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It’s Been a Crazy Week in the Great State of Texas

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This was our backyard on Monday. It was cold. Very cold for southeast Texas. Our power went out early Monday morning. My husband left for work, and I thought for sure our power would come back on soon. We never experienced any long power outages in the 8 years we have lived in Houston. We have survived crazy tropical storms, and Hurricane Harvey with no lengthy power outages or property damage.

I was sure we would be fine with power and heat returning that day. I was wrong. As the day continued and our house got colder I realized the power may not come back on. My husband found the very last available hotel room so we could get warm for the night. By the time Tom came home to pick us up the hotel had lost power. We all breathed a collective sigh, and hopped in my warm car.

The heat in my car felt incredible. I was able to calm down for a few minutes and relax a bit. As we drove through our neighborhood and down the road, it looked like the apocalypse with absolutely no light whatsoever. Pitch black everywhere until we got farther down the highway. Suddenly businesses were lit up but closed. Why did they have power and we didn’t?

Every restaurant, gas station, and store was closed. We found a 7-11 that was open. It was like an oasis in the snow and ice. We dined on pizza and it was actually pretty good. The hot meal was a blessing. Arriving back at our dark icy cold house was not easy. My husband, myself, and our two sons made the best of it. We layered up our clothing, and blankets, and tried to get some sleep. Tomorrow would be better and the power would come back on, we hoped and prayed.

That night I pulled my chilly head under the covers looking for any amount of warmth. I couldn’t help but think of all the homeless people, and those living in poverty around the world who sleep like that every night in the cold. Thank you Lord for heat.

Day two started out with power and a hot cup of coffee. But it didn’t last. By mid morning the power was back off. We continued to make the best of it, and focus on what we could do as we waited for the power to return. My oldest son and I were in the backyard enjoying the sun when we heard an odd sound. Water was pouring out of the pipe at the side of our house in two spots. Dylan ran to turn off the main water line.

Day three ended with the power coming on and off again for short periods until it finally came back on for good late Wednesday night. We still had frozen pipes but we were warm. Hallelujah!

Our dinners have been cooked on the barbecue grill and camping stove. I boiled water for coffee on the grill. Our pool water has been used to fill up toilet tanks. We have plenty of bottled water and canned food. We haven’t showered all week and we are a bit funky, but we are healthy and safe by the grace of God.

We have hauled so many buckets of water from the pool to the bathrooms it’s like living in another century. When all modern conveniences are gone you have to work a little harder to cook, clean, and use the bathroom. Almost everything is a chore. Each day just trying to keep warm, cooking food, hauling water, and getting through the day is tiring. Thank you Lord for electricity, and plumbing!

I can live without many things like internet, cell phones, and even indoor plumbing. Not sure I would want to live without heat. The cold is very difficult, especially if there is no place to get warm. Being constantly cold in temps as low as 12 degrees was not enjoyable. I have had some very cranky moments this week. Tired of being cold. Tired of no power. And pretty ticked a few times that the energy company purposely made the decision of “controlled outages” to balance out supply and demand.

Another pipe burst today inside our house as the water finally thawed and we turned our water back on. The water is currently turned off as we wait for a plumber to arrive. My husband is very handy and can fix almost anything but he can’t find copper pipe anywhere. He has waited in line at the Home Depot twice for hours only to find all plumbing supplies are sold out. Getting a hold of a plumber right now is impossible. Thank God for a connection through a friend of a plumber. Thank you Lord!

It’s been a long exhausting week. We are just one of millions who went without power in Texas. I kept thinking of all the elderly, and vulnerable people who were stuck in the cold inside their homes. We have been very blessed during this entire crazy storm. God has provided food, water, shelter, and even a plumber for us.

Thank you Lord for modern conveniences. I take them for granted.

Thank you Lord that you are faithful and true. You always get us through the storms in life.

I am looking forward to a hot shower and I can’t believe I’m saying this, doing laundry.

If you have gone without power this week please share your story. I’d love to hear from you!

I am grateful for each of you who follow my little blog and each of you who stop by to read it. This is my condensed story of a crazy week. Thanks for taking the time to read it.

Love you all,

Meghan

If you need prayer send your request here: meghanewhiteauthor@gmail.com

Father God,

Thank you for taking care of our family through this crazy cold week. Provide for all those who have broken pipes and water damage, and have struggled during this storm in Texas. Bring peace, comfort, provision and Your amazing presence to each home and heart. You are bigger than our storms.

In Jesus Mighty Name,

Amen

29 thoughts on “It’s Been a Crazy Week in the Great State of Texas”

  1. My battery is low, but i was able to read this post, i do completely understand this situation, ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™‚๏ธ
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  2. Thank you for the post and update Meghan. We feel for you and all Texans right now that are suffering. We wouldn’t want to wish it on anybody. Being homeless ourselves, sleeping in snowbanks, living without heat and power, we understand the very depths you have to reach to survive during these difficult days. It isn’t easy but the lessons are invaluable. Once you learn that the only sure One in this life is Jesus it sure makes you face the world differently.

    In this place of lack, where even heat is a luxury, may you, your family and many Texans grow deeper into thankfulness for the blessing God gives in just keeping us warm, fed and dry. I know the trial is hard but those that come through this with praise on their lips for the God who provides will prevail!

    Blessings,

    Homer and Wanda

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    1. You and your family have been through so much! There is no comparison to my brief suffering.
      What it has given me is more compassion for those who are homeless and live this hard life of survival day in and day out. My brother has spent most of his life homeless.

      I am more grateful for lights, power, and heat! They are all incredible blessings. I feel for all those still without power in Texas. And I’m praying for them.

      Thank you Homer for your amazing insight and wisdom. Jesus is the only sure thing. God bless you and your family!

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  3. Meghan, I had no idea you were without power all that time. I can’t remember how close or far you are from us, but you did mention Houston. We are next to Jersey Village, and I guess God decided we couldn’t handle not having heat at our ages (although I’m sure there were many like us who did go through the power outages without having their heat turned on occasionally). We had power the entire time. We lost our water three times, but it came back after an extended period of time.

    Having lived on the Gulf Coast for so many years and having gone through so many hurricanes, I always have hurricane supplies at hand. We did well and didn’t go without. We have a supply of bottled water, and when the water came back on, we immediately filled buckets for toilet use and started boiling the water. Praise God you have a pool.

    If we’d have known you were without power, we would have extended an invitation to come to our house. If we ever have another disaster, I’ll have to post something in the forum for the members to let everyone know their needs. Praise God you came through this all right.

    We’re still praying for those who have not had their power turned back on and that no one gets sick from the water before it’s cleared again. God bless you, my friend.

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    1. Iโ€™m so glad to hear that you had power and heat!!
      We live in southwest Houston just outside of Sugarland.
      Thank you for the generous offer to stay with you. Thatโ€™s so sweet!!
      Iโ€™m happy to report we have water again after the plumber came today. Thank you Lord!!
      Thank you for sharing some of your experience Sharon. Iโ€™m continuing to pray for those dealing with water damage and broken pipes, and no water.
      Gods bless you too!

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  4. Glad you are okay. We didn’t have power outages in El Paso, but both my sisters did in their respective Texan cities. So glad my parents didn’t, who live in the same city as my older sister. I need to remember to pray that life will get back to normal for everyone who went without power this week. I hope your plumbing problems will be resolved soon.

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    1. I didnโ€™t know that you live in El Paso. Same state but way far away from Houston. I hope and pray your sisters have power again.
      We have water again! Thank you Lord!
      Thatโ€™s great to pray for life to get back to normal. Itโ€™s going to take a while for some. Thank you Colleen for sharing some of your story and your familyโ€™s.

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  5. Yes, they do now, praise God! Glad you have water again. You know, even as I was writing that I’d have to pray that life will get back to normal, I was thinking about how it never may on a grander scale with Covid and everything else happening in the country. I’m glad God is our constant.

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  6. Hi Meghan, sorry to read of your troubles and this struggle. It is really crazy watching the terrible snow and ice on our TV and it looks really awful, if beautiful. I am glad things are a bit better and hopefully you will all be getting help and back up and running soon.

    Take care and God bless.

    LynMarie
    Great Koppite.

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    1. Hi LynMarie,
      Thank you for your care and concern. Things are so much better for us today. We got water back yesterday after the plumber came. There are still many people all across Texas without running water in their homes as they wait for repairs.
      We are blessed.
      Thanks so much for stopping and reading my little story.
      Blessings to you!

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    1. By the way, I am using the CSB, “Christian Standard Bible,” and HCSB, “Holman Christian Standard Bible.” The CSB is an update of the HCSB, and has its own translation. The NKJV has ties to the KJV. You might like the CSB; it can be found on BibleGateway.

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  7. A heart wrenching blog for me, so far from my home in Texas. I was praying for y’all, but I wanted to be there with y’all to help. Given how much I hate cold…that’s kind of funny. It was warmer here in Scotland than there in Texas. That’s a first in the 10 years I’ve been here. God bless you.

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    1. It must have been very difficult to watch your home state in such a mess. So many people were praying like you. We all felt those prayers. I never even considered that a crazy ice/snow storm cold hit southeast Texas when we moved here 8 years ago. That is bizarre that it was warmer in Scotland. Thank you so much Stephanie.

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