Life and Spiritual Coaching

September 21, 2008

More on Ike

Filed under: Hurricane — by Donna Ritter @ 1:12 am

In the newspaper today, many areas around here are not going to get electricity until October! Stores are barely stocked and some areas have houses that are ruined. We were so blessed. The people across the street won’t have electricity until Thursday.

It takes a disaster like this to make you realize how blessed you are. I am sure lots of you have seen the pictures of devastation. Some folks have lined up since 3am to receive food stamps only to find out in the mid-afternoon that they are not eligible.

Join me in saying a prayer for those less fortunate than others. Less than half of the folks have electricity and water has to be boiled for food.

I grew up in New Orleans and I never in 12 years in Houston have seen it so bad. Schools are closed for 2 weeks. I am volunteering to help others less fortunate than my family and urge you all to do the same or send money to help with the relief effort.

September 16, 2008

Aftermath of Hurricane Ike

Filed under: Hurricane — by Donna Ritter @ 6:18 pm

Well, Hurricane Ike was a bit more destructive than we thought. We lost power for almost 5 days, there was no gas or food to be had and we lost most of our fence including a tree that fell across our fence onto a neighbor’s garage.

We did have fun playing board games and cards by candlelight, but that gets very old after 2 days. Luckily the weather had cooled off somewhat, so we could sleep without air conditioner. It is amazing what creature comforts we take for granted!

When we said grace every night, we thanked God that we were so lucky. Some of the areas around here are very flooded. They won’t let residents back on to Galveston Island yet – they can go visit to see the damage, but have to be off by 6:00.

Maybe next time we should consider evacuating J.

September 12, 2008

Hurricane Ike

Filed under: danger,Hurricane — by Donna Ritter @ 1:14 pm

Hurricane Ike is hitting Houston. Buzzy and I grew up in New Orleans and weathered many hurricanes. We often were evacuated to other parts of the city – but never out of the city. During Hurricane Betsy we had to stay at a friend’s house and my parent’s house was flooded with 4 feet of water.

We had moved by the time of Katrina – a monster storm. My best friend was rescued by a helicopter from the room of her house. Last year she killed herself out of sadness. We always heard a monster hurricane would kill the city but didn’t listen.

Rita hit Houston after Katrina and lots of people evacuated Houston only to stay stuck in traffic and die of thirst and hunger. We stayed and only lost electricity for 30 minutes!

I am listening to my son and husband moving what could be flying projectiles so we will be safe.

The waters are already flooding Galveston and Ike hasn’t hit yet. It is more dangerous to leave than stay. We have water, canned goods and will tape up the windows.

All I want is to know where my kids are tonight when it hits. God will protect us all!

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