Today I’m going to share a home story with you that has nothing to do with decorating, but everything to do with our passion for home. Oh how we all love our homes! Home is more than just a place to live for us; it is our nest, our refuge, our expression of self, our creative canvas, our place to nurture, and ultimately our backdrop to memories.
I love my city. I love my home. I love taking walks daily by this river that is usually so shallow you can see the muddy bottom.
I love watching the boys skip rocks, pick wildflowers, and squeal when they see a groundhog,
I feel God’s arms wrap around me tight when we frolic along its banks….
….or just rest on its edge.
But right now I’m not loving this river. My city is in trouble. Today many have lost their homes. Many more are trapped without power or clean drinking water. My city is flooded.
The water steadily rose yesterday and is now covering streets mere blocks from my home.
Here is a street turned river two blocks from my house.
Yesterday afternoon I received a call from my neighbor letting me know that we were under a mandatory evacuation and given a two hour notice to evacuate before roads became impassable.
I cannot tell you how much that means to me. I am so grateful for all of you, my blog family, my home away from home.
I am currently typing this post in VA at my mom’s house…where it is safe, sunny, dry, beachy, and gorgeous. Most importantly, I am surrounded by the people that mean home to me….my much loved family! PA news reports (and emails from neighbors) right now are very hopeful for my house. I might have some minor flooding in my basement, but our first floor will be spared! I am so incredibly grateful and relieved, but at the same time heartbroken for my city and my neighborhood. The devastation from this flood will take us a long to recover from. The boys’ school was affected, raw sewage is running down the streets, and the city is without power. I don’t know when I’ll be able to return home, but in the meantime I will enjoy today and hug my boys.
Obviously this year has been very difficult for so many of us affected by tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, and fires. My hugs, blessings, and RAIN dance go out to Texas right now. I so wish I could have given you some of our rain :(.
To everyone who has messaged me prayers and concern and….just wow. Thank you for loving me & my family. I can’t even put into words (without becoming all snuffly-faced and teary) how truly blessed I am by you. xoxo