I have a special guest today and she is sharing a wonderful and inspiring story – Halloween 2.0. Let us meet Jen of Driftwood Gardens.
Few things about Jen…
She was born and raised at the Jersey shore. They recently bought their dream home and have been enjoying it together with their kids. They are currently tending to their vegetable, herb and flower gardens. Get to know more about Jen here.
Last year the Jersey Shore was ravaged by Hurricane Sandy on October 29th. My family, like many, many others, was displaced because a huge oak tree fell on our house and crashed right through the roof in two places.
As I’m writing this it still seems surreal that the events of the past year have actually taken place. Despite the hardship that losing our home caused, we were one of the luckier families in the town of Ocean Gate, where we lived at the time. First of all, we were renting the home so we were not responsible for repairing the damage, and secondly we were able to stay with my parents for five months while we looked for a home of our own. We were able to purchase our little house which we happily settled into this past Spring. Having the love and support of family was invaluable through that trying time.
The timing of that storm destroyed homes, lives and Halloween. Governor Christie declared November 4th as an alternate date for Halloween, but it was too soon. The entire shore was grieving and still in shock. The children had been through a terrible trauma and no one was ready to celebrate a holiday. I dressed my daughter up in her costume on November 4th and drove over to my Grandma’s house where she was able to trick or treat. Then we went out for Chinese food, costume and all. It was the best I could do at the time.
This year we have so much to celebrate. We survived the darkest time of our lives. We have a new home that we love, and we are going to have Halloween this year! We are working on putting together a costume this weekend. Ayla has already changed her mind several times about what she wants to be. This morning it’s a vampire, yesterday Cleopatra (I’m hoping she goes back to that, and I can go as her “mummy”). We will be going over to Goodwill later today to see what we can come up with. I do NOT sew, but I am a master at putting together costumes from Goodwill clothes, great hair and makeup.
We started our Halloween decorating around the house, but since we lost a lot of our decorations last year it’s still a work in progress and will be until Halloween night, I’m sure. This is what we’ve come up with so far.
And on the inside…
I’ve always loved this time of year and I LOVE Halloween, but this year it seems even more special and precious than ever. What are you dress1ing up as this Halloween?