Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Our Experience with Mean Irene

We made it through our first hurricane. Hopefully the next one won't come at all or at least wait another 3 years! We are all safe and healthy. We were stretched to our limit without power for 3 days, which means no AC at night.  Some are still without, so I am very thankful.
We boarded our windows and made last preparations on Friday. All night it was a good rain storm. We awoke to branches and tree limbs all over our yard. In the morning it looked as if it wasn't going to get too horrible (we had no point of reference without the internet), but then it just didn't let up.... It stormed with rain and high winds for the next 12 hours!  Our power went out about 10am and we made do the best we could for the next two long days and nights.
We serve a faithful God. He answered so many prayers of our friends! He kept us safe from a huge pine tree that fell in our front yard. Some neighbors knocked on our door  and pointed out we better get out of the house. We ran across the street to our neighbors for safety. Sean decided to go back and get our van just in case it was blocked by the tree. :) The picture shows how little my 6' 4'' husband is to the monstrous leaning tree! The children were rejoicing it missed our house. Saturday night as the storm continued to blow we made our dinner by tea light and the warm Ramen tasted wonderful! (I did purchase a propane stove a day later because I did not know how long we would be without power.)

On Sunday, church of course was cancelled and the clean up began. I was so impressed how quickly everyone got to work. Any yard debri the city will clean up as long as it is put on the side of the road. Sean and the kids got to work on clearing the yard. Thankfully we rent so tree removal would not be at our expense. :) We have quite the pile!

The lady who lived in this house recently passed away. She had two trees fall on her home.

A neighbors oak tree in their backyard
Mid through the day a Baptist Church Relief crew came through our neighborhood ready to help. It was such a blessing to see them give of their time to help others. It was great entertainment for everyone too!

Life is somewhat back to normal. We drove out to our new home and it didn't have any damage :) It looks as if we might even get in by next week. Oh, the twist and turn life takes! Thank you all again for praying for our family. Since moving here I have felt very alone at times and it was very comforting to know many of you were thinking of us :). God richly bless you!

Romans 8:22-25
 For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now. Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body.  For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees?  But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance. 


  1. Wow, JuRita! I can't believe you guys experienced all that. I'm so glad you are all safe- Praise the LORD! And even your house is okay. Yay! Praying you'll be protected for the next one. Love ya'll!

  2. Wow, JuRita! That's incredible that you got that on video! Thank God for His timing (it didn't happen at night while you were sleeping), and for wonderful neighbors who alerted you! Hope you have a few less tall trees near your new home!


  3. praise jesus for your safety! thanks for that scripture. praying will continue for you and your family. and i know how you feel, alone sometimes. we have lived here for two years-no friends. it is hard. god has surprised me though with the blogging community-who knew!?
    so grateful for YOU jurita! sending you a big hug! xo



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