I just wanted to say THANK YOU to the wonderful people who have sent me support, both monetary and in thoughts and prayers. It means a lot. We still need about 600 more on the roof/kitchen/back porch in supplies … I don’t know if anyone can help us here, but if so, it’d be GREATLY appreciated… Because the roof was leaking so badly, it ruined our kitchen floor, to the point where there are areas that are in danger of falling through. We have a few sheets of plywood covering the really bad parts but it didn’t do any good to fix it all when there were still leaky spots. The first thing we’re trying to do is to get the mold on the back porch under control—we hope. That stuff is a pain to deal with because by the time you see it, it means that there’s a lot behind the walls that you can’t see, and those will have to be torn out completely and rebuilt. We can do it; we just need the funding. As humbling as it is, I am going to post pictures of our kitchen ceiling, just so you can see what I’m talking about and that honestly, I’m not joking about any of it. That’s the ceiling that completely fell in. Yeah, it’s not pretty.
For those who have asked, yes, we’ve tried to apply for help from some of the places around here that will do that kind of thing. The problem we’ve run into is that they all have a backlog of people they’re already helping, well into next summer, and, well, we can’t wait that long. I did sign up to help with some of them, though, because I figure that it’s the least I can do, even if we cannot wait for help ourselves. It seems like all the agencies around here are stretched to their limits already, and it’s sad but it just goes to show that Indiana on a whole is NOT okay.
In any case, I hate to ask, but I must… if anyone has the inclination to help us still, please see my last post (below this one) for the donation links, and again, THANK YOU SO MUCH to those who have helped us and who continue to inspire me. I love you all, and I am trying to get myself back into the frame of mind to write again. I refuse to leave Valerie and Evan hanging if I can help it, but your kindness has gone a long way toward easing my mind. I think that the real reason I posted anything at all was simply because I was scared and still am. I can literally feel the edges of depression creeping up on me, and it’s a struggle to fend them off every day. I think that anyone would start to feel hopeless and lost after a time, too, and it sucks. It really does. But your thoughts and prayers have helped me already. I thank you for that from the bottom of my heart!