Dusting Ourselves Off…

New year 2013

Happy New Year! It’s been  while since I’ve updated my situation after Superstorm Sandy. I’ll give you a basic rundown as to where we are in renovations and our personal recovery.

We are roughly 2-3 weeks away from being able to return home. We started our journey on October 28, 2012. It is now, January 3, 2013. We are closing in on 10 weeks post-Sandy.

Currently, we are still living with my parents, in their 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom ranch. We are one of the lucky ones who had family to go and stay with during and after the storm. Nicholas was able to go back to school 9 days after the storm hit, even while we continued not to have power at my parents’ house. It’s been pretty tight here but, we’ve been able to make it work as best as we can. I’m very grateful to be with my family.


About 2 weeks ago, Cam was on his way to Home Depot. While sitting at a light, a woman behind him didn’t notice the cars were stopped in front of her and she drove into our Mazda and pushed it into the car in front of him. There’s major damage to both the front and back of it. <sigh> It’s now in the shop getting fixed as of yesterday. I’m surprised they didn’t total the car. We should have it back in 2-3 weeks.. Maybe we’ll have it back around the time we go home.

Cam and my dad have made incredible strides in the house. The floor is down, kitchen& bathroom are in and mouldings are going up. My dad did a lot of work refinishing our stairs and they look gorgeous! I love our new floor and how everything is coming together. The appliances are beautiful and our downstairs looks amazing! (Especially once you look past all the tools and mess everywhere.)


I figure we have about a week of pure clean up and undoing what we took upstairs. The upstairs of my house looks like who did it and ran! I become overwhelmed each time I have to go up there to look for something. It’s that bad… Trust me, it makes you want to run away!

Over the Christmas season, we were blessed with good friends and family visiting and sending beautiful cards. We were also blessed by very generous friends and family who gave us monetary gifts and wonderful Santa gifts for our children. It means the world to us to be remembered and helped during this difficult time. The kind gestures made Christmas even more special for our kids. Our family was adopted by a family in Minnesota, a family from a sister church to St. Jerome. I’m beyond grateful to everyone and their kind generosity. My friend, Mary, submitted my blog post about Sandy to the Two River Theater in Red Bank and we won a very special evening out to see a live performance of “Wind in the Willows.” It was wonderful for my mom and I to get out and for my boys to see a live performance. There were several families who were invited to see the performance who were displaced, too. It was a very special evening.

So, we are doing okay, now it’s getting back on our feet and getting our house clean and us home. In the springtime, we have incredible clean up in our back yard. It was completely trashed in the storm. A new swing set will need to be purchased for the kids, too. I hope my raspberry bushes survived.. Time will tell and I hope the upcoming weather is kind to us here in the NY/NJ shore areas. We need the weather to stay calm and clear. We also still need help. There are people who are still in hotels, people who have not yet begun their rebuilding. Please keep those people in your thoughts and prayers. If we all didn’t have some assistance, many of us would be living in our cars… Some are anyway, I see them on the news. Anyway, thoughts and prayers are always encouraged and welcomed. 🙂

I hope everyone has a blessed and happy New Year. I hope that those in need continue to receive help and things start to get better for them. To be displaced is a very unreal feeling. It’s uncomfortable, you feel helpless, suddenly you have to swallow your pride and accept help from others and it takes more than a long weekend to recover from something this catastrophic. Our journey has been one of lessons learned, finding out who our true friends are, family will help you overcome and life is not easy…. You can lose what you have in an instant. Be thankful for today and have hope for the future. May we never have another catastrophe like this ever again in this area.


Ro… 🙂


3 responses

  1. Ro – if you want some help on the “inside” cleaning up moving things around before you move back I will drive up for the day – I’ll come up early and stay late and I’ll bring a couple friends. I live life by doing the next right thing and “giving back” and helping the next person who suffers – whatever their suffering maybe – take whatever offers you get – you don’t have to do this alone.

    Love and Prayers Jeannie – I would love to help you and finally get to meet you in person.

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