Two years ago today a storm devastated Louisiana and Mississippi. Rain sheeted down the windows of my hospital room located several states away.
My nurses asked me if the henna covering my belly was a real tattoo as they hooked me up to a pitocin drip.
Waiting for my contractions to build, I watched reporters brave mighty winds to deliver news of the hurricane. (Wind so mighty!)
I remember thinking,
"Surely we don't need eye-witness storm coverage badly enough to risk broadcasting Mr. Reports-So-Much getting knocked in the head by the roof of the Motel Six."
AND THE NEXT THING YOU KNOW I WAS IN SOME POWERFUL BAD PAIN!!!!
And then there were, like, some rilly, rilly, rilly good drugs.
And it was allllll gooooood...
And a BABY popped out!
And that baby was a girl!
And, as Velveteen Mind put it, I delivered a little storm of my own.
Happy 2nd Birthday, Rooster!
The Gulf Coast still needs help.
Since Hurricane Katrina hit in August 2005, volunteers from all over the country have been working hard in Biloxi, Mississippi and New Orleans, Louisiana to help the community pick up and start again.
Since the storm, volunteers have cleared, secured and rebuilt homes, delivered medical aid and essential supplies, removed trees, and even posted temporary street signs. Hands On Gulf Coast and Hands On New Orleans continue the recovery and rebuilding efforts.Follow the links to find out how you can support their efforts through financial contributions or by traveling to either location to volunteer.