L I F E U P D A T E // Hurricanes + Other Craziness

by - 12:28 AM

As I'm typing this, we're currently in North Carolina because of Hurricane Irma. (For a few more hours anyway...we leave Saturday morning.) A lot of you probably know about this, but we had to evacuate due to the hurricane.

It was a massive storm. Supposedly one of the biggest storms ever in recorded history, Irma topped with wind speeds at 185 mph. It. Was. Insane. High winds combined with an impressive width. It was twice the width of our state!

With the forecasts originally showing it headed right towards us, we scrambled to put up shutters, secure items in and out of the house, and get packed for an evacuation. It was very stressful, and I admit that I was a little scared for our home and for all the people we know here. I wondered, once again, whether or not my house would still be standing. Whether I would see my books again. (One of the first thoughts that entered my head. #bookdragonforlife)

Thankfully, we were able to get out in time. The roads were insane. It took us twice the amount of time to drive to NC, and we were all exhausted after getting up at 3:30 am to get on the road. But it was truly a miracle that we made it. There were reports on the news of places being completely out of gas, but we managed to find it whenever we needed it. God truly worked a miracle.

Watching the weather on TV was rather surreal. We would see the radar images of the massive hurricane, hear about how it practically annihilated islands in its path. And it wasn't slowing down.

The models gradually shifted the storm away from where we lived, but that didn't mean we didn't feel the impacts. Our power went out at home for several days, and there was some exterior damage. We still don't know what the interior looks like.

Still, seeing the footage of homes in ruins, floods ravaging entire cities, wind blowing off roofs like it was nothing...it was shocking. That could have been us. That could have been people I know.

But God was gracious and protected us from this horrible devastation. We are safe, and that's the most important thing.

However, I can't help but hurt for all the people who lost everything. There are so many people affected by this storm, and my heart goes out to them all. Because I know what it feels like to be afraid. I've been down that road.

For all those impacted by Irma, I just want to say that you're in my prayers. I can't pretend to know exactly how you feel. I didn't lose a home. I didn't lose a friend or family member.

But I know how it feels to be afraid. And I care for all of you. <3

While we are now safe, I still have all the stress of college homework, on top of feeling miserably ill. I feel better today, but I was running a temperature of 103.5 degrees Fahrenheit...so I basically felt like death. :P It's been really, really hard to stay afloat with homework in the midst of my dad's health problems, a major hurricane, and the worst illness I've had in years.

Life has been hard lately. I'm not gonna lie and say that my world is full of rainbow butterflies and sparkles. But even amidst all these chaotic emotions and less-than-ideal circumstances, I have a God who is bigger than any storm. Any fear. Any doubt.

He's holding onto me.

Sorry for the random update post. I don't want to come across like I'm complaining all the time, but I feel like I owe you a bit of an explanation for my absence lately. I'd like to get back to posting regularly eventually; I just don't think that's a viable option right now.

P.S. For a more eloquent post...check out my last experience with a hurricane. (I didn't feel like a deranged squirrel when I wrote that so that's why it's actually coherent.)

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  1. Hope y'all make it home safely and that there is minimal damage to the interior of your house. I'm sure that's really scary.


  2. Hope you get home safe. Praying for y'all. And I hope you feel better soon. I will be praying for your family. God bless y'all.


  3. I'm glad that y'all are alright! I'll be praying that you get better soon and that you find all well when you return home. Everyone in the path of Irma has been in and will continue to be in my prayers.

  4. Oy, that's rough. We've been praying for Irma (and you guys specifically) at my house for the last few weeks. So glad you're safe. I hope you feel better soon and that college doesn't completely devour you!

  5. MARY I'M SO GLAD YOU GUYS ARE OKAY! It seems that everyone in the US has been affected in either some minor or major way by Hurricane Irma and Harvey. It's crazy to think of how much devastation Irma has caused.

    Get better! Rest a bunch, drink all the tea, and order others around like the queen you are!! I don't know the issues with your father's health, but that can't be fun to have that on top of all this.

    I'll be praying for your house, and for you guys. :)

  6. so you write really well when you have a fever.

    GIRL IM PRAYING FOR YOU -- but hey, you've got this <3

  7. So glad you're safe, my friend. <3 <3 Thanks for the update - I'll be praying for you!

    ~ Savannah | Scattered Scribblings

  8. Aaahhh I'm so glad you guys are safe and that your house is okay. I'll still be praying. :D

  9. Praying for you, Mary!
    Stay strong. <3

  10. Praying for you dear!!
    So glad you are all alright! <3 <3

  11. Praying for you <3

  12. Wow, sounds like life has been intense!

    I'm sorry to hear about everything(even getting sick-- yikes!) *and* I'm so glad you and your family are okay and that it sounds like your house didn't experience as much damage as it could have. Hopefully you can get back into the swing of life again soon. I'll be praying for you. <3

  13. Ahhhh. Mary, it sounds like you've really been through it lately -- I'm so sorry. *sends bear-hugs and teddy bears and other things to try to make it better* I'm especially sorry to hear of your illness, and your dad's -- 103-degree fever?! Yeesh. Prayers for you, dear friend! <3 Your continued cheerfulness (at least online ;D) and trust in God in the midst of all of this Irma stuff, PLUS homework, PLUS sickness is really admirable. Hang in there, girl-friend! Don't give up the fight! <3 And please keep us updated. <3 <3 <3

  14. I'll be thinking of you and praying for you and your family! The Lord will work things out for your good. <3

  15. Oh my, Mary. I had no idea you all were in that area. I was absolutely shocked when I read this. Thank you for the update, so glad God protected you. <3

  16. I'm glad you're okay! I had family evacuate from Miami to my house in Atlanta and I had friends who had their power out until just yesterday. Irma was crazy! I hope everything gets better for you soon. *hugs*


  17. Awwww, Mary! D: My heart absolutely breaks for you and all you've been through! But I am so, SOOOO grateful to God for taking care of you. Providing gas, getting you to a safe place, KEEPING you safe. He is so good!!! That's just terrifying thinking about my Mary being in the pathway of Irma!

    I'm so sorry for all the stress. My goodness, you guys are going through it! Between the hurricane and your dad's illness and YOUR illness (103 fever??? MARY! D:) I can only imagine how difficult just keeping up with school work is. You poor thing! Don't even THINK about trying to keep up with blogging and things right now. Goodness no! Just take care of yourself. <3

    I've been praying for you and will still absolutely be praying. Extra, extra hard! Thank you for the update. I do soooo hope things will begin to get better. Love ya! *HUUUUUUGS*

  18. Yikes! That's a lot to have going on. Praying God gives you strength and patience and fortitude during all of this.


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