Posted by: angelnorman | December 23, 2010

the house that meemaw built

In May of this year, my mother-in-law lost almost everything she had in the floods that devastated so much of Nashville and other areas of Middle Tennessee. In the wake of such destruction, her car was totaled, her home condemned, and so many of her possessions either swept away by the river or completely destroyed. Fortunately, living on a flood plane, she had homeowner’s insurance that included flood protection. So many Tennesseans who were affected by the flood did not have this protection, my grandparents included.

Yesterday we went to her neck of the woods (which is about an hour and a half from our own home), to heelp her move in. We were there from morning till night, hanging curtains, washing dishes and putting them away, mounting her tv’s, etc. It was unbelievably gratifying to finally start making her house, which she’s been building for MONTHS, into a home. While I’m sure she’d love for someone to hand her several thousand dollars and say, “here, pam, finish your house…” I think she was more thrilled yesterday just having those small touches that make a home a home, things so many of us take for granted. Like curtains. Or beds. Or rugs. Things that make you feel comfortable. Those are the things that make you feel like you’ve arrived at home finally, you know, being able to slip off your shoes and walk across YOUR floors. Being able to reach into a cabinet and grab a towel… Heck, using the bathroom on a real toilet and not in a port-a-potty in your front yard.

This has been a long time coming for her. I was thrilled yesterday to be a part of her first night in her new home. Praise God for His blessings.

I will post pics after Christmas!



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