An Update from Connie

Hey my stampin’ friends!  I have a few things to share with you.  First, I know I haven’t posted in a few days but there was a good reason.  I was making videos, playing with new Stampin’ Up products due to come out in the new catalog.  It was amazing and relaxing and FUN!  As you know I have 2 teenage daughters and it’s May.  May means lots of spring concerts, talent shows, banquets, awards nights, etc.  It has been INSANE in our house to say the least.

Well, sadly, things went from busy to devastating.  I’m sure you have heard about the tornadoes in Oklahoma the last 2 nights.  Shawnee is just one town over and Moore is my hometown.   My kids attend Moore schools and all their friends live here.  As you can imagine, we are all in shock over what is happening.  My family is safe and my home is safe.  It came close though.  It was heading right towards my home and my husband’s job but, like tornadoes tend to do, it shifted, then lifted just when it was getting closer.  Relief!  Then we saw the destruction the tornado left behind in our precious town.  It looks like a war zone.  I was able to get my youngest daughter out of school before it hit but my oldest was still at the high school.  The tornado came within a stone’s throw of her school and we couldn’t reach her through text messages or cell phones.  It was the most horrifying hours of a mom’s life!  We did finally get a text from her that they were in shelters but had no idea what was happening.  They didn’t know that a tornado had even touched down!  It took us several hours to get through traffic and debris to get to her but I was one determined mom who wanted her baby HOME.  Needless to say, she was very shaken when she realized what had happened.

Now, let me tell anyone who is still reading this… One thing you need to know about Okies…we have each other’s back!  We are strong and determined and we RUSH to the aid of our neighbors and strangers.  We take care of each other!  Our home was hit by a tornado in 2003 and I saw firsthand what the people in my town will do to help our their neighbors.  I am in tears just remembering it all.  We do appreciate your prayers for those families who have lost loved ones and children.  We appreciate your donations to the Red Cross to help these families who have lost everything.

If you would just give us a few days to recover from all of this, I would appreciate it.  We are fine but just in shock right now.  Thank you for your prayers and thoughts for the wonderful people of Moore.

I will be back with Flash Cards soon!!

 

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  1. Sue Brandon says:

    Connie, thanks for the update and take your time. I’m glad you and your family are OK I’m sorry for those who have lost homes & loved ones. Prayers going up for our OKie neighbors. I’m just N. of Ft Worth so not very far away.

    Hugz……….

  2. vicksand says:

    Praying for you & all of Moore. God bless you all.

  3. pwilley21 says:

    Thank goodness you & your family are OK! Praying
    For Oklahoma , hugs!

  4. Mary says:

    So glad to hear your family is safe! So sorry to hear about your neighbors and friends, yes all of you are in the entire nations prayers!

  5. Pam says:

    Prayers for OK. Glad you are okay and your family is together now. You’re all in my thoughts and prayers.

  6. Kathy Toth says:

    How relieved you must be to have your family safe beside you. I can only imagine how hard it is to see your town and fellow community members in such devastation and pain. I will pray for all of you that God will provide you comfort and peace.

  7. Maria Rodriguez. says:

    Oh Connie, thank goodness you and your family are ok. I can feel the anxiousness in your words as you were describing horrifying moments before you found your oldest daughter. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and all of your neighbors.

  8. Pat B says:

    Connie, I’ve been seeing the devastation on the news and am in shock. I am glad you hear you and your family are OK, and will continue to keep the whole town in my prayers. Sending big hugs.

  9. Vicki Keyzer says:

    Praying for all of you from DE. I am so glad God provided safety for you and your family.

  10. Christine says:

    You all take care…and if there is a local relief effort besides Red Cross, please post it so it’ll be known. We were 15 miles from the Waldo Canyon Fire last summer. I volunteered for one shift at the Red Cross Shelter — they are organized, efficient, and caring. A great place for donations.

  11. Mary Novak says:

    Connie – I’ve become a “lurker” to your Flash Cards just recently and had no idea that you were not just in Oklahoma but also in Moore!!! This puts a chill in my spine!! I am praying for you and yours and also your town! Please know that while your Flash Cards are a bit of “frosting” on my day, nothing is more important right now than you and your family. Stay safe, my new friend. Our thoughts, prayers and hopes are with you!!

  12. Laurie says:

    Glad you and your family are OK. Sending up lots of prayers for everyone in Moore. God bless!

  13. kchurn says:

    I was just thinking about you last night when I went to bed and hoped that you and yours were okay. Thanks for update and stay strong.

  14. Marilyn Eaton says:

    Thank God that you and your family are well & safe. We’re praying for the folks who have lost loved ones & that survivors will be found. I love the flash card concept, but more can wait. Tornado recovery is priority. May God give you all special blessings at this time.

  15. Karen says:

    Connie,

    What a frightening experience for you, your family and your neighbors. I feel thankful you are safe. I will keep you all in my prayers.

    Your blog fan,

    Karen

  16. Sherry Lowmaster says:

    I am glad you and yours are safe!! I have a brother in law who lives in Midwest City, that so far we haven’t been able to get hold of. I’m sure it is just cell phone service down. do you know if any of that part was hit? I know they are close. praying for you all! keep safe!

    • Connie says:

      Midwest City is fine. Does he work at Tinker? That’s where my hubby works and it was heading that way but that’s where it started to life – just on the outskirts of Midwest City. I know the phone lines are down and most of us are without water (many without power). Unless he was in Moore for something, he should be safe. Keep texting him!! Text messages are starting to come though now. They are asking that we use text messaging and not calls so the cell phones can be used for emergencies. Please post again when you hear from him.

  17. Melinda Thomas says:

    My prayers are with all that have been affected by the tornadoes, not only in Moore, but several other cities and states. So thankful that all is well with you and your family. Praying that the Lord will pour His mercy and grace on all of the families affected!

  18. Norma Artman says:

    Connie! I’m in WI and with tears running down my cheeks this am as I watched the news..I can’t imagine the saddness the people feel of Moore. It’s hard to lose everything you have worked so hard for in your life time..but material things can be replaced over time..But loved ones lost is so hard..I’m so glad you and your family are safe.God Bless You as you help others pick up pieces and take a step forward with life. Always enjoy your website postings. Norma Artman

  19. Renee Mitcho says:

    So glad you and your family are ok. Please know that the rest of the country is praying for Oklahoma today. Take all the time you need. Your fans like me can enjoy re-watching older videos. Love them all and find them inspiring to create.

  20. Angela Pyjas says:

    I’m a fellow stampin’up demonstrator and I live in Texas. I’m also sending prayers your way and to all the families of Moore! It was a truly devastating tornado! I want to encourage all to give to the Red Cross also! They are a wonderful organization ! God bless you and all the people effected by this tornado!

  21. Barbara Gillespie says:

    We in Boston are all praying for you and the residents of Moore.

  22. Debbie Knapp says:

    Please know that my thoughts and positive energy are with you, your family, friends and neighbors in this horrible tragedy….

  23. Tricia Davis says:

    Prayers are with your family and all those affected by this Connie!

  24. Maxine says:

    My prayers and thoughts are with you and all Okies.

  25. Carol Rader says:

    Thank you for letting us know that a) you and your family are fine, but mostly b) about the spirit of the people who live in Oklahoma. Thinking of you with thoughts and prayers.

  26. Lois Hobson says:

    So thankful that you all are ok! I have family who lost their home in the twister here in Cleburne earlier in the week, and I have to agree, southerners in general, but esp Okies and Texans, are there when you need them, willing to lend a hand when and where needed. So appreciative for that! Thoughts and prayers for all affected!!

  27. Mary says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you, your family, your town, your community! It is shocking what nature can do! Having been in a “small” tornado, we have a new respect for storms. We are praying they continue to find survivors!!!! God Bless!

  28. Marilyn says:

    Prayers to all of you in OK…American are giving people and we are helping as much as we can.

  29. Victoria Allen says:

    Prayers for the entire area and all who were/are affected by the devastating storms. Love your videos, but your mental recuperation from all of this is more important right now. Take care!

  30. kraftychic says:

    Thank God your family is ok. My prayers are with all who have been affected by this unforgiving storm! Keep us informed as you are able! Hugs and Prayers!

    Cherie

  31. wacko23 says:

    So glad you and your family are safe. I am watching it all on TV and I can’t even imagine how it looks in real life. Our prayers are with all of you.

    • Diana Ferry says:

      I am praying for all of you out there. Please stay safe. I will be waiting for when you can do a card.

  32. Cindy Dicks says:

    Hi Connie,
    I am happy to hear that you and your family are safe! Know that many friends in neighboring states are praying for all of Oklahoma as they deal with the challenges in the days ahead. Sending thoughts & prayers that the severe weather will subside and more survivors are found. God bless! <3

  33. Rosita Taylor says:

    My prayers and thoughts are with you, your family and friends as well the citizens of Moore, OK. Please don’t worry about us out here, we will be here when you are able to return. I absolutely love your videos and I have learned so much from you. Thank you.

  34. Barbara Webber says:

    I thank God you and your family and pray for those “Okies” who lost so much.
    We are not supposed to lose our children in our life times.
    So sad. I pray for all.

  35. Madeleine Lemay says:

    Thanks for update and stay strong.Take all the time you need! We will pray for you , family and your neighbors! Take care!

  36. Kim says:

    Connie, I’m happy to hear that you and your family are safe. Being a Mom as I read your post I found myself in tears. I can only imagine your fears while you waited to be reunited with your daughter. I will be sending prayers to all those affected. Take care and stay safe.

  37. Jo Fieldsend UK says:

    Stay strong and god bless you all. Take care.

    Jo Fieldsend UK

  38. Mary says:

    Glad to hear you and your family are okay. Thoughts and prayers go out to you and your neighbors as you work your way through this devastation. Love your posts but first things first. Take care and stay safe.

  39. Mary McIver says:

    Thank you so much for the update letting us know what is going on. My thoughts and prayers are with you, your family and all the wonderful people of OK! You have all lost so much but God is good and He will sustain and help you in the days ahead. Thank you for all the great posts you do…I have learned so much from them. Your family is first priority and we love you and understand.

  40. Wildbunch6 says:

    Know that our thoughts and prayers are with OK!

  41. Gloria Balaskovits says:

    God bless you and your family! Prayers from NM to all if Ok!

  42. Michele S. says:

    We are sending many prayers your way! I know you are strong and will recover. I just hate that you all have to go through this! We are thinking of you and sending strength your way.

  43. Bev Gomez says:

    Blessings Connie. I am relieved to hear that you and your loved ones are okay and prayers go to all of those suffering. Hugs, Bev

  44. You are all in our Prayers.
    I live in Van Wert, Ohio we got hit a few years ago with in a one half mile from our house. I know a little what you are going through.
    Again we are praying for you all.
    Judy Sprunger

    • Connie says:

      Judy, we were hit by a tornado in 2003. It’s so hard to go through. To be honest, it was seeing all the homes around me that were leveled that was hard. We had a lot of damage but we could save our home. How about you? Was your home hit or totaled?

  45. Joan Norman says:

    My prayers are with you and your neighbors. Joan Norman

  46. Having been in a devastaing tornado when I lived in Minnesota I know and understand the terror you have experienced! You are in my heart and in my prayers! Jennifer Smiley

  47. God bless you and keep you safe and strong.

  48. Pat Stewart says:

    Connie,
    Although I am not a OKIE I want to say I really love and appreciate you. You are such a COOL and TALENTED person. I have grown to appreciate all your do in the art world and Stampin’ world with video’s and great ideas. And you are so caring. I pray that you, your family and friends are comforted by the Lord and each other.

    Back at you!!!
    Pat

  49. Harriet Keys says:

    Sending you love and hope from here in east Tennessee.

  50. Judy Boggs says:

    Connie, Thank you for the update. I have introduced you to a lot of stampers, here in Indiana. They laugh when I act as if you are one of my best friends. Funny thing, though. Now, they feel just like I do. Your ideas and videos are “over the top” and your enthusiasm is contagious. We all love you!! Please. . . .take all the time you need and know that people in Indiana are praying for you and all the other folks out there in Oklahoma. So thankful you and your family are ok.

  51. Barbara says:

    My heart goes out to you and your family. Thankful to hear you were spared.

  52. sandee says:

    Thank God that you and your family is safe. Keeping all the people of OK. in my prayers.

  53. Well Connie thank goodness you and your family are safe. My thoughts are with you and everybody in Oklahoma who suffered. My husband and I watched it on the news this morning boy am I glad we don’t get them in England. Stay safe

  54. Wendie says:

    I am so very sorry for your community’s losses. Thank God your girls were safe, I can’t imagine what you went through to get them. I was raised in earthquake country and my worst fear was I might be away from my mom when the big one hit. Praying for your continued safety .

  55. Rita says:

    We watched the storms on tv up here in Michigan and have been with you Okies in prayer for three days now. It is heart breaking to see the devastation and heart warming to see the best in people who are helping each other.
    God bless and keep you safe.
    hugs – Rita

  56. Debi says:

    My prayers are with you and your family. All the families there. God Bless each family that lost someone.

  57. Brenda Delphia says:

    thank goodness you are okay, my prayers are going out to all of you out
    there! Be safe!

  58. Beverly says:

    Prayers coming your way from here in VA…like everyone that reads your blog we feels like you are a close friend…stay safe!!…HUGS…Beverly

  59. Vicky M says:

    Prayers and best wishes for you, your family and your friends and neighbors effected by this disaster. Iowa is often in the path of these storms, but I personally have never had to experience one. The pictures are horrific.

  60. Susan G says:

    Praying for all of you in OK and KS. So glad to hear that God protected you and your family. I’m in central TX, and we are likely to get our share of the bad weather today and tonight. Springtime in tornado alley is always interesting.

  61. Cherie Criswell says:

    Our thoughts are with you and all your families. Sending prayers your way. God Bless

  62. Donna says:

    So glad you and your family are alright. Our praysers go out to all the people in Moore and the area.

  63. nana4fromfl says:

    God bless all of you there. We feel your pain, as we too, lost everything but our lives in an F4 tornado in MN in May of 1965. I know what you mean by neighbors helping neighbors….it is still an unbelievable image on my heart. The Red Cross was awesome too……I am really happy that this time your home was spared, but the main thing really, is that your family is here today. Hugs!!

  64. Nanci says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    God Bless you, your family and the whole town.

  65. Sally says:

    We saw the devestation on the TV news here in New Zealand. It’s unbelievable.
    It’s even more unbelievable to think I know someone who lives there.
    It’s times like this that bring out he good in people. Helping and supporting each other. You really learn the true meaning of neighbourliness & friendship, the support of you fellow towns people, and that the world is watching and supporting you in so any ways.
    Sending hugs & prayers to you all from New Zealand. (Just wish we could do more to help)
    Take care
    Sally.

  66. Gale says:

    So glad your family is ok…..very scary and sad time. Thoughts and prayers are with everyone there. Love your videos, but its hardly the important thing right now. Take good care

  67. Vicky Holmes says:

    You are in my prayers!

  68. Cindy says:

    Thank you for the up date Connie. Did not realize you where you were.Thoughts and prayers to all !! Such a devastating ordeal. Glad you and the family are OK. Always look forward to your emails. Love your flash card ideas. Please take your time with all of this. We know you’ll be back strong
    as ever. Many Blessing from NY (upstate)

  69. sandi says:

    Be safe!!!

  70. Penny Reed says:

    You do so much with all your fantastic ideas you so freely share – the very least we can do for you is pray, and we are! Thanks for letting us know you are okay and you take your time – we can wait!

  71. Connie dear, my eyes are filling with tears of gratitude that your family is safe. Thank you for taking the time to post for all of us. I’m just a loyal follower, but I feel like I know you personally and am very touched by your sadness. Keep your precious daughters held tightly. Thank the good Lord they were safe.

  72. Janice B says:

    Oh Connie,so sorry to hear the news but glad you were missed. My niece lives 5 miles away and she is also okay

  73. Connie, we have seen the devastation on TV in Australia. It is shocking to see. My thought and prayers are with you and everyone there. I can’t even imagine where you start. It is great to know the spirit that is there and will fight through. Sending my love from downunder.

    Jenny x

  74. So glad to hear that you and your family are OK. Businesses and cards come second at a time like this. You are in our thoughts.

  75. Bobbye Goetz says:

    Connie, I wish I could just give you a big hug right now. I”m glad your family is safe, and I’m praying for all those who live there, because everyone is affected in some way or another. Thank you for letting us know what was going on. God bless …..

  76. Patti says:

    oh my! I was glad to read that your family was safe and your home was not damaged. I cannot imagine how worried you and other parents were about your kids, and heartbroken for those who lost loved ones. I have a friend in Moore whose family was also safe but their home was not spared. A friend has raised $1500 for them overnight — we can’t be there to help physically, but I am glad to see once again that the worst of times can bring out the best in us. Praying for you all.

  77. Lilo Driscol says:

    I am so happy that your family is doing well, I sat glued to the TV just in tears watching them dig through the elementary school, it is just terrible. I have been praying that they still find people alive, the material things will come in time.

  78. Jan Ross says:

    Connie I live in Denison, TX and of course, we have been following the disasters that happened yesterday. Thanks so much for sharing your story and giving us the opportunity to pray specifically for you and your neighbors. God bless – and thank the Lord that your family is fine and safe.

  79. Diane Sperl says:

    Our hearts are with everyone especially the people who have
    lost children. May God give them the strength to go on.

  80. Cathy McLean says:

    Hi Connie, thinking of you all! So glad you’re safe, our thoughts are with the whole community! Hugs from our family to you all…xx Cathy

  81. Debbie Kelly says:

    Connie, so glad to hear that your family is safe. May God continue to bless you and your family.

  82. Cathy McLean says:

    Hi Connie and family! Phew, what devastation we see on TV downunder from your home town! We’re thinking of you all and sending hugs from our family to yours from the land of Oz……xxxxx Cathy

  83. Debbie Hunt says:

    So sad to hear the news but glad to know you and your family are together and safe. We don’t see so much of that in Maine. May The Lord bless you and your community with peace and comfort.

    Sincerely, Debbie

  84. Kathy says:

    From Santee, CA God bless you all and know that you and your community are in my prayers.
    Kathy

  85. Ruth C says:

    So glad to hear you are OK. Thanks for the inspiration of your creations. I am a recent follower. I am in Norman OK just down the road a piece.

  86. Linda says:

    Glad to hear that you and your family are ok. I can’t even imagine what the people of Oklahoma are going through. The devastation and loss of life is heartbreaking.

  87. Barby Thompson says:

    Connie,
    I am so sorry to hear about your town! Please know that our prayers are with you, your family, and your town. I absolutely love your blog and videos! Take time to heal from all of this, and please know that we care!
    Barby Thompson

  88. Pam says:

    Sending prayers for all of those in Shawnee and Moore!

  89. Pamela says:

    Connie, please take all the time that you need. I am a believer of “Family First”. Everyone understands and will be praying for you and your family. I am sending you a hug, and prayers for your continued strength. God Bless.

  90. Nancy Busse says:

    I have been praying for your family and for everyone – the First Responders and all who have lost loved ones, and property, and so much more. Prayers will continue.

  91. Ruth says:

    Connie,so happy you and your family are OK. Thoughts and prayers are with you and everyone there. God Bless

  92. Gigi says:

    Thinking of you and praying for Oklahoma families. xoxo

  93. Patti Rogers says:

    Oh Connie, I am so happy that you and your family are okay! Prayers are being said for you, your family and all of the Okies out there. Watching the television and seeing those parents that found their children alive, made me want to hug my grandsons. Love and prayers to you and your family.

  94. Terri Tosh says:

    God bless you Connie, I’m so glad you are safe! My prayers are with the families that have lost love ones and their homes.

  95. Lisa Walker says:

    Hug your babies, nothing and I mean nothing is more important!
    hugs

  96. Rose says:

    This brings me to tears. I feel for the children. My prays are with the town of Moore.

  97. Susan says:

    So glad that your family is OK. Will keep praying.

  98. Elizabeth Mims says:

    Put stamping on the back burner for sure. Praying for OK. So thankful your family is unharmed.

  99. Jan W in TX says:

    I am so glad you and your family are safe. I have other friends in that area too, they are safe also. will continue to pray for every that has been affected by this.

  100. kstamper88 says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and all the people of Oklahoma. I find it difficult to watch the tv…it is so devastating. God Bless.

  101. Sandra Johnson says:

    Connie- love your videos- I feel like you are family. God bless you that you and your family are safe. Take your time- your stamping friends have your back as well.

  102. Linda from Minnesota says:

    Tears came to my eyes when I read your story!
    I haven’t been following you for long, but I can tell by your videos that you are a wonderful person! How awful it must be with all of the devastation. Thank God you were spared!
    Take time to get your life back together…I will be waiting patiently for upcoming videos. Family comes first!!!!!!

  103. Janene Smith says:

    My dear Connie,
    I have missed your cheerful voice and wonderful videos…..every one a winner! However, all of you “Okies” have been in my prayers and I praise God that you, your dear family and your home are safe. So many others have not been so fortunate and I know you are probably busy doing what you can to help those in need. Blessings and hugs to you. I look forward to having your Flash Card videos back, but mostly look forward to the recovery operations beginning in your home area. I was raised in Iowa and I know how midwestern values and grit will get you through whatever comes your way.
    Janene Smith

  104. Sandi says:

    OMG I can not even begin to know what you have been through! I am so glad that you and your family are safe. My heart and prayers go out to all of Oklahoma for all that has happened. Be safe and take care.

  105. Jan Cruze says:

    We all understand the stress you are under and please take the time to heal and help those in need. We will keep all of you in our prayers. May God Bless you and keep you strong in your faith. Praise God in joyful thanksgiving for keeping you and your family safe.

  106. vickie kropp says:

    Dear Connie,
    Glad to hear you are safe. I have seen the pictures so sad Oklahoma is in my prayers

  107. Shirley Fisher says:

    Hi Connie

    Prayers and thoughts from New Zealand. Just take time – we know you will get back whenever you can and look forward to your videos again. They have been a big part of my card life since I found you. Thanks for all the inspiration. Importantly though – take as much time as you want for family and friends.
    Love and Blessings
    Shirley Fisher, NZ

  108. Sharon Fitchitt says:

    Oh Connie, Praise God for your safety and that of your family. We’ll be praying for those in your town and surounding areas.

  109. Lesley Court says:

    I have only seen the devastation on the T.V. We only have cyclones in Australia. My heart aches for you all . You are one group of gutsy folks to live through the possibility every year.

  110. Niva-jean Poland says:

    Connie, I am so glad to hear you are fine as well as your family,but so sorry to hear of the devastation . Will look forward to hearing from you and your wonderful flashcards when the time is right.
    Nivy

  111. Paula D says:

    so glad that you are safe, so sad to see all the devastation in OK!

  112. Madeline justis says:

    Take all the time you need to recover. I will miss your flash cards but look forward to new ones. Help as many neighbors as you can. We are praying for everyone.

  113. Bridget Speller says:

    Oh Connie, I had no idea where you lived in the States. Glad in a way I did’nt.
    Thank you for filling us in and I pray you all get back to normal soon.
    We have had endless coverage over here in the UK and it has been horrendous watching the devastation. Our hearts have gone out to all those who have loved ones missing and homeless but particularly the children in the school that was brought down to a heap of debris.
    God bless you all. Take care. Bridget

  114. Sally says:

    Like Bridget, I have been horrified to see on UK media, the devastation caused by the tornado, and I am so relieved you and your family are OK.

    Take all the time you need, and know that we are thinking of you all.

  115. barbara paquin says:

    Connie , My prays are with you all down there, Know that the Lord will give you the all the strength that you need. Blessings to you all Barbara Paquin

  116. nm says:

    Connie I was so concerned about you and your family. So glad you are all ok. I know your worry & what you felt. My father in law was in the nursing home in West, Tx when the fertilizer plant exploded and it was the wee hours of the morning before we found out he was safe. Our devastation was small compared to OK but just as sad and heart wrenching. You and yours are in my prayers. Hope to meet you in person in at Convention in July.

  117. Frances says:

    Connie,
    So glad to hear that you and your family are ok. Take care of yourself and family first. Thinking of you and keeping you in our prayers.

  118. Paulette says:

    Flash cards are fun and helpful, but they are not priority. No rush getting back to them. Take care of yourself, your family and your little town as you need to. What a miracle to live through a tornado. Thinking of you and keeping you and the town of Moore in our prayers.

  119. Dinahsoar says:

    So very thankful you were spared, saddened at the loss others are enduring. We have very good friends who live in Shawnee and their house was in the path of the tornado on Sunday night. Thankfully it broke up just before it hit their area. It was close though. Our son and dil live in north TX and have been getting a lot of severe weather there as well. Scary.

    We will all be here waiting until you are free to return, so no worries. We love your spirit and generosity and know others need you, especially now. We are a community and are in this together and wouldn’t want it any other way.

    And I LOVE the Okie spirit. One of my favorite uncles was an Okie and he was the most generous person ever, always with a big ole smile and a heart to match.

    God bless you and the great state of OK,

  120. Kerri Tarrant says:

    Dear Connie and everyone in your area,
    You all are in our thoughts and prayers. Glad to here you and your family are all safe and sound.
    Sending strength and hugs
    Kerri

  121. Tina says:

    Dear Connie,
    I don`t know if you have enough time to even read all this, but I want you to know that we think about you every day. What we hear on the news about that neighbourhood of yours is really great – I hope your friends and family can manage.
    We hope to hear from you soon – not necessarily about flash cards – just keep us informed if you can.
    All the best from Germany,
    Love,
    Tina

  122. Tina says:

    OMG I hope you understood what I meant to say: it`s great that all the neighbours are helping each other and that you all have faith – is what I wanted to say.
    Hugs,
    T.

  123. Deedee says:

    Connie, I am so happy to hear that your family is safe, and that your community’s spirit hasn’t been crushed despite the horrible devastation you have endured. As a mother, I can only imagine the agony of waiting and worrying about your daughter, and am so happy that your family is safe and reunited! I have been keeping the whole community in my prayers. I will continue to look for the remarkable blessings of folks like you who reach out to those who need help–that is the true silver lining in these situations! Thank you for all you do to bring sunshine into the darkest moments!

  124. Pat says:

    God Bless you and your community. I have been praying for everyone that has suffered in this tragedy.

  125. Mary Mendoza says:

    I’m glad to read your post I met you in Dallas this past February. I’m keeping you, your family and town in my prayers.

  126. Theresa says:

    Connie I am so happy that you and your family are okay. My son finally got in yesterday to see the house. It was tough. He took pictures and I posted them. I don’t know how they made it out. I have been so impressed with his military family. They have come together to help him with a place to stay, clothing, food, transportation and moral support. He will start from scratch, but thank God he was spared. He loves Moore and is devastated over the loss of lives. Praying for your hometown and all involved.

    • Connie says:

      Oh Theresa, I am so glad he was okay. I can’t imagine the feeling when he saw his home. Praise God he is okay!!!

  127. Theresa says:

    Connie I am so happy your family is safe. I just retread the part about your daughter. I know how you were feeling. It was hours before we knew that our son was in the house. He got word to us and only asked for prayers for the school children after he saw the news coverage. Feeling so lucky.

  128. Jean says:

    I also am glad your family is safe. Although I’ve enjoying your blog for awhile, I didn’t know where you live. The news reports are difficult enough to watch on TV – can’t imagine what it must be like in person. Thoughts and prayers continue for everyone affected.

  129. ccnz says:

    Glad to hear you are all ok. You’re so sweet to be thinking about us not getting your videos in the midst of what you are all going through. You’re simply a star! You and your family in Moore are in our thoughts and prayers.

  130. Tanya Butler says:

    Connie, praise God you and your family were protected. Such a terrible tragedy that hit OK! Prayers for everyone dealing with the destruction of the storm

  131. Kay Jacob says:

    Dear Connie, I have spoken to you about your courage and my thoughts about it all. I would like to brighten things if I can. I have just returned from Convention in Brisbane, Australia. It finished last night. We had a ball. Shelli and everyone were so wonderful and for the 25th Birthday were so very generous. I am in such a happy place right now. I cant tell you too much because you are getting the same things but the new catalogue is just beautiful and for the first time every it is in line with yours and Canada’s one. So now when you talk about something on tutorials we will know what you are saying. I told a lot of your friends at Convention about what had happened to you and they were shocked. They plan to send you some comfort when they go back to Utah. Stay safe my dear friend. xxxxKay

    • Connie says:

      Kay, did you have a wonderful time???? I just love Convention! I have been every year (except one due to a death in the family) and each year they just get batter and better.

      I’ll bet the crowd went wild when they realized the catalogs were the same. I get a lot of comments from customers over seas who ask if I can send them certain stamp sets that I use. I can’t, of course, but now they can get from their local demo!

      I have to brag on Stampin’ Up a minute. One my the girls on my team got a personal call from the home office. They were checking on her and offered to replace any of her lost stamps. I AM SO PROUD TO WORK FOR STAMPIN’ UP!!! They truly care about people and this gal was so impressed with them too. Luckily her home only received damage so she won’t have to take them up on their offer, but because her address was in Moore, they wanted to check on her. I LOVE THIS COMPANY!!

  132. Tammy Jo Tanner says:

    Connie I am so glad to hear you and your family are safe. I thank you for all the things you do to help people like me be creative. I became a Stampin Up Demonstrator because of watching you on YouTube. When I seen what you can do I thought to myself that I can follow her and do that also. My friends and I have fun making cards because of what you have taught me. Thank you and God Bless you and your family.

  133. Sharron Simmons says:

    Connie,
    I just discovered your site today and immediately was inspired. Thank you. May God grant you and the beautiful Oklahoma people His grace, love and peace during this trying time for each of you.

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