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Sunday, June 02, 2013


In the car this morning, while we were driving to church, my son and I were having a nice little heart to heart.

We were talking about the difference between boasting and being humble, and I asked him if he knew why it was important to show class and humility.  However that it was okay to be confident about your abilities as long as he was humble about them ... no one likes a bragger.

He nodded his head, and said nothing.

I then asked him if he knew what some of his special abilities were.  I try to bolster his confidence when I can.

He said, "My abilities to play video games?  I'm great at video games!"

I laughed, and said, "Yes, but I was thinking along the lines of your kind spirit, your willingness to share, the way you make people laugh..."

Then I asked him if he could think of any other special gifts that he had, just to see if he could think of anything else other than how good he was at video games.

When we stopped at a red light, I turned to him and waited for his answer.

He got a silly grin and nodded, saying, "My abilities with the ladies is pretty special."

I about lost it!  LOL.  He's a funny kid.

Saturday, June 01, 2013

When Will it Stop?

So, it seems that every Wednesday that rolls though brings severe weather and tornadic possiblities.

The tornado that hit last night was a nail biter ... like all of them are.  But this one hit a little closer to home than I'm comfortable with.

First let me state that we, in Oklahoma, have some of the most amazing meteorologists in the world.  They predict this terrible stuff hours before clouds even roll through our sky.  So when they say, 'it will hit within the hour - find your safe spot', and you look up to the sky and see nothing but blue sky ... you heed their warning as they're usually on target.

Now yesterday, there were conflicting reports on when it was going to hit.  Some stations said 3:45 while others said 6:15.  But all said find your safe spot by their predicted time.  And as a mother ... I'd rather be safe than sorry, so I took my kid (at a time somewhere in between the two), packed him in the car, stopped at home to pack up our animals and necessary items, and then drove to my husband's office, where there is a bomb shelter from the 60's .

Most offices closed early to let employees out, which was very thoughtful as we all wanted to put our heads down and get somewhere secure.  However for some, it caused a large jam along the highways and roads,  which meant some were stuck in traffic trying to get somewhere safe.  Sadly, they were left out in the open as targets.  The saddest report to date is of a mother and her newborn that perished.  :(

My mind instantly flew to my sister,who was driving back from a work trip from Kansas and as storms blanketed I-35, she was in the middle of it all.  (many prayers said)

Then it was like the dominos started falling.  My mother texted me to let me know that she was safe in a neighbor's tornado shelter, but there wasn't enough room for my dad, so he went back home.  At that point there was a tornado that was headed for them. (many more prayers said)

Then after my family came out from our shelter , my best friend, mentioned in this post here, texted that she'd left her house to avoid the storm, as they had no shelter to be safe in.  On the way back into town, after the storm, they got stranded.  The highways were shut down with flooding and tornado damage.  (and even more prayers said)

... and many friends and family were in the path of what was to come. (vigilant prayers all night)

Thankfully, all my loved ones are accounted for and safe today.  However Tuesday and Wednesay they're saying more storms are to come.

Please continue to pray for our state ... I'm ready for a repreive from this stuff.