I’ve lived in Florida pretty much my whole life and have been through many hurricanes. I have to say this hurricane has taken the greatest toll on my body emotionally, physically, and mentally. I have a feeling it has to do with being a wife and a momma.
Preparing for Irma
As many of you know I’m also a middle school teacher. Leading up to hurricane Irma there was a lot of anticipation as to whether or not they would close school for the hurricane. Everyday we were looking at spaghetti models and trying to predict the path of Irma. Which was stressful in itself.
We found out school was closing the Friday before the hurricane and because the school I teach at is listed as a shelter we had to pack up our rooms as if it was summer break. Everything was put in closets, packed away and locked.
I spent that week gathering supplies and preparing for the hurricane. We knew our power would go out but we weren't sure for how long so the night before hurricane Irma we had a steak dinner.
We decided to stay at our home during the hurricane. Actually, we don’t have much of a choice. My husband is a lineman and has to report to work right after the storm and I’ve decided that I’m not going to leave my husband during a storm so we stayed home. The eye of the storm ended up coming right over Lakeland. Things got pretty bad late at night and into the wee hours of the morning. We lost power around 11:00 pm that night.
As a wife and a mom I was so scared. This storm really rattled my nerves. I just feared for my family. Homes and material things can be fixed or replaced but family can't. I was really worried about tornadoes. We’ve never been through a tornado before and it just felt like at any moment one was going to come barreling through.
Post Hurricane Irma
The next morning we assessed the damage. Luckily, the only damage we had was some fence paneling missing from my neighbors side of the fence and of course no power. Joey cooked us some bacon and eggs on our grill and then reported to work at 10:00 am that morning and has been working from 5:00am to 9:00 pm everyday since. I miss him SO MUCH and so does Ava! Life just isn’t the same without him home. I know some people live every week with their husbands working out of town or even months but for us that just isn’t our normal. On Saturday, we brought Joey and his crew some lunch so Ava got to see her daddy for just a few minutes. She was so excited!
Thankfully, my amazing husband turned on our power on day two. The first day without power we stayed at my brother’s house. We truly are so very lucky and so blessed that we are safe and had our power restored so quickly. I know many who still don’t have power but I promise you those men are working so very hard to get power restored to everyone!
This weekend Ava and I ran some errands, ate some comfort junk food, and just relaxed at home while we missed daddy. I am so excited to return to work today and to get a little bit of normalcy back in my life.
We are continuing to pray for everyone that has been effected by hurricane Irma and hurricane Harvey and those working hard to get our city back to normal. We’re also praying that hurricane Maria STAYS AWAY!