Hilary from Feeling Beachie is still recovering from the superstorm Sandy at the beach. I have been able to read a few communications from her this week and she and her husband are physically okay but they are enduring some challenges that are horrific to imagine. Cleaning up flooded houses without electricity, being away from their jobs for a week, relying on others for shelter and food, working non stop to make the house okay to live in, getting electricians lined up without having the constant use of phones and internet—it boggles the mind. The recent Noreaster also dumped snow on them as they stayed with a relative and once again they lost power there for a period of time. Their story is not unique as there are thousands like them but these are people that I “know” and my heart goes out to them. If you know Hilary you know that this has been a particularly difficult year for her as they had to put their beloved cat, Alex, to sleep. Any and all prayers would be appreciated.
Hilary usually does the blog hop on Friday that I join in but she did not have one scheduled for today (or pulled it) so I am going to jump in on another one that seems quite fitting today. Friendship Friday is hosted over at Create With Joy and today’s prompt is as follows:
Question Of The Week
What are you most grateful in your life for at this moment?
What small things do you usually take for granted
But wish to celebrate now?
Join me in expressing those things you are most grateful for
At this week’s Friendship Friday!
I am most grateful for my family and friends today . At this very moment that is what is on my heart and mind. I have been blessed with a wonderful mother and father and siblings and my inlaws turned out to be not too shabby either!!! Since my mom is the only living from the parents and inlaws I realize even more how important those relationships were and it makes me want to spend as much time with my mom as I possibly can. I realize that life happens and that probably when I needed them the most for advice and support I was either too young or too busy to really appreciate all that they had to offer. The same feeling that I am sure my mom has for me I carry for our own two boys who as my husband and I talked this morning—have become the most amazing young men—-they are certainly my pride and joy and after being witness to the death of a wonderful 24 year old last week it makes me want to pull those boys in even closer to me and let them know how much I love them and how proud I am of them.
I do take a lot for granted even though I say I don’t! What I do take for granted is a roof over my head and electricity . While my friend, Hilary, and many many others struggle to cope without these things I am struck by the fact that I do indeed take that for granted. If I could fashion a huge long extension cord to New York I would do it…..Menards–here I come!!!
I am a true believer in helping those we can help—-with all that is within our power. That is the beauty of friendship. While I can not physically do much for Hilary and others like her at the moment what I can do is pledge my Comments for a Cause this month to Sandy relief. It may not be the physical hands that they so desperately need right now but perhaps my small contribution will help make a teeny tiny difference. After all–that is what friendship is all about, right??? So in the spirit of Friendship Friday I urge you to do the same —find some way that you can help out and DO IT!
Head over to join in the blog hop here. You will be glad you did!