Our "Hurrication" continues...

Tuesday, September 16, 2008
We returned to Houston today because we were informed that we had power.  We stopped at Wh*le Foods and another supermarket in San Antonio.  We stocked up on water, ice and food. However, we returned to NO POWER! Apparently, this is the worst and largest power outage in Texas history!

Luckily, earlier in the day, my sweet friend Leslie called and said that she had power and to call her if we did not.  So, I immediately called her and we grabbed a few more essentials from our apartment and headed over to her house.  Poor Will has a migraine (he told me he is stressed out) but Kate and Harry are faring well.  I was close to tears as I am sick of all of the transition and uncertainty in our life.  However, I quickly said a little prayer and reminded myself how very lucky we are.  I am not sure how long we will be without power and how long the kids will be out of school.  We are taking everything one day at a time.  Houston looks really bad.  Traffic lights are dangling in the middle of intersections, roofs are ripped off, trees are everywhere.  I really wished we had stayed longer in San Antonio.  If our power is going to be out for a long time (it might be weeks)...we will head to Virginia for a while.  I don't even have the heart to take photos.  It all is very sad.

Thank you again for all of the kind comments.  They have lifted my spirits.

60 comments:

  1. Please let me know if you need anything!!!

    I thought and wondered all day...

    Love,
    Lisa

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  2. Oh Kim, Bless your hearts! I cannot even imagine how difficult all of this is on you guys. I am such a creature of habit and need routine and structure and I would be like Will (stressed).

    I just want you to know how much I admire you and your spirit. You are really handling all of this so well.

    Please know that many people are lifting you guys up in prayer and that good things are just around the corner for you all!

    Hugs!

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  3. Sorry sweet friend for this test. Remember, He never said it would be easy - He only said we'd never have to go alone....

    Praying for your precious family...

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  4. Kim,

    So sorry to hear that your return "home" didn't go as planned. I know there is a lot to be thankful for, but sometimes that doesn't make it easier, especially when you're trying to hold it together for the whole family. You and Dave take care of each other, okay?

    Laurie

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  5. You are in my prayers!! I cannot even begin to imagine how difficult this must be on your entire family. Hang in there!!
    If you need to get away again Dallas is not too far! You could ever stay at Great Wolf Lodge for the children. We have a great zoo and museum, loads of amazing restaurants, hotels, etc. Good luck and keep us updated on things.

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  6. Hang on, Kim! Poor Will, I feel so bad for him. For all of you. I pray that things get better soon.

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  7. Oh my heart breaks for you! Praying for you and your family. Keep your trust in Him.

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  8. thiking of you Kim... I am so sorry for all the turmoil lately.

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  9. I am sooo sorry..
    I hope they get your power on quickly..
    My thougts and prayers are with you..
    Keep your chin up.
    Hugs..

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  10. Oh no! I'm so sorry you are still dealing with this on top of trying to settle into a new area. Good luck with everything!

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  11. Keeping you and your family in my thoughts!

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  12. Kim, I'm sorry to hear about your continuing trials! I've been checking your blog daily to find out how your family is doing and hoped to hear better news today. It sounds as if your apartment survived the storm intact so that is something to be thankful for.
    Take Care!
    Mae

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  13. Your strength is amazing! This experience can only make you and youe beautiful family stronger. Hang-in there!

    I am thinking of you all and sending good wishes. Things can only get better, right?

    Natasha

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  14. Kim I am so sorry for what you are going though. I will keep you in my prayers.

    Christy :)

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  15. You will get through this. We have been thinking and praying for you guys. Enjoy your time with friends.

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  16. Oh Kim, I would like to help you in any phisical way...I only can pray and pray for you ( a bit more for Will)

    A huge

    Belén

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  17. Oh Kim, my heart goes out to you and your family....I don't know how you do it...you have been through so much!

    I can only imagine what Houston looks like...I am sure the damage is just devastating!

    Be safe, be well, and be strong!

    Thinking about you all!

    Lisa

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  18. Kim,

    Ya'll in are in our prayers! I cannot believe all you have been through recently and you still have such an amazing attitude!! I will especially keep Will in my prayers. I suffer from migraines as well and know how rough they can be. Please continue to keep us all posted.

    Emily

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  19. So sorry to hear that you returned to no power. I can imagine how difficult it is, esp for Will, Harry and Kate. Sending good thoughts and prayers for quick power return to all in Houston and areas hit by the hurricane. Take care.

    Janet

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  20. Oh Kim, I was wondering how things would look once you were able to return. My heart is breaking for you and your family. You all have been through just too much lately. I bet Virginia sounds nice right about now doesn't it? We are keeping you in our prayers. So thankful for your safety and good friends that reach out in your time of need.

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  21. I am praying this verse for a friend and I am going to pray it for you today too!

    Psalm 27:13-14
    I would have despaired unless I had believed I would see the goodness of the LORD... Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage.

    I am also praying Will will feel better today. Wish there was more I could do for you all!!!

    In Christ's Love,
    Sharon

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  22. I am so sorry all of this bad stuff is happening to you and your family. I don't blame poor Will for getting a migraine over all of this! I need routine and structure also, and all of the uncertainty would be very difficult to deal with! I will be keeping all of you in my prayers!

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  23. Kim -- I am thinking about you each and every day. I can only imagine how stressful things are right now. Maybe it would help to go back to VA for a little while. Hang in there!

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  24. Hang in there. Thinking of you!

    Lea
    xo

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  25. thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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  26. Oh Kim....I am so sorry that you have had to go through all of this! Even for me it seems like you have been in transition for a long time.....we are praying for you and your family my friend!

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  27. Kim...

    I have been thinking of you and your family. So sorry to hear that your power is still out. I'll be lifting you and your family in prayer!!

    Blessings,
    Jenn

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  28. I'm sorry for the times your facing - prayers and thoughts to you and your family. I hope some "normalcy" returns real soon.

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  29. I'm sorry things are so upside down. This is just a stepping stone to better things. There was a praying mantis on my patio today, so you've got two more sending prayers for you! Keep the faith.

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  30. Oh Kim! I am so sorry. I remermber the feeling of 'no floor' while moving and I remrember needing to 'get out of it' after the two hurricanes I went through on the NC coast yrs ago and went to my parents until things got back to normal. I hope you all can just get out of it. But you are doing the right thing to just stay in touch with God and His plans for you. It seems like He is guiding and interacting with the details of your life if you look closely. It all seems to coincidental, all these things lining up. Just rest in His presence and keep taking it one step at a time as you said. It will all be worth it in the end. You never know what He thinks is something the kids as well as the parents need as life experiences for His plans for the individuals in your family. I was only 6 but remember well the hurricanes living in New Orleans and how my parents handled everything as well as our moves so that when I was faced with them as an adult it was much easier. I am praying and thinking of you. I know there will be great "calm' sunshiny days ahead for you with lots of lovely things to make up for this!!

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  31. Kim,

    Know that all of you are in our thoughts and prayers. I can't imagine the devestation and I am sos sorry for all the transition that you all have faced.

    Blessings,

    Taryn

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  32. Kim... continuing the prayers for you and everybody in Houston! Ike roared through KY on Sunday with 75mph winds and our city is still mostly without power (including us)... so I know how stressful it can be! The devastation here is amazing too... who knew a hurricane could be so strong so far north?

    Glad to hear that you all are ok! I have been thinking of you! Thank goodness for blackberries!

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  33. Oh my, what a wild adventure. My heart goes out to all of you, especially Will...poor guy! I continue to pray for your family & I am so glad you fled Houston. I hope things get back to normal as soon as possible!!!

    Take care,
    Rebecca

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  34. What a bummer! I'm so sorry that you have to go through all of this! I am keeping your family in my prayers!

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  35. Hope you are OK Kim!!

    I have been thinking of you constantly. Sorry I haven't emailed, not sure if you read my blog recently, but my grammy passed away last week. So, I was gone at the funeral and such with family.

    I hope that you are fairing OK and that the kiddos are holding up. I am sure this is just really hectic and crazy for them as well. I know that you are being strong for everyone...I am sending you smiles and love via the internet!

    XOXO, Clare

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  36. Oh Kim! Of all the resilient people in the world...You have adjusted to and survived so much in the past few weeks. God bless you as you march back home and get things back in order. You are an example to us all. Your strength, kindness, and faith shine through the eyes of your family and every word you write.

    Praying for you in WI, too - Beth

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  37. It IS all very, very sad but you are so blessed and you have all of Gods most wonderful gifts right there with you. You are a good Mom and everything will be fine.

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  38. I am so sorry : ( Poor Will. Migraines are horrible (I know I get them). Can I do anything for your family? Please let me know. {{{hug}}} I will be praying for the hurrican affected families. This is so sad.

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  39. Oh honey, I will praying for all of you. How awful. I can't even imagine.

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  40. Kim,
    I'm so sorry you didn't have a better homecoming. I know it must feel like just one thing after another. It's bound to get better soon.

    Thinking of you,

    Gin

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  41. I really hope you get the power turned back on soon. That must be so stressful. It is nice that you already have friends there to help you. I am sure you are tired of hearing it - but hang in there! Heather/Grace303

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  42. I am here if you need me. Can we send anything or help at all? We used to live in Texas. Give the kids an extra hug and yourself, too.

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  43. Prayers continue to head you way! Hope things calm down soon.

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  44. Keeping you and your family in my prayers!!!!!

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  45. The power will be back on before you know it and this will all be a passing moment in time that you will look back on with a chuckle.

    I am sorry that things have been so unsettled for your family during this time. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  46. Hope it all works out for you. Your family has really been through a trial. You have been through the rain, now it is time for the rainbow.

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  47. Isn't it amazing when we start to get down there is always a friend to pick us up? What would we do without them?! We continue to keep your famiy in our thoughts & prayers.

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  48. Please don't take this the wrong way, but look at the bright side; at least the boys are out of school considering that isn't their favorite place to be to begin with. Virginia sounds like a great plan! Best to your family. Holding you in our prayers. Karmen

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  49. All you can do is take it one day at a time. I am praying that your power will come back on soon. It will take a long time before things are "normal" again. (I guess you haven't known "normal" for a long time). Sending you hugs and prayer!!

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  50. Hurrication is right! I hope things get back to normal SOON!

    If you find yourselves heading back to VA and have time, drop me an email!

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  51. I saw on the news last night that Houston was not looking too good. Hang in there Kim. Thinking of you all often and hoping things settle down soon! Love, Dale

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  52. It is sunny and warm back here in Virginia ~ a very inviting place to be. Hope your power returns soon. It must be so difficult with for the children.

    Debbie
    www.emasjourney.blogspot.com

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  53. Oh, sweet girl! Still praying for you...Love you!

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  54. I am so thankful that you and your family are safe. Still, cannot imagine the stress you are under. You are in my thoughts and prayers...

    stacie

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  55. Bless your precious heart!!! I am thinking of you all..and lifting you up in prayer every day...many times!
    Love,
    Denise C

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  56. I am so sorry. Can I help in any way? If you come back to Virginia, let me know!

    *Anonymous is still at it...e mail me if you have any good ideas of how to block her~

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  57. Oh Kim, I feel your pain in this whole Ike business. We're right outside Houston, 45 minutes from Galveston. We've been gone six days. We returned yesterday because we heard we had power. Minor damage to our home compared to the big picture! Stores are slowly but surely opening. Not much dairy though. Gas is slowly coming back too. Schools are closed until further notice. Hmmmm....THANK GOD we're all safe and together!!!!

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  58. Kim I have been following your journey for a while. I enjoy seeing your family blossom. Praying for your family and all the others affected. Stay safe

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  59. Hey Kim, just checking in and catching up! I don't even know where you are now, but I do hope you all are safe and doing ok. If you still need a place to stay and are heading this way, we have room and you're more than welcome!!!
    Thinking of you...

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