.....is busy. hectic. full.
we have been living with my parents since the flood.
we are so grateful that there is room here for us. little man already knew this house so well, so it wasn't as big an adjustment for him as it might have been. he has his own room here, and although the house was already slightly baby-proofed, he has shown us that we had a lot more work to do in this area!
we have gotten as settled as we can for now, and have gotten into a new routine here.
our house still sits with the lower floor completely gutted. still no walls. still no flooring. just concrete and studs.
most of our things that we were able to save sit in a storage unit.
there is a lot to do after a flood. a lot of meetings, applications, paperwork, phone calls, and on, and on. some days we feel ok. some days we want to scream.
we have learned how this whole FEMA thing works. we never thought we would be using any kind of program like this, but here we are.
we always thought that we were completely covered with all the various insurance coverages: medical, car, homeowners, life.
we didn't have flood insurance.
we didn't think we needed it.
we were wrong.
we have yet to meet anyone affected by this flood who was covered.
we refer to our life as "before the flood", or "since the flood".
we will think of something, or look for something, only to remember that it "drowned".
we are in a state of not knowing exactly what is ahead. we are not exactly sure of when we can start rebuilding, or how long it will take.
we are not sure of when we will have a home again.
if you know me well, you know that this is driving me crazy. i want a plan. i want a timeline. i want to know what to expect. i am a nester. i need a house to clean, and decorate, and love.
it's a good thing that i have a God who knows the big picture. i am asking Him to remind me of this a lot these days.
i also have a wonderful man by my side, who helps keep me calm, and focused, and sane.
not to mention a bouncing 2-year-old, who keeps me smiling, and laughing, and busy!