May 02, 2018
Written by guest blogger + podcast guest Hannah Morgan Miller.
August 25th 2017
That’s the day that changed my life. It was the day a storm took my families home, displacing my family (and extended family), destroying the home my little sister was buying from my parents, the home that my father built with his hands as he saved up money to build, the house I've called a home for almost 20 years.
That was a rough day, week, month, and well…. a couple of months.
You should listen to the FarmHer Shining Bright podcast here if you want to hear the whole story, but for now, I’m going to tell you about the good things happening. Since August 25th, I’ve bought a house, my sister and her husband and my brother have both bought lots and started building homes and my parents are building their forever home. We’ve been extremely blessed to be connected with CARE an Amish Community Aid Relief Effort. They have buildings and campers set up on a part of our property and have been instrumental in not only building my parents home but also rebuilding my hometown. This relief group has extremely skilled workers who can reroof a home in just two days (which they did for the cabin my parents are living in), run electric and plumbing lines and have skill sets that are extremely helpful when rebuilding an entire town. They do all of the work for free if you have the supplies and the only thing they’ll ask is for you to come play volleyball at camp and let me tell you, they are some serious volleyball players.
Hurricane Harvey did some serious damage, causing $125 billion in damage over the few days it made landfall. They’ve estimated that 13 million people overall were affected, 135,000 homes were damaged or destroyed and around a million cars were wrecked. When it comes to Rockport we lost one life from the storm and when you YouTube videos of how terrifying the wind was, I’d say we were extremely lucky.
We’re thankful that things have started to feel normal again. While anyone who comes into town thinks it still looks terrible, we’ve come leaps and bounds from having massive piles of trash and debris between our highways into town. Our favorite taco shop and pizza joint have opened back up and you can even go sit out on the beach (although our beach plazas are still falling apart). We’re thankful to have people still coming and volunteering their time, groups donating plants to help rehabilitate our ecosystem and a God that has favor on us. There’s still a long road to recovery and obstacles at every turn (looking at you SBA loan) but we’re doing just fine and know that we’re going to come out on top.
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