Last Friday, I arrived in New Orleans and was immediately greeted by one of my hosts for the weekend, Claudia Dinwiddie…possibly the most wonderful and hilarious woman I know. We spent the afternoon drinking iced coffee, chatting about friends and family, and grocery shopping in New Orleans then started on the 1 hour drive to her home in Pass Christian, Mississippi. Upon arrival, I got a tour of the Dinwiddie’s property that is situated right on the Gulf of Mexico. It’s a gorgeous place with miles of beautiful beaches, and I know it used to be even more stunning before Hurricane Katrina destroyed the land and ripped through historic houses, schools, banks, stores and restaurants leaving empty lots and skeletons of almost all structures that used to line the shore. With the help of their family and friends, the Dinwiddie’s have slowly but surely been rebuilding their house and their land, and have never lost their spirit and love for the area. It was a true inspiration to be with Claudia and Malcolm, their children and grandchildren throughout the weekend.