All the work of Fire Recovery is DONE.
Saturday, 9/24/16: My Paradise was damaged by a bad Fire.
When I saw the last of the work was done, after 4 months….
That made it real.
Oh, no. Not a bit. (heh-heh)
To everyone who helped me, please feel my deep gratitude!
You not only restored my home,
you gently placed my home back into my heart.
I hope these photos show you how you brought
your fellow traveler
from slipping into hopelessness
to the INDESCRIBABLE JOY of a recovery
I could never have accomplished
without your love!
From the beginning …………………………………………..to the Good Ending!
WE MADE IT!
I had invited my friend, Jane, to share my home, promising a peaceful place for as long as she wanted. (Yeah, right). She’s been a real trooper through it all.
I especially thank her for being an understanding, loving friend through my every mood, decision, lack of decision, rolling with the highs and lows, bearing up VERY patiently with over 4 months of living, eating, working out of her bed, as I did the same out of my old blue chair, not having a kitchen sink until after Thanksgiving, yet cooking a duck in our new oven on Thanksgiving Day. (yum!)
……………Jane, you are a Goddess!
A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words
“Before and after” photos…
…seem to walk through the recovery path enough to give you a picture of the good you helped create, whether you helped clear the initial debris the day and week of the fire, gave us lodging or use of your laundry, unloaded materials, donated money, sent up prayers, held good energy in your heart, or spoke a kind word. Even if you took a load of trash, you took some weight off my heart.
I can’t find words for what hope I felt when everyone in the neighborhood saw flames to the sky and rushed over to see how they could help, to love, to care.
I was utterly amazed by the devotion and expertise of those who did the extensive flooring, electrical, gas and building work! In your care, I knew I was safe and secure in the Hands of the Master Builder.
I also deeply appreciate the businesses who treated me so fairly and are devoted to sustainability and products safe for people and planet. I’m so glad my research for non-toxic materials led me to you!
You all lifted me up and held me in a Sacred Communion of strength to carry on and miraculously know each next step to take.
I share these photos with heartfelt gratitude.
Inside: Replace Flooring in Kitchen and Living Room, Fix Kitchen, ceiling, walls, door and window, Replace damaged Cabinets & Appliances, Repair Electrical, Plumbing.
Where to put everything while the work’s being done? (for 4 months!)
But the journey takes a beautiful turn….
Hard to believe the transformation!
Here’s Simon, the cat who almost didn’t escape the fire! He loves sitting on every new spot he sees!
Outside: Repair Roofing, Siding, Replace Shed and Laundry Appliances
TWO SHEDS FOR LAUNDRY, STORAGE AND TOOLS: GONE!
(I climbed that ladder and helped put
up the first beam!)
. ….. It came CLOSE. .HOME AT LAST.
The sheds burned to the ground, and enough damage was done in the house that it has taken all this time to recover. It’s a miracle the whole place didn’t go up in flames in minutes!
I couldn’t get insurance on this place after the two hurricanes hit in 2004, so had to use my savings. I’m so grateful to all who helped with donations that made it possible to get it all done. I could not have done it without you.
To all our Fellow Travelers:
God’s Loving Heart is truly who you are. You have touched our hearts with Divine Love and restored not only our home but the Spirit of Joy in its walls.
With every bite we cook, every load of laundry, every move we make in our beautiful Living Space, Jane and I feel the Divine Helping Hand of God’s Family!
Your love is the Breath of God we breath in our new Paradise.
You might not think you did a lot, but you can trust the Infinite Reach
of your Pure Wholeness!
With every breath, Jane and I say thank you!
Deep Peace to you!
Di Lemon and Jane