Tuesday, September 16, 2008

aftermath of Ike

This is our "river" that has actually recedded at least 5ft. or more in the last hour or so. This is usually a fairly small bayou. When the wind would kick up we had white caps out there.
This is one view of the damage in our backyard. Again we are grateful it was not too serious!
Here is a home right around the corner that is going to be torn down and they will have to begin the framing all over again.
This is our place at sunset Sat. night. It was beautiful with all the clouds still in the sky. There is something positive in everything I am learning.
We celebrated Becca's (sis-in-law) b-day with smores on Sunday night. The flash does not do this moment justice. We actually had a lamp on and that was it. It was a lot of fun cooking smores at the table and it was first for everyone else.

Well as of Monday night we had our power restored to us. We could not be more grateful for not only the expierence but the safety we have been blessed with. We also have loved being able to open our own doors to Elder White, Elder McBride and Elder Matheson. They became family to us while they were here and our kids absolutely feel in love with them. We wish them the best of luck in the remainder of their missions, especially the upcoming days and weeks. I personally loved seeing the inner workings of mission life and the moments that you don't always get to be apart of. (ie. birthday)

Anyway, the hurricane definitely brought destruction and devastation but the Lord will not let this opportunity pass for his work to go on. I will end up posting more pics of the service that was done locally to help others. Again, thank you for your prayers, messages, e-mails and just your thoughts!!

We love you all



Marnee Marriott said...

Wow! Gorgeous sunset! Glad to hear that you all are doing well. I'm surprised to hear that you got power back so quickly! Way to go Houston! I'm sure you are all grateful that the city was working quickly. The news reports say it was going to be weeks in some areas.

Craig, Kim, Kylie, & Jillian said...

I am so thankful that you guys made it through safely! We were thinking of you guys while Ike was in your area and you were in our prayers! The sunset pic is my favorite...that was amazing! Beauty even in the midst of disaster. We miss you guys!

Jane said...

What a shame to lose so much of your beautiful trees, but what a blessing that that was the extent of your damage. It looks like it could have been much worse. Beautiful sunset! Just a reminder that there is always something good to come out of every tragedy. . . a forecast of the great missionary work that will come about because of your ward's clean up efforts.

Anne said...

That is so lucky that neither of those branches landed on your roof! Good to see that you didn't have much damage at all. One quick suggestion from the facility manager side of me (if you haven't done it already, which I'm sure you have)- make sure you do a quick assessment of your roof to make sure all of your shingles and flashing are still in place. A little bit of displacement could turn into a bad leak after a while!

The Cox Family said...

You are never going to believe who this is and how in the world I came across your blog. Do you reconized the name Brooke from highschool? I would love to hear from you - here is my email coxfamilyofsix@hotmail.com - okay, so I know that it is a little crazy to get this message from a long lost friend, but when I saw your name I just had to contact you.

MyfourTagalongs said...

I am so glad that you had very little damage. What a great blessing with a new home and just moving what a hardship that would have been to have to start all over again on your house! By the way the house is just as beautiful as the advertisment said! Congrats. We miss you though!