Sunday, November 13, 2005
The Princess Is Back!
Yes, I am finally back online! I have missed blogging sooooo much. My parents and I have settled into a mobile home in Pearl River, LA. This is our home away from home until we can rebuild in St. Bernard. I don't mind living here since I am pretty familiar with the area. Dad is settling in nicely, but Mom isn't happy here. I know she misses our home terribly. Our home was her life. She loved cooking, cleaning, working in the yard, and taking care of her family. She still cooks (very well, I might add!) and takes care of Dad and me, but she just doesn't feel at home here. We are buying furniture and trying to make this place feel as homey as possible. I hope that she soon feels at peace here. We will be living here for at least a year I imagine. BTW, the picture at the left is of Mom and me on Halloween.
I know one thing that upsets Mom is that my sister Debbie is not here. Deb is living in Birmingham with her boyfriend. She has a job and a cool apartment there. I know that it's important for family to stick together in times of crisis, but Deb also needs to spread her wings and see what's out there for her. She isn't gone forever. We talk and text message a lot. She loves and misses us, but this is something that she has to do. One day she will come home, and things will be even better than they were before.
We are very blessed to be surrounded by friends. Our dear friends live in the two trailers next to us. It is so nice to have close friends and familiar faces nearby. Everywhere I go in the area I see someone I know. It's funny. My friend and co-worker Tara lives close to me, so we have begun a weekly ritual. We meet once a week for coffee and conversation. The conversation lasts longer than the coffee! I always have a wonderful time. It is so nice to just have a friend to talk to about anything and everything. I am blessed to have her so close.
Today Tara and I drove into New Orleans for a faculty reunion. Our school was destroyed by Katrina, and I have only been in touch with a few of my co-workers. I was so happy to see everyone. We had a nice turnout. Sadly, most of us are in the same boat: unemployed and unsure of our futures. I know that something good will happen, something will turn around for us. I just hate waiting so long for it to happen.
I am also blessed to have my online scrapbooking family. I missed them so much in the weeks I was offline. These ladies are so wonderful and generous. I love them so much, and they are such an important part of my life. They gave me so much strength during this whole ordeal. They surrounded me with their love and prayers, and I will always be grateful to them for that.
I know there's a lot more I can say, but right now I have such random thoughts running through my head that I can't think of what to say next. I am back, though, and I will be blogging regularly!