It was Memorial Day weekend when the floods hit Texas. In Wimberley, first responders said that the Blanco River rose 43 feet in three hours. A house containing a family was washed away before the family could escape. Their truck was still running--still waiting to carry the family to safety--long after the house and family were gone. Rescuers pulled people to safety as the water fell almost as fast as it had risen. In the following days, news crews and volunteer groups rushed in. Meanwhile, just 30 minutes down the road from Wimberley, Blanco families were also struggling, but without the same aid. The Bambergers were one of those families. When I met them, it was a few days after the flood. Their house was not cleaned out the way Wimberley homes had been. Volunteers were nowhere to be found. Everything they owned was caked in mud, overturned, beginning to mold or long gone. Their three young daughters roamed the property, showing me the river that had ruined their home and changed their lives. Their dad's business, a mechanic shop, was located on the property next to their house. Most of his tools and equipment were also ruined or washed away. Eventually, FEMA dubbed their county a disaster area and came in to offer assistance. With the approximately $20,000 they got from FEMA, the Bambergers bought an RV to live in temporarily and began construction on their new house. The house will sit on the same property, but is going to be on 8 ft stilts. With extensive help from their family members, the Bambergers are building the home themselves. The Express-News ran the first part of their story on Monday and will continue to run installments of their story as they rebuild their home and their lives. These photos are only from the first three days I spent with the family, but those first three days felt like so much more. Perhaps that is part of being on a journey with a family recovering from a tragedy or perhaps that is just how wonderful the Bambergers are. I personally think it is a bit of both.