Saturday, August 25, 2018

Anniversary of Hurricane Harvey

Anniversary of Harvey, One Year Later

Today was the one year anniversary of the storm that changed millions of lives on the Gulf Coast. Many of my cross state and overseas readers may not realize just how much it impacted us, but it wiped out thousands upon thousands of homes, many of which are still not rebuilt.
It's difficult for me to even write about it, but I feel that I must because of the extreme blessings that came out of the tragedy. Here's what I posted around about the time we were still dealing with the immediate aftermath. Have a read!

Harvey Aftermath, Week After it Happened

Hi all, I apologize for the delay in posts. My area has been hit by Hurricane Harvey, and as such most of us have sustained a substantial amount of damage to homes, cars, and places of work. It is astounding to see how much love and sweat/tears/muscle have been given freely to a very hurting city. Nothing seems to bring humans together like a tragedy/disaster of this magnitude. My heart has turned to the Caribbean, and to Florida as they are experiencing the calm before a storm even bigger and more dangerous than what we just sustained. On that note, and probably until the hurricane season ends, I will be sharing posts and information relating to hurricane preparation in general, insurance information, how to save your belongings (or rescue/restore them), and things of that nature. We don't need to worry about ten dollars here or there when we're faced with the reality of losing absolutely everything but whatever we brought with us.
As it's four in the morning where I am, I will end this post with a huge thank you to any of you who read this and have donated money, time, a shoulder to cry on, or helped with the sheer logistical nightmare that distributing donations and items to the ones who need them is. I applaud you, and thank you for all you have done. Just remember, we are still going to be cleaning nasty sewage water, mold, destroyed clothes and furniture, and a bunch more even when the drama and constant news coverage goes away. If you're considering donating, please do, but try and wait a little while until the donation fever diminishes. We will need it all the more then.
I'm so proud of my home state. Thank you Texans for being so ready and willing to drop everything and canoe down a road to save a life.

Harvey Aftermath, Current State of Affairs

Now, one year later, we still don't have a car. We'd been nearly broke all that summer and were recuperating from being practically homeless the few months before our move. I didn't have the ability to just go get another and although it was crushing at the time, we have made it another year! Life isn't the easiest, as we are walking to everywhere, but we have the ability to get rides when they're needed and enough money to go around...albeit just barely. I'm working through my trauma and stress over the past several years and things are looking up. My son's started his second year of school, my daughter starts her first year of preschool soon, and my husband's had two full jobs for an entire year. Life is great! We are adding to our income sources and I'm considering working towards a job myself since I won't have kids at home for a few hours. It will be quite different! This upcoming October I've been gifted two tickets to see my favorite violinist in Houston for the first time ever.
We have lots to do, to include finally scraping up the funds to buy a new car, but overall I'm satisfied with our recovery, thankful that it was only our car, and happy to find that as a whole Houston is still recovering nicely. There are still so many without homes, living in apartments with the flooded out shells of their homes being worked on or demolished because it made more sense that way.

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