Inspiration: A bit of everything...(hurricane edition)

We have now had power back in our home for 5 days. It seems like longer. Probably because everyone has been most unpleasantly ill ever since the lights popped back on and we’ve also has a very rudely timed snowstorm as a follow up to our hurricane. Though as long as these past few days have seemed, it’s not nearly as long as the days without power felt for each of us. Along with the lights, the heat, refrigerator, stove, washing machine, baths and showers, television, telephone and the internet all returned in an instant. It’s surprising how hard it can be to go without each of those things for so long, especially with small children. And despite the fact that they were frightened and confused, they did brilliantly and surprisingly better than I ever would have imagined without each of those things for so long. We’re still cleaning up the mess, though luckily our sturdy little house has held itself perfectly together once again, and we have no real damage. (And again we are wondering if we really want to give it up.) As bad as those 8 days were for us and our children, we know so many people lost so much more and are still without power, water, homes. We can only imagine how much worse it could be and know how lucky we really are.

Here are a few places to donate to those in need:

The American Red Cross Hurricane Sandy Fund

Or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to donate or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation

The Humane Society

Or text the word ANIMALS to 20222 to donate $10 to help the HSUS disaster relief fund

Habitat for Humanity

Tunnel to Towers Fund for Staten Island

The Ali Forney Center

N.J. Emergency Response Hotline - 1-800-JERSEY-7.

Tomorrow, we are starting back to our regular power-hungry lives, everyone goes back to school after 2 weeks off and hopefully back to usual posts later this week or next week for sure.