2017 Every day. (08.27.17)

I love taking pictures, the every day, the mundane, the big, the fun, the celebrating, even the hard. Images I want to remember.  So, this year, I’m documenting my everyday. A photo a day for my FB/IG and then writing the stories of each on my blog weekly.

So, welcome to (August) 2017!


Sunday morning was the day I got worried and left my house not sure of what the rising Bayou would do in my backyard. Here is the “Bayou” in front of me, that that has spilled out into a lake of what is typically streets and a shopping center.  (Since I’m writing these to catch up, a business that is in this parking lot still isn’t re-opened as of 09.21.17). Behind me there was also water across the road.  You can read all about my evacuation here.

Evacuation life:


No hurricane can keep us down from celebrating! Auggie is 2!! All about his birthday here!


The sun!!  The sun FINALLY came out!!  It was about 5pm on Tuesday afternoon.  I had been out to volunteer that afternoon, it was still raining, and then all of the sudden it peeked through. First time since Friday, a ray of hope in the midst of a city in such destruction.  And, the mowers made it out along the Bayou too!  When I walked these paths that day I could see how high the water was.  From here, it was out of banks and probably 5′-6′ above the sidewalk.  Some places I could stand on the sidewalk and see water lines (because the debris is in the trees) that are way over my head and I’m 5’9″. Those lines were 150-200 yards south of my house.

First glimpse


Our church began to mobilize relief and sent out a list of cleaning supplies, so I made a trip to Home Depot for donations.  I dropped this off at church, and we started setting up the warehouse to receive supplies.

Before…and the after is nearly full. People from near and WAY FAR have stepped up to help the entire Texas coast, and the generosity has been amazing!


Wednesday night I headed up to the 4G, the littles were there, and Mom asked if I wanted to come up. Take a couple of days to “get away”, eat well (I starve stress) and hang out. Little Annie was excited to see Auggie and they played for a while on the porch. Sure felt empty there without Ace! But, I was grateful for a day to hang out on the porch, laugh with the littles, listen to their tales of evacuation and see my parents!


Friday I came home and stopped in to volunteer at Delmar Stadium sorting clothes.  This pic is from the district page, so #whereswaldo if you can find me! 🙂 There was an abundance of clothes dropped off, but again a system was quickly organized and boxes were packed and stacked with clothes for students to receive.  Our city has really shown off, the love, compassion and giving through these days is overwhelming.

Friday…Whataburger reopened!! And, my girl Diane was at the window! It seemed like every day a few more places were open, but still so many are closed.

On Saturday I was due to fly out for a bestie’s wedding in Vegas. But, Harvey.  The flights and plans were cancelled on Monday due to the weather and she was supposed to be at George Strait on Friday night.  So, we made the best of it. Got dressed up and went out to see Jesse Dayton play in Houston!  Sometimes clean-up looks like putting on make-up, fixing your hair and wearing what would have been a bridesmaid dress for a night out!


I saw in the news that Anheuser-Busch stopped production to can water for delivery to places destroyed by the hurricane, and apparently MillerCoors did the same. Saturday at our worksite someone dropped off a couple of 12-packs of waters for us.  Another way people from near and far have helped the Texas coast.  Also, we had a lot of conversations around this table at lunch of what canned water tasted like.  Which, it tastes like water. No fizz, just water. Same as bottled water. #learnsomethingneweveryday

Thank you for reading, and would love for you to stay in touch!



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