Monday, September 12, 2011

Pin Oak-ey Hole

Much Makes My Monday....

1.) the fact Smiley Tree has been extracted from our home

2.) the fact that neither inhabitants of the home nor those who did the dangerous work of removing the tonnage of wood were harmed

3.) the fact Double Daddy's humor is unflappable. "We used to have pull-down stairs to our attic, now we have walk-up branches."

4.) the fact the sign above is NOT a demolition order. The understatement of "very bad structure damage" is kind of amusing...

5.) the fact that despite Ben Franklin's memorable quote "Fish and visitors stink after three days," our kids were all near tears when we departed our friends' home---with whom we stayed eleven days.

6.) the fact that our insurance company, a local realtor, and family who planned to sell was willing to rent all worked in concert to get us safely in a home near our school, and in our neighborhood

7.) the fact that Double Daddy has relentlessly worked to make our new house a home...for the next 9-12 months

8.) the fact Larry dog is home wherever we are

9.) the fact that our kids handled a postponed vacation, a birthday away from "our home" and the start of their fourth grade year with grace and aplomb
10.) the fact the hugs and incredible gestures of generosity and kindness from friends seem to be more long-lived than the days of traffic slows to gawk at the architectural carnage.

11.) the fact that our home, ever-modest, is now tarped---preventing further damage until the rebuild can begin.

Please share what Makes YOUR Monday! We all have so very much to be grateful for....




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10 comments:

cat said...

I just love how you pick out those positives! Lots of love.

Julia said...

Praise! Awesome perspective! So much to be thankful for!

Rochelle@AFamilyofLooneys said...

So glad you guys are ok. I love your list. So many things to be thankful for.

debi9kids said...

I agree with Cat.. your positive attitude is wonderful and will see you through anything...
heck! If you can get through cancer, you can do this, right?

Kristi H said...

Oh my goodness! We're here in Richmond from TX for that very reason... just hate that you had to be one of the ones to suffer such damage! I hope things go smoothly and work gets started soon! And SO glad you all were safe when it happened! I can't imagine how scary that must have been! (BTW: We love your city! Lots of fun things to do!)

Andrea said...

So glad you have everything laid out! You have such a positive attitude! Your poor house!! :(

Barbara Manatee said...

wow! I'm so glad some things have fallen into place for you despite the damage!! It definitely goes to show, what goes around, comes around - people look out for you, friend!

Rebecca @ Unexplained X2 said...

Oh man...only you could find some good in this. I'd be complaining up a storm! I'm so glad you're all okay!

Safire said...

Oh Cheryl! I'm so so glad you guys are safe. Here's hoping your house will be fixed soon.

Christina Baglivi Tinglof said...

Wow! Before I read the post and figured out what had happened, I thought the photographs were photoshopped! They're surreal! Glad no one was hurt.