The past couple of weeks have been heavy. The heaviest few weeks that I’ve had since 2012 with the death of my mother. The flood waters came into my neighborhood, displaced us, and washed all of our memories and lives away. We’ve been working tirelessly with cleaning and sanitizing and tearing down walls. We’ve gotten everything down to the framing and cemented floors. And now it’s time to rebuild.

My days have started really, really early. Even earlier than before. I’ve lost a good bit of weight, even though some from stress, most is from all of the work that I’m doing in the house. I think as a result, I’ve gotten to the point where I’m feeling more and more peace as the days go by and I’m much more hopeful.

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It’s both gut-wrenching and hopeful to see my home stripped of its walls and 60% of its flooring. Hopeful because my home is literally a blank canvas and can be designed however I would like it as long as I can finance it. We’ve been working on a design to open up the kitchen. You can blame Joanna Gaines for all of her beautiful open concepts on Fixer Upper.

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I’ve cancelled my trip to Costa Rica just so I can be here for the process and there’s just too much that I need to handle on the forefront to be in another country right now. In hindsight, it probably would have been helpful to go, but I just didn’t want to take the chance.

We’re in our last phase of sanitizing and drying everything out. Walls are supposed to be going up later next week. Pinterest boards are going to come to life. Plans into fruition. Peace is slowly but steadily being restored. I’m excited and so, so grateful!

A few close friends of mine said they can’t wait to see how I make it through this. How my resilience and faith will push me through this. Well, what better way than to document it? House to Home 2.0.

Thank you for all of your prayers & support. Please continue to pray for us. It has not only been physically draining, but mentally draining as well, but we are maintaining. I can’t even begin to thank you all enough! 

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  1. Mia

    August 28, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    I’m glad you are finding hope and peace again love…I can’t wait for you to continue documenting this journey because it seems as though as soon as it happened people stopped talking about it. I continue to pray for your family and your home every day because I don’t know what I would do if something like this happened, we had the big flood in columbia, sc about a year or two ago and luckily my house is on a hill so the water just kind of rolled down but the backyard got pretty flooded. Continue to find peace and everything will continue to work out for you.

    1. Rae

      August 28, 2016 at 12:45 pm

      I remember when that flood happened. And you know what’s ironic, I had those same thoughts. I thought I wouldn’t know what to do if my city experienced something like that. And here I am. It’s sort of one of those things where you don’t know what would happen until it actually happens yanno?

      But we’re thriving. And thankful for the strength that has been bestowed upon us.. all the prayers and donations. Some days are still hard to get through, but it’s much easier these days now that the initial shock and terror has passed.

      Thank you so much for your thoughts and prayers, Mia!

  2. Daenel T.

    August 28, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    Sending prayers your way. You are a pillar of strength for your kids. I know they appreciate everything you’ve done for them. And, someday, they’re going to look back in wonder and amazement.

    Darn that Joanna Gaines for creating such beautiful homes. Cannot wait to see the finished product.

  3. Amanda Nicole

    August 29, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    I love Joanna too! Her interior design ideas are definitely noted.
    I remember watching my parents renovate their home some years ago, it is no joke. Complete gut job. My father would come home and put the walls up himself after a long day of the same hard work.
    This too shall pass.You’ll get through this, rooting you on during the process.

  4. Law_Fal

    August 29, 2016 at 9:20 pm

    The rebuilding process makes everything so much realer, but I can already see the glo-up is going to be sooo phenomenal. I hate you won’t be with me in Costa Rica, but taking care of home will make the next trip so much easier to enjoy. Business first and then back on your world tour. I’ve said it before but please don’t hesitate to call, text, tweet, IG or whatever if you need me. Be it legal advice or advice from helping my parents rebuild after IKE or even to vent or WHATEVER! Prayers for you as always & have fun getting to redesign your dream home as much as you can!

    1. Rae

      August 31, 2016 at 8:53 am

      Looks like I may have to go — no trip insurance. But maybe this is God giving me a little break for all that has happened. LOL!

  5. Shannon

    September 1, 2016 at 7:34 pm

    I’m glad to hear that you’re finding some time to exhale and be hopeful. I think during times like these the best thing to do is to be as patient and hopeful as possible. What else is there to do when giving up is not in your character? It makes for clearer thoughts and ideas. At least I like to think so. I’m quite sure everything is going to look absolutely beautiful when you’re done. While there may be a hassle, starting from scratch and being able to remodel your home exactly the way you like it may prove to be completely worth it all in the end.

  6. Chinyere

    September 7, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    Wow, I didn’t realize it was this severe. So sorry. aI am really glad that the healing and rebuilding process has already begun for you. Without the rain there’s no rainbow. Will def keep y’all in my prayers?

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