Sunday, December 16, 2012

Hope Tree

Since the hurricane we have had such an outpouring of love and support from family, friends, and strangers. It has been amazing. I know how blessed we are! I feel loved!

Yet it still is very hard to be in this situation. I am unsure of when we can go home, and at what cost. I am inconveniencing my brother by staying at his place (he is staying with friends, yes he is amazing!!!) I am trying to be upbeat and positive, yet not having my own home is stressful and makes it very hard to relax. I relax by reading a book at home, or cooking a meal, or watching a movie at home, or taking a nap. It stresses me out to be driving around, running errands, shopping, etc all the time.

We still have not even figured out where to put all the stuff we have and need for the next few months (our clothes, most of the boys school stuff, and a few other odds and ends.) It is not a huge amount of stuff, but just the clothes for the three of us (and we do not have that many clothes) seem to be too much for this one bedroom to support.

Today though I am going to leave the errands and go to church and then go see Santa at the hope tree in my town (Union Beach.) After the hurricane a Christmas tree was found and someone set it up in an area of my town. Since then people have been adding ornaments and gift cards. So it has become a symbol of hope for my town and today Santa will be there to take pictures with local families.

You can read about the hope tree here.

I am hopeful that this will all work out in the end and I still know God is in control. The waiting is just so hard!