Blessed candle on our stove
First of all, thank you to everyone for your prayers!!!
All of us on the East Coast appreciate them!
So far, things have been coasting along over in our neck of the woods. We weren't expecting anything to happen until this evening, but things are starting to get a little nutty.
Parts of the NJ shore have already fallen into the ocean. The waves are eating our boardwalks like they're nothing more than mini-quiches. There are reports of massive flooding all throughout the region.
So far, our home has remained relatively safe since we're about an hour north (and west) of the coast. Unfortunately, we have a creek down the street from us that tends to overflow during a light shower. It's already closed several of our streets. I can't even imagine what's going to happen come 7pm as this storm touches shore.
I just peeked out our window and noted that the tree in our backyard has already lost some of its branches. Nothing major, but considering the storm hasn't even really reached us, I'm curious to know what will be left of it come tomorrow afternoon.
Same for our tree in the front yard. I'm betting $50 that we lose a good chunk of that one into our roof. Ugh.
Our neighbor already lost part of his shed roofing. Our next door neighbor lost the wall to his above-ground pool. So far, though, no flooding of my basement (a miracle in itself) and no damage to anyone's actual homes. May God protect us!
As you can see in the photo above, I took a reader's advice and lit one of my blessed candles and placed it on our stove. I wasn't entirely sure where to put it, but the stove really does seem like a good spot! If you can't tell, that's Our Lady of Grace on the front. I figured she was a good bet, right? :)
Also, here's a photo of Vince enjoying his afternoon nap in the camp-out room.
So far, he's been glorying in our extra-family time. John found a ridiculous show called "Wipeout" that Vince is officially in love with. He asks for it by saying, "Daddy, water park, please!" because the point of the game show is for contestants to make it through obstacles that, if not navigated correctly, will land them in the water. Guilty pleasure for sure, but Vince has been getting an absolute kick out of it!
Again, may God be with us. I can't help but think this storm is meant to remind us that we're not as smart or as strong as we think we are. Stay safe, dry and blessed everyone!
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