August 8, 2012

Being Thankful During The Difficult Times

Yesterday, Olongapo City, which is my home town was greatly affected by the heavy rains and flooding.  I was told by the kids that at around 3 PM, all the streets were flooded until the waist line and maybe in some low lying areas, flood level is even more than that.  I was very nervous and I worried a lot after I got the text message from my son informing me of the flood situation.  The subdivision where we stay is also a low lying area and it used to be the area which easily gets flooded during the onset of typhoons until things were changed when the drainage system there was improved.  We were staying there for about 8 years already since that house was built and we never experienced floods so far.  When we built that house, I purposely asked the construction team to make our house elevated far higher than the street level.  I also did the same for the whole yard.

However, yesterday's massive flood situation in the city had caused lots of houses affected.  My son even told me that the water already entered the front portion of the garage and first level step of the terrace.  I already asked them to secure our important documents and some valuables in plastic sealed containers and asked them to monitor the flood situation from time to time.  I was working on night shift, but I can't sleep tight as I always think of the family way back home. I worried about them because me and my husband are both away from the house and  kids are just with my Mom and a house helper.  I can't help but worry.

After an hour, the situation has improved.  Rain stopped and the flood water subsides little by little.  Our whole yard was totally flood free and the best thing was that our house was not affected at all and my family was safe.  Some of our neighbors had moved out their things from the house already as water already entered their houses. 

I can't help but to be thankful during these difficult times that my family remains to be safe.  That afternoon, after they sent me the text message,  I prayed for the situation to improve and that the people in our town and in the whole country will be freed from danger.  It's easy to be thankful during great times in our lives but not during the difficult times but our faith will always push us to be thankful during difficult times.

Am happy that the people in our country had passed another difficult stage and hoping that future situations will be more manageable in God's will.  

25 comments:

  1. Ondoy was an eye opener talaga. This year, we became alert with the possible chances that might happen. Still thankful that even though a lot has been evacuated, I believe that death hasn't conquered our fight for this rainy day.

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  2. We are also thankful that we are not affected by the said calamity. Stay safe.
    -daddy allan (BC Blogger)

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  3. the family were all so worried because my little brother is in Manila. Growing up in a city with no typhoon heavy rains and flood is scary. Good to know your family is safe. We pray for the rest of the country.

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  4. I haven't been watching much news lately, except to find out if we're to expect more rain or not, so I didn't know that Olongapo was affected by this habagat as well. Good to know your family is safe. our house is also elevated but water level was just to high it still reached our first floor. But all's well :)

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  5. It definitely pays to think ahead. Imagine if you didn't build your house with a higher foundation?!

    Glad your family is safe. Best to instruct your kids to pack a lifeline/emergency kit as well. Typhoon season is unfortunately not over yet :/

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  6. glad to hear your family is safe.

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  7. Am also a native of Olongapo and from where I live, the flood went as high as 10ft. We live in the 2nd floor, my kids are safe, but still, the whole experience is traumatic. Glad to hear your family is safe. Take care always.

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  8. Thank God your family is safe. Others are not so fortunate. We Filipinos are known for our resiliency so we'll get through this calamity again. I just hope we all learned our lesson and be more caring of Mother Earth.

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  9. good thing your house is elevated and your family is safe! :)

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  10. Your worry is understandable and I'm glad to know your family is safe. It is also a good thing that you planned your house well.

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  11. Your worry is understandable and I'm glad to know your family is safe. It is also a good thing that you planned your house well.

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  12. Thank God your family (as well every other blogger's family) is safe after the heavy rains.

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  13. With the kind of weather we are having today, it's better to be always vigilant. That massive flood and continuous rain is scary.

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  14. i cant imagine the scare... specially that you're not there... kakapraning for sure.. but im glad your family's ok na... and the whole luzon is ok na... despite the flood i still feel better kasi parang mas ok na ang response ata natin ngayon compared during ondoy's time... us here down south (as in mindanao south), cant helped but watched in shock to what's happening up there while we were being baked by the sun here during those times last week...

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  15. flood is really scary. aside from devastation, it could loosen our soil easily. many major problems can be felt after it subsided.

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  16. I'm glad to know you're all safe. It pays to always pray and also be prepared for emergencies. God Bless!

    -Mommy Practicality (BC Blogger - Louise)

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  17. the least we could do in this case is to be thankful..

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  18. I hope everyone can cope with this. I am also thankful we were not affected.

    Lizzie of Beauty Loot Bag

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  19. That was a smart move to elevate your whole lot area. It pays have good foresight. Glad to know your family us ok.

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  20. Thank GOD all of us are okay (even though some are still embraced by flood ) haaaay, great move you have!

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  21. After all that has happened, we are all still blessed--because we're alive and safe and dry in our homes. :)

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  22. Sis, I'm working/leaving in Olongapo and the flood was really terrible. We are all thankfully that it subside quickly.

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  23. i'm so glad that your family is safe.. the rains are crazy and scary!

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  24. I have some relatives who also live in Olongapo and they too were astonished when the water rose! Yes, Filipinos are resilient and the happy disposition everyone has will make things better despite the depressing circumstances we face :)

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  25. Thank God for this post. You are right, we should be thankful in whatever situations we are into.

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