Wednesday, October 31, 2012

all is well

a little wet
a little wind blown
We had a couple of shutters blown off the house and a large, heavy bench from the porch end up in a flower bed, but nothing that could have been.  We are very thankful. Many are still without power.  The number of power outages in New Jersey from hybrid storm Sandy climbed to 2.7 million. As I type, our utility company still has 900,000 customers without power.
 Yesterday I drove to Jamie's for some time with the kids.  Lots of traffic lights out and a detour from a downed tree but no problem getting there.  Caleb was so excited to see a crew mulching fallen branches.
 Drizzly cold and windy, we got some outside time while jumping in a pile of wet leaves
 and a warm hug
a little baking
 a 1st hurricane deserves a 1st lollipop ~ it was well received!
and almost shared with a friend :)
The news coverage and photos of the shore points are incredible.
Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.

A lot of work for Ocean City, NJ to look like thisthis, or this again.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

ready... i hope

food * water * batteries * candles * radio
 sub pump checked * Christmas decorations stored in the crawl brought up in case electricity is lost and crawl space floods * patio and porch furniture brought in * gutters cleared and pup concerned 
the weatherman said this about hurricane Sandy
the heaviest RAIN will fall in the entire state of Delaware, southern NJ and Chester, Delaware, and Lancaster county in PA. The strongest winds will blow along the AC Expressway and north, and between Philadelphia County to Trenton. The worst storm surge and coastal erosion will be between Atlantic City and NYC. Cape May county will have terrible coastal flooding (Adam Joseph ~ meteorologist )
And, since I didn't expect the Shasta Daisies blooming in my front garden would survive 65-80 mph winds for 18 hours, I cut them ALL.
I think they are bright enough to light the house even if the lights go out.
 When I am afraid, I put my trust in you
Psalm 56:3

In the dark of the midnight have I oft hid my face,
While the storm howls above me, and there's no hiding place.
'Mid the crash of the thunder, Precious Lord, hear my cry,
Keep me safe till the storm passes by.

Many times Satan whispered, "There is no need to try,
For there's no end of sorrow, there's no hope by and by"
But I know Thou art with me, and tomorrow I'll rise
Where the storms never darken the skies.
When the long night has ended and the storms come no more,
Let me stand in Thy presence on the bright peaceful shore;
In that land where the tempest, never comes, Lord, may I
Dwell with Thee when the storm passes by.

Till the storm passes over, till the thunder sounds no more,
Till the clouds roll forever from the sky;
Hold me fast, let me stand in the hollow of Thy hand,
Keep me safe till the storm passes by. Till the Storm Passes
By, Mosie Lister ©1958

from my friend, Cheryl:
The Age-Long Minute
Amy Carmichael

Thou art the Lord who slept upon the pillow,
Thou art the Lord who soothed the furious sea,
What matter beating wind and tossing billow
If only we are in the boat with Thee?

Hold us quiet through the age-long minute
While Thou art silent, and the wind is shrill:
Can the boat sink while Thou, dear Lord, art in it;
Can the heart faint that waiteth on Thy will? 

Sadly, Hurricane Sandy caused us to cancel a planned trip to up-state NY for a special occasion.
Our grandson, Ryan, asked his parents a few weeks ago if he could be baptized.  After sharing his reasons and understanding of a believer baptism, his parents gave their consent.

The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace.”’
– Numbers 6:24-26


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