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How We Lost Our Home

It has taken me a bit of time to update all of social media, but I am finally ready to update here on the blog. If you follow me online, you know that Wednesday September 15th, I lost my home due to a downed tree. It has been such a roller coaster of emotions and navigating life from here. Sharing with my reborn doll family has always been a process of healing and comfort for me, so I’ll continue to do that as best I can. 🙂

I updated you all on how we made out after Hurricane Ida with minor electrical damages inside our home. The usual stuff us Louisiana folks deal with every year after a hurricane: loss of power for extended periods of time, loss of food and electrical appliances, damage around the home and uprooted trees. This Category 4 hurricane posed a major threat to shoreline residents; our area was one of the luckier ones. I am thankful we made it through without too much pain and suffering.

As always with Hurricane Season, more than one storm event can be expected. Less than two weeks following Hurricane Ida, Tropical Storm Nicholas headed for us. I was really worried about the levels of water that were about to rain down upon us. I was stressed over the aspect of flooding. My fiancé and I lay down to bed around midnight after one of our movie marathons. Not long, around 2:00am we were jolted awake by the loudest cracking and crashing sound I’d ever heard. The house shook and I knew right away that the uprooted tree in our backyard had came falling down. We rushed out of bed as the home alarm system went blaring. In the hallway blocking our path was a huge tree branch. The walls around us busted in and the ceiling above us showing the rainy night sky. The rains from the storm really picked up at this point and started to drench the house. We squeezed by the tree trunk; rushing to turn off the alarm system. At the time, we didn’t realize it, but the buried internet cable line in our backyard was broken from the tree fall. No internet connection means no control over the alarm system. Thankfully, an assistant came on the intercom to insure our safety and disarm the alarm.

As the water came pouring in, I noticed the spreading damage from the sheer weight of the tree on the house. A large crack running across the living room ceiling threatened to spread further. The walls began to leak from water damage; almost as if the house was crying. My fiancé and I both immediately started grabbing our most important possessions: wallets, keys, file folder of important documents, our Mother’s ashes. As we darted back and forth out of the house packing both of our vehicles, I heard my fiancé holler out:

Get the babies! We have to get out of here.

I was in such a panic, trying to grab what I thought we needed. I didn’t know how long we would be gone or if we’d be able to come back. I didn’t know what possessions could be saved. I grabbed up the babies, placed them in the Moses basket and dashed to the car. I remember thinking, “Oh shit, I left Mallory!” Mallory is my toddler reborn, one of seven dolls that unfortunately couldn’t be placed in the Moses basket since she’s the largest. I ran back inside to get her and made it out in time. We got on the road calling our best friends who are more like family. They let us stay over at their home until we can get things sorted out.

Later on that day in the afternoon, the rains finally slowed down enough for us to go back to our home and assess the damages in daylight. It was so dark at the time that things happened, we couldn’t see much. As we pulled up the driveway we could see clearly the damage done. A very large tree sat atop the house almost as if it was growing out of the roof itself. All the rain that night had over saturated the ground, leaving nothing for the tree roots to hold on to; so it fell. The inside of the house was just devastating to see.

It’s been several days since the initial incident. We’ve had so many issues with our home insurance doing what they need to do in a timely manner. It’s been a real nightmare and I can only pray it improves (and fast!) In the meantime, I am planning ahead in the event we will need emergency funds. 🙁 So I am posting this price list for each of my reborn dolls. If you’re interested in a particular doll, feel free to contact me on Instagram to be placed on a notification list.

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