My Danny Family During the Hurricane

Sending prayers and thoughts to all those affected by the Hurricane!  Danny and I are safe and sound, but I’m so sad that people are out of their homes or don’t have electricity.  I hope people have care and support of loved ones.

Last night as we awaited the hurricane, we had to move the couch away from the windows cause the wind was SO fierce, loud and scary.  I felt profoundly grateful to not be alone.  Experiencing the hurricane with Danny by my side was one of the greatest blessings ever.  As we crawled in for the night, I just couldn’t believe that we had a warm bed and the safety and comfort of each other.

Have you ever faced a disaster in your area?  Do you remember the emotions you felt?  

It made me think how important it is to have family in our lives; to have loved ones.  I mentioned earlier that after all these years of becoming at peace with my life without kids – I’ve been facing this unexpected, shocking-to-me-feeling that I don’t really “need” kids anymore to be happy and at peace.  I am not desperate for them.  I am now miraculously at peace without them.  And so, on most days leading up to this IVF, I’ve been struggling a bit with jumping through loads of hoops to get some kids.  But, as I clung to my sweet husband last night as the winds howled outside, I thought about what it might be like without him.  And I thought about what it might be like to have even MORE little Kofoeds in this apartment.  Somehow, Hurricane Sandy made me excited to add more loved ones to this family.  Besides, we could use some more people to help us eat all the food we made during the hurricane.  🙂  Kids, you’re going to go nuts over these Coconut Flour Chocolate Cupcakes (grain free, dairy free, gluten free) with Paleo Chocolate Frosting.  🙂  🙂


P.S.  I just saw that my sister-in-law, in Chicago, wrote a post about the hurricane, too.  It’s beautiful.  All her posts are.

 (Photo from Elana’s Pantry, my go-to food blog every time I bake.)

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  1. Camille October 31, 2012 at 1:29 pm - Reply

    Monday night, as the winds were howling, the rain pounding against the house, and sirens blaring by, I felt so mortal. I felt both incredibly alone, desiring to be physically comforted, and yet somehow emotionally unified with the entire east coast as we were all experiencing this together. Glad you guys made it through alive!

  2. Marie October 31, 2012 at 2:09 pm - Reply

    Glad you're safe and well!! I'm in nj and we still don't have power and probably won't have it back until Monday or later. I'm with my family and it's very interesting to be forced to live simply: early bedtimes, dinner by candlelight, lots of board games and books and blankets to keep warm. It forces us to step away from computers and focus on each other. My iPhone is about to die as I'm typing this-it's us against cabin fever for now!

  3. Emily October 31, 2012 at 5:02 pm - Reply

    in december last year we had a wind storm w/ 90-100 mph winds that tore down everything in it's path. 30+ foot evergreen tree's were uprooted and laying on the homes of my neighbors, trampolines in tree's & power lines and fences in complete disarray. we were declared in a state of emergency and i was absolutely freaked out. i cried out of fear and sadness for my friends and neighbors. it was bizarre. i had never felt mother natures destruction like that. hopefully you're coping better than i did with the natural disaster you're facing! stay safe. xoxo

  4. Sarah H. November 1, 2012 at 6:44 pm - Reply

    I love this post, Mara, and I'm so glad that you guys are safe and sound. I'm heartbroken for all those who have experienced so much loss from this hurricane. This June, my city experienced some devastating wildfires. Over 300 homes were destroyed in one night. My husband is a firefighter and was on an engine, driving into the heart of the fire while I frantically packed up some important papers and prepared to evacuate the house if the fire moved closer to our neighborhood. It was just my daughter (who is 7), me, and our dog. I've never been the cool-under-pressure sort of girl, that is my husband's gift. But on that night, I had no choice but to pull it together and figure out where to go, what to pack, etc. even while I watched the west side of my city burn from the front window, knowing my husband was THERE in the middle of it. Moments like that make me wonder how those who do not have faith in a higher power manage to not completely lose it. Anyway, prayers for all those who have lost much in this storm!

  5. Anonymous November 3, 2012 at 6:13 am - Reply

    Thanks for sharing. I am new to your blog but have enjoyed your thoughts on being happy with life as is. But just wondering… If you feel so eager for a family, why not consider adoption? Many kids would be lucky to land in your family.

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