The Past 36 Hours…

Have been crazy.

Our street, photographed yesterday afternoon.

Trees fell on either end of our block, taking down the power lines (heat, telephones, Internet, all that), and it didn’t seem safe to even walk over to our neighbors’ place to find out the latest news until the winds were completely gone. Our biggest fear was that a tree would fall on our house, but we were lucky – a large one came down in our yard, but didn’t cause any major structural damage.

We had food, water, and candles, but certainly hadn’t planned well enough for a week without power (consider this a lesson learned), so after a neighbor cut the locks on a gate to a service road, giving us street access, we decided to come to the city to stay with my parents for a couple of days.

I have the TV on for the first time and am only now seeing the extent of the devastation, and my heart is breaking for those who lost their homes to the hurricane.

Just this morning, a reader reached out to tell me about her brother-in-law, his wife, and their two children (pictured at left), who lost their home and all of their possessions (save for a few valuables) to the storm. I can’t even imagine what they’re going through.

If you’re looking for ways to help, please take a moment to check out the Fundly page started to help them rebuild.

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