We are so thankful to the Lord for his protection over us during Ike. Our area was not affected by the strongest winds, mostly tropical storm force with about 1-2 hours were the the wind gusts reached hurricane force.
Still the winds were strong enough to be quite scary. We kept looking at the windows thinking that the trees in our yard were going to break any moment by the way they were bending. Also the wind/rain hitting against our windows made them vibrate. It was definitely an unforgettable experience.
The boys slept very well considering all the noise going on outside (praise the Lord). Brad and I spent the night in and out of sleep peeking at the window and listening to the radio for updates.
By Saturday morning around 10:30 am the winds began to calm down but still the rain kept on pouring for most of the day.
Afterwards we walked outside to see if there was any damage and we did have some damage to our roof. Shingles that fell off made way for water to go into our attic. Brad and I were able to put some towels and buckets to prevent the water for going down into the main floor.
The rest of the day we were mostly outside (because we had no electricity or air conditioning). The boys enjoyed splashing in puddles, while Brad and I talked to the neighbors. We had an opportunity to talk more to them and even meet some that we have not had a chance to meet yet. Many of them had severe roof damage. Some lost their fences as well.
But by God's grace, the damage was minimum in comparison to other areas here in Houston. By Saturday evening we got the power back (we did loose it again on Sunday for most of the day) as well as water and gas.
On Sunday morning we woke up around 6am to more rain so Brad and I had to run to the attic to look for leaks once again and put new buckets. Later that day we found a Home Depot that was open and were able to buy something to cover the roof temporarily.
I have to say that we were all very calmed before and after the storm. We knew the God we serve is faithful and that he promised to be with us even through the waters and how his hand is upon all the earth and the winds and waves obey him. I was reminded of this passage in Isaiah... "Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand and marked off the heavens with a span, enclosed the dust of the earth in a measure and weighed the mountains in scales and the hills in a balance?" (Isaiah 40:12) Of course, it's our great and awesome God!
The best part of this experience for us was how much fun we had with the boys. With no tv or computers to distract us, we spend the entire weekend playing board games, hide and seek and reading books.
Once we got power back on we did turned on the news to watch the devastation. I'm so glad our boys got to see some of it and realize how the Lord had kept us safe.
On Sunday night, because we had a worship time together as a family. We sang songs and Brad read to us Romans 8:28 "And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose". We shared and remembered times in our lives when things have been good and times when things have gone bad and how even in those bad times God work it out for our good. We spent some time in praise and thanksgiving for his protection over us. It was great to hear the boys thank God that our house was not flooded or destroyed and that daddy was able to fix the roof, getting the power back, etc.
We felt so loved and cared for by so many family and friends who left messages, text, emails and for all the prayers. Thank you so much!!
Things are starting to get back to normal here and we are resuming school time today.