Monday, October 12, 2015

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it's hard to put into words what last week was like.  i awoke at 4:30 AM on sunday and looked out my living room window and saw our cars about to be submerged with water.  i ran to get warren up; he raced outside in boxers and crawled through the tailgates to save our cars.  as he waded back to the front door, we stood in shock.  we went to the garage and opened the doors....inside we saw a swimming pool of what use to be our stuff....it was floating, our refrigerator was turned upside down.  fear filled our eyes as we stared in shock, wondering what was going on.  i ran to find my cell phone to start calling our friends.  we began running through the house, wondering what to get, and what to do.  i was not calm.  my precious children slept in bed totally unaware of what was about to take place.  warren looked at me and grabbed my hands and said "shannon, i love you.  water is about to come into the house.  we have got to go."  i ran to the children's room and woke them up.  i handed them backpacks and told them to put their favorite toys in them.  taylor cried and walker stood in shock still half asleep, not knowing what was going on.  i ran to the kitchen and saw that water was pouring in through our floor vents.  i opened the chest with our pictures in them and ran to put them on my kitchen counter.  it was time to go.  we carried our children in our arms as we waded through the waist high water.  my cell phone rings, it's one of my best friends who lives a block away...panic is in her voice as she says her family is trapped and they cannot get out.  water has risen to the stairs of the second floor.  they are rescued by a boat.  my phone rings again, it's my in-laws saying, we can't make it to their house b/c the bridge is flooded.  we race to our dearest friend's house in the neighborhood.  i don't know how their house did not flood.  as daylight comes, we look outside her windows and see X marks on all of the houses on the opposite side of the street.  we walk to the end of the block,  it's unreal.  what once was a street, is now a lake.  we watch as the water rises and breaks the window's of homes.  our friends back their john boats into the water and take off to save the ones that are still trapped.  helicopters loom above us.  it's something i will never forget.

i have been forever changed.  i have seen my home's walls being cut in half, my floors being ripped out, my kitchen being sledged hammer, our belongings being picked up and thrown into a dumpster.....
i have seen true love from family, friends, volunteers, church members, and strangers.  i have cried, hugged, laughed, cussed...you name it, we've done it.  our community is so incredibly strong.  they have lifted our hearts and prayers.  we are humbled and our lives have been forever changed....thank you for everyone that has reached out.  we feel incredibly blessed and loved; if there is one lesson to learn in life, it's that there is so much good out there....

45 comments:

Omani Princess (not Omani...yet) said...

I remember the same feeling when a hurricane hit us in Oman and everything got washed away...

Much love to you all, and our prayers.

Jamie Herzlinger said...

Sending you wishes of strength and love. You are totally correct. There is always a plan. That's why we have faith.
Best to you! Jamie Herzlinger

Erin Burke said...

Oh gosh - sending good vibes your way. Craziness.

bluehydrangea said...

Shannon,
I am so sorry!! I can't even imagine what you must be going through!! Sending hugs and prayers your way and hoping for lots and lots of sunshine!! XO Sissy

Jenny B said...

I'm so sorry for what you and all your community is going through. It is always so shocking to see the pictures of flooding like that, I can't imagine what living through it is like. So happy that none of your loved ones were hurt.

duff said...

It's hard to imagine .... How blessed you are in this moment!!! Trust n the Lord with all your heart. Prayers, love & strength to you & your family.

Mrs. White said...

so glad you are safe! Peace and good wishes to all of SC from NC/TN.

Maurie said...

I have lived through a home mostly destroyed by water. The stuff is just stuff. So glad your family got out safely. When it is rebuilt, you will see blessings--even in the disaster. I'm so thankful you have a strong faith. The Lord is our rock, our strong tower, our hiding place. Prayers coming your way.

Holy City Chic | Megan said...

I'm so sorry this happened to you. Our neighborhood (in Charleston) flooded, but nothing like what you've gone through and others severely affected in our state. Prayers ...lots of prayers for you! So glad y'all are safe—that's most important.

Leslie said...

Oh my goodness, that is so awful. I'm just thankful that your family made it out okay. I will be thinking of you as you slowly try to rebuild and get back to "normal".

A Perfect Gray said...

thinking of you. so difficult to see the photos; I can't imagine what living thru it was like. several good friends of ours live in columbia and we have been in constant contact with them. hang in there. prayers coming your way.

donna

LilyBart said...

So sorry to see this. Best to luck to you and your friends for getting your lives back on the road again soon.

Elicia McGinn said...

Heartbreaking! I will be praying for you and yours; also your community.

Lise

Ivy Lane said...

Praying for you, your family and your community......

IsmeSon said...

Positive thoughts from Washington DC and Godspeed to you and your family for a speedy recovery. You have each other safe and sound, that is what matters most. Everything else is just replaceable stuff. Be well and cherish what matters most!

Erica said...

I'm so sorry Shannon! Flooding is such a miserable thing to go through. Sending prayers, love and strength to you and your family. xoxox

FerLozano said...

We can bear anything for His glory because we can rest in the knowledge that He wouldn't send something beyond our strength!
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13
SC in my prayers!

Bonnie said...

Your blog has always brought me joy so I was horrified to check in today on it and see the devastation. Such a sweet example that your husband would say, I love you, amidst all the turmoil. Glad you're all safe and together, and glad as well that you weren't farther into reconstruction than you were, but still dad wnd sorry for any and all loss you suffered. May our Heavenly Father bless you at this time with peace amongst the upheaval of your lives.

Travertine Home said...

I am so thankful you are my friend. We love you and are so proud of the grace you have shown through this horrible experience. ❤️

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I am very sorry you went through all this...I can't even imagine. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

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Joanne said...

Reading your story brought tears to my eyes. It's terrible what you and your community have experienced. Those precious things you lost. But the most precious is your family and they are all safe. Be thankful for that and the rest will follow. ~ Bless you~

Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

Shannon I'm so sorry to you, your family and your community. What a terrifying and life changing experience. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

SHERRY HART said...

Those pictures are so erie....like a movie. Only it's real life I know. Very sorry for you loss but so glad you and your family are safe.

Charmin Baaqee said...

Hi - I have been reading your blog for years and I am sorry that I have been quiet with comments but please know that you inspire many of your readers through your creativity and strength. I am sending prayers to you and your family.

Courtney Leal said...

I have been there, although our house was not saved and neither was most of our belongings. It's been 17 years...it's just stuff. We can now look back and see all the blessings that came from/because of/since...hopefully you will be able to as well. It will be tough dealing with insurance and rebuilding, but praise God you have your lives.

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Victoria Zlotkowski said...

Months have passed and I hope you have had a chance for a new beginning. Please come back! My heart goes out for all of you and your losses! But I hope live will treat you all kindly from now on forward! We've had terrible floods and the worse was the loss of family photographs and some irreplaceable heirlooms. But life goes on and in the end it's all in our hearts. Sending best holiday wishes.

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Heather C said...

I am so sorry about what happened and keep checking your blog to see if you are ok! Hope to get an update soon. XOXO

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Christine said...

So sad to read your previous post about purchasing sand bags and hoping that you don't need them, only to see what happened 10 days later. I feel bad about sitting here and complaining about life in our too small rental home. I'm happy that you could get the things that really matter out safe and sound, your children. Sending good thoughts your way.

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