As much havoc as Ike has played on our area, and still is......I have to say that there are many benefits I've seen. As we saw in 9-11, people really do come together and help one another out. It's good to see that we really can be a good neighbor, really can share from whatever benefits others. Whether it's providing a warm shower, a cooked meal, a listening ear, or the expertise of someone else that c an help you handle a problem, it's good to be helpful and forget about the bad situations we find ourselves in. It's good to see the community come together for the good of its people, and it's good to feel like someone else cares. It's so nice to hear a knock on the door, or a ring of the cell, or even a text message to say, "just wanted to check to make sure you're okay!". It's good to reach out with the love of Christ to say "I care about you"....and if there's a way I can help you, please let me know. We are not islands and we really do need one another. It's also good to rely on REAL communication and not rely on all the technological wizardry of our modern day that often leads us to LESS communication. It's horrible to see how people are suffering, and to think/see all the destruction that Ike left in his path. But the result is seeing people come together and actually work together and help one another out. That's inspiring to me. So thanks to all you who have helped me..and I hope I can return the favor. These pictures are part of the pecan tree debris that friends and neighbors helped us remove from our yard and pile in the front so the county trucks can come by and haul away. It would have taken us days to do it ourselves and yet with the help of others, our yard is cleaner than it was before Ike. Thanks friends!!!!