Monday, September 14, 2009

One year ago

One year ago, I was in Gulf Shores, Alabama with all of my family, on a hurrication. We were on vacation due to an evacuation for Hurricane Ike.

One year ago, my house had three trees in it. I had curled up into the fetal position on the floor and cried while my husband and mother-in-law held me.

One year ago, I sucked it up and realized there was nothing I could do 10 hours away and decided to make the most of our hurrication and have fun.

One year ago, I played in the waters on the beach and built sand castles with my boys and collected sea shells to bring home to put in a memory jar.

One year ago, I walked into my house and again sucked it up and cleaned out everything that was damaged, threw it into a pile and just stared at my stuff.

One year ago, our family helped Hubs and I clean up the yard and cut trees down off of the house and haul them to the end of our property. And then I looked at the huge hole in the front yard where a tree had once been.

One year ago, I looked at the blue tarps which covered most of the roof to my house.

One year ago I felt as if my world has been turned completely upside down and it would never again be right.

While the feelings have dulled and bandages I put over that time in my life are still intact, it stills seems as if it just happened yesterday.

All around me still, there are reminders. Like the blue tarp roof on the house down the street. Tattered and torn, but it's still there. The hole in the ground where my neighbors tree was uprooted and hit my house.

Still around me are the friends that had so much damage to their home due to the storm surge, they just got back in three weeks ago. Still around me everyday are the visible signs that Hurricane Ike was here and left his mark.

But one year ago, I felt blessed my family was safe and unharmed.

One year ago, I felt blessed that my house could be repaired and the damage was not as bad as it could have been.

One year ago, my bloggy friends prayed for me and family everyday and I felt those prayers and was so thankful for them.

One year ago today.


Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

Look how far you have come and how much stronger you are for having "endured" such a traumatic time in your life!

I didn't know you a year ago, but am so thankful that you and your family are safe and sound!

I will think of you today...

Lou Cinda

Brooke said...

it must still be hard on you *hugs*

Stephanie said...

Hey! I thought you were gone! Thanks for checking in and had no idea you moved. Well I just posted on facebook as we drove thru Crystal and Bolivar from Galveston up to Newton on Friday how sad everything is down there. Looks totally different and HWY 87 is GONE! So glad that things are on the up and up and hope for a quiet year.

Unknown said...

I am so happy that everything has turned out so well. What a blessing!