5 Years Ago (Hurricane Katrina)

5 years ago my family's lives changed dramatically.  For millions Hurricane Katrina was a curse.  For me that was true the first three days after she hit.  Once we crossed that Louisiana/Texas line Katrina for me became a blessing.  We were housed with a loving family.  After three weeks hubby was offered a great job, which he's still blessed to have.  We were placed in our lovely apartment and our new lives began.  For the first year I suffered from severe anxiety attacks and my daughter would fall out crying if anyone joked about us moving back to New Orleans.

Today although I deeply loathe the government official who failed my state I am deeply content.  I no longer have a horror story when I talk about Katrina (as pertaining to me). Many died, many lost their homes, many lost their will, many lost their minds.  I lost my desire to live in the only hometown I've ever known.  I love visiting New Orleans!  Fantastic food, character, history, culture and my family reside there and I will forever be apart of it.  But, I will be apart of it from afar.

My Katrina story?  I survived and I'm FOREVER grateful.


  1. Tabby, you have such strength.

    I was already living in a new place when Katrina hit. But it did something to my heart and mind by destroying my hometown. Places I knew like the back of my hand are forever gone. All my people's houses gone. All of it changed. The idea I had held of moving back at retirement flew out of my head -- the N.O. of the past is GONE. But as you say, a new beginning, a new life, a new way, a new home.

  2. I'm so glad you and your family survived. I'm happy for you that such greatness came from such tragedy. My mom still lives in Ocean Springs--I didn't know where she was or even if she was alive for 3-4 days. My sister lived in Gulfport--I finally--at the last minute talked her into leaving. She was going to ride it out with her kids--thank God she left--finally. When she went back later, her whole house was destroyed. But after all that, she is in a much better place too. God is amazing.

  3. Tabitha, I am so sorry for what you and your family went through. it outrage me that things were not done sooner. Some day I want to visit there, sounds like your new life has been good. I would imagine that the severe anxiety attacks were terrible and your daughter being scared about moving back. you have such strength my friend. hugs to you and admiration.

  4. Lots of prayers are being said for you & your family right now, Miss Tabitha!

  5. yes my friend, yes.
    i am tender still but feel His blessing.


You bless me with your presence! Tabitha♥

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