Thursday, October 9, 2008

My Storm Story

My Dear Dearest Ones, my heart is overflowing with love and thankfulness to each and every one of you for your prayers, concerns and love shown to my family during the storm. When our internet finally was up Saturday night I came to my blog and just cried and cried as I read your comments and sweet words about our welfare. I saw the little picture of me you put on your blogs waiting for my safe return. Words can truly not express what I feel in my heart for all of you. You are my family and I love you all! I want to give a little love back, so please if you're reading this please take this award I've made for you back to your blog and know you really are my heart's song!I'll warn you right away...this post will be rather long. So here goes. You all know Mr. Precious, Mother, Chloe Dawn and me left before the hurricane for Dallas. We watched the approaching storm every minute on TV and prayed it wouldn't be so bad. We truly thought we'd be back home in about four days. As you know, this wasn't the case. After the hurricane hit our little island, Mother, Chloe Dawn and I decided we'd go to Alabama and stay with her sisters and Mr. Precious would stay in Texas so he could return to Galveston as soon as possible.

Now, believe me, my aunts are not in the computer world! No, no, Nannette!! So I was not able to let any of you know where we were! I did not have access to a computer but guess what I did have? Home grown vegetables!! My aunt is a fantastic southern cook and she had the most delicious vegetables in the world. So needless to say...we ate very well!!

Now Mr. Precious got onto the island as soon as he could not knowing what he would find at our home. You know now that God spared our home and we're so grateful to Him!! If you bear with me and look at the later pictures, it's just hard to believe our home is in the same place. So much destruction!

But there is always some good that comes out of the bad. Our daughter and son-in-law have just returned to the United States after living in England for two years. His job has taken them quite far from us at the present and God saw fit to bring him to Houston for two weeks to work on a project! His boss knows we live in Galveston and told our darling daughter they would send her too so she could be with us!! Is that not a wonderful thing? I'll say more about this later.

Some of the photos were taken by my Darling Daughter and some by me. She was able to be with her Daddy and come onto the island with him and take some pictures before I could get home. You can see our windows were boarded up and the spray paint means our home was checked by the Arizona National Guard on September 16 at 5 pm.

Here was our damage...the side fence was blown down. It was rotten anyway!

After Mother and I got home, Chloe Dawn had to investigate.

We couldn't drink the water, so you could go and pickup free water, food packets and ice.

All set up to take care of the boo boos!

Now you know me, I try to make everything a fun adventure so I asked the nice National Guard people to pose for a picture. They were giving us the water, food and four ten pound bags of ice! I've never had that many bags of ice at one time!

Even Texas' finest posed for me. I think he was enjoying every minute of this. He didn't try to arrest me or anything! ;)

These pictures are so very sad. This is what you saw on almost every street. You cannot imagine the smell! The mold and mildrew growing every second. It was just awful and the poor people had to be in their homes tearing down walls and moving to the curb their possesions. I'll just let the pictures speak for themselves.

This is across the street from my Mother's condo. Those folks lost everything they had! Mother had no damage whatsoever! God is so wonderful!

Appliances were just tossed out on the streets.

This does not say 'hoot to kill' know this IS Texas!

Mr. Precious bike riding with our Darling Daughter on the seawall checking things out.

Darling Daughter riding my bike.

This is the downtown area. Looks like a bomb went off!
Now this is funny!

We just love our flag man!!

Where's he think he's going? I'm outta here!

This is an old historic graveyard underwater.

Trying to make a buck selling Ike t-shirts.

Now this is so nice! You could drop off your laundry and these people would wash and fold it for you!

Mr. Precious is cleaning up a bit. Now look at his legs - are they not hot or what? He's a runner, you know, and I'm always bragging on his legs. He says he hates it when I do that, but I know he loves it!

I had to get a close up...he couldn't sweep correctly without holding his sunglasses just so between in his teeth.
Just in case you missed it... ;) Look at the daintyness of his fingers! He'd kill me for that! :)
Actually, Darling Daughter is a runner too. What happened to me? We really did enjoy having her with us.
Even though our Darling Daugher is 33, she still can turn cartwheels and of course a visit is never complete until she performs this daring feat!!

Again, how blessed I am! To have a home, possessions, and family. Mexican food is a blessing too! ;)

The ladies in, Mother and Darling Daughter.

See that sweet little face? While Mr. Precious and Darling Daughter were riding bikes on the seawall they heard meowing! They stopped and this little kitten was hiding between some rocks and just ran and leaped into my daughter's arms and starting crying. The poor little thing was so scared.

Darling Daughter called me and we took the kitten to the make shift animal shelter. Darling Daughter cried and cried and wanted to keep the little kitten. I would have kept her, but Mother and Mr. Precious are allergic to cats. Darling Daughter named her 'Tina' because she survived 'Ike'. We pray she finds a wonderful home.

Well, Dear Ones, that's my hurricane story. I hope I haven't bored you to tears. Our home is fine, we have electricity, we can drink the water now (but we don't!) we just don't have land phones. But our cell phones work just fine.
We've had to move my Mother in with us because even though she didn't get damage to her little condo, most of the bottom units did and they are all going to have the walls, carpets, etc. repaired because of the growing mold. They say it may take up to six months before she can move back in. So continue to keep me in your prayers! I've never been so tired. We've been moving her in for over a week now! I wanna sleep in!! I wanna eat cookies and ice cream!!
Again, Dear Ones, I love you and thank you all for your concerns about me. I would have never thought when I started to blog that I would become so attached to you all! You are the song of my heart!!
You are all my sweeties,
Shelia ;)
Here's a little Note Song for you~
Only You
Only you can make this world seem right
Only you can make the darkness bright
Only you and you alone can thrill me like you do
And fill my heart with love for only you
Only you can make this change in me
For its true, you are my destiny
When you hold my hand I understand the magic that you do
You're my dream come true, my one and only you
Only you can make this change in me
For its true, you are my destiny
When you hold my hand I understand the magic that you do
You're my dream come true, my one and only you
~ sung by The Platters