Update#2 on My Family – #HurricaneFlorence

Now THIS is the way to ride out a hurricane! First you find a place where the beaches are calm and sunny, and you can stay in a condo with a gorgeous pool. Of course, it must be well out of the dreaded Cone of Uncertainty predicted for any hurricane that happens to be threatening a given area.

Then you take your boogie board to the beach in the morning, before the temperatures reach brain-baking levels, and later, head back to your air-conditioned quarters until it cools off enough for a lazy afternoon dip in the pool.

When the all clear sounds, you return to your home with your fingers crossed that your neighbor (who chose not to leave) has been truthful when she said there are no ugly surprises awaiting you.

Yep. The evacuation orders for Charleston have been lifted, and as far as we know, all is well with my daughter’s house. This isn’t the way they prefer to plan a vacation, but they made the best of it, enjoyed the infamous Emerald Coast of the Florida panhandle for a few days, and will soon be home again.

I can now breathe easy knowing I have fulfilled my sacred duty as a mom to issue hour-by-hour updates and warnings throughout the entire ordeal. 😀

On a serious note, as rivers continue to rise, especially throughout a wide swath of North Carolina (where many people no longer have homes to return to), the danger of record-breaking floods is still a huge problem. Please keep those good folks in your thoughts and prayers. And thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your thoughts and prayers for Erin, Myres, Kaelen, and Reya. It meant a great deal to me to know so many people were thinking of them throughout this ordeal. THANKS! 🙂 ❤

23 thoughts on “Update#2 on My Family – #HurricaneFlorence

    • Thanks, Carol! The bigger “baby” in the picture is pretty cute, too, I think. (And I’m not a TAD biased, either! 😀 ) They will be glad to be home, I’m sure, and I will sleep better tonight than I have for a week! Hope you have a great day, too! 🙂


  1. Our intrepid BBC reporter was in Wilmington keeping us up to date – we could hardly hear or see him as it was so bad, wonder the cameraman didn’t get blown away. Didn’t seem like there was anyone else around, but perhaps out of shot there was a line of brave reporters from every country!
    Glad your lot enjoyed their holiday.

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    • OH, the reporters are used to standing on the beach in hurricane force winds around these parts! 😀 I saw them from several networks, being buffeted hither and yon before the storm actually arrived. Wilmington was truly slammed, as were several other NC cities in the area. And the rain is the gift that keeps on giving! GAH! So glad it didn’t hit Charleston with that ferocity. Erin & Crew had a lovely vacation, but as with most holidays, the time comes when you are ready to go home. I should be hearing from them in the next hour or two, as they traveled halfway last night, and just had about 4 hours or so left today. Can’t wait to know they are home safely and have no damage to cope with. 🙂

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    • Thanks, Mary. And yes, they are truly among the lucky ones. So many others have a much different story to tell. 😦 Still waiting to hear if they’ve arrived yet. Traffic will probably be bad as others head home to Charleston, and they do have to stop more often with the baby. But I’m so relieved that they can go home! 🙂 ❤

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  2. Thanks for the update. You and your lovely family have been in the forefront of my thoughts and it’s great news to know that they’ve had a wonderful time and that they’re going back to a habitable home. I love their approach to life – they made the most of it, reassured you and didn’t dwell on the ‘what if’s. There’s a lesson in there for me, I think! xx

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    • They’ve done beautifully well, Trish, and their approach to dealing with something out of their control was an inspiration to me, as well. Thanks so much for keeping us in your thoughts, and yes, I think there’s a lesson there for all of us! 🙂 ❤


    • Thanks, Robbie. Just waiting for word that they made the LONG drive home with no mishaps, flooded areas, or traffic jams. I’m feeling pretty good that they’ve weathered THIS storm without mishap, but that last phone call will put paid to this worrisome week! 😀 ❤


    • Thanks, John, and you’re right. They heeded the warnings and left when they were told to. Had that storm followed any of several predictions and made landfall at Charleston, it would have been terrible for them. It’s absolutely critical to listen to the folks in charge during these things. There’s a reason “Err on the side of caution” is such an old phrase. (Along with “Better to be safe than sorry.”) 🙂

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  3. Aw, grateful for tender mercies Marsh. So happy to her the good news. I can only imagine how relieved you are that your family ran for safety, managed to make a vacation out of it, and are going home to their house intact. There is power in prayers! ❤ ❤

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