Hurricane Irma

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Hurricane Irma 2017

Our annual girlfriends vacation was cut short. We may have had a finite amount of time but they were wonderful days with many funny stories.

  • Like sandpipers stealing Yvonne and Christy’s sandwiches right out of their hands.
  • And Yvonne who attracts people. “Hi Heather! Is your husband still fishing?” Who’s Heather, you ask?  Someone Yvonne met while we were cooling off in the Gulf. Within five minutes she knew Heather’s family tree, where she’s originally from, and her dream for the future. I’m not kidding (exaggerating a bit, but not by much).
  • Then there’s the alligator. He was a rare experience for me and Christy loved my reaction so much that she would use it to scare me – again and again… You can see a little bit of him here.
  • And walking to the pool for a quiet day close to home only to be entertained by screaming kids (and me trying to be all zen: They are just kids doing what kids need to do…while silently wishing they would please. just. be. quiet. ). Then another torrential downpour….and the walk home in it. Squish, squish, squish…..
  • Yes, I love these women. We are who we are when we’re together. No barriers, no pretense. What a joy for all of us.

But Hurricane Irma is making her way towards Florida. Predicted to be one of the worst in our history.

Florida 2017 Leaving Irma

People leaving Florida 09/06/17 to avoid Hurricane Irma

It’s supposed to hit land this weekend but by Tuesday water and gas were already sold out.  We decided to leave yesterday (Wednesday) to avoid the traffic that was predicted to be heaviest on Thursday. Yesterday we pulled into a rest stop on our way back from Florida and were a bit shocked at how many cars and people had pulled in to take a break. As we waited in line for the ladies room I began to process my shock:

We were grateful to be heading home, leaving Florida to avoid Irma. These other folk were leaving their homes to avoid Irma and the fear and stress of that was written on each of their faces.


Please join me in prayer for all those that must evacuate Florida; continue to hold in prayer the people of Texas and Louisiana; and surround in gratitude every person who is reaching out a hand in whatever way they can. Most importantly, Sweet Spirit, let each of us understand the lessons you so desperately want us to learn.

And so it is.

From my heart to yours,  Diane

6 thoughts on “Hurricane Irma

  1. Of course, I love posts that celebrate the little moments that make our lives so vivid and meaningful–so I loved that part of the post. But the realization as you left your vacation and others are leaving their homes was a powerful counterpoint. Life is complicated, sometimes it’s a jumble. Always there’s gratitude. Thank you for sharing.

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  2. Glad you managed to leave safely, despite the break being cut short. I can’t imagine how it feels to have to leave home because of a hurricane and not know what will be there afterwards. Thinking of people at this time of uncertainty x

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