Words cannot describe how much I feel for you and your family. A home break-in is something that shakes you to your very core.
Our home was broken into as well, just this past Thursday. The thief thankfully didn't get away with much — old laptop, older iPod, replaceable medications — but they DID steal my wife’s wedding/engagement rings and all the antique jewelry given to her by her now deceased grandmother.
I share your feelings of no longer viewing your home as “home,” just living quarters. This apartment unit just feels unclean to me now, like it has lost its innocence. If there is a silver lining, it’s that we were scheduled to move to a new property in just a few weeks’ time, and we can begin to view another space as “home.”
I’m still plagued with all the “what-ifs…”
What if my wife had come home first that day? What if the burglars were still there when she arrived? What other personal information do they have access to now? Was there anything I could have done to further protect my home?
I wish from the bottom of my heart that you and your family find the peace you’re looking for after this terrible experience. Your writing touched my heart, and you will be in my thoughts.