Hurricane Irma


I wrote this post the night of the hurricane. If you are interested in donating to help our state rebuild, please check out the links below. 

The phrase "we live where you vacation" can't be more true. We can drive 5, 10, 15 minutes and reach a beach. We have theme parks everywhere. Some of the best food and some of the best people. The thing is that, this is our home. We don't get to just drive or fly back to another town, our hometown, when the weather gets bad. We have to secure our homes the best we can, hunker down, or say goodbye to our homes and hope that we come back to something. Anything. Social media has been hard this past week. I see people living their lives and having fun and I'm running around to every single store I can to get water, candles, propane gas. Someone posts a new dish they tried and I'm so anxious that I can't even eat. Someone posts about their new outfit and I'm trying to figure out the safest place to keep my wedding dress. I've been on a steady diet of water and Xanax with very little food for the past 7 days.
My anxiety has taken over me in ways that I didn't even know were possible. It has controlled me for days and I'm ready to move on, praying for Tuesday to come quickly. I've been crying for my Florida family and the places that I've never been that are now underwater. That the places where I want to vacation are where THEY live and what they may come home to breaks my heart. I've seen neighbors come together to help one another out. I've seen businesses stay open until the very last moment to make sure that we have everything that we need. I've seen government officials step up and provide us the correct information with sympathy and kindness. I've seen the news crews working around the clock, posted everywhere around the state, (potentially putting themselves in danger at times) just so that we know the state of our homes we left behind or potentially statuses of our friends. I was listening to an official yesterday that said, "We can replace things. But we can't replace you." I don't think anything I've heard during this entire ordeal has been more eloquently spoken. We are going to make it through this and we're going to do it together.

Post Irma update- we luckily received no damage to our home or cars and maintained power throughout and after the storm. Thank you for all of the prayers and positive thoughts. xoxo KB
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Comments

  1. Oh my goodness, this is so personal. Thank you for sharing. I think we need more personal stories about how these kinds of disasters have affected people - both the devastation and how people come together to help each other out.

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  2. Beautiful words. So devastating and scary!

    xoxo Christie
    http://icanstyleu.com/blog/

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  3. Very sad to see such devastation. Glad to see your initiative and am sure more us of will join you in rebuilding your home.

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  4. This broke my heart reading this I lived in Daytona for about 11 years and I pretty much grew up there. I was so worried about my friends down there! I'm glad your okay!

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  5. What an ordeal you had to go through and all the people affected. I feel for everybody. While we go on with our lives as usual and take things like safety for granted all those people had to endure so much. Thanks for sharing your story. Glad to hear you're ok.

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  6. I can only imagine what it is like to lose your home. It is hard to see people going on with their lives when we ourselves are struggling. It is just the way of the world. It sucks. I wish I could have done something to help people, but I am in no financial situation to help anyone. I am so glad you didn't have any damage and remained safe.

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  7. Oh God. This is heartbreaking. I have never experienced any natural disasters in my life, I can'y possibly imagine how you were feeling. It must be so hard on you. One thing I do know though is anxiety. You know what helps? Deep breaths, a lot of water, warm showers and positive thinking. Try to focus on your upcoming wedding. God bless you all sweetheart

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  8. Beautifully written.

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