Good morning friends! I had planned to post about skincare today, but in light of the recent devastating events in Houston and the surrounding areas like Rockport, Corpus Christi, Port Aransas and more, I’m postponing that so I can just talk to you from my heart today.
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Although we haven’t been badly affected by the storm, so many of our friends and neighbors have. We had heard it was going to be bad over the weekend, but it’s just been getting worse and worse. 50 counties flooded, 30,000 people are in shelters, and 56,000 911 calls were made in just 15 hours. More than 2,200 water rescues were conducted in Houston alone. Can you even imagine? And those numbers are probably outdated by now.
Thankfully, we’ve been safe inside our home with power, glued to the tv. We’ve tried to keep the normalcy in our house and with our kids, and even on the blog and social media, but it’s been difficult when you know that all around you is a disaster of epic proportions. We’ve been on the phone and texting our friends and family, checking in hourly to make sure everyone is okay as the rain kept pouring and water kept rising.
We’ve witnessed on tv so many families (many with young children) being rescued by boat from their flooded homes. I saw a senior citizen community with elderly people sitting for hours in wheelchairs with water up to their laps while they waited to be rescued. I’ll never be able to get that image out of my mind. I see my own grandma in those ladies and I feel sick that they had to go through that. They must have been so scared and felt so vulnerable sitting there in wheelchairs for so long.
Once families have been rescued, many have ended up in shelters. I’ve seen babies laying on the hard floor, their parents in a state of shock about what to even do next. Where do you go and what do you do when your home is flooded and you’ve lost everything?
Animal shelters with dogs and cats waiting to be rescued also broke my heart. It’s all so sad. I’m sure you’ve seen the news too, and are feeling the same way. Heartbroken.
But, I’m also hearing the stories of neighbor helping neighbor and seeing all those everyday heroes who have been so courageous to risk their own lives to save those in need. It just makes you want to cry with emotion over the whole thing. And yet, it’s still supposed to keep raining all day tomorrow too. Please Lord, hear our prayers!
Although our home is dry, we’re basically trapped in because there is high water all around us. Being IN it, and okay, while so many people around you are suffering, makes you feel so helpless. I’ve only been able to pray hard and give money and offer our home and clothes/supplies to friends and family I know in need.
I gave to the Houston Food Bank and the Red Cross and I know many of you want to help too, from Houston and throughout the US and even overseas. I’ve been corresponding with so many of you on Stories and your compassionate hearts have really touched me! Thank you for checking in and for sharing your hurricane experiences with me. It makes me feel less alone while I’ve been isolated in this house. I want to get out and give someone a hug! So I just keep loving on my family!
Perhaps one more way I can help is to share here a list of places you can donate to help victims of Hurricane Harvey.
I know you have hearts to pray and give where you can, and I know the people of Houston appreciate you so much! I also know our city is strong and we will continue to pull together and help each other. Thank you for your support and prayers!