The air is still and warm. The islands wait.
No school today, Thursday August 7th and tomorrow, Friday the 8th in anticipation of Hurricane Iselle. The kids are stoked to have this break after only four days back! They have been happy to help us prepare. Hawaii is about to experience “an extremely rare and unprecedented event”. Hurricane Iselle and Hurricane Julio are back to back and heading our way. Just received word from my family on the Big Island that Hilo is experiencing the first rains of Iselle now. Currently it is expected to hit them tonight.
The past few days I have pondered upon the parable of the 10 virgins from the book of Matthew in the Bible. All of Hawaii has been admonished to prepare themselves this hurricane season but it is so easy to get comfortable and complacent. There is only so much that can be done last minute. If we are filled with the light of Christ and are spiritually prepared we will know how best to physically prepare. Our vessels will be full. Because life is so distracting that isn’t always easy! We face so many choices between good, better and best. With the guidance of the spirit we can know what is best for our families not only in times of disaster but also in the simple mundane decisions of our every day lives.
Though I make it my goal to have a “house of order” and be ready both spiritually and temporally it doesn’t always happen that way. In this case we have prepared by having a full pantry of food, candles, batteries and toiletries, a stock of 5 gallon water bottles outside, tubs filled with water, laundry done, cars filled up with fuel and have a little cash reserve saved in small denominations… just in case. All we can do is rest easy knowing we have done what we could for now. What gets me is that I know I could have done better if I had more closely headed the promptings that I have had and have shared with my husband these past few months. It is easy to talk about doing better but what really matters is the doing! Whatever the outcome from these storms turns out to be I will strive to carry this prayer in my heart… “it is well with my soul” and take comfort in this scripture… 2 Timothy chapter 1 verse 7:”For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”
There are two things that I would have a hard time losing due to disaster and devastation… my family/loved ones and the memories we have preserved together in pictures, journals and videos. All of a sudden I am super motivated to get at least some of that backed up and posted online. That is just impossible. I have a ton but thought I would just start with now.
Photographs below show a little glimpse into the past couple days. Doing a little here and there to batten down the hatches.
Yesterday Kalena and Soana came home from school with a plan! They got out their folder, drew plans, gathered materials and got started with out saying a word to any of us.
They call this their “Storm Fortress”.
It’s better to error on the side of caution so I gathered all of our empty glass jars. The whole family helped fill them up with water and gathered them on the island.
Many hands make light work!
We then moved them onto the counter. I couldn’t help but love the way the water and the jars were catching the light so of course I took a few more unnecessary photos. 😉
Grandpa has Parkinson’s disease but he still works hard to take care of what needs to be done. He enlisted the help of his grand kids.
There is no way Grandpa could get onto the roof so thank goodness for these two happy and willing hard workers!
They cleared the clogged gutters on both our house and on Grandma and Grandpa’s house!
(Don’t worry… they were super careful, had adult supervision the whole time and because of the sloped lot the roof is super close to the ground! See last photo…)
I don’t often sit at the computer. It is not my favorite thing to do, by far. I would rather be experiencing life outside on an adventure or even just daily face to face with family and friends. But blogging and social media such as Facebook and Instagram are great ways to preserve our memories in the event that something happens to destroy the physical copies or even the electronic devices we have them on. My excuse is that I am super busy and barely get enough sleep as it is. But if nothing else maybe this hurricane warning will be a good wake up call for me to balance my time better. Maybe I will get on the dreaded computer and just DO it?!!
The photo below is from earlier this morning but it is an incredible perspective showing Hurricane Iselle, Hurricane Julio and Hurricane Genevieve.
We are praying hard for all and hope that everyone is able to sufficiently prepare and be safe!
In the words of my good friend Robin as she awaits the storm on the Big Island…
“Prepare for the worst. Hope for the best!”