In 2005, Hurricane Katrina was a disaster that left numerous persons with weakened houses and broken life. Some people today, nevertheless, have a way of turning tragedy to good, making a time to re-assess their objectives and get started a new section of lifetime.

Adhering to Katrina, Barry and Jenny LaCour of New Orleans commenced hunting for a place household. They realized they desired to remain in Louisiana, preferably shut to Jenny’s loved ones in Patterson. By occasional visits to the location, they would choose up a duplicate of the Life style magazine. “We favored the cultural atmosphere, some thing to do each weekend. We felt it would be effortless to grow to be a component of the group,” mirrored Jenny LaCour. “It was really a thing further than ourselves. A emotion we bought.”

Barry extra, “It was far more than that for me. I have family historical past in New Iberia.” Barry’s grandfather grew up in New Iberia. Despite the fact that he experienced by no means visited, he felt a link to his household here.

Barry LaCour still left corporate law in New Orleans to take a prospect on lifestyle in the region. Jenny discovered the listing for their property out on Outdated Jeanerette Highway. “No a person was here. So I was able to examine the assets.” Although Barry tied up his regulation practice, Jenny acquired the household and started performing in the overgrown gardens.

The LaCours have many tales about the discoveries they’ve designed all around their home. They’ve found previous garden mowers as very well as a concealed rose backyard garden. “Everything was overrun by vines and debris up to our height.” The property is believed to be a farmhouse from the Olive Department Plantation. The walls are made of double cypress. “The household has great bones and a fantastic feeling,” said Jenny. “We will hardly ever be bored, and we have the finest neighbors anyone could ever hope for in Mike and Wendy Parich.” Their two residences are linked by what was known as the “Garden of Eden.”

When he moved to New Iberia, Barry decided to volunteer with CASA. Minor did he know that prior to he concluded education, there would be a position opening for a law firm representing young children in have to have of care in the 16th Judicial District. He made the decision to acquire the occupation, and what was a “let’s see how this goes” profession has grow to be his vocation for almost 9 years.

Performing with kids in complicated family situations can be fragile and challenging function. Barry explained it is all truly worth it for the occasional “grand slam” when what desires to transpire for a boy or girl comes about, irrespective of whether reuniting with loved ones or acquiring a new residence. “In 40 several years of regulation exercise, it’s the most rewarding operate I have ever done.”

This pandemic time has taken its toll on a lot of of us. The LaCours have experienced their share of issues, which includes the loss of life of Barry’s father at 102 several years old, but they are very pleased of their decision to adopt New Iberia as their dwelling. They have located a spot of peace and a community to love.

MARGARET SIMON is an elementary teacher of gifted pupils in Iberia Parish. She writes a website routinely at