Monday, September 1, 2008

Katrina, Gustav, and Beignets

Three years ago Greg and I were planning a trip to visit my Grandmother in Biloxi, Mississippi-Greg had never met my wonderful Grandmother and I was going to take him to New Orleans, which he had never been to-when we heard news that our trip would have to be postponed, or rather officially cancelled. There was a monster storm heading for the gulf coast. We spoke with my Grandma on the phone and convinced her to head to her church for shelter. My Grandmother lived by herself, my Grandfather and my Uncle having passed a few years before. Thankfully some ward members picked her up and took her to church where they would all spend the next week. The last minute that horrible storm turned toward Biloxi and reeked havoc on the Mississippi coast. My Grandmother's home, where she and her family had lived for years and we had spent many Christmas', was destroyed from the 20 foot surge. She lost everything but the few things she had taken with her. As horrible as this storm was, it was truly a great blessing for our family. With no home to go back to, my "stubborn limey" grandmother was forced to make the move to Florida. A move my mother has been asking her to make since my uncle, who helped take care of her, had died. Shortly after her move down here she was diagnosed with cancer and we were able to spend the last year of her life with her. I guess I will always be thankful for that terrible storm that devastated so many other lives, because I got that last year with her.
Today another storm is slamming into the Gulf Coast-Gustav- which had me reflecting back a few years, although not directly hitting Biloxi this time. Nobody heard too much about Biloxi last time, even though landfall and the worst of the storm happened there. I did get the chance to revisit the area when we went to my Grandmother's funeral over a year after Katrina had hit. It was not the same Mississippi Coast I remembered spending so many holidays at. I pray for everyone along the Gulf Coast in the path of Gustav. For my grandmother's old ward and great friends who took care of her when no family lived close by, for the people in Louisiana. I have many fond memories of days spent in Mississippi with my family, learning to cook seafood like my Grandfather and of New Orleans-of the French Quarter and the Cafe' Du Monde and of course, the fabulous Cajun food we Tarpeins love so much.
So in honor of the Gulf Coast-Mississippi and Louisiana- I made Greg some Beignets this morning for breakfast. Beignets are served everyday, all day at the Cafe du' Monde in New Orleans. Anyone that visits has to stop by there and get these amazing french doughnuts with chocolate milk. Greg still hasn't had the chance to visit New Orleans, so I thought I would bring the breakfast to him. They were absolutely delicious!

9 comments:

Jordan Mathews said...

I cant believe another storm is going there again , and they are still recovering. They havent even burried all of their unidentified dead. Sad I know. But thank goodness the church was there to help you Grandma. Best of luck with the new baby coming. Gotta blog the first day the baby is home. See ya

Jordan Mathews said...

I just commented on your recent blogs.

America said...

I'm so glad I got to meet G.G. before she passed away! She was an incredible woman! Do you still have those tiles from her house?

Heather said...

Yum beignets...! I need to make some for Matt, so that he can try them. I wish that Matt and I had made time to stop by New Orleans on our way out to SLC. I was very glad that we were able to stay with Grandma though. It makes me sad that our own kids will never have known that house. Having gma here that last year was a huge blessing for us and for her.

Jessica said...

Hey Stephanie it's Jessica Zahlmann formerly of the Rockledge ward. I was just blog surfing/searching and I found yours. It was great to see what you and Greg have been up to. Congrats on the upcoming arrival of your baby boy. That is so exciting! Boys are great! Anyway, I hope you don't mind if I put the link to your blog on my blog. It'd be great to keep in touch.

My blog is jessicazahlmann.blogspot.com if you'd like to check it out.

Take care and tell Greg we say hi!

Megan said...

that looks yummy! im really glad you are in the young women's. i thought you did a great job wednesday night and i had so much fun and i know the other girls did too. your a great leader

Maria said...

This is a great post. It really makes you think of things we need to be greatful for. That is good that your gradmother was able to spend the last part of her live with you guys in Florida. Tell Greg that I am jealous of the Beignets that you made for him. I would reather eat your Beignets than fish & chips.

Faith said...

I actually read this awhile ago and am just now commenting, just got a chance to comment I should say! :) That was a touching story and the breakfast looks so good, I was so jelous and want somebody to make them for me. Maybe you could give ben the recipe! :)

Faith said...

Not sure if you will get this since it is an old post, but I wanted to tell you how great you look! I saw a photo of you and Heather on her blog and you are glowing!!! You look perfect pregnant!!! :)