To get ready for this storm, we have:
- Gotten some cash in case there is no electricity for paying with cards
- Filled up the tank with gas in case we have to evacuate before or after the storm
- Washed all dishes in case the electricity goes out and the water is unusable and you’re stuck with a pile of dirty dishes
- Washed all clothes for the same reason
- Brought all the lawn things into the garage so they don’t become projectiles in the strong winds
- Boarded up the windows–one good thing about buying a used home–someone already cut out wood to fit our windows, so we didn’t have to cut any ourselves
- Bought some basic supplies like batteries, candles, bad food I hope I don’t have to eat for long periods of time (I did this earlier in the summer to avoid the stampede that happens when the first hurricane scare of the season comes)
- Frozen ice to keep in the freezer and cooler to preserve any perishable food if our electricity is out for a long time
- Taken what might be my last shower for a few days (I hope not)
- Filled all available large vessels with water to drink, cook with, rinse things with, flush toilets with…
- Waited in a line wrapping all around the grocery store at 6 A.M. to get some last minute groceries including water and bread which was stocked over night and the whole town must have heard about
- Pulled our cars as high up the driveway as possible to avoid flood waters
- Said our prayers, comforted the kids with the story about Jesus calming the storm and read them some picture books about being in the dark during a storm (we already lost power once this morning, but thankfully it came back on after a couple of hours)
- Talked with friends, family, and neighbors learning what each is doing and offering to help, if needed
- Watched the news to hear of storm developments continually
Hurricanes can be dangerous and destructive and you have to prepare and take it seriously, especially when you have little ones depending on you. But they are not all bad. Some of us who live around here (Houston area) only get vacations when hurricanes come (like my dad). Some of us never replace roofs or fences, we just wait for the storm to knock it down, then insurance helps pay for it. Hurricanes are a little exciting–they are a vacation from the norm and, often, you get to know people in your neighborhood you never met before because of necessity. They cause you to spend some more time praying for safety, being thankful for the blessings you have, and cuddling up in your (hopefully) safe home with your loved ones.
I am praying for a good rain (we need it) and hopefully little or no damage to the homes we inhabit, especially for those further south. I especially pray that our power doesn’t go out for a long period of time because this August heat is truly unbearable and my kids will go nuts without being able to play outside or have any screen time either. I pray that this event will bring us all closer to our neighbors and families and bring out the best in us. Maybe I will be able to squeeze a little extra reading time in, too, I hope!
St. Mary, Star of the Sea, pray for us!
(from Wikipedia: ‘In the twelfth century, Saint Bernard of Clairvaux wrote: “If the winds of temptation arise; If you are driven upon the rocks of tribulation look to the star, call on Mary; If you are tossed upon the waves of pride, of ambition, of envy, of rivalry, look to the star, call on Mary. Should anger, or avarice, or fleshly desire violently assail the frail vessel of your soul, look at the star, call upon Mary.”’