As I’m sure most of you who read my blog are aware, our family lives in the midst of Hurricane Ike’s path of destruction. We live north and west of the worst of it, so did not sustain the loss that so many did down south. I am not home – Jeanne and I took my parents to my wonderful sis-in-law’s because we knew there would be no power at home. Dannye Reigh, Emily & Arie-Jean, Michael & Amy, and Karla and kids were here for the weekend. Karla and kids went on to Tulsa to stay with her mother, and all the others (except us old folks & Arie -Jean) went back home to help with the cleanup. We are hoping for a short stay. Not of course that Greta’s home isn’t better than any luxury hotel, nor that we want to get back into the old grind, but Mamma is having a hard time. She has been pretty confused since we left home. I think she will probably settle down now that there isn’t such a crowd, but she sure has had a hard time understanding what’s going on.
We are getting occasional updates from the home front. There is no water and they have no power, but other than trees and limbs down, there is minimal damage to the structures on the property. Bill has been putting together generators for days now, and several folks have brought their generators that aren’t working for one reason or another for him to fix.
Bill said the neighborhood looks terrible – power lines laying in just about every yard. We are so thankful that there seems to be no one with bad damage. Amy told Gen this morning that Florida and Chicago are sending their power company trucks to help with the damage. What a blessing that there is awareness of the need for community during this time!
My grandbaby girl is entertaining us at every turn. She’s decided that everyone is “Mama” except my mom, whom she clearly calls “Mamaw”. She’s also decided that a dog whinnies – and laughs when I tell her different! I do really think she is occasionally looking for her own Mama, but she is being very good and seems happy. She finally ate good this morning after eating very little since we’ve been here. Greta has a little toy area for her own grandkids, so Arie has her own little wonderland in which to play. Greta also has a little Schnauzer that really enjoys playing with Arulai. I don’t know how long she will be content, but right now we’re doing well.
I know you all have been praying for those whose lives have been touched by Ike. So many, many folks have been devastated by this storm. In our case, pray for safety for our home folks as they move trees and deal with exposed power lines. Also, the water situation, although it is not nearly as bad as it could be. I’m not sure I want to smell all those folks back home! But seriously, I have heard reports of exposed sewage, etc., and that can bring perfect conditions for disease.
Another prayer request here away from the destruction is for my Mom. Please pray that she will feel better, and that her mind will clear as she is able to rest in this lovely home. Dad is doing very well, although he wishes they could go home sooner than later.
We tend to think that if we escaped harm or damage, that is God’s blessing. But that leaves those who didn’t escape the thought that they perhaps aren’t blessed by God. I do know that His blessings come in different packages: no damage is a blessing, but so is being sheltered from the storm in a community shelter, being served by kind strangers. We were blessed by minimal damage, and by shelter from a loving sister-in-law! God is good, in the midst (and aftermath) of the storm!
God bless you all!