Two weeks ago today, we began a journey thanks to Hurricane Harvey. We live approximately an hour and a half north of Corpus Christi and about two hours south of Houston in Texas. We have lived here for around a year and a half. We are no strangers to hurricanes having our home of record in eastern North Carolina. In a Facebook group, I am part of, a discussion began about what those of in Texas were going to do. Another lady and I both stated we did not know what we would do. Finances or other circumstances did not give us many options.
Our week started off normally. On the 22nd, my husband and I celebrated our twenty-fifth wedding anniversary. We knew there was a tropical storm named Harvey who might decide to visit our community. Wednesday was a normal day. Thursday we decided to get some supplies in for the incoming storm. While we were out, we found out the storm had been upgraded and would potentially come in as a category 3 or higher. The “or higher” part is what got our attention. We have several large trees in front and behind the home, we are living in now. So we were paying attention.
Later Thursday evening, a friend sent me a message to say our community was under a mandatory evacuation order. So my husband and I discussed what we wanted to do. I am on the book launch team for Erin Odom’s book “More Than Just Making It” and someone on the launch team offered our family shelter. So we began packing up and tried to figure out what we needed and/or could take with us in our 12-passenger van.
Friday morning shortly after 6:30 am, we started towards Dallas. We were surprised at how light traffic was on our route, at least until we got to Waco. Then, we arrived in Dallas around 12:30 or so where we would be staying. Until Monday morning, our hostess was absolutely amazing.
Stay tuned for parts 2 and 3 where I will share what happened while we were in Dallas and what we found once we returned home.