We live in a non-flood zone area in Orangefield, Tx and had never flooded before so a few years ago, after we were high and dry from Ike, the most devastating hurricane the Golden Triangle had ever seen, we let our flood insurance go.
I had left my nightshift job for a day shift job and my husband took a salary job which meant a cut in pay for us but also meant a great deal more family time. It was hard to have family time when I was working eight 12 hour night shifts in a row as an ICU nurse and Lance was working seven 12 hour day shifts. He had no days off!!! We did that for ten years. Not good for our family.
Two years ago just when we thought we were about to be empty nesters, Justin came into our lives. Though I had always thought my family of 4 was complete with just 2 boys, when I saw this cutie pie I knew he was ment to be my son! He looks just like me! God lead us to him. See Justin is a type one diabetic who got his first insulin pump when he was only 4! I am a RN and my husband is also a type one diabetic. Justin was at the time 13 but the size of a 7 year old. His diabetes had wreaked havoc on his body. He had been so neglected, he had stopped growing. His average blood sugar was in the 700!!! Holy crap can you imagine? That first year was hard for us because he wasn't living with us. We finally got custody of him on August 11th 2016. In the one year that he has been with us he has gone from an average blood sugar of 700 to 130! He has grown 8 inches! And he has gone from failing at a 4th grade level to making A&B in the 8th grade!!! All was going great. My older two sons have taken him right in like he has been their brother all along.
All was great until August 29th when hurricane Harvey totally turned our life upside down. We lost our home, Devin & Conner lost their cars. Devin also has lost his mobile home.Our home had 5 1/2 feet of water in it. The water has gone down but is still there. We are hoping in the next few days to start demo. That was really hard to type! We are going to be demoing our beautiful home. We are nearly fifty and will be starting all over. And with no flood insurance. I have never had to ask of money and this is killing me but we have been forced into a position we never thought we would be in. We've always followed the rules and thought we were doing the right thing. I have put the asking goal at $10,000 knowing we will need much more than that to get our lives back on track. Please help. Every dollar counts. Thank you in advance for your help.
- Direct Impact Fund
- Kristin Nelson
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