A State of Emergency Moment

My home county has been declared a state of emergency, along with several other Southern California counties. We are on Day 5 of the heaviest rain I’ve experienced in our 11 years of living here. Gene braved the weather to go to his L.A. office on Monday, but after a 2.5 hour commute home that evening, he’s working from home, and I am fully supporting that decision!

The view out my home office window is grey and soggy. Our hulking 100-pound dog refuses to go outside to respond to the call of nature unless accompanied by one of us and a large umbrella. We don’t want to find out what happens if we refuse to accommodate this wimpiness, so out we go, giant umbrella at the ready. *Sigh*

Rain, rain go away

Christmas is mere days away, and here we sit, huddled up in our homes, hoping and praying the roof holds true. It does certainly put things in perspective however. It is in this moment I really, tangibly understand what it is to be thankful for a roof over my family’s head.

With all this introspection and mild anxiety, it is with such pleasure and delight that I received unexpected gifts from some very special individuals who have shared their personal tea moments with me over the past 2 years. One arrived from Germany and brought me to tears with its thoughtfulness. The other from one of my dear tea mentors and his wife. I look forward to sharing these moments in more detail in the future, but I wanted to take time today to acknowledge these kindnesses that impacted me so much.

For those of you who are blessed with shelter, food, family, friends and good weather, I ask you to think of those who are experiencing a state of emergency not just today, but this month and this year. For me, I am especially touched by those who are new or expectant mothers that have personally found “no room at the inn.” Casa Teresa provides temporary housing and ongoing support for pregnant women who are alone. I encourage you to consider offering a gift to them or one of the states of emergency that is close to your own heart.

And now, I will sit back with a cup of Toasted Walnut from DAVIDsTEA, and know that no storm is forever. There is a rainbow coming.

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6 responses to “A State of Emergency Moment

  1. susie

    i second that! casa teresa is a wonderful organization!!

  2. Jen

    It is! I’m so impressed with all of the support they provide mothers. I know how difficult it was to have a new baby with just me and my husband and no family nearby. The thought of being completely on your own is heartbreaking to me, and my heart goes out to these women and their courage.

  3. S

    Thank you for the great reminder, I have a bag of boys clothes that I hope they might be able to use. Ahh.. I am sighing over your toasted walnut, that is one of my fav’s.

  4. Meg

    That’s awful weather you’ve got! I hope it clears up quickly! We’ve had some record breaking rains here in Seattle as well!

    • Jen

      Today has been grey but at least dry. Hooray! But we’ve had to introduce ourselves to this mysterious category of clothing known as ‘rain gear.’ I believe you Seattle-types have the skinny on these things…

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