day after the storm



Yesterday afternoon, while the storm blew around us and the children ran around in the house, I mixed up some homemade bread.  The recipe is HERE.  I doubled it.  There are two loaves left today and it’s still fresh and soft. 

We got through hurricane Sandy just fine.  Our power flickered on and off all afternoon but we never were without electricity.  We did lose cable/Internet but that was kinda nice.  The games came out; Apples to Apples, and Monopoly.

Rich was able to go to work today, and the children had another day off from school so I also ventured out.  The eight of us went to Savers and then to the mall.  I wanted to get Ethan and Jacob’s hair cut but the mall was closed; only Barnes and Noble and the children’s play area was open. 

I scored this pair of clippety-clop clogs at Savers, Hannah Anderson, for only 8 dollars. They fit perfectly, too. 

Sarah and Seth scored some “vintage” Fisher Price toys.  Now all they need are some of those nice plastic people, the ones with the round ball for the head.

Baby Gap canvas sneakers; 1.99.

But, we really went for the books.  I was especially pleased with the Eloise Wilkin illustrated Birds book, and the Garth Williams illustrated Chicken book.

When we got back home, I hung clothes out on the line.  The sun came out ever so briefly but for the most part it’s been a very colorless day outside.

The wind still gusts now and then.  The clothes were flapping on the line and took no time to dry.


It’s been so wonderful having the children home.  Caleb caught me walking around the pond and ran down to join me.  HE WANTED to be with his mama.

To our surprise, Grace heard us talking and came out of the chicken coop.  It was a regular good ol’ time.


We didn’t lose any trees in this storm, but a few branches came down and the pond rose up to new heights; almost reaching the top of the dock.

The dryer is humming, Grace is singing, Ethan is playing the guitar, Seth is crying, a door just opened and shut, and Sarah is pattering around in her new little shoes.

The sounds of home.

Hope you’re having a lovely day, friends.

0 thoughts on “day after the storm

  1. the clothes blowing on the line, the shoes…such happy pics. glad you all are okay. us too. i have loved having the kids home with the storm giving us permission to just “hang out.”

  2. Beauty despite the storm! Your clogs are adorable! So are the books and oh, baby’s sweet canvas shoes! I’m drooling over that bread picture! I’m so relieved you all are okay!!!

  3. So glad you guys are doing well. Love all your adorable finds. and the children’s books….how sweet. Children’s books are my downfall. My youngest is 6! I going to need a toddler to read to pretty soon.Your home always sounds so cozy and homey. Love it over here. =)Happy Tuesday.

  4. I was thinking about you all during the storm as I followed the news online. I’m so glad you all made it through the storm unscathed!LOVE THOSE SHOES! (Both Pair)! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ I love it when I find great deals like that!

  5. SO happy that your days were cozy family days, and little damage from the storm. Love those clogs, and of course the books! I love going in the library bookstore and looking for treasures for my grandbabies! The baking bread and flapping clothes are a treat!

  6. That fisher price boat you got…I think that’s the same one I grew up playing with. In fact, knowing my mom, she probably still has it 24 years later πŸ˜› She saved the ‘best’ toys.Glad y’all are safe!

  7. I’m glad you are all well, Shanda. My little shore town is without power, it’s only been 5 days~trying to be positive~Praise God my sister has power so we’ve got 7 children and 5 adults in a 2 bedroom apartment. It’s such a blessing though, this lesson of family and caring for each other is one I am certain our Creator is trying to teach us all. Have a wonderful weekend!Blessings~Cindy

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