The Return of Madi Grace

Sorry. I dunno what’s up with the title. I just jump at the chance to make things as dramatic as possible. No excuse for me.

I’ve actually been back since the fourteenth but am only now making a post! Very typical of me. I just like defying common sense sometimes.

Nah, I’ve been busily working on the revision of my novel. It’s so much work, guys. But worth it.

More on that in another post, though. I’m here to recap my hurricane evacuation trip in the most dramatic way possible.

^ I had just finished my first Floridian homeschool P.E. class, which I’m convinced is the death of me. I’ve taken multiple P.E. classes in Texas before, and I knew I’d have to face one in Florida eventually.

(I had my third one last week and this Muslim boy died and talked smack about my 25 attempts to hit the ball in softball.)

((That’s okay, though. I’m friends with the Muslim girls and I have secret plans to witness to all of them since I’m the only person who will be a real Christian and talk to them. >:) ))

Where was I again?

Ah yes. Had finished my first P.E. class when BAM! Gotta go home and prepare house for Irma and then get ready to possibly evacuate? What in the world? Hours upon hours of packing all my stuff in boxes and putting it up high, packing to leave, boarding up the windows…

… led to this!

Uh, no, not the mocha frappe, though that was a very vital and important part, I assure you.

… led to the evacuation, I mean! There’s me and the crucial mocha frappe. You can’t evacuate the state without some rocket fuel.

I wrote another novelette? Novella? What’s the minimum word count for each? Might be a short story… in the car and finished it at the place we stayed at. And who knew my mom had chocolate bars on the ready? I couldn’t believe my luck.

Wanna know how much research I do for my “historical fiction” novel? ^ Eat at sushi restaurants!

Juuuust kidding. I actually do research.

Le Coke! Couldn’t miss this. This was at the worst Chinese restaurant ever. The best thing there was my meal which my family continually demanded bites of since theirs stank—and of course, Coke.

We evacuated to Houston. Look at all the Harvey destruction.

^ Trailer park still under water! 😮

And some random pictures.

Thanks to my sister’s hand for being a cool prop.

Finishing up my short story at my cousins’ house. 17k. SUCH. FUN.

Their neighborhood has a park, and I wanted to take some pictures. I really like this one. Who says you can’t take great pictures with an iPhone? 90% of all these photos were taken with my iPhone. I have a post coming up sometime in the future AKA not now soon with some tips for iPhone photography.

Evil anthill.

We went to Lakewood Church on the Sunday we were still there. It was awesome.

We went to the early service, so the place was only about half full.

Driving to Dallas to see more fam and friends, I took a lot of photos of random things. Including my sister.

Don’t tell her I posted this.

Want Coke floats on the go? Now you can! Just fill your cup with Coke and swirl in that soft-serve vanilla ice cream. Bam. I thought my brother was quite smart for figuring this out, so I took a picture to remember it.

Hotel wall with teeny-tiny bokeh.

We stayed at the exact same hotel on the going and returning trips to Florida. They had this really cool decoration in the breakfast area.

Tada! iPhones can take great photos.

Not that I’m saying these photos are good. That would sound prideful. If you think they’re good, credit goes to working with whatever cam you have on hand. If you think they’re not good, credit goes to my terrible photography anyway.

The morning of returning home—look how much the sun shone through this hotel window! 😮

*sniff* One last Coke at the only Whataburger in Florida.

Aaaand we’re back! Even though the eye of the hurricane passed eight miles by our house so we got its outer bands, God was great and we only had two sections of our fence down and a bunch of limbs to pick up.

Well. That wasn’t very dramatic. I kind of threw that idea away after the first photo but really liked having the dramatic featured image. XD No excuse for me. Sorry.

Posts Coming Up sometime in the future aka not now Soon:

  • Novel Outlining Update / Progress / this title is a work in progress okay
  • Reign Summer Camp 2017
  • A Summer Recap / this title is also a work in progress
  • A Really Cool Video I Have Yet to Figure Out / this title is definitely a work in progress

I also just wanted to say thank you SO much to everyone who commented on my hurricane evacuation post, prayed for my family and me, and even emailed me! You guys are seriously some of the sweetest, most amazing people ever! Your comments really made my day. I feel so blessed. ☺️

What’s up?

Praying for you as always!

By |2017-11-17T15:29:41-05:00October 2nd, 2017|Recaps, Travels, Writing|34 Comments

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I'm Madi: blogger, writer, doll collector, and minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Learn more about me here and this blog here.


  1. Josie October 2, 2017 at 10:58 am - Reply

    haha I’m also first on this one >:) At least I hope. At least, it *better* be. and yes you can expect this for like a month I go through phases COKE HEHE. Also those posts sound lit.

    • Madi October 5, 2017 at 2:46 pm - Reply

      Why yes, yes indeed >:) Thank you! Now to see if I can actually post them before I forget. ??

  2. Kendra Lynne October 2, 2017 at 11:03 am - Reply

    I’m so glad that the hurricane did not do anymore damage than that. My uncle had just moved to the south part of Georgia when Irma hit, so that was… exciting. ?

    • Madi October 5, 2017 at 2:47 pm - Reply

      Me, too! Ohhh dear. ? Was he okay?

  3. MyNameIsASecret October 2, 2017 at 11:51 am - Reply

    Welcome back Madi! I’m soooooooo glad you’re safe. ?

    • Madi October 5, 2017 at 2:47 pm - Reply

      Thank you SO much! Awww :’)

  4. MyNameIsASecret October 2, 2017 at 11:55 am - Reply

    Also, since you posted your evacuation post, I was pretty much constantly checking up on Florida:

    • Madi October 5, 2017 at 2:48 pm - Reply

      Awwww! You’re so sweet!!

  5. Sara October 2, 2017 at 12:32 pm - Reply

    Wow houstin was really flooded? I’m glad your okay 🙂 oooh and the cake and ice cream is a good idea 😉 it’s like a root beer float but it’s a Coke float XD. Ooohhh I’m going to tell your sister that you posted that picture XDDDDD yay the next post sounds exciting! How are you?

    • Madi October 5, 2017 at 2:48 pm - Reply

      Nooo don’t tell her! XD

      • Sara October 8, 2017 at 12:34 pm - Reply

        Yeah I won’t XDD

  6. Danielle October 2, 2017 at 12:33 pm - Reply

    I’m glad y’all are safe! We didn’t evacuate since we got outer bands, but we did have some small damage to the yard, and the pond in our backyard nearly flooded our house. Looks like you had a lot of coke. XD Hope to see you on the chat soon! 😀
    (Also, I never told you, but in Spanish ‘hora’ means ‘hour’. So unofficially combining the Japanese meaning and the Spanish meaning, Hora’s name means “hour of horror” XD)

    • Madi October 5, 2017 at 2:49 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much! I’m glad your house wasn’t flooded! Yep, lots of Coke was happening. >:) I hope to be on it soon! 😀

      (LOLOL! That is PERFECT. XDD)

  7. Carol October 2, 2017 at 1:35 pm - Reply

    yay! welcome back, Madi! lovely pictures. xo

    • Madi October 5, 2017 at 2:50 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much, Carol!

  8. Olive October 2, 2017 at 3:16 pm - Reply

    *slides onto stage holding microphone* DRAMAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!
    yay for being safe! yay for iphone pics! yay for-
    well, not soda, because eww.
    but seriously, I took a sip of my little sister’s soda, and Ivy (one of my other sisters) told me that my face was the funniest thing she has ever seen, and she spent the rest of the day begging me to take another sip and let her take a picture. XD
    Most crazily, ~Olive

    p.s. are you going to do nano this year? 🙂

    • Madi October 5, 2017 at 2:51 pm - Reply

      DRAMAAAAA! One of my favorite words.

      YAY FOR SODA. >:( XD

      LOL! Oh my gosh, that’s hilarious. XD

      P.S. *cries* No, I’m not… I’m actually making a post about it soon.

  9. Olivia Bell (aka Livy) October 2, 2017 at 4:03 pm - Reply

    Wow! How exciting! P.E. hehe, I totally get you there, hehe! I hope you will be able to bring the Muslim kids to Christ, that would be so wonderful! I am so glad your house and everything were fine, that’s such an answered prayer! And you got to go to Texas, your favorite place! The damage from their hurricane is so awful though…. why is there so many hurricanes this year? Did you get to see your best friend? I hope you did, I know you guys have so much fun! And Le Coke! Hahaha! I’m glad you were able to write on your trip too, that’s great! Well, I’m just so glad everything is perfectly fine with you all!
    Love you so much, Madi! 😀

    • Madi October 5, 2017 at 2:52 pm - Reply

      Thank you SO much, Livy! Yeah, the damage is awful. 🙁 I did get to stay with them! It was really fun. Awww, thank you SO much, Livy! Your comments always make my day. Love you!

  10. Maddie October 2, 2017 at 6:12 pm - Reply

    Welcome back, Madi!! I’m glad you’re house was not totally blown into smithereens. ‘Cause that would be terrible. Your iPhone pictures are like WOAH amazing!! They’re so pretty. Glad you’re doing alright, and Le Coke looks so delicious. You’re seriously making me hungry. XD And what’s been going on at my house you ask? Well. Cross country. Cross country. Cross country…some cross country. And a dash of cross country. Seriously though, I’ve had XC meets 4 weeks in a row, and practice 2 times a week for about 2 months now. *sigh* Fall is great, fall sports season…not so great XD

    • Madi October 5, 2017 at 2:53 pm - Reply


      Thank you sooo much! OOH CROSS COUNTRY. That sounds very fun but also stressful… XD

      • Maddie October 7, 2017 at 9:06 am - Reply

        OH NO IT’S TOTALLY OK!! You’ve had a stressful few months. It’s fine! I promise. 🙂

        You’re welcome!! Yeah, stressful x10. Maybe x20 if you add in the puking, falling, and bloody noses……(don’t ask. The bloody nose wasn’t mine though. XD)

        • Madi October 8, 2017 at 10:17 am - Reply

          THANK YOU SO MUCH! I finally sent the letter!!

          OH GEEZ. That sounds awful. XDD

  11. Anika October 2, 2017 at 7:25 pm - Reply

    Hoorah! You’re back! I’m so glad you’re safe!! You’re little trip looked super fun though and that’s really cool that you wrote so much! 😀

    • Madi October 10, 2017 at 4:11 pm - Reply

      Oops, I thought I replied to this… apparently not! Thank you SO much, Anika! <3

  12. Zielle October 2, 2017 at 7:34 pm - Reply

    Thank God nothing was too bad!! Hopefully things don’t get worse. <3

    • Madi October 10, 2017 at 4:11 pm - Reply

      (Whoops, thought I had replied to this) Amen!! <3

  13. Daisymermaid October 3, 2017 at 9:45 pm - Reply

    *gasps* YAAAAAAY YOU ARE BACK!!!
    Also I need to talk to you about something… I’m going to PM you on AGH in a second here.

    • Madi October 10, 2017 at 4:12 pm - Reply

      AWW YAY!

      Ooh okay…

  14. Daisymermaid October 3, 2017 at 9:49 pm - Reply

    But your inbox is full

    • Madi October 10, 2017 at 4:12 pm - Reply

      Le whoops. I should work on that.

  15. The Chloe Blog October 4, 2017 at 4:26 pm - Reply

    So glad that your house and all ya’ll are okay! PRAISE GOD!!

    • Madi October 10, 2017 at 4:12 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much! Amen!

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