As we figured, it was a long drive home yesterday - 8 hours. We saw amazing destruction coming thru Houston, and we were amazed at how much damage there was that far north. The closer we got to home, the worse it got. We were very nervous.
We decided to check on Bubba's Mom & Dad's house first, since it was on our way home. Thankfully they had no major damage, but a lot of trees and tree limbs down, and some debris blown about.
Then we headed home, praying that we fared well. And we did! No major damage at our house, either - just a lot of tree limbs and leaves everywhere and no power, but no broken windows or water in the house! For some reason a rush of emotion hit me when we walked in the door to find we were OK, and I burst into tears.
I feel very, very blessed that we fared as well as we did. Last night as we ate steaks that Hubby grilled on the charcoal grill, and mac-n-cheese that I cooked on our gas stove, dining by the light of one light bulb and with our refrigerator working thanks to D... and Big D loaning us their generator, I felt like a queen. We had no A/C, but all our windows were open and we had a relatively cool breeze coming thru and we were safe and sound. Praise God!
We did have a bit of a scary night. We turned the generator off and went to bed at about 11:00. With no power in the area, it is really dark and really quiet! But we weren't too uncomfortable with all the windows open and a nice breeze coming in. At about 1:00 a.m. I woke up to a loud BAM! I woke up Hubby and we kept hearing it, BAM! BAM! Then voices. Then Hubby saw a flashlight beam next door and told me to call 911 - looters were breaking into our next-door neighbors' house! The police came and didn't catch them, but did scare them off. We were really, really scared. Thank goodness we have our power back on so we can lock up tight tonight, and have some outside lights on.
I want to thank each and every one of you for your thoughts and prayers for us during this ordeal. And it has definitely been an ordeal. D... and I were just talking about how we feel guilty that we fared so well when others lost so much. But for the grace of God it could have been us. He was watching out for us this time.