The good part was having so many friends from the Gulf coast to Austin show up in church on Sunday and the wonderful, surprising time we got to have together. The bad part was sitting on the sofa with our friends-like-family who rode out the storm at our house and watching TV as the bad news from home and our anxiety mounted in tandem.
The good part was that almost everyone reported less-than-catastrophic damage--beautiful trees down and no power for days on end but no one hurt and homes mostly intact. The bad part was learning that several dear friends and family had severe damage to their homes due to rising water and falling trees.
Now everyone from Austin has returned to Clear Lake and we're getting updates by the hour as people work to rebuild their own lives and, especially, the lives of others more devastated by the storm.