Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Hurricane Florence



"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6-7


I first heard about Hurricane Florence a few days ago. This is my second hurricane season living in South Carolina. My first trip to the store was to buy batteries, peanut butter, soft drinks, water, tuna, and crackers. In my mind, Florence would change directions or fizzle out.

Then the news reported we were in line for a direct hit. This is the point I started freaking out. As I listened to stories of Hurricane Hugo, I decided I better take a deep breath.

More than a million people have been ordered to evacuate. The community where Tim works was one of the first groups ordered to go. I knew it was time to pack up and prepare our house.

I decided not to pack the most valuable items in my home. I chose instead to pack the artwork my boys created when they were growing up. I packed my wedding album and family pictures.


Besides the hurricane, we'll need to watch for flooding, tornadoes and storm surge. South Carolina has declared a State of Emergency and 800 National Guardsmen have been activated.

We're leaving today and not sure what we'll find when we return. We're in the zone though. Tim is focused on taking care of the residents of his retirement community, and we're blessed to have found men who will board up our windows.



Through the fear, God is our provision.

Luke 12:7 "Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows."

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Just a Saturday in Waco, Part Two

After starting our Saturday at the Downtown Waco Farmers Market, we headed to Baylor to watch volleyball. The women had won their season opener against LSU on Friday night. In the morning light, with fewer fans, we arrived to cheer them on against Texas State.

There is a loyal following of students and parents, and it was a fun game with a 3-0 win. I was also impressed the games open with a prayer and the National Anthem. The players work hard when they hit the floor and celebrate every point. They beat Texas State 3-0.



The lady bear was so cute cheering the team and greeting fans. I've never seen a female mascot before. I'm not sure if this is unique or because I have sons, but I thought she was adorable.

Tim and I hung out with Scott during the afternoon and even took time out for coffee, but at night it was back to volleyball. This was Baylor's third game of the weekend tournament against Marquette. The evening match began with lights and excitement, and then the girls got to work. It was a tough match, but they ended up winning 3-1.



Once again, I've been impressed with the friendliness of the people in Waco. Despite the incredible heat, the people are kind and outgoing. We enjoyed our Saturday in Waco, and it was even better spending time with Scott and Kelli.



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