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09 January 2007 @ 06:50 am
Trying to gather back the pieces of my life...  
Fist of all, I wanted to thank all of you SOOOO much for all the kind and supportive comments to my post below. In the light of a new morning, I do realize that the most important things were not taken or harmed by the robbers - and that was Mark & Sydney... and for that, I will be forever grateful!!

I'm ALSO SOOO thankful for the wonderful support and kindness of everyone here - you wouldn't believe how touched I was to find so many comments to my post when I woke up this morning. Mark & I thank you all, from the bottom of our hearts!!

We spent last night talking, watching TV, and trying to get our minds off what had happened. One of the things that I realized last night was that more than all of our stuff and memories, the robbers took away a sense of innocence and security that I so naively had before all of this. :( Yes, I knew that we didn't live in the best neighborhood, and yes, I know that we owned a lot of electronics, but for 10 years we were lulled into a false sense of security... Last night I realized that was gone... and for the first time in 10 years, I didn't feel safe in my own house - and THAT is something I will never forgive the robbers for. :(

We went through the house again and each time noticed more and more things that were taken... our laptops, my portable dvd player, my video camera that Mark got me for Christmas last year, his PDA, PSP, his external hard drive, all my mini-disc stuff, my camera (with memory stick and all pictures still on it), Mark's iPod shuffle, and both our computer bags... LOTS and lots of other stuff, which would just depress me to go into. The funny thing is that they didn't take things like battery chargers for other electronics - in fact, they dumped those things OUT of my computer bag... if nothing else, they seemed to be considerate robbers... ;P

Mark & I are still in discussions about whether we are going to be going on our trip this week... I think because of his nervousness, Mark's leaning toward a NO, but we'll have to see. After all that's happened we don't want to leave our house for an extended period of time...

Finally, this whole experience has taught me the kindness of people - and if nothing else, that's something extremely wonderful that has come out of this whole ordeal... My BIG boss told me not to come in this week and to take care of my personal matters (fixing the lock on our door, moving our bank accounts, etc...) - which was completely unexpected...

Also, one of the first things I did when I found out was email all my web people to let them know that the files for their sites are all gone since I felt so guilty about it. Bets sent back the sweetest email AND forwarded me all the emails that she had on her computer that were shared between us... I was floored - isn't that just the sweetest thing??? I love her!! It meant SOOOO much to me that I was able to get even a portion of my life back!! And Julie sent me the SWEETEST and kindest email telling me not to worry about the site and asking how Sydney was and telling me that if I needed anything, she was there - I just LOVE them!!

And of course, all of you!! Big *HUGS* to all of you for all your support, kindness, and generosity!! Love you all!!
 
 
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Daniel the California Highway Guy: hugscahwyguy on January 9th, 2007 05:06 pm (UTC)
You know we're here for you, either on the web, or if you need to call and talk.
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on January 9th, 2007 06:03 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much, Daniel - you don't know how much that means to me!! HUGS
ajayne on January 9th, 2007 05:58 pm (UTC)
*big hugs*

I am glad that everyone is being so understanding and nice to you - you certainly need it. If there's anything I can do for you, please let me know.

You taught me a lesson too yesterday... today I am backing up all of the wedding photos (and other really important ones) that we have on the computer and putting them on CDs. What I really need to do is get a safe deposit box so these things are out of the house.

*HUGS*

Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on January 9th, 2007 06:05 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for being there for me, Andrea!! BIG HUGS! Everyone has been wonderful - it's so heartwarming, really. :)

Thank goodness that you're backing up all your important stuff!! And yes, a dafe deposit box is definitely a wonderful idea!!

Big *HUGS* to you!!
ajayne on January 11th, 2007 12:49 am (UTC)
Have a wonderful time on your trip!!! It's definitely MUCH NEEDED now.
Mrs Beans: Godward--Steady Gazehuman_beans on January 9th, 2007 08:12 pm (UTC)
Oh my god, Sheri! How awful...scary...violating...angering. I am glad that in the end that you, Mark and Sydney are at least physically ok. (I wonder what Sydney's reaction was while the robbery was taking place.) How did the thieves enter?

The worst thing is the sense of violation, stealing your memories and your sense of safety and well-being.

My parents live a mile from you...on the other side of Iroquois Road.

I am so so very sorry this happened. I truly loathe people that prey on other's, taking their hard-earned possessions instead of working for it themselves.

This is part of why I run two webcams at home every day that I am gone and check them frequently from my cell phone. (Of course, I don't know what my reaction would be if I looked and saw strangers in my house.)

God. I don't know what else to say, Sheri. I'm so sorry. {{{You, Mark & Sydney}}}
Sheri: :o( - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on January 10th, 2007 08:30 am (UTC)
Thanks so much for your comment, Rita! Things are definitely much better today though I go through stages of being grateful, sad, and angry - then it starts all over again. :P They entered through the sliding glass door - and broke the lock on the screen door... :P

Thanks so much for your comments, Rita! Big *HUGS*
With a spark: Michi: Screamconchispa on January 9th, 2007 09:18 pm (UTC)
OMG!!! How awful and scary! (((HUGE HUGS)))
Sheri: :o( - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on January 10th, 2007 08:31 am (UTC)
It really was!! We are just so thankful that they didn't harm Sydney!! *HUGS*
Sabine: Mickisabine10 on January 9th, 2007 09:53 pm (UTC)
I'm glad to hear that everybody was so nice to you. I'm too kind of blue-eyed - you read that such things happen but it never happened here and so ... I'm still thankful that no-one of you got hurt and I hope you soon will feel safe again at home. Love you too, Sheri. Big *hugs* back to you!
Sheri: :o( - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on January 10th, 2007 08:33 am (UTC)
Thanks for your comment, Sabine! For far too long we thought that this could never happen to us! Now we know better... :P But we are extremely thankful that no one was hurt. Thanks so much - big *HUGS* to you!
_tropicalheart on January 9th, 2007 09:59 pm (UTC)
I can't believe this actually happened. Some people REALLY need to grow up, seriously!

That was so nice of your Boss to give you the rest of the week off. You need it! And it was very nice of Bets to forward all of those Emails to you! I'm glad everyone is so understanding about the whole thing.

I don't blame you and Mark for not wanting to leave for a long period of time.. I know I wouldn't if something like that happened to me.

I hope you have a nice week, Sheri! Take care and big *hugs!*

-K
Sheri: Julie / Kevin - photo by Sheri 2shutterbug93 on January 10th, 2007 08:36 am (UTC)
It was really nice of my boss to give me the time off to collect myself... I think I will go back to work tomorrow - there's just so much that I need to do that I can't afford to stay away... I do appreciate his thoughtfulness, though. :)

And Bets is the best!! :) I also received an email from Kevin and Julie and they were incredibly understanding and wonderful as well - they are all such lovely, lovely people!!

Thanks so much again for your comment!! *HUGS*
Care: that's why we praycareleswhisper on January 9th, 2007 10:07 pm (UTC)
As many others have said, I'm here if you need anything. *HUGS* I'm sending good thoughts and prayers your way. I remember how I felt when our house got broken into. I just hope you can start to feel a little better as each day passes.

I wouldn't blame either of you for not wanting to take that trip this week. I know I probably wouldn't, but that's just me.

That was very nice of your boss to give you the rest of the week off.
Sheri: Sydney - couchshutterbug93 on January 10th, 2007 08:38 am (UTC)
Thanks so much for always being there for me, Carrie!! :) I've been so afraid to stay in the house all by myself for a while now... :P

It was extremely sweet of my boss to give me the time off - I was pretty distraught when he called and I think he felt bad...

Thanks so much again for being a great friend!! *HUGS*
Kananigirlkananigirl on January 10th, 2007 01:17 am (UTC)
Yep you are definitely loved and cared about! You got tons of friends on lj and beyond. What an awesome thing!
Sheri: Sherishutterbug93 on January 10th, 2007 08:40 am (UTC)
I've been SOOO fortunate to have met some of the nicest people around on the internet (including you, of course!!) - I'm incredibly blessed!!
kenna_clairkenna_clair on January 10th, 2007 03:13 am (UTC)
I'm so so sorry this happened. You know I always picture Hawaii as this place of paradise and it just blows my mind that you have crime there! How naive of me.

I totally understand how your sense of security has been ripped apart. But don't let them beat you - do what you need to make yourself feel secure and take precautions but don't let them get the best of you - this is your life and you should live it the way you want! It's kind of like the Sept 11 Terrorist attack...the security I felt about air travel will forever be gone. But you can't let that stop you from traveling!

I know with time, most things will be restored, I hope your sense of security will be too.
Sheri: Sherishutterbug93 on January 10th, 2007 08:43 am (UTC)
Thanks so much for your comment! I've always felt much the same way about Hawaii... Definitely my sense of security has been shaken. :P

But you're right, I told my hubby tonight too that if he choses to live his life in fear then they've won and they've taken MORE than our personal belongings. :P

Thanks again so much for your comments!!
karen: ben and felicity 2wakedistracted on January 10th, 2007 04:37 am (UTC)
Oh, Sheri...I'm just getting a chance to read my friends list now, and I cannot believe that this happened to you! I'm so so sorry...I am so grateful that you and Mark and Sydney are all okay, but the thought of that happening just makes me sick. Especially when it has happened to some of the sweetest, kindest, most generous people I've ever encountered. I can't imagine how you must feel, but please know that we are all here for you, and if there is anything we can do, let us know. Again, I'm so sorry, and I'm so glad that you are all okay. ♥♥
Sheri: Sherishutterbug93 on January 10th, 2007 08:45 am (UTC)
Thanks so much for your comment, Karen!! We were SOOOO thankful that Sydney wasn't harmed - or let loose... It would have been SOOO awful if we'd come home and she was gone. :(

You've always been such a wonderful friend to me, Karen and I can't thank you enough! *HUGS*
bigrivermusicalbigrivermusical on January 10th, 2007 06:15 am (UTC)
I'm SO sorry!! I was away (Palm Desert on business) and didn't read about your incident until now. It must be so painful for you and Mark. Is Sydney okay?? She must be terrified too. Big hugs for you and Sydney!
Sheri: Sydney & Sherishutterbug93 on January 10th, 2007 08:46 am (UTC)
Thanks so much for your comment! And thanks for asking - Sydney's fine. She was a bit more clingy than usual last night, but other than that she's absolutely fine - thank goodness!!
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Sheri: Sydney & Sherishutterbug93 on January 10th, 2007 08:48 am (UTC)
Thanks for your comment, Angela. I think the thing that I was the most upset about was the pictures that were lost. Thank goodness they didn't harm Sydney!! She apparently doesn't make a very good watch dog, though.