Lisa Ricard Claro – Author

Romance is good for your heart!

Safe, Sound, & Feeling Blessed!

Posted on Sep 12, 2017 by Lisa Ricard Claro   14 Comments | Posted in The Naked Truth

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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14 Responses to "Safe, Sound, & Feeling Blessed!"

  1. Comment by Bonnie K. Aldinger
    September 12, 2017 at 3:13 pm  

    Loving every story of people coming through OK that I read. Glad all is well for you!

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      September 12, 2017 at 5:10 pm  

      Thanks, Bonnie!

  2. Comment by Cathy C. Hall
    September 12, 2017 at 5:23 pm  

    So glad you’ve found friends in the Circle. Houses come and go but friends? They need to last a lifetime. ♥

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      September 15, 2017 at 4:47 pm  

      The best ones do. <3

  3. Comment by Pat Wahler
    September 12, 2017 at 7:54 pm  

    So glad all is well, Lisa. It must have been a wild ride!

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      September 15, 2017 at 4:47 pm  

      It was pretty crazy, but I can’t complain. I’m grateful, more than anything, and continue to pray for those who suffered losses.

  4. Comment by Linda O'Connell
    September 12, 2017 at 9:59 pm  

    Lisa, I am happy to hear you survived Irma and have found a wonderful community. So far, my friends and family are all safe and mildly affected, nothing serious. Prayers fro those who suffered much loss.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      September 15, 2017 at 4:43 pm  

      Glad to hear your friends and family fared well, Linda.

  5. Comment by Sioux
    September 13, 2017 at 12:04 am  

    Those crazy hurricanes are one reason why I’ll never live near a beach. However, I live right on a earthquake fault and in the middle of tornado alley, so…

    I’m so glad you and your family and friends are fine. I bet you cry when you turn onto your circle or step back into your home. But maybe I’m wrong…

    A Richard Gere story? Pam had a torrid affair with him? Pam had his secret love child? I will be back tomorrow to find out which of my predictions is correct.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      September 15, 2017 at 4:42 pm  

      Pretty sure you’re busy with Golden Retrievers this week! 🙂 Hurricanes are scary, no doubt about it. But it seems that no matter where one lives there is the potential for Mother Nature tirades. The only place I’ve lived that didn’t have anything crazy was Las Vegas, but now that I think of it, during rainstorms the flash flooding was terrible. Hmm. There must be someplace that doesn’t suffer weather related nastiness. But where?

  6. Comment by ButtonsMom2003
    September 13, 2017 at 1:54 pm  

    I’m so glad that you and your family came through the storm with no problems. I am still amazed that our mobile home suffered only minimal damage to the siding. That old legend of living in an area protected by Native Americans surely won’t go away after this! 🙂

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      September 15, 2017 at 4:38 pm  

      No kidding! I hadn’t thought of that, but I’ll remember it now!

  7. Comment by Debra Mayhew
    September 13, 2017 at 10:04 pm  

    So happy to read that you’re safe and sound. We have been praying for our Florida and Texas friends daily. And I agree with you about friends who feel more like family – one of the greatest blessings there are!

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      September 15, 2017 at 4:35 pm  

      Thanks for the prayers, Debra. 🙂

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