I have a couple posts set for you, but I have to interrupt my scheduled posts to share what happened yesterday. The sky got dark, the winds got intense, there was thunder and lightning, and then
there was a tree in our house. The giant tree from our backyard fell down and crushed the back of our house. The roof is destroyed; the backroom addition needs to be torn down and rebuilt; our deck was crushed; our baby’s room is destroyed; and something happened with pipes in our bathroom because when you turn the sink on, water comes down and into the kitchen below.
But we are all okay, thank God. The Wee One and I were home, and it actually happened at his usual nap time. We happened to be busily doing things and decided to skip nap yesterday, for which I am very thankful. Otherwise, he would have been in his bed when the tree hit his room and the ceiling fell in.
You know how you ask yourself, what would I save in a fire (besides people) if I could only get one thing out? That thing for me is a shadow box I made with the shirt the Wee One wore in the hospital when he was born and a picture of him when he wasn’t even a day old. It hangs in his room with an icon of the angels Gabriel and Michael that my younger sister and brother-in-law gave to my son. That corner where those two items were hung was undamaged.
I can’t tell you how happy that makes me.
So for the rest of the month we are staying in a hotel; then, hopefully, we will have found a house to rent that not only has enough space for all of us but lets us have our cats and dog. Our house repairs are going to take a few months. There is so much for us to do and pack and deal with. But I repeat, we are so lucky none of us were hurt and the rest we will wade through and deal with.
My lovely older sister surprised us in our hotel room tonight with a goody care basket, filled with yummy food items, treats, and disposable paper products,
plus some “necessities” like ice cream (including homemade mocha ice cream she made), a mug to keep me encouraged
a book of poetry, emergency art supplies, and a blank mini notebook.
We are feeling very blessed that we are all safe, and we are thankful for our wonderful family and friends.
So I guess, once I find out how my sewing machine has held up, there will be posts on attempting to craft in a hotel room. If you have favorite encouraging quotes or verses, please do feel free to share them with me. Really.