There is beauty in the darkness...

IMG_8135.JPG

This is a hard post to write especially because so many people have it much worse after hurricane Harvey... We were stuck at home for 4 days, when the waters flooded our neighborhood and almost reached our front door. I couldn't sleep, because my anxiety was running wild and I couldn't turn off my brain, thinking what we had to do if our home flooded. Each time I would open our front door the water would rise. My husband and I started thinking about what we can put in our attic. The furniture we had to elevate because we have a 1 story home. The kids we're scared not understanding what is happening, so I had to be strong for my babies...inside I was terrified and broke down like a baby a few times. 

I took this picture a few hours before the water almost reached our front door. That was around 1 am and it was too dark... My husband began to move things around the house preparing for flooding. But the water did not enter our home, feel so grateful.

I took this picture a few hours before the water almost reached our front door. That was around 1 am and it was too dark... My husband began to move things around the house preparing for flooding. But the water did not enter our home, feel so grateful.

Yet our neighborhood became much closer. Each time we would go outside, neighbors would gather and ask how we can help each other. My husband and about 20 other men went and started digging to allow the water to drain somewhere else, saving a few homes from flooding. Through the hurricane and flooding we did not lose power. Naturally my Martha Stewart inner self kicked in, and I was baking up a storm and packaging it for my neighbors. I knew I couldn't do much but baking is my gift and providing something sweet in a depressing time was a way I wanted to give back. 

 

 

At the end of the day we are all HUMAN. Regardless of race, authenticity, religion, and political opinions we are all equal. Through this terrible hurricane love began to shine brighter in the darkest times. I would open up my Facebook page and would receive messages from friends that if we had to evacuate we could stay in their homes. Prayers, thoughtful words, texts, and calls flooded our phones. This act of generosity changed the way I look at life and how it is a gift and so precious.

Chocolate Nutella cupcakes made my family and neighbors day a little brighter... Sometimes it is the little things that can make a difference. Use your gifts to love people around you.

Chocolate Nutella cupcakes made my family and neighbors day a little brighter... Sometimes it is the little things that can make a difference. Use your gifts to love people around you.

The reality is not everyone is as lucky as we were. Our home did not flood and we are safe and dry. I am with my family and we did not loose anything. My heart is broken and hurting for my city. Watching the news and seeing the videos of families having to evacuate and coming home to flooded homes is heart-breaking. Today was hard to start working again and going on with my day. I see so much loss and heartache around me. 

I hosted a little dinner with some of our neighbors and it was such a beauitful night in the midst of pain. Sour cream coffee cake & chocolate chip cookies made with lots of love...

I hosted a little dinner with some of our neighbors and it was such a beauitful night in the midst of pain. Sour cream coffee cake & chocolate chip cookies made with lots of love...

Church Project providing sheltor, food, clothing to many Hurricane Harvey affected families...

Church Project providing sheltor, food, clothing to many Hurricane Harvey affected families...

My husband and the older kids were able to volunteer the first evening we could get out of our neighborhood. Watching my babies come back and appreciate there bed, food, and home was priceless. They wanted extra snuggles that night. I was happy to explain how blessed we are... how much families lost everything. 

 

Houston is truly amazing, the most diverse and loving city! I see so much beauty around, the gift of giving is everywhere. Churches coming together. Organizations and businesses finding ways to give back. Restaurants providing free food. Houston is showing love in action. It is showing the entire world what it means to truly give. This is a tragic and scary time for so many families in our city but I see love everywhere. I read a few articles some places are turning away volunteers because they have enough help. Isn't that amazing!  We are #HoustonStrong

My three babies looking into our flooded neighborhood...they were such troopers being trapped at home. We spent our days filled with lots of snuggles, family movie nights, and yummy food. 

My three babies looking into our flooded neighborhood...they were such troopers being trapped at home. We spent our days filled with lots of snuggles, family movie nights, and yummy food. 

You may be reading and thinking how you can give back.  There are so many wonderful organizations but I wanted to share one that is personal to our family. I am so proud to support my church, Church Project. We are doing amazing practical things right now. From providing shelter, to clothing, and food. To cleaning out the destruction and aftermath of Harvey in peoples homes. Here is the website, you are able to see the impact our church is making... http://www.churchproject.org/ 

Life will never be the same for so many after hurricane Harvey. Will you continue to pray for our city. For the people that are trying to rebuild there lives. For the children that are scared not knowing when they can go back to there home and school. For the parents, elderly, law enforcement, anyone that has been effected by Harvey. Let's come together and be a blessing... will you join me?

 

We as a family will appreciate the gift of life so much more. To not take for granted the basic necessities such as water, food, power, shelter. We are so grateful for your prayers and appreciate you giving back with any gift you can. Remember life is such a precious gift, be a blessing to someone today...

Lots of love,

Nelli