Thursday, December 27, 2007


Ben and I just got home from a trip to Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi where we spent Christmas with Ben's Mom and her family. We had a wonderful visit with Ben's grandparents and had a blast, as always, hanging out with Ben’s family. We played games, toured the area, tried our luck at a couple of local casinos, and, of course, ate lots of fabulous food.

In addition to family fun though, there was much reality to take in. Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi was devastated when Hurricane Katrina swept through in 2004. Ben and I had not visited the area in several years, so the change in the landscape was unbelievable. Holly and Bobbie have visited the area several times and therefore were able to point out the major changes that have taken place since the natural disaster.

The event impacted Ben's family greatly. However, with much sweat and toil (and the help of dedicated and gracious volunteers), Ben's grandparents have been able to restore their home that was over taken by 8-foot flood waters over 3 years ago. Even though the house has been beautifully restored, furnished, and decorated, there are still subtle hints of the tragedy that occurred. One such example is a beautiful painting of Bay Saint Louis in his grandparents’ living room which has newly blurred edges. At first glance the effect seems purposeful, but upon closer inspection it becomes evident that the painting was "damaged" in the flood.

On Christmas Eve, we also visited the Hard Rock Casino in Biloxi. Holly helped point out that the Casino had been scheduled to open at the time that Katrina reared her ugly head and that most of the memorabilia had been swept out with the storm. However, one glass case preserves the memory of Katrina by showcasing items that were recovered out of the Gulf after Katrina. Although many items were irreparably damaged, these few tattered items pay homage to the difficult history of the area.

Ben and I were blessed to visit his family in Mississippi this Christmas and are reminded that life is not in our control and that there are big things happening in this world everyday that we should be aware of. We are very thankful that Ben’s family have been able to move forward after Hurricane Katrina and are so fortunate to have been able to spend time with them this Christmas.

We pray that God will continue to bless, protect, guide, and comfort Ben’s family in Mississippi.


Anonymous said...

Hey Shelby! I just discovered you guys' blog. Nice!
Hope all is well in Dallas and that 2008 is treating you well so far.