So I’ve been away for a couple weeks from blogging, I know. Do you ever feel like you’re on all sides of the emotional spectrum. I’ve been all up and down and around it since moving back to Florida. Sad, frustrated, excited, overwhelmed…been there, done that.
We were beyond unprepared for what we got ourselves into. For starters, my sister reminded me anytime she could.. “‘Bring shorts’ she said ‘it’ll be hot’ she said”.. Hehe oops. 😅 I probably should’ve checked the weather, even if just two days earlier it was boiling in PA. We stuffed our two tiny cars with as much as we could and still had to trash many things. If we would’ve had time to even thinkkk we could’ve taken a bunch of it to the church to donate but there weren’t many brain cells working that day between the three of us. Lack of sleep, freezing, hungry, cranky, you name it!
Here’s where it gets better though.. Remember that hurricane that passed by? Well no one, especially us, thought Joaquin would be so bad. We drove right into South Carolina during the whole thing! God knows what he does though. I was sooo confused when I saw Breno pulling over and a swarm of police rushing by. Then I saw him emptying out the trunk to get to the spare tire as the police blocked off the 95 right in front of us. I couldn’t help but laugh, better than to cry right? So I’ll skip the whole part about the spare not lasting long and me having to sit on my sisters lap while Breno drives to the closed Walmart to buy a new one. You know, just to keep this short. 😉
Sumpter, South Carolina..the town you go to but never get out. *queue dramatic music* We tried to escape all day but roads were being shut down right in our faces. Businesses were closing, hotels were packed, we were hungry and Waffle House was the only one open! I love Waffle House, yummy hash browns and eggs, perfect bacon, and a plate size waffle drowned in syrup. That wasn’t what they were serving though; they made what was easiest due to so many people. Chicken or Beef sandwich and for our order they ran out of buns. Without that
delicious meal we would’ve starved though. Came 7o’clock and the curfew began and the shelters were too far to drive to in the dark and with low cars. MIRACULOUSLY a guy had just given his hotel key back and we were given his room. Without that we would’ve slept sitting up in the car seats.
God always takes care of us, we have so much to be thankful for. The next day we were able to finally leave using back roads that had been cleared as passable. We had food and shelter while many had lost so much more. And it’s things like that I have to remember when I sit here at my parents house complaining that I’m frustrated because I don’t know where my things are since they’re still in boxes. Everything may have not gone as we planned or as expected, actually they’re still not going as planned..but they’re going exactly they way they are supposed to. ❤
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” -Joshua 1:9 ❤