Monday, February 22, 2010

with a grateful heart and hands

From that very first moment in January when we returned to our home destroyed by water, we swam through a vast river of feelings and emotions. …hysteria, fear, sadness, loss, uncertainty, anger, guilt, and darkness.

However, from the very beginning, you, our community, friends and family have abundantly and generously offered glimmers of light to keep us going. You have refreshed our hope and guided us to turn a corner.Like a Phoenix, Heritage Haus will rise again!!

Your gifts have reconfirmed that the way we try to live our life really does work! “Do onto others as you would have others do unto you”.

We are enthusiastic about this new opportunity for Heritage Haus. It will be better than ever before! It is our deepest desire to rebuild and restore her to the best of our abilities.

Thank you for your interest in our future; your love, support and concern has been heartfelt by us both.

Matt says, “My father died when I was young, and one of the few things I remember him saying was “ A mans wealth is judged by his family and friends” so by that measure of wealth, Deb and I are the richest folks alive!!

"Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have …life itself". ~Walter Anderson~


rebecca said...

i am crying tears of J O Y!
this is what it is all about. being there in times of need for those we love..
had i wings i would have flown over mountain and plane to be with you for your celebration.

sending you love from afar...

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Teteel said...

Yes, we love you. Yes, the Heritage Haus will be amazing! Much love from Athens to you and Matt.

Michelle said...

Let the journey begin!!!

It will be an interesting year, won't it? How about a construction blog... a post a day... until completion?

one love. many hearts.

Staci Danford said...

I was always taught that you had to "be a friend to have a friend"... and that is why you guys are so blessed.....YOU have been such precious friends to sooooooooo many... Blessings your way..

kt said...

your fundraiser photos were a joy to look at! so happy you two are surrounded by such good friends.

Miss Robyn said...

I love all your quotes that you share.. now tell me.. just what all the corks were for?