I wanted to share with my readers how we felt as a family during this difficult time concerning Hurricane Harvey, and all the aftermath. This story doesn’t change any direction of anyone else’s story, these are just the things we saw and learned together. My husband and I are school teachers if you are new to my blog. We always find moments to teach our children from any walk of life, and or experience. This type of devastation was something that was not only felt by adults but by kids too. As much as I wanted to shelter my children from what was going to unfold in the days to come, I couldn’t. They were moving around, sleeping here and there, eating what we could, and experiencing the same anxiety.
Friday Before The Rain……
Going to the grocery store with a 10 year old in this madness. “Momma, why are we running, why is there no more bread, and water?” How do you begin to tell him that a major hurricane is headed towards our home. At one moment in the grocery line he even yelled out, “Mom these lines, and amount of people look like we are going through the Great Depression”!! (Wow)!!!! Even this child has some since of something brewing out of our control.
Life Lesson: #1
Telling our children the truth, and being up front with what we were facing. Make sure that especially the oldest know the magnitude of how extensive this storm may get for our family.
I hate making my children grow up too fast, but I need them available for quick, alert, and great help! (Meaning BIG help)!!
We watched our boys step up, and be the biggest help to our family, and explaining more to our younger ones, when times wouldn’t let us give lots of conversation. Kids are resilient, and they adapt quickly.
My neighbors are the absolute best, and I will love them forever in my heart! My next door neighbor stayed behind, but kept me abreast of every thing that concerned my home. I live in a very close knit community called Pecan Grove, and this is literally the best place to live. The energy that I felt from my neighbors from all around could not go without some type of recognition. Pecan Grove has a Facebook that kept us in the loop, day and night. I am forever grateful for those fine folks, and how they just cared so deeply for each and every person. Hurricane Harvey did not discriminate, every one suffered a loss.
Life Lesson #2
Explain to my children that fear is okay, but let’s not unpack and live there. It’s okay to be anxious, it’s okay to be scared, it is okay to cry we are humans! We are built from emotions, but with God we get stronger in this process. Let our kids ask as many questions as they felt the need to ask. As the questions come, be very honest, they read us well!
Helping Someone Else In Need.. (Reminding Our Boys, Someone Else’s Need May Be Greater Than Yours……
We shared a hotel room with my sister, and her family. As we sat and had conversations about our homes, what we may have lost????? All these things circulated into our hotel room, and what recovering from this would be like. While walking through a parking lot in Katy, TX at a Denny’s restaurant my youngest could see the water rising on the street. In his mind he looked at the water as though it was a monster rising to “COME GET US”!!
We came back to our refuge Pecan Grove, and walked into a dry home with a leaky roof! The tears were so strong they couldn’t stop rolling down my face. But, who would have known after sitting home for a few days my sister’s subdivision was still closed due to the river cresting. Fast forwarding to the day it opened finally, it was almost more than we could bare the Brazos River was in her living room. This river had brought about 4 inches of mud with it that covered her entire house. As we mopped the mud off the floor, we cried, and we cried together like family! My boys could now understand the horror that this storm brought with it, and to our family.
Life Lesson #3
We explained to our children that these items are material items, and we aren’t! They have to see that these things can be replaced, but humans can’t. Family’s sticks together even in the toughest of times. We uplift, help, embrace, and ask God for the strength of a new day. They have to see us cry, and get better! We also give hugs, and laughter when needed so that we can remain close through tough times.
After The Rain Has Stopped……
Days later there was hardly any food on the shelves in the grocery stores, and that was super hard for my kids to understand. When the grocery stores finally opened they couldn’t understand why their weren’t certain foods on the shelves, or available to us. Kids are used to things just being in the pantry, or fridge. Having these conscious conversations with them, helps us in the big matters of the heart with our children. They learn more gratefulness, humility, compassion, selflessness, sympathy, and biggest of all empathy too!!!!
Hurricane Harvey didn’t discriminate against any one family, or person. It was everything that we noticed after that, that brought us to a greater understanding. Allowing my children to see others’ gratitude, selfless acts of love, sharing at it’s BEST!! They saw neighbors giving what they had, and even in some sense their last. Once they could see what the grocery stores couldn’t give they could also see how this “HOOD” worked together for the greater good! Not the good of one person, but the good of a whole community!
Life Lesson #4
Remind our children that at times you have to put others before even you! It’s okay to help, be helpful, and sometimes helpless. Know when to ask for help. Thank you to my neighbor on Vintage Circle Dr. who gave me two loaves of bread. She didn’t have to share with me, but that’s what my kids need to see! I constantly remind them that they live in the best “HOOD” ever!!
“50 inches of rain over the course of 4-5 days, is unheard of.” I am reminded that I am not in charge of this earth. Something greater is!!!!
Hope Lives In A New Day…..
Now as a new day shines we grow stronger, and wiser in things to come. When the sun started to peek out after this storm my little guys said, “Momma the sun makes me feel good”! There aren’t any other storms that I wouldn’t want to go through with, other than this family. Watching my sister, and her family lose her home, and everything that she worked for inside of it brought her and I to an even deeper place.
Life Lesson #5
Family isn’t just constituted for the ones that dwell within the same walls of your home. It can go so much farther beyond that, and this neighborhood gives us so much more of that family feel. Living in this Pecan Grove bubble works for us. It’s not the color, race, or creed of people that live here, its the type of people that do! (MY HOOD)!!