Planting Sequoias

In which I blog about a life (hopefully) well lived.


Rain, Rain, Go Away (in which everything is wet)

I may have mentioned that it’s been a bit rainy.

I may not have mentioned just HOW rainy.

Let’s just say that we’ve already exceeded the April rainfall record here in West Michigan with about a bijillion inches already this month (that’s a scientific number).

We have the (usually) good fortune of having a river that runs right through the middle of our city.

Here is Grand Rapids and the Grand River on a normal, nice day.

Grand River

Image from here.

But not now.

Now the river looks like this.

Grand Rapids April 18 Flood 2

Normally we have nice walkways along the river. (See the stairs in the pic above?!? See the lightposts below?!? But where is the sidewalk?)

Grand Rapids April 18 Flood 3

This is the museum and the museum carousel. The water is very nearly touching the carousel. That is not normal.

Grand Rapids April 18 Flood 4

Also, people live and work in buildings along the river. Like here, in the building to the right.

Grand Rapids April 18 Flood

(Mom, I did not take these photos. I focused on staying high and dry. Photos from Mlive and

And the worst thing is that the water HASN’T CRESTED YET. (It is supposed to on Monday).


Also. Ken and Anne left the bedroom window open and may have basically invited a flood into our bedroom….this is not counting in the dining room, where the window remained closed and yet we still have soggy carpet. BOOOOOO.

Stay dry this weekend!