A Long Break Explained & Our First Hurricane

I’m so sorry for such a long break in between posts … the inevitable happened. My 17 year old laptop died (the screen literally snapped in half and broke off) after years and years of photo editing.

Much to my dismay, I knew that day was coming … and seeing now that I am not in the photography business, I am quite out of date when it comes to computers, etc. However, the Good Lord sent a blessing my way in the form of a new friend… I went to pick up a dresser for our girls’ room of a used-for-sale-site and immediately became friends with this new family. As it happens, they have also recently moved here to Prince Edward Island from Ontario. The husband offered to fix up my computer for me – and now … here I am … finally back.

[I am very out of touch, so it seems, with the digital world so re-learning Photoshop on a newer model and adding my own actions back into the program took me some time. I still don’t know where my photography stamp is, so right now, my photos remain unstamped.]


{How cute is my little farmer boy, Lazarus, standing proudly in front of his sunflowers which he grew this summer}

So here I am – back! So thankful!

And as I sit here, updating this little blog post (with *so* much to say, but will save it for a weekend post), we are hunkering down to prepare for our first ever hurricane.

This, I must admit, is something I never thought about much when choosing this lovely little island for our home. Oh yes, in Ontario, we had tornados and they were magnificent and incredible – but somehow, with the added threat of the Atlantic Ocean in our backyard, it feels more powerful. We are all praying our trees stay rooted (but doubtful – surely some will fall over with 150+ km an hour winds!). And we’re all praying our animals and barn will be safe. I am confident in the house’s safety as it has weathered over a hundred years of storms. The island and nature around us are strangely quiet as the human residents bustle and hurry about to protect their property with the best we are able – we have seen farmers strap trees to tractors and anything that will keep them rooted so we are doing the same. Apparently, trees with leaves are easier toppled than barren trees, so it is more dangerous than our winter winds.

I will keep you posted! They say to expect at least five days without power, so I’m not sure what this week will hold. Thankfully, we are snug in our home and have a Provision Room full of food and a generator to back up our power supply.

I hope to write up a good blog post tomorrow, as we sit and wait for the storm to hit us on Friday evening.

God bless and send up some prayers for us! xo


October 5, 2022 - 11:15 am

Debbie March Hello
It’s been a long time lol. I knew you guys had moved to PEI, Rod got called there last Saturday to help with the power outages. He said Deb you should contact Gillian and see how they are. Hope all is well after the hurricane. We had a lot of damage her in Newfoundland as well but fortunately our part of the island was spared. Hope you guys didn’t get affected too much. Take care and who knows yiu may see hint if he’s in your area

October 5, 2022 - 8:52 am

Laura Jeanne Gillian, I hope you are all well and that your home and farm weathered the storm all right. I have been thinking about you all often and checking here frequently to see if there is an update! Sending my love from Ontario. <3

October 1, 2022 - 1:59 pm

Rebecca Oh my goodness I had no idea until today that you were expecting a hurricane! I am so glad you are all OK!

September 29, 2022 - 3:43 pm

Susan I thank our dear Lord you are all safe. Sue

September 29, 2022 - 3:01 pm

Michelle Yes, I will echo…praise the Lord for your safety. I’m sure you have added work to do! But very thankful that you are all okay!! Your blog is such a blessing Gigi. I have continued to read over and over some of your posts. Such a blessing!! Take care and try not to work to hard!!

September 29, 2022 - 2:28 am

Linda So thankful your all okay.

September 28, 2022 - 8:34 am

Teresa Praise the Lord! I’ve been checking on this post and praying for you and your family! So, thankful you guys are safe and your property! My heart goes out to you all and now Florida! So grateful you guys are safe! Hugs sweet friend!

September 27, 2022 - 4:58 am

Gigi Thank you all for your prayers! I’m so glad it is over! That was a very frightening and humbling storm! We have survived and our home and barn are not damaged – although our friend’s house is badly damaged and they lost their car. The worst is tree line damage everywhere – huge, beautiful trees are down everywhere. We are in the middle of cleaning up. It’s rather sad for this little island – day 4 of no power, but that is the least of our concerns. I have new empathy for anyone who lives in the threat of hurricanes (Florida)!

September 26, 2022 - 7:32 am

Robyne Puckridge Oh dear Gigi, I have been praying for your 9 children, you and your Husband during this terrible Hurricane. I hope your property has not sustained damage also! I understand that you don’t have electricity at the moment. Please take care, will keep praying for you all, regards Robyn

September 25, 2022 - 11:18 pm

Teresa O Gigi, I hope all is well and all is safe after the storm. I have been checking for a post and I am thankful to see this one. May God Bless and protect you and your family! hugs Teresa

September 24, 2022 - 8:06 am

Lena I lived in Florida, on the gulf coast, close to the Gulf of Mexico, over half my life and know the uncertainty of hurricanes. Depending on which side landfall hits will determine how bad it will be. The Atlantic produces stronger and larger storms. We will be praying for you and your family Gillian!

September 24, 2022 - 2:21 am

Susan Praying for you all. Sue

September 23, 2022 - 8:14 pm

Lynnea Love and prayers for you and your family, dear Gigi,

September 23, 2022 - 5:59 pm

Erin Lynn Definitely praying for you and yours dear friend!

September 23, 2022 - 10:30 am

Crystal I’m so glad to know you all are ok! I have been missing your posts. I’m looking forward to more. I always love reading them and seeing your pictures. I’ll be praying for your safety through the hurricane! ❤

September 23, 2022 - 9:45 am

Michelle Praying for you all Gigi and thank you for praying for me!! Your blog posts have been such a blessing to me!! I still desire to live this simple life that you share!! Keep us posted on how you are please!! Praying, Praying!!