Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Rita Evacuation Part 1

I know it has been awhile since my last post, but ,man oh man I have been wore plum out .So has Guppy and he had to go back in to work today :( We have learned that work doesn't give you rest from a 60 hour long evacuation .Most places are already back to business as usual while some of us are trying to get rested up enough to function .One thing I will say about this evacuation I know the inside of my car like the back of my hand now ..lol but seriously I know some of you are wanting to hear the story of the adventure we just had so here is my version of what happened.Thank you all for all of your thoughts and prayers :) It was truly appreciated more then you will ever know .

We started talking Tuesday about were we would go and that we definately were going to evacuate if Rita had not changed course by Wednesday .Guppy called around and made sure each member of his family that was in town had a plan and if not he helped give them one .We made sure his 85 year old Grammy got out of there via our brother-in-law.We were not about to leave it up to the assisted living community she lived in to evacuate her and I do not suggest anyone ever does.We both took wednesday off of work and started packing and planning and making the last minute phone calls.I can tell you this ,I was on a huge emotinal rollercoaster .I was scared and I prayed ,I prayed for God to take the fear from me and help me to have faith that it would be ok no matter what .After alot of prayer I did have faith that God was in control and that no matter what happened ,if God forbid I had no house left that he had a plan that HE was in control and it would somehow ,someway, be ok .Well then I went through being excited that we were going to get to go see family unexpectedly .I had never met my less then a year old nephew and my two brand new twin baby cousins so I convinced myself that this was a good thing or atleast we could make the best out of a bad situation .I do not know how many of you have ever had to walk around your house and decide what you would take and not want demolished in case of this or that ...but that is a very very strange feeling .To know that you may never come back to what you know is home .It is not even the materialistic things it really wasn't .It was the memories we had made together in this home .Thankfully Guppy is always my voice of reason and told me that memories are in our minds and hearts and no one or nothing can take that away .I love that man.I grabbed our wedding album ,lil ones baby book ,a small rubbermaid tote that I use for scrapbooking supplies and filled it with loose photos.and packed almost all the clothes we own ..in hind sight that was a bad idea We only needed a weekd worth of clothes if even ....It took up wayyyyyyy to much trunk room ,room we could have used for food, cooler and stuff so that we were not SO crowded up in the seats.Anyway we took his work laptop and this laptop and the tower to his pc .I know alot may be thinking who cares its a pc you can replace it but it has ALOT of pics we didn't want destroyed and we had already broke the pcs down and didn't have time to burn them to cd's .I also suggest everyone keeps pics burned to cd's regularly and keep them in a place you can grab and go .Other then a cooler with drinks and sandwich stuff that is all we took .Well little one was given a back back and told she could fill it with special things and was able to take two dolls that are special to her and the blanket that grandma made .I called my mom and bawled like a baby as I was overcome with emotion after packing up the car and getting ready to say goodbye to everything we had ,maybe for the last time .I was heartbroken for all that had suffered Katrina and come back to nothing .I was telling my mom ...."I can not even imagine how those people that came back to nothing felt when I still have my home and it is killing me now to say goodbye "It was a feeling and emotion that I can not really describe with words ,it really was ......

10 comments:

  1. Hi I´m Chris. Greatings from Germany Bottrop !!

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  2. i can't even begin to imagine what i would pack. i'm not very materialistic, i'd probably bring pictures and baby stuff. it sounds so overwhelming, i'm glad you made it back intact. just how long does this hurricane season last? i hope it's almost over for the year.

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  3. unfortunately, hurricane season doesn't end until November. Glad to hear you guys are back and doing ok. I couldn't imagine what I'd think/do if I had to leave like that.

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  4. I would be heartbroken too. I would probally end up with a car loaded with too many extras. *arms*

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  5. So glad you guys are okay! It sucks that Guppy is already back to work...:(

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  6. I'm so relieved to hear you are back and okay.
    I can understand about the computer. I didn't make cd's for a year once and when my computer crashed I lost all those pictures.

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  7. OMGosh, I had no idea you were even involved. bad blogger!! I am glad you are safe!

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  8. First, glad you're all safe! Second, I agree pictures and whatever "memories" you can pack and valuables that's it...makes you look at life in a whole new way doesn't it? Do have the need to purge now? ;0)

    Hopefully you'll never have to go through that again!

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  9. I am just so glad y'all are safe. Some of the bloggers were worried that I might be close to the hurricane. I was like--no, hell would freeze over if we got that much rain out here in the desert of West Texas . . .

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  10. So glad you guys are ok. I can't begin to imagine what you all went through. You and Guppy are so lucky to have each other! You sound like a great team.

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