Wednesday, May 13, 2009

When the Lord Gives You Rain...


R A I N B O O T S !

It does rain and rain and rain around here.

In fact, we started the month of April by breaking a record for rainfall.

When we first found out we would be moving here five years ago, I was sure I would never see the sun or be dry again. When I did some Internet sleuthing, I was surprised to discover that many other cities have more annual rainfall than Seattle's 37 inches per year.
Atlanta, Georgia, 50.2 inches
New York, NY 46.33
Springfield, MO 44.97
Tulsa, OK 42.42

In fact, the average rainall here is not that much greater than some areas in the Midwest.

Des Moines, IA 34.72
Minneapolis, MN 29.41

So, how did Seattle get this reputation for being so rainy?
'Cuz it rains all the time.
But, it just lightly rains, it mists enough to frizz your hair and dampen the hems of your jeans, but not enough to get you soaked or make you change your plans.

Most of the time.

Sometimes you might wish you could change plans.

They only call off the game if it is pouring rain or if the field is unfit for play. It is just understood that the parents can sit in the drizzling rain at 40degrees and the kids can catch, throw and hit when their fingers are approaching numbness. Remember, it is 40 and you are WET! Notice the heater on the far end of the bench? How about the neat chair with the built in blue umbrella? They must be natives.

But, what can be really, really, really, really, really challenging is not seeing the sun for days. That is where Seattle wins the award. Seattle , with an average of 226 cloudy days per year, ranks only behind Anchorage,AK; Forks, WA; Astoria,OR; and Olympia,WA for the least amount of sunny days. Simply put, only four cities in the United States see the sun less days in a year than Seattle.

Rollie, a long-time Seattle resident, claims the record number of sunless days in a row is 90. That's three months. That's 1/4 of a year. That's a looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong time to NOT see the sun.

In preaching to unbelievers, Paul and Barnabus use rain to explain the goodness of God.

Acts 14:17, "He did not leave Himself without witness, in that He did good and gave you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, satisfying your hearts with food and gladness."

The goodness of God gives us rain? Many in the PNW might find that a little hard to believe when it is about the third month in a row and they've barely seen the sun. But, my favorite preacher (my husband) once said,

"If there was no rain, our life would be a desert."

Instead of looking outside and saying,

"Oh, it's raining again!" or

"The sun isn't shining - again!"

I try to say things like,

The rock cress blooms are so beautiful!

"Look! My evergreen clematis just bloomed!"

"Oh, look at all the little babies this year!"

"The jonquils are so cheerfully nodding their heads." (OK, that was corny.)

"My heather is STILL blooming!

"The forsythia is the sunshine in my yard."

(These pics were all taken at the beginning of April.)

Seattle is called the Emerald City because it is green ALL year round. Not to rub it in to those from other climates, but I mean ALL year round.

Without the rain they wouldn't have this title.

We have so many brilliantly-hued flowers and shrubs that something is blooming ALL year around.

Without the rain we wouldn' have this lushness.
Yes, the PNW experiences the goodness of the Lord everyday.

The Rainy Day

(3rd verse)

Be still, sad heart, and cease repining;

Behind the clouds is the sun still shining;

Thy fate is the common fate of all,

Into each life some rain must fall,

Some days must be dark and dreary.

~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

It's not really about the rain. It's really how we cope with it.

When we are hit with another torrential downpour, instead of moaning, Beth and I say,
"Oh, good, we get to wear our rainboots!" Then, we stomp and splash in and out of buildings while running errands, with women eying our boots enviously and complimenting our taste in footwear.
I thank the Lord for the rain,

I plant flowers that need the rain,

then I splash around in my adorable new, polka-dotted red RAINBOOTS!


  1. Wow! I had no idea we had that many days of gray. I don't know if I could make it for 90 consecutive days. If we find ourselves in a similar predicament in the future, I think a trip to Arizona would be in order. ;)

    I really like the collage. How did you do it?

  2. Let me bask for a moment that I know something my brilliant, highly-educated neighbor doesn't know....the one who taught me everything I know about Picasa and blogging. It's like a line from National Treasure where the dummy (that's me) says to the brilliant one (Nicholas Cage...."let me just take in this moment. This is cool. Is this how you feel all the time?"

    To answer the question, in Edit in Picasa choose Create then Picture Collage. They have several layout functions. It's my new favorite!!!

  3. I adore your new rainboots!

  4. Love the NEW boots! You both look like models with your beautiful, long blonde hair also. I think I would struggle with the rain so often, especially without the sun, but the green all year would be nice.

    How are you feeling? I hope you are recovering well from your adventures? in the hospital.

    The garden thing is new to me, so I may need to check out your book. I really love being outdoors doing it though. We'll see how it goes by the end of the summer. I'll either be totally hooked or ready to give up.

  5. what a great post, Mindy - you captured (in such a positive mood) this area's weather much of the year


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