Like a lot of people who live in Dickinson, Texas, Patricia and Michael had a lot of damage from Hurricane Ike. They aren't letting it stop them from taking control of their lives and it certainly hasn't stopped them from being optimistic about the future.
They're both teachers, and both will be returning to work this week. Patricia says they've spent the last few days taking a break from clean up work. It seems their family urged them to go to Dallas for a good night's rest in a hotel -- with a jacuzzi she notes -- and a chance to pick up clothes and shoes and some supplies that are hard to find in Dickenson.
They spent part of the day Monday in Gallery Furniture, getting ready to replace their furniture. Their first purchase is a sofa that looks "just like the one that was ruined."
Michael says they had about two and a half feet of water in their house from the storm surge. They've got all the furniture, carpet, and appliances out, thanks to what Patricia describes as a little army of family who pitched in. They still need to remove damp sheetrock so it will be a while before they are ready to take delivery of new furniture, appliances, and carpet, but they've gotten a start.
Michael says they'll have it all back to what it was by Christmas. Gallery Furniture is glad to help them get started.
When you're ready to start putting things back to the way the were before the storm -- or make them even better -- Gallery Furniture is here, ready with the furniture, electronics, and rugs you'll need.