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Giving Thanks in the Storm

December 11, 2017 by

An early summer storm hit last night. Homework was on the table when the house went dark. The calzone stayed cold in the dead oven so it went back into the useless fridge.

Out came the candles, wine, and bread, our go-to summer celebration. Fishing and hunting headlamps helped complete the homework. (Involuntarily, I count the lighting of each lamp and candle, two, four (Advent!), six, eight, and I remember lighting the Hanukah candles with my classmates back in New York and imagine them – with their own children now – marking this season of Light with light.)

Crickets. Rain on the tin roof. Frogs’ full-throated flirting in the happy rain tank.

Blessed life in the bush.

Norann's family in a power outage

I’m not really sure when the power will come back on – it could be two hours or two days – but it doesn’t really matter. What matters is the love in this house. These men. This moment.

What or whom – no matter the circumstances – are you most thankful for right now?


Follow Norann on Twitter at @NorannV.


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Norann Voll

Norann Voll lived in New York’s Hudson Valley until moving to the Danthonia Bruderhof in New South Wales, Australia in 2002...

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  • Thank you, Heather, Grace is the only way we've gotten through along with the beautiful and down-to-earth Australians like you and your family who have made us so welcome since we arrived. Much love for this new year, Norann

    Norann Voll
  • Dear Norann, it touches my heart that you have come from a totally different environment, from the other side of the world, and yet have embraced, with joy! the lifestyle of Australia's bush! I love the way you can see beauty in the very things that many would find a reason to complain about. This is grace! Thankyou.

    Heather Kerridge