unexpected rainbow

Summertime in Northern California is NOT known for rain.  In fact, it rarely rains this time of year.  Our rain comes during the winter.  The rest of the year, it’s dry, which is why we have so much wildfire danger around California.

Last night around 8:30, I went outside to dump out the pails of water we had collected in the upstairs bathroom (our upstairs bathroom takes a while to get hot water to it, so we collect the water in buckets until it gets hot, and then dump that water on our plants), in order to get the girls’ bath started.  Once outside, I noticed that there were some unusual clouds in the sky.  They were actually — clouds!  (We usually just see the marine layer coming in off the ocean, which is one giant cloud, but not really “clouds.”)  It took me a moment, but then I realized something else: the pavement outside was wet.  WET!!!  Not hugely wet, but definitely completely covered.

IT RAINED!!!

It smelled so wonderful that I called the girls right away to come outside and smell the rain.  Rain is truly a wonderful smell; I had forgotten. 🙂

With the setting sun casting slanting rays over everything, and with a few more drops of rain landing on our faces, I thought, “I bet there’s gonna be a rainbow.”  And was there ever!  I called JJ out of his office where he was doing final sermon prep (it was Saturday night, after all), and he took one look and grabbed the camera.

There was a beautiful, full rainbow, right over our little town, with one end of the rainbow landing right on the roof of our church.  It was truly a lovely sight.

The following pictures don’t do the rainbow justice, as pictures never do, but I hope they give you some idea of what we saw last night.  What a surprise to have rain, and a full rainbow, in July in northern CA!

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Lyd was SO excited!  She kept making enthusiastic statements like, “This is the prettiest rainbow ever!” and “It’s so beautiful!” and “I can’t believe this!”  Pretty soon, even Curious J was noticing it and trying to say “rainbow,” although she was more excited to sit on my lap on the swings.

It was a lovely way to close out the day.

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