by hannahsmom (1141 Posts), Wed Sep 22, 2004 06:00 pm
Hi! I'm back! It's been a week since Hurricane Ivan slammed into us and I finally have power and other utilities back again! (I live in Navarre, and our county was hit really hard so it took longer to get power back). What an awful event. So many people here lost their homes. We live near the water and were evacuated before the storm. We stayed with my parents in Pace, but that was scary too - a tornado went through their backyard! We were sure that we wouldn't have a home to come back to, but luckily it's still standing with little damage, just lost some shingles and our fence. My husband and I both lost days at work so it's going to be hard to recover from it. We also both got our hours reduced while our companies try to get the businesses open again. I almost lost my job but they decided to just drop me down in hours instead. Although the hurricane was a terrible disaster, I learned so much from it. Power crews, fire fighters, and police officers from as far away as Canada came down to help, as well as the National Guard, the Salvation Army, and Red Cross. We live near a wealthy community and Hannah and I drove down there because we heard the Salvation Army was giving away ice, which we needed since we had no power. When we got there, the ice was gone, but the Salvation Army was giving out hot meals, something we had not had in days, so we decided to wait in line. There were people there who drove up in Mercedes and Humvees(sp?) as well as other fancy cars. To see these people waiting in line to get a meal at the Salvation Army truck was just an amazing sight, and something that probably humbled them. As much as I want to be rich and have money, this just proved to me that no matter how much money you have, you are not exempt from disaster. The whole experience has been tough, but I have learned many lessons. I missed you guys - it's great to be back!
By the way - Jackie - sorry we got cut off, my cell phone has been in and out since the storm. I'm glad you didn't have much damage. Leslie, I hope you get power soon! We got ours last night, I'm glad you didn't have too much damage either. Allison - the Piggly Wiggly is no longer the hang-out in Pace, it's now the Pick-in-Save!! Tina- glad you got power back too! Let us know when the first meeting will be!
Mommy to Miss Hannah Rose
26.5 weeker born 8/24/01
severe pre-e & IUGR
1 pound, 1 ounce
Miracles do happen!