I wanted to take a moment before all the busyness of Thanksgiving takes over and the cake baking, stuffing making, turkey basting all become the priority. I really can’t believe the holiday is just two days away. We still have
One of the things I love about Thanksgiving is that is is not about “things”. It is about reflection, people, family and being together to break bread and to point out the good things going on in the world, and in our personal worlds.
In the spirit of good reflections, I wanted to share
From the time the tree
When things go right.
This immense tree was gone within a few hours. It is fascinating to watch these people in action. The tree people recommended an emergency team which we called and had come out and get our homes (this tree fell on the neighbors back side of their house too) sealed up should it rain again. There were a few holes in the roof that needed to be covered up. These are the people we are now working with to fix the parts of our home the tree damaged, and also to get a new roof as we needed to do that anyway!
Our AC had gone out and the power in our bedroom had gone out, and it just didn’t occur to us to flip the breakers. And at this time in Georgia, it was HOT outside right as the storm rolled in. But with the rains came the cooler air and we were able to open the house and let the breeze through, so no AC was not a big deal. We had some close friends over for dinner that night. It is always comforting to be with people you love when confronted with a life-changing event.
This event wasn’t so life changing in retrospect, but it felt that way when it happened. Adrenaline kicks in and the thoughts of what could have happened raced to the forefront.
- Our friend David could have been there on his way to Florida and his car would have been the one to get smashed.
- We could have parked the truck where we usually do and the truck would have been fine.
- We could have been at our mountain house when this happened and we would not have managed the situation so quickly.
- We could have flipped the breakers and had the AC working again, but it took a conversation with my bestie Aiden to figure that one out several days later!
- The tree could have fallen directly ON US!
When does a person every say that they love their insurance company??? The truck ended up a complete loss and since we owned it, they paid us replacement value and we were made whole on the truck. Quickly. We had the money in the bank within a week.
The claim on the house is still on-going but they have paid us fairly for the damage so far. There has been nothing to complain about during this whole process! It has been smooth and people have all been responsive.
And the best news is that we will be getting a new roof! We will also be extending our back porch and will screen it in. We are also going to go upstairs and create a master bedroom & bath, and an office above the new porch. We are so excited
I feel like the tree that fell on us is the giving tree. Did you ever read that as a kid? The tree that essentially sacrifices itself for the kid until it is has depleted itself completely. The tree that none of us were worried about coming down, fell perfectly at a time when we could embrace the change and move on in a new direction.
Our neighbors had the forethought to keep a large section of the tree.
So on this day, 2 days before Thanksgiving, I sit with great comfort for many things and people in my life. I sit with a grateful heart for the things that went right. I am thankful for:
- Our Family
- Our Friendships
- Our mountain family
- Our ability to have the city and mountain homes
- Our cat and dog, whom give me such joy
- Our health
- Our abundance
- Our relationship and the friendship between us
We have been so lucky for so many years. Life has its ups and downs, no doubt. But when you have a whole day set aside for people to stop and say THANKS, to feel appreciation for the fortunate lot in life we lead… well, my cup runneth over.