Hello to all my blog buddies. I woke up this morning and the weight of the disaster is on me and I'm 20 minutes away from it. Wow, does OK need your prayers! I'm probably not going to tell you anything new but I just feel the need to say something today and it's the only way I know to say:
The tornado in Moore, OK was one of the biggest tornadoes ever. Lives were lost, hundreds are now without homes and there is such tremendous property damage. Cousins of mine that live down there are okay. I am getting ready to go to work to help through my Disaster Relief team at church doing whatever we can do today.
I actually went and worked at the Oakcrest Church of Christ in Moore, OK when we had the last big tornado there on May 3, 1999. This is what I saw and what I learned: I saw a whole classroom full of stuffed animals. Not new. Clothing spread all over the auditorium, much of it without identifiable tags. People trying to sort the various items by article, size, and gender. Laundry baskets of dirty shoes. It was not a pretty sight. That place smelled to high heaven! It was embarrassing, folks. Don't take this opportunity to clean out your closets and old stuff!!!
Gift cards to Walmart, Target, Kohl's, Walgreens, and CVS are the best thing you can do besides making a monetary donation. This was confirmed last night by a woman in our own congregation whose husband is our new Disaster Relief Coordinator. They lost their home in Cashion to a tornado just two years ago. She said, "People mean well, but it is really hard to get sizes right" (they have four children). Please pray for Joe, our new DR Coordinator as he tackles this incredible task. He has personal experience and contacts in the community so we can get started being the hands and feet of Jesus today.
Here's a link to our church if you would like to help: http://www.mrcc.org
As soon as the tornadoes rolled through our area yesterday, people were out helping - always an awesome thing! They missed us by a half-mile and thankfully the damage was mostly limited to trees. The hubs got out with my son and some others from church to help do some Disaster Relief in the neighborhood next to us, while I stayed home, fielded phone calls, and picked strawberries. Which became my hub's reward.
LITTLE BLESSINGS ARENOT LITTLE!
Unfortunately the storm grew in strength and did some major damage east of us, so say a prayer for all those that are putting their lives back together today. Have a great week and count your blessings!
We got another winner here! If you are a fan of French Onion soup - you know the kind covered in cheese and croutons? You'll like this one. Balsamic Vinegar is one of my favorite things, and it's in it too. It's delicious and easy to prepare. The toasts are just a version of a crouton, and I made them with Laughing Cow cheese since it spreads so well. A crowd came in just about dinner time and they all tried it even though they had already eaten. The cheese toasts were a big hit and most of them enjoyed the soup too.
or call it Pinterest-y, just thought I'd throw an old-fashioned word in there!
This was for my nephew's wife - he's the first little one we were around a lot as a young married couple and he became ours in our minds. We are thrilled that at 30 years old, they are becoming parents! Her sister gave her a beautiful shower with lots of homemade touches and delicious food:
One of my favorite touches was the hand decorated punch cups!
Pretty decor and yummy food: Chicken salad on croissants, blueberry scones with lemon curd, mini quiches, lemon bars, veggies and dip, and cake. OH so good!
Little momma with her MIL, my SIL
My SIL is an awesome seamstress and made a diaper bag full of goodies including these onesies!
Speaking of old-fashioned, they aren't finding out what they are having.
This is my son's Mama at school, the vocal music director. He has her for two hours a day - Men's Choir and Show Choir. At the Performing Arts banquet, my son was surprised to receive a leadership award for underclassmen! It was really bittersweet since his vocal music teacher is moving to Houston. She has lost both parents and a brother in death the past few years and has no more family left nearby. In her speech at the banquet, she encouraged her students to continue to strive to be the best and to welcome the new teacher in with lots of enthusiasm and less criticism. She's taught these kids lot of lessons in and out of the classroom. In fact, she taught all 3 of my kids in the music program. We will really miss her!
I love year-end events where so much love and appreciation is spread around!
His prom date friend got the Girls Leadership award, so they make quite a pair!
Also, I learned that my son had become good friends with this exchange student from Denmark. I was glad to know he's been kind to others (between you and me, this girl looks like - 30).
My PACE buddies - the gals that I work production meals with, do fundraisers with, and sneak into the auditorium to get peeks of our kids with! Several of these ladies will "graduate" with their seniors but thankfully our president will still be around to keep me company as we work to support the program.
A song to leave you with from ACT II, the awarding winning show choir,