In May of this year my mom lost her house and most of her belongings to the floods in Tennessee (see the related post just few below this one). Since then, my brother and sister-in-law have helped her purchase and renovate a foreclosed home that is immediately next door to them. This house was abandoned and nasty. It looked like something from an episode of Hoarders. My family hauled away something like 20 loads of trash on a 16-foot trailer.
The pictures below show a different story now. The renovations that were to be completed by contractors concluded a little over a week ago. That's good news but that also means that the remainder of the work will be done by family members...and probably at a much slower pace.
Clayton Hershner (Children's Minister here at Parkside) and I were able to go down this past weekend and help out a little bit. We installed light fixtures and ceiling fans throughout the house and prepared the rooms for baseboards. My family will be installing flooring and painting with hopes that mom can be moved in and settled by Thanksgiving. That sounds like a long way off but it really isn't when you consider that the work is now being completed at the convenience of people who have full-time jobs. I know mom is excited and can't wait. And I know that they're all ready for a break.
Thanks to all of you who continue to ask about her, pray for her, and for those of you who've helped in very practical ways. Thanks to the Henize and Harshfield families for their donated furniture, too. God and His Family have been faithful and mom is continually being blessed by generosity and concern.