The Ngogas had just gotten to Texas a few days before and I was not about to introduce my East African friends who spent the last 2 years in the desert in California to a hurricane! And the thought of being cooped up in the house with 14 people, including a kid and a dog who are terrified of thunderstorms, for 4 DAYS with possibly no power, was not gonna happen.
So we gathered ourselves and secured the cats we left behind and drove off into the beautiful sunset of Blanco, Texas.
But again, what could have been awful
turned out to be awesome.
Taking one day at a time, cooking together...
spending time playing and resting...
...away from home was actually just the right thing for our families to bond as we were all new to one another.
The weekend passed and news showed terrible flooding all across the Houston area. We had family and friends checking on the cats and the house and thankfully water was not getting close. Not sure we would be able to get home, and hearing school was cancelled the rest of the week, we decided to take our party north that Monday.
We headed to Dallas but not without making a stop along the way. We stopped in to see Katerin who had just started classes a few days before at UMHB. AND turns out Christine had friends in Belton too -- a family from Rwanda! We met Bernadette and her family and found out Bernadette was also attending UMHB and had a class with Katerin.
|Katerin meets the Ngogas|
|New friends in Belton|
As we headed to friends in Dallas, we learned that the Ngogas had more friends close to our destination--Another family that had moved from California as well, so to make it easier on our hosts, some of the kids went with Christine and some of the kids went with us. All this time, Christine's husband is stranded in California trying to get the rest of their things moved.
Thankfully, we were well taken care of!
|We love the Curry's!|
|Jeremy turned 40 something while we were gone|
|KFC on our way home!|
We met one more family that week that were friends of the Ngogas. This family was just 20 minutes away and had also moved to Texas from California. Their house flooded during Harvey and some of our kids were able to help clean out their house during the days school was cancelled.
One thing I am so grateful for through this whirlwind is friends. Friends to travel with, friends that stayed and checked on the cats, friends that generously hosted our families--some new and some old. This could have been a terrible, horrible, no good very bad trip, but because of our friends, we got through it with smiles.
And because of Harvey, we began sharing suppers every night with the Ngogas. The first days the Ngogas were in Texas, we were both trying to be careful to give each other their space. But it felt kind of awkward and hard to discern. After Harvey and sharing EVERY meal together those days we traveled, it just happened naturally that we continued to come together for supper. And we are glad for that!