Leah Aston is still looking for a broom or a mop she can buy. Her home in Ipswich, Australia, still needs a lot of cleaning after being inundated during the devastating floods that hit last month, but store shelves there remain bare.
In fact, Leah and her husband, Varian, said in a telephone interview from Australia that it may be a year before their family can move back into their house.
Today's wet, murky landscape is not the same one Leah saw when she arrived in Australia in summer 2008.
She moved to the country after marrying Varian, whom she met at an LDS singles ward at Weber State University. They moved into their new home, a brown brick one-story they would fill with paintings, journals, photo albums and a baby room.
But they lost most of those things in the flooding.
Flash floods caused by 36 hours of continuous rainfall forced the evacuation of about 2 million people throughout Queensland State.
On Jan. 11, Leah got a call from her older sister, Eden resident Amanda Harris, just as she was getting ready to evacuate her home.
"I finally got through to her, and she was like, 'I'm sorry, I can't talk right now, we have to get out right now, OK bye,'aa" Harris said.
After the family made their escape, Leah slipped and fell outside a grocery store during a stop for supplies. Five months along in her pregnancy, she twisted around as she went down so the fall would not hurt her unborn son.
He is not her first. The Aston family celebrated Jaren's first birthday just days before the floods. The rising waters claimed his presents.
"My mother-in-law called about flash flooding coming and said we needed to get out," Leah said. "I was collecting emergency supplies, and she kept calling, telling us to leave. I didn't think it would hit us until her phone call."
Varian came home from work early because of the weather and had to walk 10 minutes through knee-deep water from the train to the family's home.
The flooding left at least 120,000 homes without power throughout the state. Without electricity, the Astons hovered over a candle at the home of Varian's mother, listening to a battery-powered radio for any news. They prayed.
The next day, there was an eerie silence to the submerged world outside. Looking out of her mother-in-law's windows, Leah said, "it was just a sea of water. She lives on a little hill, and the house right behind her was flooded out."
The water had come to a stop mere yards downhill from her mother-in-law's home.
When the Astons could return to their home several days later, a trip that normally took several minutes stretched into several hours and through two neighboring towns because of flooding damage.
Battered street signs poked up above the water like reeds. The family passed a tricycle hanging by a back wheel high above the ground on a telephone wire.
"It looked like a giant war zone," Leah said.
Eventually, they reached the soaked building that days before was their home. Six feet of water had flooded the interior.
When they opened the door, they found ruined furniture jammed up against walls, the refrigerator toppled over -- "like an earthquake had hit," Leah said.
They forced open one door in the house. "The doorknob pushed a dent in the wall, it was so soggy," Leah said.
But members of the community are working together, trying to save whatever they can.
"We found the whole street full of people, going house to house, helping," Varian said.
More than 30 people from their LDS ward showed up to lend a hand.
The government quickly set up disaster recovery centers, where everything from food to baby supplies was available.
"It's really impressive how the government responded," Varian said.
The family is now staying in a duplex owned by a friend of Varian's until they can get back in their home.
Luckily, the recent monster cyclone spared the area where the Astons live, striking farther north in the same state.
But there is a long road ahead for the family.
They will have to rip out all of their home's walls, redo the kitchen and the bathroom, reinstall most of the electrical system and purchase replacement furniture.
They're still trying to clean things they think they can save, but often end up having to throw the items away anyway.
It's hard to throw away so many possessions they worked over the past several years to have, the Astons say.
But they are thankful for what they do have.
"It felt like God was watching over us, people praying for us," Leah said. "Their generosity and kindness has been amazing and overwhelming."
The Astons also have their Utah family looking out for them thousands of miles away.
Harris is collecting money to send to her sister so the Aston family can rebuild their life.
They could really use a broom and a mop.