Sep 20, 2012

Hurricane Isaac

As I mentioned before, Hurricane Isaac had a tremendously negative impact on many of our friends back in LaPlace.  The storm that everyone thought would be no big deal ended up flooding or nearly flooding the homes of almost everyone we know in LaPlace.  In fact, our old home flooded along with most of our old neighborhood.  Many of our friends were part of an emergency evacuation.  They literally waded through waist-deep water to board a school bus and be taken to a shelter.  When they stepped off the bus at the shelter, the water was already knee-deep there.  The shelter was eventually evacuated, too.  These people were not ignorant or unprepared for the storm, but conditions changed so quickly that they found themselves having to take drastic measures to keep their families safe.  It was a big lesson to me about just how fragile our existence is, and how I need to place a greater emphasis on the things that truly matter in my life.  I like to feel safe inside my warm house, but I need to always remember that the stuff around me is just that: stuff.  When tragedy struck, thankfully all of our friends were able to escape with what matters most: their loved ones.  Many of them are still picking up the pieces and rebuilding their lives and homes...please be in prayer for the LaPlace community as they continue to recover from the storm.  

We had a unique opportunity in the aftermath of the storm to welcome several of our friends into our home, either for a short visit or to spend a few nights with us.  It was such a special treat for us to get to spend time with these folks.  They were technically "refugees," but for me their visit was more like a vacation.  There were tons of extra adults willing to help out with Watts and the girls had  more playmates than they knew what to do with.  It made me want to do a big family sleepover every weekend!  First up, some guests who didn't spend the night...Kirk and Skyler!  Last time Kirk visited Lori got to hold Watts the whole time, so this time Kirk got a turn.  He's come a long way from the guy who was terrified to hold Stella, huh?  Parenthood truly is magical...
Skyler wowed us with his vocal abilities.  Like father, like son...
I can't wait for this kid's debut on the SJT stage...
In spite of the zoned out looks on their faces, the girls all really enjoyed cuddling with Damon.  They were just exhausted after playing together all day...
The Saturday of our "Hurricane Party" John came through with LSU tickets for the men, so the boys headed off to the game and the girls and Watts stayed home to cheer on the Tigers in front of the TV...







To the Millets, Fortners, and Zeringues, our casa is your casa.  Come back anytime!

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