August 29, 2011

Weathering the Storm

Yesterday was a strange day.

I wish I had a more literary, illustrative, lyrical way of putting it. I’m sure Melville would have done better. But for now, all I can think is that it was… strange.

Outside the storm did what storms do. The wind blew. The rain fell. The water rose. But there was a certain “business as usual” air about it. As if Irene had just clocked in for the day. And was putting in her time. Doing her job. Saving for her 401k.

Inside, the storm didn’t really change anything. We watched endless hours of the Gilmore Girls, practiced our witty repartee, and ate copious amounts of tapioca pudding. The lights flickered a little and we’d have to reset the dvd, but we never even fully lost power. In fact, about the most dramatic thing that happened yesterday was having to wait two and a half hours for our chinese food. Sure, our egg rolls were a little on the chilly side. And the heat from my chicken cashew, no chicken, had made the fortune cookies a little soggy.

But that was about it.

And then this morning we woke up to find that just two miles away from us, twenty five houses had been destroyed. Some swept out to sea. Others had just collapsed where they stood. They face east while we face south. Two miles. And an entire world of difference.

And it hardly seems fair.

How our day could be so Stars Hollow, vegetarian egg roll, business as usual. While other families were out there losing everything.

If you’re the praying type, I’d ask that you pray for those families. That what was lost can be replaced. And quickly. I know many of you out there were praying for us, and I can’t tell you how much that means to us.

Pretty much…the world.

**This is the view from the sea wall right in front of our house. You can see that the water came up a good ten feet, and at its highest was even lapping over the top. But the wall held strong, and it never made it farther than that. On the east side, reports are saying water came inland as far as a couple of blocks.

  1. rich

    thank God that you guys are okay and didn’t get the worst of the storm! definitely will be praying for those that were affected by irene.

  2. Crystal

    You know, it was much the same for us. Kind of a normal day hanging at home with the kids. We never lost power and there was never any threat. But just a couple of streets over there was pretty terrible flooding. People we know who live just minutes away had to evacuate and had tons of damage. I don’t understand it. I’m praying for those that suffered and thanking God for our good fortune.

  3. Erin

    Hurricane season is my least favorite season because of this. I’m so glad y’all weathered the storm OK (and that the sea wall by your home held strong!)

    I’m praying for those who weren’t as fortunate as y’all during Irene. Having experienced some big storms (i.e. Katrina), I know the cleanup is no easy task, especially if you’re piecing back together your life. Prayers, hugs and support from the South.

  4. Abby Grace

    Oh man, I’m so sorry to hear about those familes who lost their homes. We’ll definitely be praying! PTL that yall were mostly unaffected!

  5. Stephanie Stewart

    So thankful you guys are ok! I will definitely keep those families in my thoughts and prayers, I cannot imagine losing everything.

  6. Betsy Jo

    ‘Saw that in the Courant yesterday about the 25 homes. So sad. We still love living in Connecticut, but I’m with you. Yesterday was strange. Lots of prayers for lots of people. Glad you’re safe!

  7. Isaac Stott

    So thankful you guys are safe but we will definitely be praying for those other families!

  8. Mallory Helms

    SO thankful that you and your house is okay! My heart goes out to those less fortunate :(

  9. Melissa Jill :)

    Glad to hear you are a-ok! Will definitely pray for those who lost homes — can’t even imagine!!

  10. Tira J

    I watched the coverage most of the afternoon yesterday. So glad you guys are okay. Praying for everyone who has been impacted by Irene.

  11. Shefali Lindsey

    Praying for those families and hoping Mother Nature cuts the world a bit of a break this fall/winter! So glad to hear Justin and you are safe and sound. :)

  12. grandmaIna

    I had a pretty ordinary (but boring) day, too. We were lucky here with very little damage. Nothing worse than a bad Northeaster!

  13. Bethany Cox

    God Blessed you both. That’s how I feel every time I look at the Outer Banks, (which we moved from only 5 months ago). That’s just the way of things I guess. I feel awful when I hear people say "It wasn’t that bad" and I think about our friend in Manteo, NC and all those people in VT.

  14. Kare

    Was thinking about you guys yesterday and hoping you were making out okay – glad to hear you did. Sorry about your neighbours – there but for the grace of God… I pray they can get their lives back together quickly.

  15. Christa Hann

    Relieved to know you’re safe. Definitely praying for the families in need :(

  16. Shannon Rosan

    SO glad to know you guys are okay!

  17. LEOLAK

    Glad to hear you guys are okay. So sad for the families near you and others who have lost homes and lives in this storm. Definitely saying and sending prayer and good thoughts their way.

  18. Julia

    So glad you guys are safe and sound! My heart breaks for all of those who are suffering in the aftermath.

  19. Ray

    That’s insane. So glad you are okay (nothing happened in my area, either. Thank God). I will be saying prayers for those families tonight.

  20. Photography lighting

    Thanks for introducing Ms. Adrienne O’Connor. The photos are awesome.

  21. Molly

    I totally saw Justin out there taking the storm picture while we were riding around!

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