My family is safe and sound from Ike and that is all I could have asked for! There were a few things here and there that could have been catastrophic, but they miraculously worked out.
My brother had a huge tree limb fall on his house that had it come through would have landed on him as he slept in his bed that night. My mother was at his house that night (two blocks from her house) so it was a good thing her neighbor came outside in the middle of the storm and looked over and saw a limb had fallen on the electric wire that goes to her house and the wire was shooting out flames everywhere. He called the fire department and electric company and it took them a few hours to keep it from igniting from the wind. Had the neighbor not seen this, her house may have burned.
My dad, step mom, niece, and a few others lost power soon after they ate dinner that night. They had a hurricane block party in a couple of locations before the winds picked up. All is well and my dad and step mom are in Dallas for a conference this week. That worked out nicely.
Mamaw, Meredith, friends and acquaintances were all safe and withstood little or no damage. Thank you for your prayers. It's good to know we have God on our side.