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Lake Charles – Oh What a Year.

I am sitting here after a crazy week where yet another natural disaster has hit Lake Charles, LA. So much has happened in the past year, that I felt like I needed to take a moment and just write it all down. So here I am sharing all the craziness with you!

So just over a year ago, we were all (globally) maneuvering thru living through a pandemic and quarantine. This is something we could all collectively relate to. What a crazy time in history that completely flipped everything we knew upside down! Everything closed. Everyone was home. Masks are the new norm.

Shortly after the quarantine lockdown, we gave birth to our 5th child. Our second son. My most recent pregnancy was rougher than all the others as I battled high blood pressure and gestational diabetes. And while we made it through his birth, he ended up having to stay in the NICU for 2 weeks. It was a rough few weeks for our family. I ended up back in the hospital during that time with post-partem preeclampsia, while my baby was across the hospital fighting an infection. We were both trying to get better so we can take our son home to meet his siblings. Praise the Lord, he did make it home in early June, and he will be celebrating his first birthday this week.

Then in August of 2020, on top of a pandemic – Hurricane Laura hit Lake Charles, LA and just tore it all up y’all. I really don’t know to what extent the media shared the devastation on the news, but here we are nearly a year later and we still see impacts of Hurricane Laura anytime we drive around town, let alone just by looking out our own window. Sometimes I am honestly just in awe of how much was destroyed. Things I was used to seeing around town my whole life, just wiped out. We hopped from hotel to hotel for weeks, then finally ended up back at home living without power for even more weeks. It was a lot.

And yet, just as we try and pick up pieces from that – Hurricane Delta rolls around and hits Lake Charles yet again. We are off again – evacuated, praying for protection over our families and our homes. Thankfully, this one was much less destructive overall – depending on who you ask – however, it took out many already compromised buildings. To be honest, as I write this, my brain is comparing this to the plagues of the Bible where God sent one plague, then He sent another which wiped out whatever remaining crops and livestock was left over from the previous plague. Yikes.

“Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Stretch out your over the land of Egypt for the locusts, so that they may come upon the land of Egypt and eat every plant in the land, all that the hail has left.” – Exodus 10:12

I will go ahead and add that around Christmas my husband, at least one of our children, and I all got COVID and fought through that. So we spent a good month healing and quarantining from our extended family until we were better and felt like it was safe to be around them again.

So two hurricanes back to back, COVID, and then hurricane season ends and winter comes and – hello ice storm. Our area is covered with what we hoped would be snow, but really ended up being sleet and ice. Praise the Lord this wasn’t destructive, but it was definitely worth noting and it shut down all business for quite some time.

Then fast forward to this week (May 2021) and Lake Charles is hit with a random flash flood that dumped over 10 inches of rain in the span of a few hours over the Lake Area bringing MORE WATER than both hurricanes combined. Businesses are flooded, peoples homes are flooded (some that just got fixed after the hurricanes and some that haven’t even been able TO BE fixed since the hurricanes).

If it sounds like a lot. It is. We are weary.

I drove around town today looking at some of the places I saw in photos that were flooded and while the water has gone down now, everything is still wet (fresh storms having passed through early this morning), and all I kept thinking of is that we just keep getting back up – dusting off the latest disaster – and moving forward.

It’s comforting and it’s sad. It’s sad because the people who are affected by this are our clients, our friends, our family….us. People we know and we care very much for. It’s comforting because we are resilient, and we lean on one another and we pick each other back up through these things. It’s comforting, because Our God takes care of us and has protected us. He makes a way through it all.

In the past year, we have had to completely depend on Him with our safety, with our health, with our business, with our family, with our homes, with our everything. It’s beautiful. It’s hard, but it is beautiful. I could write a whole second blog post just on the ways the Lord showed up and blessed us along the way through this! Miracles and provision. We started homeschooling, and its beautiful and I LOVE IT. There is so much to be thankful for.

Going forward, if I remember anything about all this, Lord let it be that I need You every day! I need You on the good days, and I need you through rough times like those listed here. You are our strength. You are our provision. You are our protection. Thank You Lord! Amen.

I know everyone had a crazy 2020-2021 and each of us have our own story. I just felt like I needed to write down ours to look back on in the time ahead. If you would like to share your own stories, please feel free to do so in the comments!

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