This is my second try! It’s so frustrating when you’re all done, hit publish and it’s nowhere to be found. So now you’ll get the abbreviated version because for the first time during the trip mosquitoes are out and very hungry. I’m sitting outside under a tent but they’ve found me.
Worked hard on the roof again. We got it all under tarpaper today and a third of the back roof shingled. It’s supposed to rain tomorrow around noon. I don’t know that we’ll be able to get it finished, though we’ll surely give it our best. My right hand is pretty sore from gripping the hammer, and of course the various and sundry other muscles not used to being used. Even Matt is sore and went to bed right after dinner (he’s not sleeping very well). I’m going to try to get to bed early tonight as well, but I see it’s already late.
After dinner tonight Miss Irene and Dr. Ed debriefed us and we talked and shared. I’m learning a lot about D’Iberville and the hurricane. I think less than a week ago a tornado touched down here and the D’Iberville Volunteers Foundation was right on it, replacing a roof the next day and helping a car dealership clean up from some damage. One of the men then read a letter someone had written and I’m going to post it here, so if you wonder why I do things like this I can just say that this is my reward.
Words can’t express how thankful we all are to have you come down here to the coast and help us rebuild our lives. As I meet each and every one of you, words can’t express how my family and friends have been touched by your generosity! I can remember after the storm how devastated the whole coast was, but because of you, we have been able to come back bigger and almost better than we once were.
To have traveled from all over the world and leave your families, to come to a place where the destruction was endless, shows us that there are people that still care about us here on the coast, and to know we haven’t been forgotten means everything to us and our neighbors! We know the long hours you have worked here, the sweat and the tears you have cried for us. Yet you keep coming back, not complaining once or even getting paid. Our hearts and prayers go out to each and every one of you for sticking it out with all of us. You truly are our angels. I know because I pray to God every day for help for my neighbors. You have made that possible in so many ways. All I can say is thank you. Thank you for allowing God to do his work through you. May God be with you on your next journeys.
Sincerely, the Powells
This lady has provided lunch each day and they’re not working on her house, but her neighbors!!!
I’m heading off to bed. We’ve been informed that tomorrow a TV crew is coming from NBC and that on May 30 there will be a 2-1/2 minute clip on the work the DVF has done. I’m going to try to stay behind the cameraman!
Here’s the link I mentioned yesterday to The Kindness of Strangers. One of the teams was over at this lady’s house today doing some touch-up work. Her house is almost done!!!