The storm that went through our area last Friday afternoon left this scene in our back yard.
 We are more fortunate than many.  Our electricity was only out for minutes.
 We've spent hours cleaning up our own yard and helping others do the same.
 An apple tree fell in the yard of some elderly friends.
Gary & I raked, gathered and dumped at least  5 wheel-barrel loads
full of green apples that had fallen on their lawn--most too green for anything.
 These were the better of the few red ones that I salvaged
 to see what I could do with them.
And this is what I did!
I'm not a very good baker, but used the apple crumb pie recipe
in my old Better Home and Gardens cookbook to bake these.
We've also supplied meals, hosted "free showers" for those who have no water,
filled gallon jugs of water for many people, and offered our laundry services.
Aftermath.  It's a funny word when you think about it....
I looked up its etymology.  
Apparently the  math part comes from an obsolete Old English word meaning mowing.
Aftermath, of course, means a consequence or period of time
following a disastrous event.

Speaking of aftermaths - here's a related promise from The Word of God Himself!
 In his kindness God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation. (I Peter 5:10)


  1. I've had you on my mind since you posted about the storm damage. I'm so glad you are ok!

  2. Glad you were some of the luckier ones. I am so grateful this morning to NOT be in the DC area. No electricity in this heat! So much "weather" everywhere anymore...or maybe we just know of it more. Enjoy the "clean up pies".

  3. We had quite a storm here last night, some of the loudest thunder I think I've ever heard. Our pets were even scared. I'm thankful for the needed rain though. We lost power several times over the weekend but it came back on before any food spoiled in the frig.
    Your pies look delicious and I'm sure they were enjoyed. You and your husband are wonderful examples of the love of Christ reaching out.

  4. You and Gary are good neighbors to have Rebecca. Very thoughtful of you both. It's a shame that you all had damage. I'm just so glad to hear that everyone is alright. It thundered here last night but that's all. Still no rain. It's very sad. Love Di ♥

  5. You and Gary are a treasure of a neighbor. I just read Donna's FB and they are still with out electricity and do not think it will be till Saturday. They are growing weary. :( I am just glad you all are OK. These storms have been hitting unexpectedly in a lot of places...scary for sure.

  6. Still praying for those who are suffering...

  7. Hi Rebecca,
    Your neighbors will never forget these kindness and care you are showing. It is amazing how these things can bring the neighborhood together and give us lots
    of opportunities to love on people. So great the Lord has allowed yall to have power and that you are helping other with that, remember when our Pastor let us sleep at their house when our power was out, and other friends loaned us a generator, and then the next hurricane we stayed at their house as they own a bed and breakfast with cottages, so they let us stay in a cottage since they weren't booked, will never forget all those special blessings............
    That cleanup takes quite a long while sometimes.............
    Sounds like there are tons of people with out power still, and my heart goes
    out to them, cause I remember only too well how miserable it was........

    Blessings sweetie,

  8. We are getting news reports of your storms over here in the UK Rebecca, and so sad to see such destruction everywhere. It's always heartwarming and encouraging to see how neighbours come together at times like this, and how you and Gary have helped in such practical and needed ways. Those apple crumble pies look fabulous....did I mention that they are my favourite, with lashings of hot custard!


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Writing a Song a Week #3
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