Nine months

Yesterday was a very big day in the Meredith family story. It Noah’s first time staying at Grandma and Grandpa’s house! His Mommy and Daddy were with the summer theater group on a trip to New York City to see “Newsies”. So Noah hung out in our new digs.

The thought of having a home where our grandkids could come to stay and play has been a big factor in our decisions in the rebuilding process. When the entire downstairs was gutted down to the studs, it was hard to imagine that anyone would ever be able to play in it, but now that dream has become a reality. Thank you, Lord, for sending all those helpers and encouragers!

Another big day was May 28th, exactly nine months after the flood. That was the day that our new digital piano arrived at the house. It sounds great and has lots of amazing sounds and applications. I hope to be able to learn how to use it with my new laptop and music notation software to be able to create choral arrangements much quicker than I have in the past. I have made myself a rule to practice piano every day. I am re-acquainting myself with some of the literature I learned when I was taking lessons high school. And, I love playing hymns.

Early last week, as Sandy and I were returning home from a walk, I saw a planter on my front porch with beautiful flowers. I have no idea who put them there! It was a lovely surprise. Every time I see that planter I will remember that we are loved and cared for.

The downstairs half bath is finished. It is very small because before we owned the house, it was a closet under the stairs. Frank found a little pedestal sink that was intended for an RV, and that is now installed. A volunteer came to the house recently to offer help with removing old paint from the stairs. He said the way I was trying to do it was very inefficient, and showed me a much better way to do it. So I will be able to make progress on that project. We are hoping to get the stairs and the upstairs hallway completed this summer. (Flood water did not go upstairs, but the process of gutting and working in the house necessitates and makeover up there.)

These are links to two recent TV news reports. While our home and many others are well on the way to recovery, many others are not. Please pray for those that are still in need, and share this with anyone you know that may be looking for volunteer opportunities this summer.

I will praise God’s name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving. Psalm 69:30

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  1. JJ

     /  June 5, 2012

    Another great post, Mom. I’m glad I had the chance to break in the piano yesterday, and that Noah got to play in my favorite house 🙂

  2. Kathy Jaggers

     /  June 10, 2012

    Loved the update, pictures, sobered by the news reports.


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