Hello from Florida – before Matthew

Many of you know that I live in Florida so I thought I might give you a little update on the spot where Hurricane Matthew is supposed to hit. Right now the models show that the center of the hurricane will barely make contact with Cape Canaveral – about 30 miles from where we are. That will happen during the night tonight.

I’m writing this from my upstairs sewing room. It’s eerily dark up here because usually at 7:30 in the evening I still have some natural light coming in. But hurricane shutters are covering all of our windows so the only light is that coming from the ceiling fans.

It’s also eerily empty without the sewing machines. I re-located them all to a closet downstairs because they are the most valuable things up here, and the most easy to move. If Matthew takes off our roof, my new floor, my beautiful new desk, and just about everything you see here will be lost (we all know how Ikea furniture fares getting wet, lol). Pray that our roof stays on!

A few minutes ago I took pictures of my kids playing in the driveway during a break in the rain. The wind is just a pleasant breeze right now, giving us a break from the heat and humidity.

But I wonder if tomorrow night our town will be like the ones we see on the news. Where kind people go with tools and matching t-shirts to help clean up. I have already experienced heart warming kindness from strangers and friends. The guy at Ace hardware who helped me get my things to my car. The lady from church who called to see if we were prepared. Do we need times like this to make us be nice to each other?

Then I noticed this beautiful Bird of Paradise bloom in our front yard. He looks like he’s guarding our bedroom window. Yes, the one back there covered with corrugated metal. I knew that if I picked him he would die. But will he last the night anyway? Sigh. I’m going to leave him there and see.


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  1. So beautifully written. Praying for your safety first. And that your home and the homes in your area would be untouched. In Jesus name!๐Ÿ™

  2. Prayers for your safety! It’s been 27 years since we were in Hugo in Charleston, SC, and watching the news still brings back memories. We were blessed – lost the back porch and some trees, and no Electricity/water for several days, but other than that our place just needed a bit of clean up. The most interesting thing was the morning after, while cleaning the yard, we saw a number of beautiful butterflies! If HE watched over the butterflies through the storm, you know HE will watch over you and your family.

  3. Sending Hugs & Prayers from Ohio! I have a Daughter near the NC coast…she also is near where Matthew may go thru… Praying safety over everyone in the Storm Path… Check in with us all tomorrow night!!

  4. Mary Van Ess says:

    I am also remembering those who are in the path of this awful storm in prayer. It is almost beyond belief of the devastation this will bring. I visited near you in early August as we toured Cape Canaveral. Be safe.

  5. Thinking about you all day today. My two daughters and granddaughter are in Orlando riding out the storm. Praying the storm veers off the coast.

  6. Thinking of you Caroline! I just moved from Sarasota to Mississippi but I am following the weather closely. May everyone come through this safely.(Guess I picked the right year to move from Florida after being there since 1970!)

  7. AppleGreen Cottage says:


    I’m reading news, holding breath and hoping you and your family are fine. Hugs,


  8. Patti Schafer says:

    Lots of prayers coming from Utah for you, your family and your community.
    Stay safe ~ Patti

  9. My heart breaks for you and your area. Years of hard work and memories put into a home and knowing it might be ruined. It’s almost cruel to have to wait for the storm to come wondering with each glance "what if" things are changed forever in a day. Like being stalked by mother nature. Sending hugs and prayers for all of you in the path.

  10. Charlotte says:

    I wish you well during this time.
    Please know that we, your many fans, are praying for your safety.
    Please hold your family tight and stay safe from harm.

  11. Lesley Gilbert says:

    Fingers crossed for you and your sewing machines – so sorry for all the people who will be affected. Greetings from a cool but not windy England ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Nadine Donovan says:

    Oh this hurricane is very frightening. I have a son in Orlando. He is bunkered down with his girlfriend. They work at Disney. Though Disney is closed-they still had to go to work last night. Talked to him this AM and as of now- all is well. I am sending you loving and protective thoughts. Stay safe!

  13. Brenda Butt says:

    How did you fair out last night…was Matthew kind to you! Were all our prayers answered? Hope all is well! ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Love and prayers being sent to you from Missouri. Please be safe!

  15. how have you all fared in the hurricane Caroline?
    Thinking of you from South Australia

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