Safe, Sound, & Feeling Blessed!
This rare Tuesday post is just to let everyone know that instead of sticking around for Irma, the hubster and I headed north to Georgia and the home of dear friends who welcomed us with open arms and a safe haven. We watched the news and stressed, worried about our family and friends toughing it out in the Sunshine State. I did a lot of what I call “pressure relief” crying, which means I let off steam with tears. Some people become irritable when they’re stressed. I cry. Now in the aftermath, and with the relief of knowing everyone is okay, the waterworks have stopped, but my eyes are still red and puffy. I look like a plastic surgery experiment gone wrong.
There are a few things I’d like to say, and I thank you in advance for hanging with me here.
First, a huge thanks to Mark and Linda Robes, who took us—and our two dogs and cat!—into their home without hesitation. These people began as friends nearly 30 years ago and have grown into family. Truly one of God’s gifts to us, and we do not, and have never, taken them for granted. Joe and I love them with the whole of our hearts.
Second, to our new friends in Florida, the little community we call the Circle, we are so grateful that all of you are safe and sound in the wake of Irma’s path. We’ve come to care about all of you in such a short period of time. How fortunate we are to have neighbors who are strong and caring, willing to help each other and watch out for one another even with hurricane nastiness barreling up the Gulf. When we decided to make our big move to Florida, we had no idea we’d land in such a fantastic community. During one of my “pressure relief” crying jags, Linda told me not to worry about my friends in the Circle. “It isn’t just the Circle,” she said. “The way you describe it, it is more like the Circle of Light. They’ll be okay.” Thank God, she was right.
Third, our son and his wife, who live in Sarasota, as well as our youngest daughter and her significant other, also in Sarasota, stayed safe through the storm. This is one grateful mama. Also marked safe, thank goodness, are my daughter’s in-laws, who drew down their hurricane shutters and stayed in Miami. They’re old hands at this hurricane thing.
Fourth, thanks to all of you who emailed, called, texted, IM’d, etc. to express concern over the last week. I felt the love, and that’s why I wanted to post today, to let you know I appreciate it, and that everyone and everything in my little world is fine. Florida has a big job ahead, but she’s up to the task. Please continue your thoughts and prayers for everyone who suffered losses through the storms. (Texas, Florida may have stolen the spotlight for a few days, but you aren’t forgotten.)
During our long trip to Georgia, a friend texted me: “You left in such a hurry—I’m curious to know, what did you bring with you?” The question threw me at first, because I realized that I packed only essentials and a couple photos. The most important things in my home were already in the truck with me—my husband and our pet companions. Everything else could be replaced. I’ll be thinking a lot about that after we get home. After this, more downsizing will be a breeze.
So that’s it for now. Thanks for all your thoughts, prayers, concerns, and love sent our way.
Please mark your calendars for tomorrow’s regular Wednesday post, an interview with actress Pam Dougherty, the narrator/producer of the audiobook version of Love Built to Last. Pam shares a personal story about Richard Gere (yes, that Richard Gere), talks about her journey as an actress and narrator, and offers tips to authors on how to choose a narrator for audiobooks. Don’t miss out on meeting her! She’s informative and fun. 🙂
See you tomorrow!
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