Looking Back>Katrina Conquerers:  November 22nd, 2005

Day 86

We’re painting! Hurray! Jon and I took leave this week to get our house ready for the kitchen cabinets and flooring. We have primed all the drywall and have painted the laundry room and kitchen. We changed the color from dark blue to greens. Pale green for the laundry, spring green for the kitchen and garland green for the dining room. I hope I like the new green in the dining room. The previous green was rosemary sprig and it was my favorite room in the house. The new greens are cooler than the rosemary sprig, so I’ll have to wait until we paint the dining room to see how I like it. I also painted the downstairs bathroom, but since the clerk at Walmart used a medium base for the color, rather than the light base which we had previously, the color is slightly different and now I will have to repaint the entire room because the colors don’t match.

Tomorrow, Jon and I hope to paint the master bathroom, finish repainting the other bathroom and paint the living room. Over this past weekend, we were visited by the previous owners of the house. They were in town visiting friends (bringing in needed supplies) and stopped by our house, hoping we would allow them to see how it fared. We invited them in, showed them the waterline (which still exists on one of the living room windows) and see the work we were doing. They were simply amazed; like us, they never considered the possibility of the house flooding. During the course of the conversation we discussed the repainting and I expressed our frustration in having to repaint the entire living room (and its 20 foot ceilings). They told us, much to my delight, that the paint they used should still be on file at the Benjamin Moore store in Gulfport. What a time and effort saver it would be if we could match the paint color. I called the Benjamin Moore store and was able to get paint for the living room and the hall/entry.   We’re hoping it matches.

It’s hard to believe Thanksgiving is upon us. Jon will pick up Heather at college tomorrow. She hasn’t been home in two weeks so it will be good to have her home. We’re planning on celebrating Thanksgiving at our church. We do have so much to be thankful for. We live in a country where we can worship and work in freedom. We have opportunities to travel, to learn, to dream and to enjoy life. We’re not in constant fear of our safety or the safety of our children. We can read what we want, speak what we want and believe what we want. When others are hurting, we reach out with love and compassion. We pour out our hearts to help in whatever way we can.

Give thanks, with a grateful heart, Give thanks, to the Holy One.

Give thanks, because He’s given, Jesus His Son.

Let the weak say I am strong.

Let the poor say I am rich.

Because of what the Lord has done for us.

Give thanks.

Grace & Peace

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About Jill English Johnston

God writes His story on every heart, if we only pause to read it. My heart has lived in a fantasy world since early childhood and am delighted that God has finally brought me to the place where I can bring the fantasies to life through story. I am currently working on a fantasy trilogy (of course) but I also post thoughts, reflections and (hopefully) inspiration to my website: tabletsofhumanhearts.wordpress.com I am a follower of the Rabbi Jesus, married to my best friend and inspiration, and the mother of three incredible children, one daughter and two sons, with one son-in-love. When not writing, I passionately pursue prayer, reading (never enough time to read them all!), and the outdoors. My husband and I both served in the US Navy and have lived/travelled through many states and all over Asia. We both still enjoy travelling, but we really love our home in Schertz, located at the crossroads of Texas, just northeast of San Antonio.
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