While our nation lurches on with the media’s daily barrage of polarizing narratives, most have forgotten the struggle of millions recovering from 2018 disasters–a blizzard, a volcanic eruption, nor’easters, wildfires, earthquakes, tornadoes, floods, mudflows, and for those of us in the Florida Panhandle, a category 5 hurricane named Michael.
Today marks the first anniversary of Michael’s strike. I’m thankful and proud to be part of a community that has pulled together with kindness and fortitude to help each other in the recovery effort.
And yes, the restoration continues. As for my house, the chimney is repaired, and three-quarters of the roof was installed a couple months ago … still waiting on its completion. We have a long way to go before we are whole, but we’re thankful to be able to live in our home. Many are still living in trailers, RVs, and other temporary housing while waiting for contractors to show up and rebuild.
Despite the challenges, it’s a blessing to see how neighbors have become friends, encouraging and helping one another. I acknowledge and thank the One who gives all increase and growth in budding leaves in the trees, greenery in our landscapes, and unconditional kindness in hearts.
Here’s a photo-story of recovery in one neighborhood–ours. Enjoy, and peace to you.