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We have our home...each other...running water/electricity. We're fine. It was really rough, though. And so many people here are not as blessed. Thank you to every one of you who prayed for us....it was definitely felt. I'm just overwhelmed with your care and compassion for someone you've never met. I just read everyone's posts since I was last online (the other hurricane thread(s) and I've never been so touched. You all are truly a part of my family now & always.

This has been absolutely the most terrifying time I've ever experienced...and yet the most life affirming. I don't feel right complaining about what we experienced when I know that their are children in New Orleans & Mississippi who have been orphaned, people who are dead...mothers & fathers who've lost their children.

Listening to & watching a storm of that magnitude is something I pray I nor my children ever experience again....there's no words that can really put it in perspective for you.

Yeah, it's a very difficult time for all of us down here...and it will be for a while. I made it to a store today....there isn't much on the shelves. I'll be learning how to bake bread by the weekend...we have enough to last until then. I bought 40 gallons of bleach....we have to sterilize the water coming from our well, and clean up the sewage that backed up downstairs. We also have neighbors that needed it, so spent some time delivering it to them today. We lost all of our food in our fridge/freezer, so I found myself just buying whatever was on the shelves and in the freezer cases, meat cases just to have food, i really am not sure of most of what i bought...didn't look, just put things in the cart. There's only 1 gas station within about 80 miles that has gas....thank God my huband spent $500 on fuel last Saturday.

Today is his birthday....he's spent it shoveling sludge/sewage out of the house downstairs....good thing it's a concrete floor. I feel so bad for him. He's such a trooper.

All this is just miniscule stuff, though. We'll deal & God has his hands on us...he has to...we have everything compared to so many others who lost everyone/thing they ever knew or had. I want so badly to go and help in LA/MS...all I can do is send what people need. We've got 4 boxes of the kids old clothes that are going tomorrow morning with a convoy of workers...along with some food that I got at the store today...toothbrushes/toiletries, etc. I don't know what else to do - it just doesn't seem enough when so much is needed. I've been crying off and on since monday night...not for myself...for all of the people in LA/MS...it's just unbearable. I've never known gratitude until now. When my husband's parents return from Utah, we're planning on letting them keep the children & going over there to help the people with the clean-up, etc. It's only about a 2 hr or so drive from our house to Biloxi...we can stay in a rental property my in-laws have near the MS/AL state line, so there's no reason we shouldn't go help. I just can't stop thinking about the children over there.....they're so underserving of a tragedy such as this.

Remember that old hymn "Draw Nearer My God To THee", I think that's it..... He's the only reason I haven't lost my mind through this and He's what will keep me sane and strong and able.

There's a blog my husband put up a little while ago if ya'll want to see pictures. Scroll all the way to the bottom and read the text too.
http://hurricanekatrinasouthalabama.blogspot.com/

Alive and well & humbled & grateful for what I have....

Jenn
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post #2 of 35
Jenn,

Thank you so much for letting us know that you are okay {{{hugs}}}

You seem to have good spirits...keep it up.

Denise
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so glad you are ok. thanks for the update
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I just finished looking at your pictures, reading your words and sheading a few tears for you and your family. I can't imagine what you are going through. My heart goes out to you. I feel so helpless sitting here in my comfortable suroundings, when I know there are people out there in need of help. You have a very good outlook and Yes even those of us who were not directly affected by the storm gave out kids a extra hug and kiss tonight. Be safe, God will steer you through this.
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I as well am thankful that you and your family are okay! It truely is a devastating thing that has happened! I've been through a few hurricanes myself when I lived in Pensacola, Fl but nothing as devastating. I wish I could join you and hopefully many others who will go to help the victims. I am just sickened with everything I see on the TV. I know it doesn't even sum it up, the pictures on TV. I saw an interview with a family who didn't have much to begin with with two small children. One was a baby and she needs to be on a heart monitor and oxygen. I cried when I saw her just sitting there in her carrier on what looked like a cot. My son had heart problems when he was born and had surgery at 3 mo. of age so it really hit me to see that little baby. I just still can't believe it, I really can't!

For some reason this has happened. We'll never know the reason, we are not to question God but I really hope that we can all come together once again since Sept. 11, 2001, and help those in need. My heart goes out to all those who have lost.

I pray that your family can get back to something normal very soon. Good luck in your trip to help those. You truely are a special person, maybe even an Angel to someone there in need.


Amy
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I went to your bloq too. Such devastation! I am counting my blessings at this moment, and will continue to do so daily. God bless you and your family, and may He bring comfort to all who need Him.

Debbi
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GLAD TO HEAR THAT YOU AND YOUR FAMILY ARE DOING OK. THANKS FOR SHARING THE PICTURES SO EVERYONE CAN SEE WHAT IS EXACTLY GOING ON. IN APRIL OF 2005 AND SEPTEMBER OF 2004 THE DELAWARE RIVER HERE IN NY FLOODED BOTH TIMES. THE FIRE DEPT THAT I BELONG TO GOT FLOODED AND WE HAD TO EVACUATE FROM THE FIRE HOUSE. SO I KNOW WHAT IT IS LIKE. IN APRIL WHEN IT DID WE SPENT AN AWFUL LONG WEEK OF PUMPING OUT BASEMENTS AND THROWING OUT STUFF. I AM SORRY FOR YOUR HOUSE AND BELONGINGS BUT THANKFUL YOU ARE ALL ALIVE!
post #8 of 35
I just looked at all your pictures and read your blog! I'm in tears! I can't say any more other than, I am humbled!!!


God bless you!


Amy
post #9 of 35
So glad to hear you are ok. I sit here with tears in my eyes. I see what they show on TV and my heart aches so for all the people affected by this terrible and devistating act of nature. Like most of you - I pray to God for anyone involved in this - from the lost lives to the people trying to get supplies down there. God is with us and will help us through it.
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JennT
I looked at your website and cried. I feel for you. You are also trying to be very brave because others have it worse. Don't do that. You have gone through something very frightening and have sustained damage as well, and I bet, are experiencing a bit of shock. Take care of yourself.

Be Safe!

Joan in Georgia
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Jenn, A great big bear hug {{{JENN}}}} to you and your family. I can only begin to imagine what you and others are going through. I had quite a bit of family affected by Hurricane Andrew 13 years ago and was there just two days later and saw the destruction first hand. So I know that you need a hug.

God will get you through. Went to you website. God Bless you all. You and all the others are in my prayers and thoughts.
Cyndi
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post #12 of 35
My heart and prayers are with you! I can not even fathom the destruction I am seeing on TV. It just makes me ill with sadness for those involved. I have been praying since Katrina hit land, and I will continue to do so!! I have a bunch of baby clothes that I was going to sell in my garage sale at the end of Sept, but I think I'll just try to find a Red Cross location nearby and take them there instead.

God bless you for keeping your faith during all of this. You are a strong woman, and I'm sure your husband appreciates your strength as much as you appreciate his!
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post #13 of 35
Jenn its great to hear that you and your family are doing fine. I have been praying for all those that were in the middle of this storm. There are a couple of women from work who just recently moved to that area. We are putting together packages to send to them. We are all passing around an envelope for the red cross also. I will still keep you and your family in my prayers. MC
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Hi Jenn

Thank God you are all ok. I looked at the pictures and couldn't believe it. God bless you in these very trying times.
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Thank-you for sharing your story. It is quite heartbreaking. I live in Houston and I know several people that will be coming down here. My prayers are with you and all those that have suffered in this horrible storm.
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