Adios Irma! & A List of Charities For Donating

The last two weeks have been so crazy thanks to Hurricane Irma. At the beginning of the week we were cleaning out Ben’s workshop trying to make room to house a number of family and friends fleeing Irma’s path. Then suddenly Irma’s path changed. Our evacuating guests were no longer evacuating. In fact, we were predicted to have worse weather here in the mountains. I got a phone call on Friday morning from a friend planning to stay with us. His family made it half way up the state and decided to turn around and go home because they didn’t want to face the weather here!

We spent the weekend preparing to hunker down ourselves while keeping a check on friends in Florida. The path shifted again, and we thought we were in the clear. Sunday and Monday proved us wrong. I remember riding out Hurricane Andrew on Edisto Island years ago, but never have we dealt with tropical storm or hurricane winds here in the mountains. It was a different experience, to say the least.

We spent most of today cleaning up the aftermath of downed trees and debris around our neighborhood. Even though the power company projected our power to be off until Thursday at the earliest, we’re thankful for all the linemen who worked diligently around the clock in high winds to get it back on late this evening. Our cable internet is still out, so I’m blogging and working from my phone. The only downside is most of our homeschool curriculum is an online curriculum that doesn’t work on my phone. Ellie thinks that means she gets a few more days off from school, but she forgets I have plenty of workbooks saved for such an occasion!

I’m thankful widespread power outages, high winds, and some downed trees were all we had to deal with.  I can’t even begin to imagine what it was like for those in Irma’s path as a major hurricane, and I continue to pray for them as they deal with the devastation. Now that we have power, I will spend tonight packing up boxes of non-perishables to send to devastated areas with a local mission. If you have the ability to donate in any way, I urge you to do so. If you need help finding a reputable charity, you can find a list of high-rated organizations providing support here.

 

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Jenn is from Upstate, SC, and loves that she gets to work from home to be with her two little girls. Jenn has been happily married to her very own Superman, Ben, for over a decade, and spends her time reading, writing short stories, doing freelance work and blogging, crafting, riding motorcycles, watching Clemson football, and enjoying life with her family.

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