Our Flooded Home


As many of my friends and family know, we lost our home and most everything in it due to Tropical Storm Debbie. This is a poem I wrote about what has happened. Thank you to everyone that has come to our rescue during this difficult time. We love you.


June, 2012 we woke at 3:00 am
Ankle deep in water… things were looking grim.
Everything was wet, tons of photos…GONE.
How could this be happening? I feel lost and all alone.

I woke my babies up, then called my mom and dad.
The rain was pouring down, it was really looking bad.

The water came with force when we opened up the door
It was black and full of mulch, it was covering the floor.

We grabbed a few essentials and threw them in my van.
The kids jumped in with mom and dad and back inside I ran.
My family tried to make me leave. I needed one more thing.
My memories were still inside. To me, they were everything.

I received a sign from God, he was urging me to go.
A song began to play. From where? I didn’t know.
“Just get what you need” it sang out loud. I had chills form right away.
It was then I knew, this was a sign. It wasn’t safe to stay.
With the power off we went back in and got what we could save.
It hurt to see our home destroyed. I needed to be brave.

Friends came by to help us out, the mold was growing quick.
My home was gone, tossed out like trash… It really made me sick.

Nights are hard, I don’t sleep well. I remember what was lost.
I’d love to take my babies home. Who knows what this will cost.
I’m humbled by the kindness of family friends and peers
Not sure what we’d have done without these loving volunteers.

There has to be a reason but for now it’s hard to see.
I’m really hoping someday soon it’ll be revealed to me.
Until I know the reason, I’ll take it day by day.
I’m hoping God will light a path and help us find our way.

*The song I mentioned in the poem was

“You Can’t Always Get What You Want” by The Rolling Stones.

I didn’t find out until I was in the van that the noise was coming from an old bag I had found in my closet.

There was a toy karaoke microphone inside and it played that song until I got in the car.

I didn’t even remember buying the toy so it must’ve been there for awhile.

I had just been shocked when I tried to turn off a surge protector submerged in water so I took the song as a sign to leave.

Just wanted to share that because it wouldn’t fit in the poem without making it too long.

Mandi Tillotson Williams


17 responses »

  1. Mandy- I can not imagine what you and your family are going through. My prayers are with you and your family.

  2. Sooo sad for you 😦 I know everything will be ok thou, just have to wait and see…. Love you !!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Mandi, your poem was great, so well written, yet, so sad! I cannot imagine what you are going through! I’m so thankful you have such a good attitude! Everything does happen for a reason. We may not know or understand what that reason is, but God does! And one day, we will too. But I know, God will be there with us every step of the way! That is evident with the song you heard! He was there with you, looking out for you, and I am so thankful you recognized and followed His prompting! I am continuing to pray for you and your family! Love you!

  4. I Am so sorry for everything you have been through. you are so brave. you are so kind and always looking on the bright side of things. i am here for you if you need me. i mean that. just let me know if i can do something to help you. ly

  5. Mandi, So sorry for your loss. Your reaction is so above the average response-no sorry for me but thankful for the beginning again and saving of your family. You are so blessed that your parents were able to help you too. My daughter’s family lost their home to hurricane Katrina. The one thing I remember asking her a few months later was, Emily, the government has bulldozed what was left of your home and yet you seem content. Why? Her answer was, that so many people had lost their lives and relatives and friends and yet her family was healthy and happy and that God had shown her what really mattered was the survival of her family. Oh yes, her pictures, little memoirs of her grannies, etc were gone but not the sweet memories. It was hard to begin again but God was the comforter. May God continue to be with you and your many friends as you begin the clean up process.

  6. Hugs Mandi! So glad you could get some feelings out by writting! I just know you guys are going to be ok! Love you guys!

  7. Mandi we love you and your family. God is about to do a new thing in your lives. Stay strong in your faith, lean upon Him, surround yourself with positive people (though I do believe you’re probably one of the most positive people I know), and He will see you through this. Love you again and we’re praying for you often!!

    Psalm 46:1-2 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea.

  8. Mandi: I just talked to you today on the phone (Bill Tillotson) and I again offer my comfort. You ended up with water, while some others lost even more in the tornadoes and downed trees. A blessing in disguise, and you can be sure that God is pleased with your thanks for what DIDN’T happen to you. Remember, it means some much to him that he mentioned it in His Word: how only one out of ten returned to thank Him, but He blessed them. God Bless, Bill

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