We got some care packages in the mail yesterday from some of them that made our day. Except for what has come in the mail, the kids have not had any other toys for the entire time we have been here which is about 13 days today. The shrieks from the girls at the sight of the Barbies could probably be heard around the county. We also got some grocery and Walmart gift cards and other envelopes full of generosity from friends and beloved family as well.
I feel a little unworthy accepting it all though, because so many people have lost so much compared to us. So if it gets to be too much, I am going to pass it along to some of my elderly neighbors and friends who need the help too. I hope you don't mind. Thank you with all my heart.
The kids have organized their goodies into different boxes - one for school supplies, one for toys, one for fun snacks, and one for kids books. They have been really good about doing their school assignments and staying on task until their work is completed for the day. I'm really proud of them.
And speaking of "Bailey's", my Internet friend Barb sent me a whole bottle of Bailey's Irish Creme, and I wasted no time cracking that puppy open. I think Sis needed it as much as I did. I'm sure most folks would agree that taking 5 people and two dogs into your 1100 sf home overnight when you only have one bathroom is quite a Bailey's occasion, indeed.
So, to my friends and family again I say thank you. You are the best support system a girl could ever have. Thank you for all your cards, letters, email messages, blog comments, phone calls, emotional support, offers for lodging, gifts, and everything else too. I cannot thank you enough.
I'll end this with my favorite quote from It's a Wonderful Life:
"No man is a failure who has friends."