Sunday, September 11, 2005

Hurricane Katrina Experience

I know...... it's been a while since I've updated my blog and I cannot even begin to explain the events of the past two weeks. I must say thanks to all of you for the overwhelming emails, phone calls, generous donations and especially prayers!!!!

This blog is especially dedicated to my SL journey but I cannot exclude the experience we've had regarding Hurricane Katrina, so please be patient with me as I share the past two weeks. My husband and I are both from Louisiana and this tragedy is near and dear to our hearts. New Orleans is one of our favorite cities and we share wonderful romantic dating memories as well as family vacation memories with our children. This tragedy is beyond unbelieveable to us!!!

(The picture above is my niece from New Orleans, lost everything in Katrina but she is in great spirits, my daughter and me!)

Hurricane Katrina has made a tremendous impact on our family. We have several family members here in Duncanville with us and our church is housing others in our church cabins in Athens, TX. Reggie (my husband) has one brother (Jonas, 46) that has not yet been accounted for, we’re praying he is OK with hopes that he will be contacting us soon. All of my husband’s family except his sister lost everything. His sister's home did not sustain any water damage but was looted. Please continue to keep my brother-in-law and the people of New Orleans in prayer.

With all that has occurred in the past two weeks, my hair was one thing I did not have to worry about. We were averaging three hours of sleep each night and I got up one morning and realized that I had not done a thing to my hair! Through all of the chaos my Sisterlocks held strong with me each and every day!!! I ran into a sister in Starbucks today and the first thing I noticed were her beautiful Sisterlocks....she too was from New Orleans and we began to exchange our stories of family members affected by Katrina. Loved the instant connection of true Sisterlock Sisterhood! No one believes that I can just sleep on it and get up and go. This is the real beauty of wearing Sisterlocks. A true lifestyle!!

All of the children are now enrolled in school and one of Reggie's nieces (picture above) decided to finish out her senior year in Duncanville with us. She started school last week thanks to Gov. Perrys request allowing New Orleans victims admission to Texas schools. Duncanville High welcomed her with open arms, gave her school supply and uniforms. God really works in mysterious ways! She was a little down because she would not be able to finish her senior year with any of her McDonald 35 classmates, when she arrived to register at Duncanville……three of her classmates were in the office registering. It was an overwhelming experience and they all grabbed each other, formed a group hug and shedded tears of joy!!!! It was like a scene in a tearjerker movie!!!!

(All displaced children in above right picture. The camp gave them an awesome outlet of water activities.)

The Katrina experience has made us realize that "any" of us could lose everything we have in a matter of 24 hours....... but through our weakness we are made strong. God be with us, we have been humbled!

One story I’d like to share…I met a lady while volunteering at a shelter; she broke down crying when I asked her a couple of questions. She told me that she and her husband were separated and were in the process of divorce, after Katrina hit, they came together and both were at the shelter together helping each other pick out clothes and shoes as they both lost everything they had and only had each other. She thanked the Lord! So, even while in the midst of a terrible situation she found hope and peace in being with her husband.

(Click on above pictures for larger view, my daughter wears twists and loves her natural hair.)

Love & Happiness!
SL'd 15 weeks


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NaturalyFree said...

I've been waiting for you to update and this was much worth the wait. Jesus said when we do unto the least of these, we do unto Him. My sister, you are doing unto the least of these. What an awe like experience. To be used of God at such a time like this. Many blessings to you and to all of your love one, may God show Himself strong on everyone's behalf.

Jazzilocs said...

Thank you so very much for finding the time and strength to holler at ur faithful bloggers!! I am keeping those effected by this tragedy close to my heart and the subject of my prayers. This too shall pass!!! I pray that your bro in law is found safe and sound. I wish Peace, Blessings and quiet times for healing to You and Your entire family!! Thx Again!!
BTW - Sisterlocks are indeed a lifestyle and your haid looks FABULOUS!!

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Tammy said...


I did not know you lived in that area. I am glad that you and your family are OK. I feel the pain and it saddens me very much. You are doing a good thing and I am proud of you. I did monetary and volunteer work his weekend for the cause and I will continue. That is a beautiful pics.

NeSonya's Sisterlock Journey said...

God Bless You and your family. I knew that you had family in Louisiana; however, my mom told me that they were ok. Not until reading your blog, did I know that your husband was also from Louisiana. I will be praying for your family and everyone else. I am actually going to a church training today to assist with 500 displaced families from New Orleans. Your locks look GOOD!


BlaqKofi said...

LaChanda my friend. I have missed you so even though we've never personally met. You and your family have constantly been in my thoughts and prayers. I am so happy to read your new post, if only to know that you and your family are managing. I pray that your brother-in-law will be found safe and returned to his family.

We have over 6,000 displaced here in Fort Worth and I've been working at the shelters. I had to do something and I feel compelled to do more. My heart aches so.

My niece goes to Duncanville HS. I'll tell her to look for your niece and help her anyway she can.

You and your locks remain stunning as ever. Know that you are thought of, missed and prayed for.

Your friend,

Luvi said...

I pray God's blessings on you and your family. I pray He will give you'll a perfect peace in the midst of all the devastation. I wasn't touched as directly as you...but my sister had just move to New Orleans 4th of July weekend. She was a frequent visitor to the city and move there to be with her S.O. They both got out and are safe. She is here in Houston for a minute but is moving on to San Fran until New Orleans is back to normal. She wears Sisterlocks fact I was suppose to go to N.O. Labor Day weekend to do her retightening. You just never know...

brunsli said...

LaChanda, Your entry about your experience is incredible. In the midst of so much tragedy, you are so optimistic! Thank you for sharing your experiences. I don't know anyone (besides you) affected, and I'm so happy that most of your family is safe and I hope that your brother in law will be too.

Jazzilocs said...

I just heard that Hurricane Rita is now a 5 and I immediately thought about you and BlaqKofi, my Texas sistahs, and I wanna let you both know that you and your family will be in my prayers regardless if u live in a city in the hurricanes path or not. I am sure that you have family that might be affected by this storm. Of course I am praying that this storm blows over. Again you are all in my prayers!!!!

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