One Year


sept 3 2011


One Year

Today is September 3rd. This is what our street looked like exactly one year ago.

That is our mailbox on the right, and all the debris around it is the contents of our house covered in mud.

However, yesterday, we celebrated with a Victory Party in our newly renovated downstairs. We sang praises to God who sent just the right people at the just the right time to rebuild our house and our spirits.

Our whole family was together in the new house for the first time: Christopher and his wife Rashell with their three little boys Robert, Alex, and Benjamin; Jonathan and his wife Kate with Noah, who is now 10 months old; and Nathan with his fiancee Chelsea. Neighbors, church family, and volunteers gathered to celebrate with us. Anyone who went through this experience is still telling about it; I am hearing stories of my family member’s experiences for the first time. We know we will never be the same. I hope we will be better than before, just like our house is, and just like our town will be.

This is probably my last blog entry. My goal was to keep far-away volunteers updated about the progress on the house, and it is safe to say that the work is almost completed. I’m guessing that our to-do list is about the same length as many home-owners who have not been flooded but are just plain busy. So I am going to say “Thank you” again: to those who came to our house immediately, those who came on “Labor for Your Neighbor” weekend,  Brad and Duane who came every day for many months, the team from Michigan, and those who came on weekends when they could. Some individuals drove to Schoharie, drove around, saw us working, and joined in. Many came with work, school or church groups and were assigned to our house by the amazing people at Schoharie Recovery. Many sent monetary donations. All the volunteers and homeowners were fed daily by even more volunteers who formed the Loaves and Fishes Cafe. Prayers for strength, safety, and provision were answered in miraculous ways. I think of a line from a song by Kutless  called “What Faith Can Do”:

“It doesn’t matter what you’ve heard, impossible is not a word, it’s just a reason for someone not to try.”

So much help from so many people. And each of them had the faith that if we all worked together, our house and our town could recover. Please remember that many have not been as quick to rebuild. If you are able to help in any way, please consider doing so.

Ultimately, I thank God who walked with us and provided for us every step of the way.

I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart;
I will tell of all your wonderful deeds. Psalm 9:1

I leave you with photos of some of the decorative touches that are making our house a home for the Meredith family again. Thank you for sharing this journey with us.

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