Which brings me to my next emotion, concern. Looking at all of the damage that our area is going through, I worry about all of our friends that are still there. I hope you are all okay! I also can't help thinking about everything we own sitting in a storage unit there. I find myself thinking we should have definitely upped our personal property insurance policy. Only time will tell if we will need to be using said policy.
Lastly I am just sad. Seeing the beating that the island is taking truly breaks my heart. Even though I moved away a month ago due to Pat's deployment, it still feels so much like home. It is where we lived for the entire time we've been married, and it's the place that we have lived the longest since Patrick has been in the Marine Corps (a whole year!) as opposed to the other 1, 3 and 6 month stints we've had along the way. When I think of home I think of Emerald Isle now, and it's washing away... The saddest news has been that the pier where we would take walks and Patrick loved to fish from has collapsed.
Apparently now that the storm has 'passed', as you can see from the video, she's not done yet. I pray for everyone that has already experienced Irene, and those that have yet to, that you are all safe and sound, and don't have too much damage to deal with.