For the second time this year, I have moved into my house. As much as I enjoyed my time with my dad, it is good to be back in my own home. I never in a million years could have imagined rain from a hurricane forcing me out of the house I had just purchased and remodeled seven months earlier.
It has been a battle of emotions as I was already dealing with the five-year anniversary of Les’ death. There’s nothing like being flooded out of your house to get your mind off of other things!!! It’s not exactly what I would have chosen as a subject changer. But it worked!
One of the best things about this trial was the outpouring of help I received. Grace Fellowship truly exemplified the hands of Christ as they pitched in to get up hardwood floors that had been glued into place. Now that was a huge job!!!!! Earlier that same week, others had come to move my furniture into a pod in my driveway. Some of the guys who came to do these things I didn’t even know.
Family has also been a great help to me, both close family and extended family. Some neighbors have brought food and just simply loved up on me. But no one has worked harder for me than my sister, Debbie. In the first days, she promised we would get through this together and she is a woman of her word. She rallied up a group of friends and family to make it happen. And happen it did! In only about 40 minutes, the pod was empty and it wasn’t long after that the things in the attic were downstairs. It was like one of those HGTV shows where they redo a home in a day!
Sometimes it is easy to fall in the trap of feeling unloved and unwanted. And sometimes it takes a trial to shake us out of that lie. When people you don’t even know come to help you because they are brothers and sisters in Christ, it is humbling. For these past five years, I have struggled to find a solid peace and my place in this new journey. This ordeal has given me some clarity into this. For that, I am most thankful. Will I still struggle? I’m sure I will. But this has brought me one step closer to contentment.
So, thank you to all of you who helped me in any way, whether big or small. It took you all to make it happen.
This is my first Christmas here, so I have been just as busy decorating as I have been getting back in order. I love to decorate for Christmas and have been so excited to do just that here for the first time. These are a few pictures of what I’ve accomplished this weekend.
You truly can come home again!!
Lots of love, Sharon