Tuesday, October 30, 2012


Even all the way over here in the midwest we are feeling hurricane Sandy's wrath.  The winds have been blowing, seemingly bending trees in half, and kicking up 20 foot waves on Lake Michigan.  The wind is smashing against the house and even from inside I can hear the waves roaring from below the cliffs.  It is a wicked one out there today.

Nothing like what those on the east coast are experiencing, of course.  I was glued to the tv, watching it all unfold.  I think what struck me most was how overwhelmed the shelters were with homeless children who don't have parents.  Kids who live out on the streets had no where to go.  Truckloads of children were shipped into the shelters.  Some of the kids even had their own kids.  Homeless kids with kids.  I want to adopt them all.

But here I sit in my warm, safe house with my own children playing LEGOS behind me. Lucky is the word that keeps running through my head.  Lucky, and unfair.

Instead of trying to figure out where we will live, or how we will stay warm, I am wondering what faces to carve on the pumpkins, and what costumes will be worn tomorrow to combat the cold and wind.


So we make each day count.  We don't take each other for granted.  We hug our kids a little tighter.  We pray for all of those affected by tragedies and those who have such hard lives.  We pray that we are able to be there for those that need us.
We enjoy each day because we never know what tomorrow will bring.


Mom24 said...

Excellent post. If only we could hold onto that feeling.

DysFUNctional Mom said...

What a wonderful post. You definitely are very lucky and blessed.
LOVE the pictures!!

Karen Deborah said...

yes Kat a beautiful post and I love the punkin family! so cute.

Verna Lantz said...

It does put things in perspective, doesn't it. Glad you guys are safe!

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Blessed and lucky. You said it.
Great pumpkins!

Hilary said...

So true. It's times like this when we must stop to realize all that we have.. and the ways that we can help those who do not. Like Mom24 said, the trick is to hold onto it.

Lovely pics of your crew. The did a fine job with the pumpkins. And that first photo is lovely. There's a subtle but pretty orb of light dead center of it.

Dawn said...

This is such a good reminder, not to take our loved ones for granted. The pumpkins are adorable. Hope you had a happy Halloween!

Rima said...

Amen to that. Hope you and your beautiful family had fun tonight. I love those pictures!

Riahli said...

So true!

I love those pumpkins by the way! :)

Bijoux said...

You have a lovely family. I'm stopping by from Lime's blog, if you were wondering!

Annmarie Pipa said...

how lovely!! good for all of you for counting your blessings!!

lime said...

wow i heard they were having huge waves on the lakes as a result of sandy. just so bizarre to see it though!

and those pumpkin are as adorable as the kiddos who made them.

Krystyn @ Really, Are You Serious? said...

Don't I totally get it. We never even think of these things until it's right in our face. I had students that were 15 with kids. It was crazy.

Praying for all of them.

Words To Live By

Be grateful for each new day.
A new day that you have never lived before.
Twenty-four new, fresh, unexplored hours to use usefully and profitably.
We can squander, neglect, or use them.
Life will be richer or poorer by the way we use today.
Finish every day and be done with it.
You have done what you could;
some blunders and absurdities crept in;
forget them as soon as you can.
Tomorrow is a new day.
You shall begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be
encumbered with your old nonsense.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson