For the first time in six long years, I spent my birthday with family. My parents' plane landed right after the power outage, with just enough time to get out of the airport before things got crazy. We fought through traffic for two hours, got home, and enjoyed a quiet, candlelit dinner. On the menu? Lunch meat, brownies and water.

I cannot express how grateful I was to be surrounded by loved ones to celebrate my 24th year. I love my family more than words can describe, and had a truly lovely evening spent with my family, my love, our dear neighbours, and a few others who came along just to make it a party.

The beautiful pearls my parents gave me... Prudence had a hard weekend.