such devastation. We are aussie battlers with big hearts & a great team spirit to help put the sun shine back in the sunshine state.
    xxx

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  67. Oh A-M, that is the best news I have heard in a very long time. I am SO glad all the positive thoughts and prayers sent your way helped and that your beautiful chair and the precious lizards are safe. Thanks for sharing all these photos with us - it helps us picture your situation more clearly and really understand how things are. Wishing you all the best for the long, arduous, unpleasant task ahead of you in the clean up phase xx

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  68. So happy to hear your things and your lizards were spared!!!! The photo with your boys holding them is just priceless.

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  69. A-Me you have regained your blogging mojo!
    xxx

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  70. I knew your time for some good luck was coming. Thank God your lizards survived too. Everybody finally had smiles on their faces. I know this will be a long hard road back but at least it is a start. xo, MB

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  71. That sound you are hearing now? A huge collective sigh of relief. Stay safe while you tackle the job of cleaning. My heart goes out to all those who lost so much.

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  72. I am very happy for you and your boys and their beloved lizards. It's things like this that make you smile even as the chaos surrounding you can overwhelm.

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  73. What wonderful news! And I, too, am so glad to see the boys pet lizards are safe and sound. You were so lucky but I know many weren't.

    Our toilet plugged up this week when I flushed it twice without realizing it and water flooded over all our second floor bathroom. I was grabbing towels throwing them on the floor trying to soak up the water before it seeped down through to the first floor ceiling. Well, some of the water got through and marked up the ceiling in our kitchen. That was a mess and I can't imagine what your neighbors are going through with all the dirty muddy water in their homes.

    You will need your muck boots to help out with the muddy mess. The whole world has been watching the flooding and our hearts go out to everyone.

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  74. When my son was in college at Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio he played baseball. He is a left handed pitcher. His freshman year he was scheduled to pitch a Saturday game. He wished he didn't have to pitch because his shoulder was sore. Nature interevened on his behalf and the Ohio River flooded. The college and a portion of the town was evacuated. I remember what everything looked like. Before he was allowed to return to school he had to get a couple of different shots because of the conditions you have described. Be careful! I'm so very glad that the lizards were fine and the chair was saved. Your boys look so very happy and relieved. I remember the feeling. Our son lived on the 3rd floor of his dorm so his things were ok. Good luck with the cleanup efforts.

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  75. ohhhhh A-M!! I am so happy, thank you for letting us know. I've been so worried about you and the boys and your home.
    god bless Warren!
    those are some elated precious faces on your boys!

    big hugs,
    joan

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  76. So glad to hear you were spared.
    Warm thoughts from the cold north. :-)

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  77. oh thank God you were spared! your boys look so happy to see their lizards! we had a 500-year flood in 2008 here in Iowa, USA and i know the smell of which you speak. it is so nasty. good luck with the clean up.

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  78. I never thought I'd rejoice over lizards but I'm THRILLED they were spared and your boys hearts repaired! Wishing you and your neighbours a speedy recovery and please continue to stay safe!

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  79. I am so happy for you. I have been thinking and praying for all my friends in the affected areas. I will continue to do so and wish I was there to help.

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  80. Thank goodness! Watching the news clips looked so bad. I imagine it will be a long haul to clean up everyone. good you sent the boys and lizards off, don't need them in the mud. G'd luck to you and the neighbors.

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  81. Oh, how happy I am for you!!!! As the 1st photo appeared on my screen I slowly scrolled down and held my breath~ expecting to see the sludge somewhere on that beautiful bed cover of yours. NO SLUDGE! Then, I too just about burst into tears when I saw your handsome, happy boys with their lizards!
    Prayers are powerful! Prayers for you all will continue...

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  82. The lizards made it!! YAY!!!! And so wonderful to see that your beautiful chair came out unscathed too :-)

    But ICK, your poor neighbours and neighbourhood! That's a pretty gross mess to clean up. Good thing you've got a new pair of rubber boots to wear!

    I just purchased a print from Kerri at Driftwood Interiors. She's donating part of her Etsy shop sales in January to the flood relief efforts :-) It's great to be able to help out in a small way from the other side of the globe.

    I can't stop smiling after seeing the picture of your boys and their lizards :-)

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  83. Hi A-M - I've just been catching up on your week. What an absolutely awful time you've had but thankfully an amazing ending. Hopefully this will be the beginning of wonderful things for you and your gorgeous boys. Take care. Leigh

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  84. My heart is full of happiness and my eyes full of tears. Thank goodness your place is alright but there is so much work to be done. You're a trooper A-M.....sending thoughts to you and all of your neighbours.

    XO Andrea

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  85. oh!! THANK GOD!! I am so happy and relieved and glad that your home made it through and that the lizards made it!! God bless, big hug and kiss to you and your boys!

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  86. oh God is good! Oh my goodness, what a blessing to you. I was so worried that after a crappy end to the year this would just be too much for you.

    praying for a speedy clean up and everyone helping each other out.

    take care, we are all doing our own bits on our blogs. I have 2 auctions and am organising a quilting bee so we can collect quilts and blocks and send them up to qld to go to people who have lost everything and to have something to start a new life with.

    thank you for sharing these personal pictures with us, it always makes it feel more real.

    corrie:)
    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
    www.retromummy.blogspot.com

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  87. Tears here A-M! What a wonderful update to read this morning. I am so happy for you and grateful that your place was spared. That picture of the boys with their lizards says it all.

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  88. Slowly, slowly, slowly the pictures started to take shape on my sad PC...pixel by pixel... drawing, drawing, drawing. Joy of joys to see the happy faces of the boys and lizards (you know they were smiling too). Many wishes for a safe cleanup effort and a soft place for you to lay your head until you're own bed is available.

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  89. I AM SO GLAD!
    AND HAPPY!
    YOU NEEDED THIS BREAK!
    LIZARDS SAFE - BOYS HAPPY -CHAIR SAFE -YOU HAPPY!
    SEE ALL THE SILVER LINING?
    NOW FOR THE CLEAN UP! KEEP SMILING!

    Much love!
    Victoria

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  90. OMG!

    That chair on the bed brought goosebumps. Such a simple, kind gesture in the middle of the chaos. Warren is a superstar.

    A mess for you Queenslanders, A-M. But your stories are full of courage and beauty and kindness and hope nonetheless. I am grateful for that. x

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  91. I've been finishing up stories today, fiddling with photos, and haven't done my daily blog hopping like usual. Tonight when my husband got home from work he said, "Did you see A-M's blog yet?!" I said no, is it really bad, I can't handle more bad news for A-M at this point, it will cause that poor girl to break! He said just go read it, so here I am...reading and tearing up and so so happy for you and the boys!!!

    This is the best news ever and someone somewhere knew you couldn't take one more thing right now, not that you are home free by any measure, but you know what I mean! Seeing the smiles of your boys with lizards in hand, and seeing something as simple yet symbolic as your beloved chair made my entire month!

    I wish I could be there to help, but I'll be sending well wishes to those less fortunate!

    xo Kat

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