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.
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 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.