KATHRYN AND HER FAMILY ARE OK!
I talked with Kathryn a few minutes ago, and thankfully, she and her family (and her immediate neighborhood) are OK, as the worst of Hurricane IKE has gone past them.
I had last called her cell phone and Blackberry around 10:00AM this morning, and left messages when there was no answer at either service.
And then, at 11:00AM, she called.
She said there is only intermittent cellular service, and no email service, so this was the first she could call out to the world.
Power is down to over two million households in the great Houston area, including the western fringe where Kathryn’s home is located.
Kathryn described the sound of the worst of the hurricane moving through in the middle of the night, as horrifying! She said she didn’t like it at all! She added her little three-year old son woke up around 3:00AM and asked what that terrible noise was. He then reportedly said, “Daddy, quit snoring so loud!”
The lad’s sleeping cot had been set up in a closet under a stairs, while his mom and dad were set up next to the closet, in the hallway.
Kathryn advised that, even though they have no electricity, they do have working water, a gas stove they can cook on, and a gas hot water heater so that they may have hot showers. She added that it is a bummer not having air conditioning, but feels that they are blessed and thankful for having their health and what things they do have.
Currently, she said they are experiencing some brisk winds and sideways rain, which are less in intensity than when the major part of the storm passed them by.
All-in-all, she is very thankful to have the worst of the storm passed them.
Kathryn asked me to express her sincere appreciation for all of the thoughts and prayers that her internet friends have sending their way during this huge, threatening storm.
Her first words spoken to me this morning, were:
“We’re alive! We’re OK!
And that, is truly a blessing to celebrate.