Prayers For Oklahoma!

Our hearts go out to all of those affected by the tornadoes that ravaged the heartland of our great country. I cannot count the tears that abrupty fall from my eyes as I watch the news coverage from Oklahome.

The adults, children, pets, homes….. Their whole lives just picked up, spun around and slammed back to earth lying in a pile of rubble that was once their lives.

In November of 2011 a tornado ripped through our small town and I have seen a small glimpse that in no way compares to the devastation the people of Oklahoma are experiencing now.

Sadness abounds as we think of you, Oklahoma!

My heart leaps for joy when I see a happy moment amongst all the havoc that is taking place.

Watch one of those happy moments by clicking the link below……

http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=50147264n

GOD answered both of this sweet lady’s prayers!

South Carolina is praying for you, Oklahoma! And I know that all of Team Fencepost are praying for you also.

May God bring you comfort and peace and see that all of your needs are met with abundance!

Happy Tuesday!

TFP 🙂

They Will Rebuild

I said I would be absent from here for awhile. But truth is, even though I am not publishing, I am still writing. The posts are sitting in queue, waiting for me to click the publish button. Seems this blog has become a big part of my life, along with all of you, the friends I have made through this web portal.

This past week our energies have been centered on the aftermath of the tornado that tore through my community on Nov. 16.

In the picture below there once stood a charming old farmhouse, which I dearly loved, surrounded by large oak trees. I was told it was one of the oldest houses in the area. Now, all that stands is this carport and a small outbuilding.

Thankfully the couple that lived there made it out safely.

The tornado was not on the ground for long, but long enough to completely destroy six houses and several barns. The houses and barns can be rebuilt, the contents can be replaced. But the lives that were lost can never be replaced or forgotten.

My heart breaks a little more each time I run across a random piece of someone’s life lying haphazardly in a field or hanging from a tree.

The Captain spent the most of this past week helping clear debris and cut trees with Boo and I helping when we could.

There are many uprooted trees that were too strong to break.

And many that were twisted off leaving what remained splintered and torn.

Here is just one example of the destruction that is still left to be cleared.

I am proud of the way our community banded together to help eachother. And not just our community, other cities, counties and states have been here doing what is necessary. We have met some of the most truly wonderful people. People who have given their time and/or money, expecting nothing in return.

From those who could not be here to help the donations have been pouring in. There were several uninsured houses that were completely demolished. With donations of time, materials and money, they will be rebuilt. Another uninsured house needed roof repairs. That has already been completed.

In less than a week most of the houses and debris have been completely cleared. They now await decisions to be made for the next step in rebuilding.

We have tornado warnings every spring and summer, but I can’t remember a warning ever being issued in the month of November. In less than a week after this tornado tore through our town there were more warnings issued ahead of a storm that was moving in.

This is the first and hopefully the last tornado and aftermath I’ve seen. It’s rather small and not as devastating as the tornados that have ravaged the midwest in the recent years. But for those few that were affected it is big to them.

Life goes on. They will rebuild. But we will never forget.

TFP 🙂

Wanna See?

I spent Saturday, a few weeks ago, at an Wrestling Conference Tournament for Boo. We left the house at 6am and didn’t return until after 9pm. Boy was that a long day.

Even more so for Boo. He wrestled 5 matches that day and was exhausted by bedtime.

He didn’t win the medal he’d hoped for but did place 4th for his weight class in the conference. He really should have had 3rd place, but I won’t go into that.

I get more than a little irritated when I think about it. We did video tape his matches and he won’t even watch the last one. The one that should have put him in 3rd place. It was scored unfairly to say the least…..

See there…just don’t get me started. I’ll be ranting all over again. And believe me, it’s not pretty when I rant.

But I will say this….

He started wrestling at the end of November. He had never participated in this sport or really even watched it before. With only about two months of training he went from knowing very little about the sport to being in 4th place in the conference, I’d say he’s doing a great job.

Wanna see?

Ok, here’s a video of his first match of the day.

(Look for The Captain in the orange shirt)

Oh, and turn your sound down, it’s kinda loud.

My daughter, his sister, can be seen at the end just in front of the camera clapping for him.

He has his own cheering section with the family and friends that traveled to watch him in the last matches of the season.

I’ve got a big mouth, huh? And talk about an accent?!?!

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Next time I’m recording I’ll be sure to have some duct tape handy.

Happy Tuesday!

TFP