Monday, September 15, 2008

We Are Blessed

Hurricane Ike has been cruel!  Somehow our home is one of the lucky few that have come through without damage.  We also had power within a short 7 hours.  I feel like I've won the hurricane lottery.  I feel so grateful!

We have friends that still don't have power.  This is brutal in Houston humidity.  Thankfully today we are having a cold front.  I actually have my windows open to let in the cool air.  I am so glad there are many who won't suffer as much today from the heat.

The lines are insane for gasoline.  We are staying close to home to conserve gas.  A small and insignificant inconvenience.

My heart breaks as I watch mothers struggling to find comfort for their little ones.  I am so grateful my children are comfortable, healthy, and their bellies are full.

I am impressed by the city of Houston.  They are working hard to help everyone they can.  They have pods set up in different locations with food, water, and ice for those that need it.  The mayor has been going from site to site to make certain that things are going as well as it can.  I think Mayor White is doing a great job!  It is an incredible job.  He is always encouraging everyone to take care of others.

My brother has left to go see what remains of his apartment.  We don't have any reason to believe that there has been major damage, but I'm anxious to hear how it's gone.

We still don't have cell phone service.  If you want to get in touch with any of us, email or land lines work best.

The kids are out of school until Thursday (as far as we know).  There are many school districts that are closed indefinitely.

Food storage is important.  Although we can drive to the store they are not fully functioning.  It's nice to have food and supplies so that I don't have to worry about joining the throngs of people trying to get necessities.  I'm almost out of soy milk that will make my baby one unhappy little guy.  I'm not complaining, believe me! 

This post has been a rambling one hasn't it?  I just want to record my thoughts of gratitude.  I can't imagine anything worse than my babies suffering and they are safe. 

I am blessed.


Lori said...

I am so glad you made it through with minimal damage! Sounds like you were very prepared. I think it would be useful for all of us if you mad a list of essential items you had (or wish you had)during this particular emergancy! Glad all is well.

Karie said...

Thanks for your example of being well prepared and showing gratitude.

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