Hello friends.

We are back on the grid after three days of no power or water.

Now we can see the television and know how lucky we were – that we were spared.

That there are so many people so close around us who are facing so much.

Now that we have power, the thing I wasn’t prepared for is the guilt.

How much I take for granted each day.

To be able to turn on the water…


So that I can wash dishes, to flush a toilet, to take a shower.

To be able to push a button – and magically I have coffee.


To be able to push another series of buttons – and my clothes are clean.


That I can flip a switch and turn on a light.


That I can sit here at my computer and communicate with you.

A lot of people in our community still do not have power and our schools are open but running on a two hour delay.

Our high school is offering hot showers – something we were blessed with two days in from a dear friend.

Best shower of my life.

My dad is still without power and if he doesn’t have it by morning, he has agreed to come and stay with us now that we do.

My mom and stepdad own a small place in Long Beach Island, NJ – a little haven and our favorite place in the world.  There is truly something magical about that island.

We don’t know yet how bad – but we know it is bad.  We know how lucky we are, but it is still heartbreaking to see the pictures of someplace you love so much be so destroyed.

So me moved through today we heavy hearts that are filled with appreciation.

Blessings to all of you.

Thanks for reading.

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  1. Laura so glad to hear you’re safe and back, I was thinking of you in NJ. We are fine as well after 4 days of no power and I understand the guilt. I also felt so guilty writing my post about Sandy (being that our home is safe) but I felt I had to share what’s been going on for the last few days and the lack of project posts and seeing that not many others had written about Sandy yet. Take care.

  2. Sandy really affected alot of people. Not sure what to make of the mayor going ahead with the marathon on Sunday with still so much destruction and unsettling. Being from that area how do you feel about it? Have a good weekend!

  3. My heart goes out to so many. Do not feel guilty, it is so wonderful to know you are okay. It is sad to read about your memories. I hope you are able to get to your parents and they are well too.

  4. This blogging world certainly made the storm feel a little closer to us west coasters. There were so many blogging friends, such as yourself, that I thought of and worried for. I so wish I could have extended my home to you all, but do know I was thinking of and praying for you!

  5. I’m so glad to see you weathered the storm without too much damage and everyone is safe. What a heartbreaking time it has been for all in the path of this storm. Take care

  6. Glad to hear you have power and heat. New Jersey truly took the brunt of the storm. Here in our little town on Long Island we just got our electricity back today, and are very thankful for our wood stove which allowed us to have hot water and heat soup and keep the house warm. Sending a prayer for your folks and their beach home. We are exceedingly fortunate to have survived with only the inconvenience of a lack of power when so very many have lost so much. Namaste’.

  7. Glad you and your family are okay. Being a transplanted NYer I have all my family up there–came thru similar to you. Take care and hold the family close, they are what matters! Bricks, and lumber can be re-built. We did it here in South Carolina many a time but its definitely takes time and alot of patience.

  8. Thanks be to God that you and your family are fine. It is devastating. All our friends and family are okay too. Knowing you from your blog I’m sure you will be helping others. There is so much to be thankful for.

  9. I’ve been thinking about you wondering how you and your family did through the storm. I’m glad to hear you are fine. I felt guilty writing anything on my blog this week and it really has been crazy this past week. With all the images of all of the devastation I do find myself appreciating what normally take for granted.

  10. I have a friend whose inlaws are also from LBI. They’ve been told at least Wednesday before they can get back in to look, and that they fortunately don’t have any flooding in the house (just in the garage). Want me to hook you up with her? She’s nearby and has a lot of contacts. If you do, email me.

  11. Laura, I’m so happy you have power back! I can only imagine how it must have been for that long without power! You’re right I think we all forget how fortunate we are to have so many wonderful things in America! I’m so sorry about your mom and step dad’s place. I truly understand because we suffered a total loss with hurricane Ivan in 2004. We have been unable to build back because of new building codes, so we have a mortgage on a piece of Gulf front property. We had insurance for full coverage; it won’t make you whole again because there is value in the property. We learned a hard lesson here! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May God keep you in His loving arms! Blessings!

  12. Those little things that we treasure and appreciate and live by are the same we dedicate to others in times of need.
    So glad you’re ok and Finding… the path to normalcy. Something more to be thankful on tjis Thanksgiving!

  13. Oh Laura…I am so glad that you and your family are safe….yes, you do come to appreciate the every day things that you just take for granted, as running water and power…I have experienced many hurricanes and the aftermath is horrible…My thoughts and prayers to your family for a more positive outcome from the storm.

  14. Living without water and electricity is awful – I know. I’ve been there. It certainly does open your eyes to how blessed we are to have those things, doesn’t it? I’m just glad that you and your family are safe and that your house didn’t suffer any damage.

  15. I am so glad to hear that you are safe! It really is amazing the little things that we take for granted day after day. My heart goes out to all who have lost so much. I hope your Mom’s house isn’t as bad as you are expecting. Sending good thoughts your way….

  16. Oh Laura, I am so glad you all are ok. I was wondering… I have a friend in Randolph, NJ and I don’t think they have power yet. I haven’t heard anything. I hope your parents place isn’t was bad as you are thinking it is. Isn’t it something all the things we do take for granted. We have lost power, but not for a really long time.

  17. I am sending many prayers your way and I am so happy to hear that you and your family are safe. I can;t imagine how scary the last week has been for you and so many others. I hope that your Mom’s home is salvageable, but if not, thank goodness that your family is safe. That is truly what matters.

  18. Laura,

    Your words speak volumes. Glad you and your beautiful family and home are safe and that you can once again have the many pleasures of life all around you.

    We all (but shouldn’t) take what we have for granted. It is a human condition; don’t feel guilty.

    Take care,

  19. Laura – So glad to see that your home and family are safe and sound. The images we’ve seen on television and the interviews with the victims of this storm who are now living this nightmare, are heartbreaking. While we in the Midwest do have our share of terrible storms that can do horrific damage and do take lives, here at least, we can’t be directly affected by hurricanes. I’ve already made a donation to the Red Cross in the name of my brand new baby granddaughter, just 10 days old, for she has a loving home, is safe and protected, while so many other children and families have lost their homes and any sense of security, in the aftermath of this powerful storm. My best to you and your family as well as to all those affected by this tragedy. The rest of the country is thinking of you. 🙂

  20. Glad to hear everyone is safe there!
    And I know exactly what you mean about power…We got over 2 feet of snow from the hurricane ( I live in the mountains) and we were without power & water for 4 days..our road was completely blocked by snow drifts over 4 ft high for 2 days..We can’t help but take some things for granted its just human nature..My stepsister lives in atlantic city & she got outta there before it hit..She will be here with us for a little while. Now the rebuilding starts! Hope all goes well in the weeks to come!

  21. Glad you’re all okay up there Laura. We were extremely lucky here. There is devastation all around us – we are only a half hour from the Jersey Shore – but we just lost power for a few hours. So sad.

  22. Glad to hear you are ok. I am just getting back into my blogging groove now. We just got our power on Friday but luckily we had a generator for the necessities. But it is so nice to have everything back now. I must say, I have never been so excited to vacuum and do laundry! My heart just breaks for all the people who lost everything. Take care, Shelley