WOW! What a week!
On Monday we learn that Hurricane Matthew is coming for us. The biggest storm in over a decade at a category 4 ran his fury on Haiti. Now there are over 800 people dead in Haiti and the death toll is rising. This was no storm to turn your nose up at. Here is a photo from NASA of what this monster looks like from above the earth.
I thought about how I did NOT want to go through the two days of prep work for a hurricane. As soon as my mind entertained those thoughts, I remembered very well Hurricane Wilma and how we were without power for about 21 days. It was around the same time of year. We even thought we may have been having Thanksgiving with no power.
On Tuesday we started filling up our water jugs, going to the store for last minute items like snacks, checking all our batteries, lanterns, etc.
On Wednesday we worked outside all day long up to dusk. We worked on picking up all our yard decorations, things that could become missiles, and putting all our tools in the shed. Then it was on to bringing all the lighter potted plants into the house, the patio furniture into the house, all my gardening supplies, toys, etc. Lots of stuff!!!
Then it was time to shutter up. We had the much needed help of our Wellington Ward Bishop of our LDS church come over with his son to help us.
By this time we were now put on a Hurricane Warning.
The time we took to prepare was not a waste of time because it gives you like a real life drill, a practice so to speak, to get ready... to see what you are missing in your first aid kits, what you need to get for the next
Thursday it was more preparation. Nestor decided to get sand bags to line up to our patio doors. We have had water come up all the way before and he did not want to take any chances. We have a pool and it will overflow in the storms.
Then it was on to more household chores like making sure all the laundry was totally done. In case we lose power, we don't want smelly dirty clothes in our home. On to making sure all the phones were charged up and so forth.
We mill our own grain for flour and I did not want to be without power and not have any bread for the kids. So I then milled the grain and made the bread. I am sure there are hundreds of other preparation tasks we did prior to hunkering down.
The worst of this MONSTER Hurricane was to be at 2 a.m. as it was making landfall in West Palm Beach which is right next to us here in Wellington. Some of our neighbors had already lost power by 10 p.m.
Then Matthew takes the wobble to the north and to the east missing us. What a huge blessing this was. It was still terrible for so many others but we are so grateful we were spared.
We had some strong winds all through the night and lots of rain but nothing super serious. It was more like a tropical storm than a hurricane.
We also never lost power, huge blessing.
Of course I would never want to go through a hurricane like Wilma again. There was a part of me that had a bad attitude because we spent 2 full days not working, not doing school work , but preparing for a storm that did not hit us.
So did we waste our time? At first, I think, why did I have to waste my time?
Then I read a post from one of my friends on Facebook about how to have gratitude instead. She is so right. I am grateful but not at the moment when I looked around at all the work that lies ahead to undo all the preparations that we had to do.
We are truly grateful that Hurricane Matthew spared our area and our family.
The preparation for the hurricane was not a waste of time. It is like a drill, a dry run. It is great practice for the next storm because there will be another hurricane at some point. It has been 10 years since we had to shutter up our house. It was time to see how prepared we really are.
It may not have happened at the most opportune time but when is it ever going to be the best time to practice. I highly doubt any of us would go through this unless we had to .
Preparing for the worst but hoping and praying for the best. These lessons are all to help us become better prepared. As you prepare for a hurricane, you are also learning to prepare in other things in life and in your business.
We are grateful to be safe and for all our family, neighbors and friends who are safe from the storm now. We continue to pray for the people in Jacksonville Florida and further north as Matthew continues to threaten and rage against the eastern coastline.