At this point we are 15 hours plus into when they told us to hunker down at 5:00 Saturday night. They are expecting everything to be passed us Monday around lunch. We are at the shop, we brought our tv, Aussie swag, and doing anything we can do to get our mind off what is going on outside. I will update people as things come along. So far we have had three tornado warnings but the tip of Florida just started getting hit. The next 30 hours are going to be a wild ride. Thank you so much for keeping us and everyone around us in your prayers.
Yesterday was spent getting final things boarded up, getting water for flushing, making sure we have all of our supplies, and laughing as much as we can.
After all the prepping I made Josh relax a bit. This week has been such busy and emotional rollercoaster, and I am sure next week will be just as crazy. I talked Josh into going and getting a pedicure, looking at the beach, and a protest party at a local brewery. It was so good last night just going out, not focusing on Ugly Irma and laughing with people who all were in the same boat.
The overall feeling of people last night was enjoy life and make memories. It was so nice.
As I wake up this morning, watching the news, reading messages. Over whelmed is an understatement. We had had people we haven't talked to since high school offer a place to stay, people from college offer to fly in and get us and bring us back as soon as possible. We truly have amazing friends and family. There are so many things going through my mind. So this post might be a little jumbled, sorry.
The first thing that kept going though my mind all day yesterday. It was a normal day yesterday, it will be a normal day today. Can you imagine when people didn't have a warning. They were having a normal day and then BAM! this huge storm. The verse that kept going in my mind was 1 Thessalonians 5:2 "you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night." Don't you know people back in the day thought God was coming when the hurricane came on land. When I looked up that verse in my Bible, I loved the verse I had highlighted. 5:16-18 "Rejoice always. Pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."
I totally believe that God has given us time to prepare, and prepare we have. We have food, water, candles, (need to get a deck of card), generator, and plenty of items to help after the storm. I know many people think it is careless staying, but we have found a safe place, and know we are needed for after the storm. No, we did not think about the hurricane aspect when we opened our glass shop, but throughout all of this business we feel like we are where God wants us. So, we know we are doing the right thing.
Honestly, most people we know are staying. Yes, I am scared, but we know we need to be here for the aftermath. I keep thinking of the Bible story where Jesus was asleep in the boat and the storm was going crazy, they woke him up scared, he replied, "you of little faith, why are you so afraid?" then he got up and rebuked the wind and waves, and it was completely calm. The men were amazed and asked, "What kind of man is this? Even the winds and waves obey him." Matthew 8:23-27
Another positive post to bite me in the butt! The photo above is the post for today. Yesterday was a little stressful just helping people and getting final stuff, but honestly the amount of people that were still in the shops and all the workers that are still here so everyone could get supplies was crazy. The sandbag lines are still crazy long. Our church is adding on to their main campus and they let anyone make their own sandbags out of their building materials. They put the golden shovels in the sand pile and put on facebook come and get it. I went and bought pillowcases and got a couple for our front door at the office. The governor has been amazing. I honestly don't know his party, (and really don't care) he gives great updates, and forces people to stop their life and prepare. He canceled school for the entire state today (Friday) Yes it is crazy at the moment, but honestly there is so many good things happening around us at the moment. It is great to see the good in people.
We knew the roads were bad, but we had no clue. It took some friends of ours over twenty hours to get to Atlanta (and that is still in the cone). We do have great news though, this morning they are saying, they are expecting it to be a Cat 2 when it hits us, but we are on the "ugly" side of the storm. If the eye goes on the east side of Florida, we will be on the "clean" side but it will stay in the water and keep his power. (that was yesterday's projection) If the eye goes right up the middle (today's projection) it will loose power as it gets off the water, but that will put us on the "ugly" side and be more likely to get tornados.
Ok, so what can you do now? Pray! Pray, and let me say it again, Pray. We have a God that, "even the winds and waves obey him." Next, please check on our parents, they are stressed, but please don't give them more information that is going to stress them anymore. None of our parents have done this hurricane business. They do not need more information that is going to stress them out more. Sunday night, party at my Mom's house (she just doesn't know) I just know she doesn't need to be alone. I am sure she has wine, if anyone would like to come have a glass with her. Please check on Josh's mom also (I just won't tell everyone a party at her house also)
After that, start planning ways you can help, be creative! I know my students made sandwiches and wrote encouraging notes to tornado victims in Arkansas one year. Anything can bring smiles to people's faces. We will not be the only ones that need help. The Caribbean, Texas still need help, the fire victims in the north. We are all a family, we are all in this together, anything that helps any of them helps us all. It helps free up others to help in other places. And lastly, I will say it again, pray. We love yall!
*****I have not fully edited this, sorry. I just wanted you to see my thoughts, but I really need to finish filming everything in our house (incase the roof get ripped off and we need to make an insurance claim), get to the shop to help people, and mow the grass (not sure why I need to do that, but everyone keeps telling us to). I will try to update again soon. We are still over 24 hours away from it hitting. ********
***Want a good place to get updates? Destination Brevard on Facebook is doing a great job sharing great information from all the official people mixed with a couple of memes to lighten the mood****
I am typing this three days before Irma hits, so things may change but at this point, we are planning on staying. I know your first reaction is, WHAT?!?!?! That was always my first reaction to anyone who stayed in a hurricane before I actually live in a hurricane area. Being from tornado ally, I always thought, "wow, wouldn't a warning be nice, why wouldn't you take them up on the chance to go?"
Funny how my #365postive posts come back and bite me in the butt. This one was last Saturday. Last year when Matthew hit (click here for that) we had just opened our shop. That was easy to leave, we were not established and people still didn't know we were open. This time, it is totally different.
We have been open for a year. People expect a glass shop to be open as soon as the storm passes. We are planning staying for our customers. People want their house sealed up quickly. Look at the cone of uncertainty. Where would we really go? To be out of the cone would be seven hour drive on a normal day. With ALL of the traffic leaving south Florida it would take around twenty hours. Then not to mention getting back.
We spent last weekend getting items to be prepared. School was canceled on Wednesday until further notice. After Houston recently and Matthew last year, people really are not taking anything for granted.
One thing I love about hurricane prep is the spirit of everyone. Yes, you get your occasional crazy, but for the most part everyone is ready to give anyone a helping hand. We are all in the same boat. Hurricane prep, for the most part, really brings out the best in people. Everywhere you go everyone asks if you are going or staying, and when you finish the conversation it is finished with stay safe.
Below was the line about five miles long to get ten sand bags Wednesday. The traffic was crazy, the line wrapped around our school. Honestly though, most people were in a good mood. I was out in the middle of the road directing traffic, so if they were going to yell at someone it would have been me.
For fellow tornado alley people, this made me feel a little better about staying. A cat 5 is an f2/f3. I know tornadoes are a lot quicker but hey anything to help ease the nerves.
This year prep and my mental preparedness has been so much better. I have not totally freaked out yet. I saw a video of it hitting the Virgin Islands and heard all the sounds and it got me a little scared.
I have three people I really trust. If they say go we will go, but at this point they all say stay.
I can give you some tips from your friends that are here.
I saw these posted somewhere else and copied them.
1. Support their decision, they have researched it, and feel it is best for them. If it is the wrong decision, it is not the right time for, "told you so."
2. Please don't whine about missing your vacation, they are really sorry that you are not getting to come to our beautiful state for rest and relaxing, but you still have a home, you are not preparing for all the what ifs.
3. If you think of something they need, just do it. Don't ask, don't put one more thing on their plate, their minds are already overloaded. Preparing for a hurricane is very expensive, stressful, and time consuming.
4. If you offer something, make sure you have it to offer before you offer. If you say you have something covered, it is checked off in their mind.
In the middle of Irma craziness......We have ANOTHER house under contract. Our final day of the ten day period where we have the chance to back out....you guessed it, the DAY before the storm hits. We have been assured if the house gets hit (no one is living in it at the moment) we will have another option to back out.
I mean with the crazieness of us trying to find a house, this fits right in.
Not been following along one this CRAZY adventure? Click to check out the others...First house under contract, Second house (we offered full and got beat by multiple people) That's not all, I did not even update everyone on the last fiasco. We offered, they didn't like our loan, so we changed our loan, they then accepted another offer for less than we offered, but was cash.
This house really feels like home. Yes, we liked the others, but look at theses trees! The houses are not right on top of each other. No, the house is not perfect, but the area makes it perfect and we can change the house. The trees feel more like home to use. The lot is an half acre of land, in a cute little "village" in the middle of a city. The village has it own mayor, police, and is actually its own town.
Here is where the fun begins. It has addition after addition after you guessed it, addition. I really think the color scheme and some of the ideas of the first house we had under contract will really though though (click for those)
I wanted to share the "staged" photos. I will share the real before photos as we create amazing ( I hope) afters!
Any ideas friends? We will be less than ten miles from the beach, less that five miles from Glass Doctor, and will cut my mileage between work and home in half. Anyone want to come visit? Can you hold a hammer? We can combine fun with play if you want! Prayers it is all ok after this weekend.
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Well the first house did not work out. (Click here for ideas how I was going to gut it and redo) (Click here if you want to actually see, the tragic home) It is truly a blessing it did not work out. Really, click to look at the house. It was a total overhaul, and honestly with opening a business, teaching, judging, and tutoring. We really didn't have time for an overhaul. We found a MUCH better home though. Check it out.
So, we "think" we might have bought a house. I will explain the whole "think" after it is in writing and we have signed the dotted line, but let's just say it has been the weirdest buying experience up until now. Everyone we have explained everything to, gets this blank stare and has some comment about how that is odd. Don't worry I will tell, but want to make sure it all goes through first. Yeah, this house, could be on your prayer list. We are ready to set roots, we have been renting for the past three years. We miss being able to really make a house a home. The house we live in now, is ok, but with the traffic, it is just not working out, and relaxing is one word, I would NEVER use to describe it. It is only about 15 miles from Glass Doctor and about 30 miles from my school, but just yesterday it took me one hour to get home from Glass Doctor after work.
This is a picture we took at the park two blocks away from the house. We will share house pictures, once we can really get in there, (again, explain later). The house is about a block away from the river, two blocks from a park that reminds us of Brisbane, five miles from the beach, and ten miles from Josh's work. I can also get to work without driving on I95, which is huge.
The big thing about this house......it is UGLY! It is the worst house on the street. It has to be completely gutted! That is where you come in....once we sign on the dotted line (hopefully we will) we are going to go in, knock walls down, remove all the flooring, and start an overall. I have had fun playing on Pinterest, dreaming, Here is my mood board. ( I sound like I know what I am doing using the words mood board right?!?!?...HELP!!!!)