What I am THANKFUL FOR ! After the horrible Flood in 2007 right before Christmas in the one of the coldest times of the year here ~ which left our community in shambles and in need... Power was out for a couple weeks for us, and no phone for a month at least, no internet for over a month... (at that time we did not have a cell phone) YES we live in the country on a dead in road, our little slice of heaven, but after that natural disaster it changed our family forever. We were luckier than some, but I remember being stranded in an abandoned house with my nieghbors (all 9 of us) waiting for air lifts & evac. No power, or running water for 2 days, a couple cans of food, animal crackers, and 5 gallons of drinking water. My 2 children were hungry as were all of us, one cell phone with little battery left. Enough to phone 911 to air lift my good neighbor friend who lost her meds in the flood, was missing her Dialysis, and Chemo. Our community came together, like one who would have lived BEFORE power etc. We all had to resort to basic living, and relying on the help of your nieghbors... It was a horrible horrible devastating blow, BUT in the midst of it, it taught out young family to be prepared, and to learn how to be more sufficient. This is our story, on how we became more self sufficient & where we are from. Where we are from is more than a location, its our history! Not alot of people know it was the 2nd largest airlift since Katrina... There were cows in the trees, livestock drowned. We stayed in an abandoned house during the flood, gathered dry firewood, I had only a robe, socks & muck boots. I now will NEVER let my kids go hungry during a disaster EVER again. We live in a no flood zone, & my neighbor who was 90 lived here his whole live as well as his grandfather had never seen anything of the likes of this. To see everything you own in a pile of muddy mess in front of your house with a pile burning your prized possesions. I hate to count material things lost because my family was safe. THE WORST was all the "looky lu's" I know they meant no harm, but it felt like each of our houses were on dislplay like a zoo exhibit, while they would take pictures of us shoveling mud, and just kept driving. Natural curiousity I know... THEN their were looters who stole from the homes that were flooded. One nieghbor actaully helped a guy get unstuck from the mud, ONLY to find out he just looted his home.... We ate warm meals at the fire hall, and the Red Cross were at our doorsteps to help ~ I would NEVER hesitate to donate to them! Our roads were lifted, bridges destroyed & heirlooms lost forever. My other friend who lived a mile down the road had her house lifted by the river, & floated downtream with her & her mom, dad, and two small children sitting on the roof awaiting airvac via helicopter. We watched everything float down the river between propane tanks, quads, vehicles etc. We have survived this, and my children will always remember. Everytime our river gets high my kids ask "Mom is it going to flood?" There are only a few things that we wanted ~ DRY SOCKS #1 ! food for us & food for our animals (dogfood) ANYTHING can happen ~ whether it be a flood/hurricane/tornado/earthquake/fire.... Be prepared, AND MOST important br THANKFUL for everything you have.