Just an update on our situation. We're still in our home-away-from-home hotel. We upgraded to a 2 bedroom, 2 bath suite with a kitchen. In a lot of ways, it's just like home. The cats are here. The kids are here. I bought a small Christmas tree. Some presents are here. Some food is here. Electricity is here.
Unlike home though, our hotel has running water, heat, cable and wireless internet. We got the Electric Company (National Grid) reconnect our Electricity. Our electrician is over at the house this evening to figure out how much damage was done on the inside of the house (electrically that is). We will also be able to figure out if the furnance still works or if there is more damage there. Hopefully by tomorrow we can get the water turned on and then have the "gift" of heat in our house. :-) Once we get heat, then we can get the house cleaned. Once we get running water, heat and clean of all of the smoke and dust, then we can schedule a move-in date for our house.
For those that don't know, Massachusetts is expecting 10-12" of snow tomorrow and then other storm on Sunday, then another one on Wednesday of next week. So while we have made a lot of progress to get into the house, we still have steps to go to get into the house. All fun!
I think folks may wonder why I'm not in more of a panic. I guess when you have an Alexis-baby, you learn to count blessings. It was 2 years ago (now-ish) that Kaitlyn died in utero. We are always counting our blessings. Our house is not inhabitable now, but it is definitely standing, live-able and we can see the future when we can get back into the house. Like with Alexis, we have learned to celebrate the positive and what we are blessed with. Being away from home at this time of the year is difficult, but life is difficult. We are blessed in many ways, and we are a strong family with support network that keeps us together!
So, send along your prayers that we do return to the house -- but don't worry Matt enjoys the hot breakfast each morning and the mini-dinners at night. :-)
Love to all,Catherine (Alexis, Jessica & Matt)