Looking Back >Katrina Refugees: September 9th, 2005

Day 12

Another very tiring day.  Jon and Bob finally made it back around 1030 last night.  Jon thinks they may have had some bad gas, because once they topped off the tank, the van seemed to be okay.  We woke up way earlier than we wanted to.  Jon took Jonny to his doctor’s appointment for his arm and obtained a power of attorney for care for the kids, as did Bob and Staci.  Heather and I loaded up all the wet laundry that Jon brought back and went to the laundry mat.  We did about 15 loads of laundry; however some of the clothes were unsalvageable.  Thankfully, our hanging clothes seemed fine, so Jon left them at the house.  Heather and I finished up the laundry sometime after lunch.  We shared our story with some of the laundry mat customers and a sweet lady offered us $5 toward our laundry expenses.  The kindness of people is so encouraging.  I also dropped off our bed skirt and duvet at the cleaners.  With the cost of dry cleaning, I sometimes wonder if it’s cheaper to buy new.  Jon and dad took the big screen TV to a repair shop for an assessment.  The TV only had about an inch of water up the side, but the repair shop doesn’t know how that will affect an LCD screen or whether it can be fixed.  We’ll see.  Jon and dad also took the van in to be serviced.  The tires were getting pretty worn and Heather had the unfortunate experience of hitting a dog not too long ago that knocked out the front alignment a bit.  We still have to pack everything up for our trip tomorrow for an early departure, because we have to arrive before the 8 pm curfew.  Jon, Bob, Staci and I decided that since our anniversaries wouldn’t be very much fun (theirs is the 19th and ours is the 22nd) that we should celebrate it early.  So we went out to dinner to Joe’s Crab Shack.  After a very enjoyable and relaxing dinner, we topped off the evening with trips to Sam’s and Home Depot to purchase more cleaning supplies for our trip back to Mississippi.

We’ll be heading out tomorrow and I don’t know when I’ll have email capabilities again.  Bob and Staci have electricity but their cable internet isn’t back up yet and neither is our Bell South dsl.  I will continue to keep a log of our work and send out the updates when I can.

We appreciate your prayers and I’ll need them more then ever as we head back into the devastated areas and I see our home for the first time.

God bless.

In His care

Grace & Peace


About Jill English Johnston

God writes His story on every heart, if we only pause to read it. My heart has lived in a fantasy world since early childhood and am delighted that God has finally brought me to the place where I can bring the fantasies to life through story. I am currently working on a fantasy trilogy (of course) but I also post thoughts, reflections and (hopefully) inspiration to my website: tabletsofhumanhearts.wordpress.com I am a follower of the Rabbi Jesus, married to my best friend and inspiration, and the mother of three incredible children, one daughter and two sons, a son-in-love, a daughter-in-love and two adorable granddaughters. When not writing, I passionately pursue prayer, reading (never enough time to read them all!), and the outdoors. My husband and I both served in the US Navy and have lived/travelled through many states and all over Asia. We both still enjoy travelling, but we really love our home in New Braunfels, located at the Texas Hill Country.
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