Our Hurricane Irma Experience, in pictures

Most everyone in Florida has stories from this week. Here’s a little bit of ours.

A beautiful Sunday morning. The quiet before the storm…

I took some “before” shots all around the house. I’m so glad I did.

Ava’s room was staged as our safe room. Elijah loved all the mattresses.

Since it was Sunday morning, we decided to participate in Northland Church’s worship service (recorded a week prior). The kids participated with percussion instruments…

(Thank you, Northland Church in Longwood, FL!)

I even got some cuddle-time with my favorite princess before the storm hit. 

By mid-afternoon our first piece of glass shattered: a tea press that I don’t use too often, thanks to hurricane Isaiah. Thankfully, no one got hurt (and we still had power/lights to vacuum up the mess).

Around 5PM we had our first tornado warning. Time to “hunker down” (with our technology, of course).

Watching the PBS documentary “Walt Disney” and checking the hurricane updates that evening after the kids went to bed. 

I had to “get my steps in” in order to reach my daily goal (or was I running for shelter??).

We lost power around 12:15AM Monday morning. The wind sounded like ocean waves crashing on the shore. “Thumps”, “thuds” and “bangs” were heard on our roof for hours.

The next morning, peeking out the back to assess the damage…

And the front. Tree limbs everywhere!

The side yard. There were some really large limbs that fell!

Minimal damage to our roof. It could have been so much worse.

And then we found baby squirrels whose nest fell from the tree, and found someone to rescue them:


And finally… The clean-up.

Special thanks to my neighbors for lending a hand, a rake, and a leaf blower!

Total labor hours on Monday: (approximately) 6 hours

It was amazing to see so many neighbors helping each other out.

Our power was out for 4 days (which is less than some!). By day 2, Ava and Isaiah ran temperatures of 101.8° and 99° so we headed to Disney for 3 nights, staying at their value resort until our power was restored. 

We are grateful for the minimal damage to the house; for the texts, emails, phone calls, prayers and stop-by’s from friends and family; for the freezer storage that salvaged all of Ava’s blended diet and freezer meals that Laura worked so hard on.

God continues to show His love, His kindness, and His provision through so many of you! Thank you!