I started reading this book last week. I had been mulling over in my head some of her words all week. Josh and I through some situations lately have really had the Bible verse, "I was hungry and you did not feed me, I was cold you did not give me warmth," on our minds lately and this book only magnified the voice. WE truly have been blessed over and over and have been wondering ways we could help others, but honestly starting a business and living on a teacher's salary extra cash isn't laying around. So we had been mulling around about how "spoiled" we really are, and things to cut out.
Little did I know how I really was going to have to live some of the in the next week and hopefully not, (but more than likely the next month or so). Hurricane Matthew forced us to simplify sooner. I know, I knows, most people think we are already pretty simplified. I mean fitting your life in a 4x4 foot box, then doing it again two years later is pretty simple. This time we really had to take EVERYTHING down to what we could fit in my car. When we moved to Australia we still had a small storage shed. So, let me walk you through the last 3 days.....
When they were telling us Matthew was going to be 200 miles off the shore, we were planning on staying so we went to Wal-Mart and got all the essential items. We thought that day it was crazy, but it was calm compared the next two days. The manager compared this day to a Black Friday.
Woke up the next morning, drank my coffee, and watched the news it had shifted to about 40 miles off of the coast. Josh and I decided then, if it stayed a three and on the same path we stayed, if it shifted closer and went to a 4, we LEAVE! The thing is we still had to go to work, and prepare to stay or prepare to hunker down.
I taught school all day, and wrote things on my hand that I needed to do or get before I went to bed that night.
This was the line for one gallon of water at Wal-Mart, I was in it about 15 minutes. The isles were crazy packed. I accidentally ran over a ladies foot (you know the way you did to your parents as a kid and HURTS like crazy) She turned around with FIGHT in her eyes. I started apologizing like crazy, she was mad, but didn't end up hitting me. After Wal-Mart I went to a pawn shop and bought a generator. Josh felt like with his business a generator was going to be a must. Then to Lowes for oil, and gas cans. They had no gas cans, but our land lord had two extra in the building behind our house. Then it was on to the long line to wait for gas.
At home I filled every water bottle and put it in the fridge invade we have no water. Next it was on to home to walk through our home and figure out the things that were worth "saving." I am not sure if you have ever done that, but walk through you home. Tell yourself you can only save what can fit in your car, but you still have to have room for food, water, and those supplies and for you to sit as you evacuate. It was a daunting task. Those things and clothes you really like become less important. As I was walking around the house all I could think of was when I was little and a tornado was coming and Aunt Becky told us we could pick one thing to have while we sat in the hall. She was thinking one thing for us to play with, but I was thinking she was telling us one thing to hold on to as the tornado blew us away.
Things that didn't make the cut, but were still special, we took to the office. We also took everything off the walls (thank goodness for 3m hooks). Hopefully our house will be ok and we can just hang up the pictures again, but mentally at this point we both are preparing ourself that our house and possession will be gone.
This is the way our house looked when I left for work on Wednesday. We got out of work at 1:30 and said we would make a choice then. We had everything packed to evacuate incase we ended up leaving.
After all the updates throughout the day we decided to get the heck out of Melbourne. We boarded up the shop, tied things down, and headed to Tampa. We left at 4:00 and got to Tampa around 9:00. The trip should have never taken over 2.5-3 hours. A lot of the trip was crawling on the road. Josh was driving, and Mom, Aunt Becky, Amy, Mandi and I had a group text going on playing games to help pass the time.
Trying to have a good sense of humor about all of this and just keep laughing, I told Josh, "Hurricane, a good excuse to eat processed CRAP." We just keep saying, "Hurricane.....(fill in the blank)" to laugh-- Examples: "Hurricane, a good excuse to not make your bed." "Hurricane, a forced time to finally time to blog." You get the picture.
For now though, we are just enjoying our Airbnb, (which if you still haven't tried them you should. It is great to have someone's house for the price of a small hotel room while going through this) praying it isn't as bad as the reports are predicting, and hoping Josh can get glass and plywood to our county to help everyone who still has homes and cars, but needs glass/plywood to protect and secure.
Hope you enjoyed the raw post of my ramblings before the storm. Sorry for the long rambling, but hey what is a blog, if there is no ramblings every now and then.