Hi there friends!
Whew, it has been a pretty crazy few weeks. Last update we were getting ready for hurricane Harvey to make landfall. We were braced for the worst, and it was even worse than we expected. Over the weekend it felt like the calm before the storm. Then the rain came, and it just didn’t stop. On Sunday evening we were just hanging out and the police came through in a swat vehicle asking us to voluntarily evacuate. My initial gut reaction was to get out. So we took about 30 min or so and grabbed what we could and headed out. We didn’t know where would we were going to go. We talked about heading to Dallas but I really didn’t want to go that far. Through the whole process I was texting with one of our good friends and she and her husband ended up booking a hotel for us that was just a few miles away.
When we arrived, I began to have some major anxiety. It was nerve wracking to not know what was going to happen and to see the news about what had already happened in Corpus Christi. We tried to settle in the best we could. The National Guard was also staying at our hotel so I felt a little better knowing they were there.
I am glad we left our home when we did. On Monday they did a mandatory evacuation and by that point the highway going north was flooded so everyone had to go south towards the storm.
We stayed in the hotel for a few days but then they were booked up. So we were able to stay with a wonderful friend of mine. When drove to her house I was very thankful the roads were clear. We ended up staying there for a few days and then we were able to go home.
During this whole process I had booked a trip for the Hubs. His eldest brother passed away on the 22nd and he had planned to go out to the funeral. When the storm hit the airports closed down. Thankfully I was able to change his flight and he was able to fly out in time.
This past weekend I headed to another area of Houston and helped out some friends with their kids and homes. Seeing all the devastation on the news was nothing compared to seeing it in person. However, in the midst of all the sadness, there was a spirit of unity and hope like I have never seen before! I was just amazed at the number of people just showing up and helping friends, neighbors, and strangers. This is what our entire nation and world need. No one cared what race, religion, or political view anyone had. People just showed up to help and did what they could. People from all over the nation showed up, sent supplies, & have been sending donations. JJ Watt’s foundation has raised over 29 million dollars! He is committed to making sure all the money is used for the Houston area and those affected by the floods. This made me SO happy because so many people have donated to other organizations (*ahem, the Red Cross*) and those organizations do not ensure the money goes to the actual victims of the flood.
Despite all the crazy weather and events the past 2 weeks, we are SO thankful. I have been trying to get back to somewhat normal life and routine but am still struggling with survivors guilt. I have heard of it before, but never really dealt with it before. But let me tell you, it is real. I have been doing what I can to help in different ways and just continue to be grateful no matter what the circumstances I am facing.
One thing that has helped me a lot is making meals for families. I love to cook and I love being able to help in tangible ways. Plus cooking and baking is therapy for me and I def have been needing that after all that has happened the past few weeks.
After all the crazy weather with the storm the weather has actually been really nice. Cool mornings and delightful warmth in the afternoons. Throwing on a long sleeve top on my way to work and the gym has been really refreshing. This change reminds me that Autumn is on it’s way! This is my favorite time of year. I love the feeling of crisp air and see the changes in the leaves. It sometimes happens a little later here in Texas than it does up north, but I love it all the same!
When I think about fall 2 fruits come to mind, apples and pears. I have made many an apple pie over the years, but have been thinking about trying to make a slightly healthier version. We had an abundance of apples and pears in the fridge, and so I got to thinking, and this is what I came up with 🙂
- 2 apples
- 2 pears
- 2 TBSP lemon juice
- 1/2 c + 2 TBSP coconut sugar
- 1/4 c gluten free flour
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1 TBSP butter
- Preheat oven to 425*
- Core and slice apples and pears into thin slices and place in a large bowl
- Drizzle lemon juice over the fruit and mix well
- Add in the coconut sugar (sans 2 TBSP) , cinnamon, nutmeg and flour. Mix till all the fruit is equally covered
- Chop the butter into small pieces and place on top of the fruit
- Sprinkle on the remaining coconut sugar
- Bake for 25-30 min
- Enjoy by itself or with some vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream
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