Monday, October 17, 2022

In a Blink of an Eye

My father-in-law came into town for a memorial service and extended his stay due to Hurricane Ian. We will are super grateful that he made this decision. You see, he and his wife live in the Ft. Myers area about three miles from Ft. Myers Beach. 

After the hurricane went through, like everyone else, we knew it wasn't good. Friends made it to his place two days later. They didn't have good news. Then we found out that the community he lives in would be closed in ten days. We talked his dad into going to Florida. He and Chuck left on a Monday and when they drove up the house this is what they saw. 

The sun porch or Florida Room as Floridians call it was destroyed. Part of the roof that covered the living room and kitchen was peeled back slightly. All things that could be repaired. Then they entered the house.

Chuck said that it smelled terrible. There had been several feet of water in the house.


Things were soaked and already starting to mold.  The sad thing was that everything was still in its place and it looked like they had just walked out the door. They were able to salvage some clothing that was up high, dishes, pots and pans plus a few knick knacks. They ended up salvaging 20 totes, flower pots and two bikes.  Everything else is trashed. A total loss. 

Ron had been staying at a hotel while here. Once we found out that his home was destroyed we moved him in with us. It's crazy to think how in a blink of an eye everything can change.

He went out and purchased a car today and will be receiving his car insurance money in the next week. He is still waiting on to hear from his home insurance and FEMA. 

The plan is for he and his wife (who is Hawaii taking care of her son-in-law who has ALS) to leave here (Indiana) the first week of December. They have been offered a free condo for four weeks while they look for a new home. 

To say that my life has changed dramatically is an understatement.  At the moment I am busy helping my father-in-law with paperwork, schooling Megan, keeping house and eating a little too much chocolate to maintain my sanity. *smile* I will be back as time permits. 


  1. Oh my goodness! I'm so glad he wasn't in Ft Myers when the storm came through. I pray things are settled quickly and he and his wife can find a new place with ease. My husband has a friend who lives on a boat in Ft Myers. He's ok.

  2. I saw it in the news, here in Portugal. Praying for your father-in-law and all those that suffered with this hurricane.
    Have a blessed week, friend!

  3. Wendi, I am so sorry to hear of the impact of the hurricane on him, but so thankful he was not there! How blessed of you to offer your home as a place of respite for him. So glad to see you here. Have a cozy evening.

  4. Oh no! I’m so sorry to see this. I’m so glad he was with y’all when this happened. That’s so scary! Praying he can find housing soon.

  5. Oh dear! Bless his heart. And yours too ;) I am so sorry that you all are going through this hard time, BUT I know he is so thankful to have family like you guys to help him through this. Blessings to you all! ♥

  6. Thank goodness he was not there. That is sad to see so much damage. Hopefully, he will get reimbursed for everything and start to get back on his feet.

  7. So glad he was not there. My family survived a tornado and the feeling of being cast adrift is so terrible. Tell him to hang in there, it will get better.

  8. I am SO sorry your in-laws lost their home! I am thankful they are both okay. Update as you can!

  9. Wow, so thankful they wasn't home. Blessings to them!

  10. Hi, Wendy!
    Just stopping by to wish you and your family a blessed 2023 and may we learn to give thanks for the family and house we have.
    Hope you start writing in your blog, again! :)


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