This Tuesday I’ll be taking the children home to witness the devastation of our home after the Tasmanian Bushfires that swept through Murdunna with a vengeance last week.
After arriving in Hobart afew days ago (aboard Emily the yacht with David), via King George Sound – Murdunna (where the children caught a glimpse of Murdunna’s devastation), we have taken some timeout at Nana Bev’s recently rented home to recharge and let it all sink in.
The generosity of friends and strangers, community organisations and private businesses has been lifting our spirits, helping us to feel supported through this tumultuous time, giving us strength to face the massive journey ahead of us.
As I rested aboard the yacht afew days ago eating a piece of Christmas cake with David, the children were in a flurry at Nana’s discovering the gifts of clothing and toys that kind people had donated and delivered here to my mothers house – a taste of Christmas again, after the bitter taste of losing it all.
When I say losing it all – we had just rebuilt our lives, starting from scratch after my relationship with Sage’s father ended in 2009. Many essential household items were slowly replaced over 4 years and the workshop of tools I require for the trade of making ‘Spoon Jewellery’, were gradually being accumulated. Renting privately, the home of our dear friend and neighbour Jet Black, we found ourselves at home feeling nurtured in a small community of beautiful and creative people (all who have been effected in one way or another through this natural disaster).
Before Christmas, I said to the children, “I finally feel like we’ve landed and have what we need – I feel at home here, I love this place and the people here and we are NOT moving again – not until it’s into our own home”. We were in a situation where we could enjoy a few spoils, new sporting equipment and bikes, a boombox for the ipad that Ella requires for her first year of high school this year, some icebreaker thermals – some good stuff.
We know we can do it, we’ve done it before – but we don’t want to do it alone this time and we need to make it happen soon, so we can get back to the focus of Ella’s first year of secondary education and rebuilding our community so Sage has a school to attend this year.
Personally, I find it difficult to ask for help – being the independent, capable and stoic person I am, I find myself charging forward, giving my all to make it happen. But this is big, and I do need your support.
Today I created a Paypal button. This allows anyone to make a donation of any amount directly to us, to assist in the rebuilding of our lives.
We are also open to hugs, kind words of support and physical items to get us started again. The children and I will be working on wishlist’s over the next few weeks if you are keen to assist in this department.
By providing financial assistance we are empowered to step forward and start again, how we need to, reducing the overwhelming enormity of this road ahead.
With Gratitude and Love,