All day at work today on the TVs around the office I kept catching glimpses of New Orleans being slammed by Hurricane Isaac and it's hard to believe that just a little over a month ago we were strolling along the streets that are usually packed with people at all hours of the day.
While vacationing in the French Quarter, it was hard to imagine that the entire city was under water just seven years ago. Ian and I were lucky to have a family member living in New Orleans who took us around to the sights outside of the French Quarter, including the 9th Ward where we saw homes that had been rebuilt after Katrina, most still bearing the spray painted sides after they had been searched.
Many of the homes were completely rebuilt and restored...
....while right down the street, entire neighborhoods were still abandoned.
My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by the storm. It sounds like although the damage in New Orleans this time around was nowhere the magnitude of Katrina, but the photos and videos from there and surrounding areas are devastating.
Take an extra moment tonight to be thankful.