I started this blog to keep my church, friends and family updated on my year volunteering in Katrina recovery with the Presbyterian Church (USA). I've now signed on for a second year working in disaster recovery and another year living in Mississippi. It's getting good....

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

And now for a change....

...a good day to share with you!

I fell like I spend most of my blogging life whining. Do I? Wow, I sure hope not. So, in an effort to share some of the highs- here you go.

Today, after being woken up at 2:45 am by the call from one of our village managers who was reporting that they were evacuating the volunteers from their camp due to tornado warnings but that their designated safe location was locked and so they planned instead to ride out the warning time in a local Wal-Mart, and the subsequent wake-up call at 4:00 am saying that they'd made it back to the village and safely back to bed, tornado-free., and after saying good-bye to a great friend who moved away from the coast today, I shared in some minor successes that deserve some major celebration:

I had a productive meeting with a homeowner, volunteer, and long-term volunteer where we actually made a plan to make a home livable for the homeowner. We found resources to provide a skilled volunteer team with materials to finish out the work for one of the many, many homeowners down here who are so sick of waiting to get back into their homes that they are moving in before the work is done (read: electricity/plumbing).

Then I went to a long term recovery meeting where I think I finally, finally made the right connection to set some of our homeowners up with some real, tangible help in the coming months. This particular agency has been under some major changes in the past month and today I got to see the progress in action. It gave me some much needed hope.

I had lunch with our HQ team and our National Coordinator. Lately, I've been dreading our HQ meetings- they've been dragging on and tugging hard on the emotions. But today we spoke, joked, and got some business done. It felt good.

I had a good walk with the pup after lunch (always a treat).

I went back to the office and made a dent in my way-over-due paperwork pile.

I received an email from a departed volunteer who is considering plans to return!

I called my friend/pastor from MD and stumbled into the middle of our church mission committee meeting- so I got to share this great day with folks from home that I miss so dearly.

I hunkered down in the trailer, tucked in with the pup and watched a really good movie.

I'll take a Wednesday like this one (minus the early morning evacuation stuff and the friend leaving me stuff) any time!

1 comment:

Linda said...

yeah for good days!

p.s. are y'all getting tons of tornado warnings today??