Isn’t it ironic

Our home with the blue door

So much has happened in the last week that I don’t even know where to begin this post! We have closed on our house, raced Hurricane Irma to get moved in and prepared for the storm, celebrated two birthdays in the family, and spent our first days in our new house without power or school. Sounds like more of that kind of living we call beautiful chaos!

While thinking back on the last week, I had to chuckle to myself when I realized that my last post was about all of the little things we were looking forward to in the new house, and most of those things went away our first week here in the new house. Allow me to remind you of the list:

  • BathroomS! I had written that I was so excited to have more than two toilets and one shower. Well, after the storm we had a toilet backing up bringing us back to, you guessed it, two. And one of those toilets was mine and David’s! Two WORKING toilets was still a major improvement, but I had to chuckle.
  • City Water. Well…we did get it! But it was cold for days. Again, still so much better, but chuckle-worthy.
  • Toilets that flush. One toilet….refused. We had to go out two days after the storm in search of an open store and a plunger! But at least I got to drive through Dunkin. Oh and yes, we found a plunger…at our third stop!
  • A dishwasher! We waited so long. Before we could even use it, we lost power. Chuckled again.
  • Garbage Disposal. See above.
  • Split Plan. The house is indeed split plan, but I spent nights trying to make it feel less like a split plan because of the storm. I had all the bedroom doors open and slept the light mom-sleep so I could hear anything. Yes, if you did not know, moms can will themselves (well sometimes it comes when you don’t will it!) to sleep lightly so they can hear their child’s cry. Why? Five of our seven children are young, and no power means dark, and dark is scary. It was so hot that they were waking up from being uncomfortable and then getting scared because they couldn’t see anything. They couldn’t come to us in the dark and I wanted to hear them so they didn’t sit there scared any longer than necessary. Again-chuckle.
  • Five Bedrooms. This one made the list last week because it meant the kids being able to spread out and have their own space. Instead, younger kids were in bed with older kids to not be alone, we stayed in closer proximity because light was limited, and we prepared ourselves to all sleep in the master bedroom together (though it never came to that).
  • Better Electricity and A/C. Chuckle with me this time-hahahaha.
  • Dat Double Oven.…that I could not use.

We know we fared MUCH better than many around us and many across the state. We sustained practically no damage, we had no flooding, and we only had to go without power for two and a half days. We are oh so grateful and relieved that we are all safe, our new house is ok, we have power, and, umm, we got a new house this week! We are praying for all those still enduring the wrath of Irma!

For those who have been asking and waiting, here are pictures of our new completed home!

Ashley Karaffa

Ashley is mother to a blended family of 10 and appreciating the beautiful chaos of it all. She enjoys creating systems - because how can you survive a family with 8 kids without systems - and spending time celebrating her family.


  1. lucindalines on September 16, 2017 at 12:56 am

    Beautiful, glad you are all fine and praying for all people in the path of the hurricanes that hit out country recently.

  2. Anonymous on September 16, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    Thrilled for all of you!!!!! Congratulations on the new house and surviving the storm with your sense of humor intact. 😀

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