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Life after Hurricane Harvey

September 1, 2017
Hurricane Harvey

Please consider donating whatever you can to The Houston Food Bank here.

If you have been following me on social media this past week, then you know that I live in Houston, Texas. When Hurricane Harvey hit, I naively thought that I would not be too inconvenienced by the storm. In fact, I was a bit excited to be hunkered down in our home with my family, have a front row seat to the weather, and enjoy a relaxing weekend indoors. I don’t know what I was thinking. Within 24 hours of Harvey making landfall, my life changed. My secure, safe world was upended in a single hour… the hour that my husband and I watched the water in our street stop draining and rise about 2 feet. In a single hour and with the worst of the storm yet to come. In a moment, we had to make the most difficult decision of our lives. Stay or leave. If we left immediately, our car would likely make it through the water and we could reach higher ground. If we stayed, we took the risk that our brand new dream home would turn into a water-filled coffin. We decided to risk everything for the safety of our 2-year-old daughter. With hearts pounding, we grabbed milk and diapers and set out into the storm. It was the worst, most horrifying moments of my life. We miraculously made it out safely. We were so unbelievably lucky.

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My neighborhood. That’s my home behind the stop sign.
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A photo of my home taken by a brave neighbor during the peak of the flooding.

My husband and I later found out that the water rose all the way to our door before it started to recede. Our home is 7 feet above street level. It boggles my mind that the water didn’t enter the house. I feel an overwhelming sense of relief that our home was spared. But I also feel a tremendous amount of guilt for feeling so relieved. We were the exception, not the rule. The images you are seeing on television are just a small percentage of what really happened in Texas. The devastation takes your breath away. The loss of life breaks my heart, because I now fully understand the sort of decisions the victims were making in the moments before their death. They were just trying to survive in the most impossible of situations.

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Life feels surreal. Especially because now it has to go on. I am going to resume operations for The Frosted Petticoat because I crave some semblance of normalcy as a distraction and also, I simply can’t afford to not bring in income for my family. So, as our blog posts continue to be about unimportant, frivolous things like food and drinks, please do not take that as any indication that I have forgotten what transpired here in Texas. I simply have to continue moving forward. Soon, I will be setting up links on the website that will help make it easy for you to donate to relief efforts. I am also planning future posts to help bring attention to my fellow Texans’ experiences and help further recovery. Thank you to all that reached out to me during the disaster. I was overwhelmed by the love, support, and prayers me and my family received. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

Please consider donating whatever you can to The Houston Food Bank here.

  1. I am so happy that you and your family are ok. I can’t even imagine going through something like this. I have friends who were impacted by Hurricane Harvey and it’s just absolutely heartbreaking.

  2. So scary. I live in Houston too – Tomball north of town. We did not take in water, but it is heartbreaking seeing the devastation all around us. And I feel guilty. And relieved. It does make this whole blogging thing seem a bit frivolous, doesn’t it. But as you say, life goes on… Glad you and your family are OK.

    1. Hi Cathy, I am so glad to hear you and your family are safe and were spared. Yeah, it’s weird to go on like normal right?! I have all these previous contracts with brands to feature their products on my site and I just felt like it would be wrong to start posting on the blog again as if nothing had happened. Let me know if any of your neighbors need extra helping hands, I am eager to help all in need!

  3. Hi Sami,

    This is so weird, I am your mom Berta’s friend. There is a huge fire in your neighborhood in La Canada-Flintridge today, and I was going to ask you how she is doing. Then you sent these pictures and I’m blown away. I thank the Lord that you and your family are safe and sound. Please tell Berta and Trish hi for me. I don’t know if they live there anymore, but I certainly hope and pray that they are doing well, too. I love and miss you all.


  4. I’m so glad that you and your family are safe – and that your house is okay! I’m sure it’s hard NOT to feel guilty, but you shouldn’t. It’s not your fault in the slightest. My aunt and her family live in Texas too and they were lucky as well – but they know a lot of people that weren’t. All you can do is move forward and help how you can.

  5. So glad you’re okay. When you see it on the news, it’s sad, but when I see your own home and your own family, it makes it so much more real. I am praying that everybody’s lives will get back to some kind of normal soon.

  6. I’m so sorry your family went through this and I’m glad you are all safe. I can’t even fathom what it was like and what it’s going to be like in the coming months for your family and everyone affected by Harvey. I’m looking forward to reading your posts about how best to donate and help. I’m curious why you chose the American Red Cross. I’ve read different stories about making sure you donate to an organization that directs it’s efforts and donations to those immediately affected by Harvey and not towards administration fees and the like. I’d like to share donation info with my blog readers, but want to make sure everything goes to the right place. Given you’re in the thick of it all, I trust you’ll know best.

    1. Thank you, Lynn for all the love and support. In all honesty, I chose The American Red Cross because I know they are (generally) a reputable charity and have boots on the ground here already. Once the dust settles and I am able to confer with my friends and neighbors who are working directly with local charities, I will be updating all posts and keeping everyone in the loop. It’s truly still chaos here and the last thing I want is to give misinformation or jump to conclusions before I have verified all the information with my sources. Stay tuned!

  7. Thanks for sharing. It’s a great reminder that we have to protect ourselves in these situations and error on the side of caution. Glad you and your family made it out ok and your house is still intact. Very scary..😐

  8. Glued to the Weather Channel for days has given me an appreciation for our “unencumbered” life. I will never again complain if our power goes out. The trama that the people of Texas are experiencing is undescribable. My thoughts go out to all of you.

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