Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Scrapping the Storm

I've scrapbooked about a lot of different things but there's been one subject I've been avoiding - Hurricane Katrina. It was an important part of all of our lives and yet it still scared me. I've had these pictures for over three years now and I just couldn't bring myself to scrap them.

Thanks to Noelle, the challenge coordinator for the Sassy Blinging Babes, that event got scrapbooked today. I think the reason I hadn't ever tried to scrap these before was because I was afraid that I would mess it up...somehow I would just not do that event justice on a page.

The SBB weekly challenge this week was to do a layout with song lyrics for the title. As soon as I woke up this morning, the idea came to me to do a Katrina layout with "Praise You in this Storm" by Casting Crowns. After all, that was the song that got me through that whole event.

The white paper says: "Hurricane Katrina - August 29, 2005 - "I know there'll be days when this life brings me pain but if that's what it takes to praise you, Jesus bring the rain."

The journaling is hidden on the orange tab behind the photos. There was just way too much to leave it open on the page. This is the first time I've done hidden journaling. Usually, I'm very "out there" with my feelings but not this time.

Honestly, I could have wrote a book on Katrina. One scrapbook page cannot possible capture all of my feelings/emotions from that time. I feel like I left so much out. I can't describe all of my fears and everything that went on. Hindsight tells me I should've kept a journal back then but the thought never crossed my mind. Nevertheless, here is my journaling - as jumbled up as it may be:

I will never forget how scared I was as Hurricane Katrina approached land. I had never been that scared of anything before. The night before, I had a horrible feeling inside me. During the storm, Aaron and I would run from room to room. We could hear the trees snapping and we didn’t know which way they were falling. We sat in the hallway and just cried. When the storm was over and we looked outside, it was like being in a nightmare and just wanting to wake up. The many trees in our front yard were down. One was on MawMaw and Pa’s house. Sheds were destroyed. Fencing was destroyed. We couldn’t even see the road. Trees were split in half from tornadoes. We were literally trapped in. There was no way for a car to escape. However, there was no damage to our home other than a few missing shingles. It was as if God had placed his hand over it and protected us. When we were able to get a signal on a battery-operated TV and were able to watch the coast news, we were devastated to learn what was going on around us on the coast and in New Orleans. We were then thankful to even have a home. So we prayed as a family together and thanked God for his blessings. I prayed more during that time than I had in my whole life. I grew closer to God and trusted him more.

God has a funny way of bringing people together. Our family grew closer together. We had to clean out the freezer so we had all kinds of good food – anything that could be fried on the cooker outside or cooked on the barbecue grill. We enjoyed just being together. I remember me, Mama, Daddy, and Aaron all sleeping together in the living room. Daddy would hook a fan up to the generator and would run it all night long. We would all sleep in the same room so we could be cool while we slept. I remember taking cold showers and it actually feeling good because of the August heat. I forgot about things like makeup and jewelry. I forgot about what was happening on my favorite television show. Those things just weren’t important anymore.

Katrina taught us all a lesson about taking things for granted. We were truly blessed to have a roof over our heads, to know that all of our family was safe, to have [good] food to eat, to have clothes, and to all be healthy. Many people weren’t that fortunate. We were rich in God’s blessings and we praised him for it (especially when the electricity came back on 19 days later).
The song “Praise You in This Storm” by Casting Crowns helped me get through that difficult time. I felt like the lyrics spoke to anyone who had experienced that storm.

I'll praise You in this storm
And I will lift my hands
For You are who You are
No matter where I am
Every tear I've cried
You hold in Your hand
You never left my side
And though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm


Materials used:
Paper: Basic Grey Mellow collection pack, Crate Paper 12x12 diecut paper - Hope
Stamps: Unity Stamp Co. - Rain & Flowers and Scalloped Details & Dates
Ink: Staz-On Timber Brown
Alphas: Making Memories Tiny Alpha Stickers - Brown Ledger
Tools: Heidi Swapp edge distresser, sewing machine

Thank you for taking this glance into my past.

May God bless.



  1. Candace-
    I love this song! Great journaling! It's good to get these feelings on paper. This song carried me through 3 yrs of "storms" while battling in court for Andan's Adoption.

  2. I always keep a journal so I have a little bit written from the days after Katrina. I was actually reading through it just the other day. It's so interesting to read back a few years and remember EXACTLY how you were feeling at that time in your life.
    p.s. You're such a beautiful friend and I LOVE YOU!

  3. Wow a moving layout, your journaling is beautiful and you are truly blessed. Thanks for sharing ;)


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