I am born and (mostly) raised Texan.
I say mostly raised because my family moved around a couple times (read: 5 times) growing up.
One of our many moves led us to Pensacola, FL. Yay for beautiful beaches:
but with great reward (the beautiful beaches) comes great risk (hurricane season).
We evacuated for hurricanes a couple of times, but the most memorable storm came my 6th grade year. Hurricane Katrina. Twelve years later I can still vividly see some of the news stories playing in my head and can still feel the heartbreak I felt as families not only lost their homes, but most importantly their loved ones…
With that being said, I am no stranger to hurricanes. Fast forward 12 years later and here we are again. A city flooding. New Orleans then; Houston now. SO much devastation, SO much heartbreak, and yet SO much pride.
People are coming together like nothing I can remember to help.
It is amazing. It is humbling. It is inspiring.
I have never felt so proud to be a Texan. Never so proud to be an American.
People are literally risking their lives to save families, neighbors, complete strangers. Not to forget the countless household pets, horses, and livestock that has been saved.
Good folks still exist, y’all ❤️
It’s the coolest thing, watching this play out. While I am so completely heartbroken for Houston and surrounding areas, I am so encouraged by people’s response. The love being shown for one another makes me so joyful. And while the rain is finally stopping (praise Jesus), the love and service of others continues to rain down (praise Jesus even more).
Texas y’all. America y’all. Jesus y’all.
God Bless those who are lending helping hands. It does not go unnoticed.
While this has been a devastating storm, I am so thankful for the reminder that good people are alive and well.
God bless the good folks and Texas Forever
I am SO inspired to help. Please please consider donating to an organization to help with this disaster. Here are a couple of links to some of the many, many great places to donate:
100% of proceeds from this shirt will be donated to Hurricane Harvey relief: https://shop.magnoliamarket.com/products/texas-forever-shirt
Convoy of Hope: https://www.convoyofhope.org/donate/disaster-services-hurricane-harvey-response-2017/
SEND Disaster Relief: https://missionaries.namb.net/projects/full/hurricane-harvey-response
Operation BBQ Relief: https://operationbbqrelief.org