Sunday, April 5, 2009
Life on the marsh in Southeast Texas
Steven, my oldest grandson, Ted, and I are getting accustomed to living a varied life right on the marshland on the Gulf of Mexico. I never knew the different wildlife and birds that call this part of Texas home. One can stand or sit on our long deck any time of the day or night and be entertained as if you are watching a televised program on National Geographic or one of the programs similar to that. The birds are amazing in their color, flight patterns, habits and how they eat from what Mother Nature has provided for them.
We moved back to the Peninsula after having lived in a beautiful condo in Galveston for several months since the storm. Because of having to ride the ferry back and forth, and waiting in the always long lines, much of the workday was spent in transportation and we needed to get back on Bolivar to seriously begin the building process. Our seven lots are cleared and cleaned of all debris (except Ted's boat collection) and we are ready to begin.
We have been busy getting settled into new quarters, cleaning, decorating and putting things away. It's beginning to look like home now.
We attended a huge panel discussion yesterday sponsored by The Public Adjusters for our Bolivar Peninsula residents to learn more about how we can continue to fight against the injustices being meted out by Texas Windstorm Insurance Association. No one here on the entire Peninsula has been paid fairly that we know of anyway. Most are being offered the 11.2 percent settlement we were presented with, which is nothing like what we are owed. The battle continues!
Steven Alan Brown, soon to be 14, came to live with Ted and I a week ago from his home in Tennessee. It appears that his mom (my youngest daughter, Nikki) and my son in law (Steve Brown) are getting a divorce and breaking up their beautiful home nestled in the pretty pastureland of Tennessee just under the Kentucky border. Divorce is always hardest on the children and Steven and Brendan are no exception.
Steven has adapted well to life in Southeast Texas and my friends have been wonderful to surround him with lots of love and attention. He had his first week in eighth grade at our new Crenshaw School and did very well. He made 110 on his weekly spelling test by getting all of those hard words correctly and a bonus word. He was thrilled as was I! He is also continuing to take guitar lessons here on the Peninsula and enjoys that music. One of my friends brought him a new iPod and complete set up yesterday to the gathering, plus $100 of iTunes gift cards and he was absolutely delighted. He was also given a $25 gift card by another friend for helping with the gathering.
Ted can teach Steven a lot about "man stuff," and the two will no doubt fish, build, repair, tinker and oh, did I mention eat? He and I have always had a special connection and nothing has ever broken that.
Please pray for my children that God's will can be done and that Brendan will fare well during all of this. He is getting to visit his dad this weekend in Georgia and he was excited about that trip.
Happy Easter and Happy Spring to each of you, dear family and friends.