October 13 | 9am

October 13 | 9am

9 am 10/ 13 biggest prayer and needs:
That the contractors we called show up! So many neighbors have had no shows and this is just devastating! Really.. it’s hard already to get them to even make an appointment.
Our van was totaled and we have one week of a rental coverage before we can find a vehicle. Used vehicles in this area are ridiculous. And now there’s added worries of flooded vehicles going onto the market. We really do need a minivan for our family.
I’ve looked at a bunch of places and there is nothing under $40,000 that would be reliable for our family at this point. And that is just super discouraging! At this point if we’re going to invest in another vehicle we want to make sure that it’s going to last us at least five years! and not a vehicle that’s gonna need a bunch of work within a few months of getting it.
Overall we’ve been having some really great days with normal things for the kids. Evie‘s been playing soccer, Maddie Mae has been doing ballet. We kind of need to find something for Noah at this point! 
We are super grateful for everybody who has come and helped and just all the love and care for our family! We have seen the way people love us and it’s humbling!!
Our floors are finally done we have a few more areas of sheet rock to remove. And we need to vacuum and treat for mold this week! Our flood insurance adjuster is coming next wed finally!
So we couldn’t start any work til then anyway!
So it looks like we need to focus on a vehicle!


October 13 | 3am

October 13 | 3am

Day 11 of recovery from Hurricane Ian flooding:
And now… to vacuum and spray bleach solution everywhere and get contractors to come ring up a total for us on the new construction to do. No small task either.
Ellen Fleming was there at the end to pull some of the last pieces!


October 10 |  5pm

October 10 | 5pm

OCT 10 update 5pm- Day 9 of recovery..
I have a case of the mondays.. but not the normal tired mondays.. like I’m exhausted mondays!
We skipped coop- mostly because my heart can’t handle the newness of new friends right now and I knew John wouldn’t be able to take them since he had a couple friends coming to help with floors.
So we went to our neighborhood Library.. where we are seen and known and life can feel “normal” for a few hours.
This is kindness to myself and my kids. Sure they were sad about missing coop, but they love the library and love Ms. Carly even more!
Here’s a glimpse into today.. I woke up and I threw on a shirt my friend brought me. It’s NOT a shirt I’d normally wear, but I kinda feel like I don’t care at this point if it covers my body it is worn! Ha.
At breakfast, my one daughter told me she didn’t like my shirt, it just wasn’t me.. she wasn’t wrong.. but I”m also embracing new things..
What I really heard underneath that comment was her sweet little heart of.. mom… so much is changing, please don’t go crazy and change.. Instead of being annoyed that she commented on my shirt that I thought was fine.. I decided to read deeper and meet her.. Her little heart needed reassurance and I also needed to remember it wasn’t about my shirt at all..
This was kindness to my daughter .. I could have just dismissed her comments and not said anything other than “well I like it today.” (And I really don’t always get it right.. trust me.. but these moments of getting it “right” are beautiful). I love my little truth speaker and I also love that she’s got the sweetest most sensitive heart!
A few updates:
– We got an email saying our van was totaled and we are currently waiting on numbers and holding our breath… car shopping is overwhelming! IF you know a good used car dealer please please let me know.. I don’t think I have capacity to try to find one for sale by owner.. too many things to think about and at the least with a dealer there’s a warranty that can give me peace of mind for this season of rebuilding!
-I finally got a call from our flood insurance adjuster. Somehow when he read me our coverage, it sunk in differently. Yes I know flood doesn’t cover contents, living expense, food, or even a washer/dryer… Sure I know there’s a deductible.. but when you say it out loud it sounds awful! Haha .. I right away think about all the neighbors hearing the same things, except this house was their retirement house!
This is kinda how monday is going.
And yet.. my neighbors are slowly starting to listen and realize that before adjusters come out they need to cut some drywall and remove floors.. I literally cheered for the big FEMA garbage trucks .. and the guys were grateful.. at least they smiled when my kids and I drove by waving! And then it hit me.. without the visual junk mess, will anyone else remember the trauma we have all been through?
I’d love prayer for us to be able to dream. I don’t just want to slap our house together and call it a day. I’d love to be intentional about what we choose.
Change is good, but just like my shirt situation today.. I want to walk into my house (and for others to also) and immediately think.. “this is totally you guys!”
Honestly, this is a new uncomfortable place for me. I’ve not designed a house, floors or cabinets I just feel overwhelmed.. I don’t know how I’ll dream inside the mess, but I know I want to!


October 9 | 1am: Scraping Floors and Eating S’mores

October 9 | 1am: Scraping Floors and Eating S’mores

Day 8 of hurricane Ian flood recovery at our house:


We had some amazing friends come and help us tear the majority of our kitchen apart down to the studs and then our buddy even found a floor scraping machine and rented it in Orlando and brought it up to do the arm-breaking work for us to dig up remaining hardwood floors and glue… still a lot left to scrape but almost all the walls are out, save a couple small spots.

Thanks to Cru friends who came and did so much of the work and our new friends from our homeschool coop… one of whom has the distinction of being the first and only Florida board certified feline medicine veterinarian! Pretty cool!

Here’s a video for some live action!

And lastly, after all our friends left, we decided to light the first fire of the season! And some neighbors walked by and offered their s’mores roasters and grahams and marshmallows to roast (because we talked and I realized I didn’t know where ours were packed!) 😂🔥



October 13 | 9am

October 8 | 10pm: Kindness and Casseroles and Crazy Makers

Flood Update sat 10 PM 10/8 recovery day 8 –

All I can say is..

The kindness of friends carries me and Jesus enables me to extend that to others! It’s was a crazy day. Can I give a shout out today to the amazing counselors and friends that I’ve had that have sat with me and helped me in the process of healing over the years! You are my unicorns and I love that you have taught me to see people because you have seen me when I didn’t see me!

Everyone has a story and it’s a privilege to see others!

How do we have so much stuff everywhere?! Like what do you do with the random cup that you find in a cabinet? How do you really pack up tools in the garage.. like you might need them but you need to do the walls?! It’s a crazy maker!

Today I poured water ONTO the floors to wet them to actually get them up. Because those left had dried and now weren’t easy to pull up.. talk about your body remembering.. I felt big feels pouring water and seeing water sitting on floors! I didn’t expect it.. yet it happened! I had to breath and it was almost a crazy maker ..

Tonight our friend brought us a casserole!

We ate and had so much left. I delivered some to a neighbor that came to mind… we have so many single women on our street.. this ended with me sitting on a porch and listening to stories.. stories that included trauma and hard things. I listened and I shared some of my stories.. I left with a full heart because it was a privilege to hear her stories and even more awesome to feel connected in hard things!

Sure we are processing loss different but she invited me to share tools in the midst of hard things.. while I think my normal strategies are known by all.. they might not be.. and I feel super blessed to have sat in my neighbors yard tonight with her friend and invited into sacred spaces.

It’s a mess here , but it’s a beautiful mess and while I never would have asked for this.. I’m embracing it moment but moment. Tonight we made a fire and a neighbor walking her dog let us borrow sticks & handed my kids marshmallows.. and a friend today brought hotdogs just in case for lunch that we were able to roast for what my 6 year old would call “second dinner”… man my 6 year old can eat!!!

Not everything that has come on Amazon is labeled.. so we would love to thank everyone…. My self is struggling with generic thank yous.. you all are really amazing and we are beyond grateful!

My kids feel loved and seen and it’s because of you all.. they see how they are cared for from afar and near and our neighbors have commented how they have seen so many friends helping and have felt cared for by us! Thank you! Really thank you!

We are almost done with floor tear up (our friend secured a rental of a floor scrapper yay! ) our kitchen was gutted today.. and we have only a couple smaller walls left.. vacuuming and dry out starts this week! Then dreaming for rebuilding ..

I’m also grieving.. I love a bathroom window but we have terminate damage and it’s around the window.. we prob need to lose the window in the bathroom shower.. I’m more taken back by the surprise losses..

I’m humbled by the updates to my Amazon list of random needs being met.. like car organizing and seating for my new outdoor yard life!

This is a crazy life.. today I almost sobbed when our street was turned into a one way for better traffic flow and I watched the fema pick up trucks drive by my pile because their truck was full.. I wanted my trash gone.. it’s a visual reminder Of all the loss.. my heart craves normal, my heart also longs for a place that feels like home.. and it’s a real deep reminder of how raw unexpected loss is and how temporary life/things on earth really is!

We are taking one day at a time. There’s again normal and not normal. Like our kids soccer pics!!! And outdoor evening fires.. I wanted to share these pictures for glimpses because I want you to see what happening here!

Again.. thanks for reading !! Notice that dove chocolate saying!!! My kids thought it was super cool! ❤️ I agree!

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