Another Quick Update

Well, the clean up is well underway!  The people of Oklahoma never cease to amaze me and how an entire community rises up to help their neighbors!  To see so many people out hauling debris and helping to find items that can be salvaged – it will touch your heart.  I LOVE THIS TOWN!!!  Someone asked me, “Why do you even live there when there are so many tornadoes?”  It’s because of the people.  I know they have my back and I have theirs.  And have you noticed when the reporters talk to people who have lost their homes, they aren’t mad or complaining about it?  They are glad to be safe and have their families.  They all say the same thing – “this is just stuff and stuff can be replaced”.  God made Okies very special people – they are strong, resilient, and we aren’t ones to sit around and wait for FEMA to fix the problem.  There isn’t a church in this town who isn’t feeding families, offering clean up crews, housing volunteers.  Our church looks like a Wal Mart with everything from diapers to denture cream!

Yesterday, my daughter and I baked cookies – lots of cookies – to put into the meals that our church is sending out to the workers and families.  We had a blast baking (and eating)!   We had some leftover so we took them to her friend Kevin and his family whose home was hit (but not leveled – thank God).  This was my first time to drive through the area (we have had to drive around it up until recently).  Words can’t describe what we  saw but at the same time, I saw Christina’s friends laughing and trying to find joy in the mist of the chaos.  Isn’t that incredible?  American Flags lined the streets in front of every house and hand painted signs saying things like “Thank you Moore for all you did to help us”.  It’s just awesome!  I am so proud to be from Moore!!!

I want to thank you ALL for your comments you left for me.  I didn’t have time to respond to them all but I wish I could.  Every single one of them blessed me.  Hearing from people all over the world was just mind-boggling!  Funny how a rubber stamp can bring us all together as a family.  I just want you all to know that we have felt your prayers and are so grateful for them!  I have nothing but love in my heart for each and every one of you!!!  Thank you thank you thank you!

Well, things are beginning to slow down and the Red Cross is taking care of the people of Moore at this point so I should be back in my stamp studio very soon.  I even had a chance to stamp a little over the weekend.  Ahhhhh, what great therapy it was!  I made 5 new Flash Cards so get ready!!!  As soon as I can get them filmed, you’re going to FLIP!  They are so cute!!!

Thanks again for being such great friends!!!!  Can’t wait to share with you some of the new products that will be available in our new catalog which starts Thursday!  I will post the link so you can view the catalog online on Thursday.

Have a wonderful week everyone!!!!  HUGS!!!

 

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  1. Beverly Lausen says:

    God bless the people of Moore! This is what America is made of…not moaners and groaners, not people who expect handouts, but people who will always raise about anything that hit them! Our prayers continue to go out to you all.

  2. sharonjjones51 says:

    Oh, Connie! I didn’t know you were from Moore! God bless you and everyone else there…may you all have a quick recovery and my prayers are sent up there!
    We get hurricanes down here on the Gulf Coast in Louisiana, so we’re praying that the season is not as active as they’re predicting…LOL!
    Can’t wait to see your new cards, hon!
    Hugs to you all!

  3. Maria Rodriguez. says:

    Hello Connie: It is indeed amazing how a tragedy like this one brings out the best in all of us, whether near or far, all we want to do is help. On my end we’ve donated to the Red Cross and I know this donation will go directly to help all of those affected by this tragedy. God Bless all of you who are there lending a hand, in what ever way you are doing it, your reward is the enormous satisfaction of knowing you are making a difference.
    Loosing the material stuff is hard but it can be replaced, on the other hand, loosing a loved one it’s even harder and the road ahead for the families of the people who perished is long and difficult but with the help of their community they will one day move forward.
    I collect quotes and this one is one that speaks volumes…..

    Although the World is full of suffering,
    it is full also of the overcoming of it.

    Hellen Keller.

    May God Bless all of you!!
    Maria.

  4. Cheryl McAskill says:

    Amazing the fortitude and endurance of good people. Great to hear cleanup and services are being provided for your neighbors at this devastating time. It blesses me to hear the people say..”this is just stuff, we are glad to be safe with our families.” That is what life is all about. So glad we strong people don’t have to wait upon FEMA or any other bailout to direct us to what needs to be done. Communities like yours are the ones to be envied and used to show others, that this is how life works. We all pitch in to help each other. Thanks for the real update on your town and prayers are still going out to those who did lose a family member. I pray the Lord’s comfort for them.

  5. c’est formidables ce que tu fait pour ces personnes bon courage est bravo bise raymonde

  6. Chris K says:

    You have my prayers! Glad you and your family are ok. Praying for all those who have lost.

  7. Oh Connie, I cry every time I read one of your updates. I’m so proud to be an American. I’d like to visit your city someday and meet some of your awesome citizens. I wish I lived closer to help. I sent a donation to your Humane Society to help the animals.

  8. Mary Frances says:

    Your community is truly remarkable. I see this in so many of the communities that have been hit be tornadoes in recent years…Americans are strong people! I love the fact they aren’t wating around for FEMA, but everyone is helping each other!

  9. Patti Rogers says:

    Connie – even though we have never met face-to-face, I feel that you are a friend. I am glad your hometown is getting back on their feet. It has been seven months since Sandy hit New Jersey and we are still cleaning up. But we will also rebuild. Atlantic City was open for business on Memorial Day.

    On a lighter note, I can hardly wait for you to get the Flash Card videos coming again. They are the highlight of my week!!!

    Take care, and God bless you, Oklahoma and America!!!

  10. Cindy says:

    Appreciate the up dates Connie. It’s nice to hear how strong the people of
    Moore are and continue to be. God Bless them all!

  11. Elizabeth Mims says:

    I have enjoyed your blog, especially the boxes that you make. Your videos convey a woman with a passion for people. Your actions confirm that it is true. God bless you and all the people of Moore.

  12. Deb Schafer says:

    Hi Connie,
    The ladies before me have said it all. This is America, we always come out stronger. God bless all of you there and all those who are helping. We are all praying for you and you city.
    I think most of us who follow you feel a friendship with you and are happy to know you through our computers. Thank you for all the talent you have shared with all of us.

  13. Molly says:

    Connie, you and your community remain in my prayers. Bless your heart for taking the time to update us here. Not a one of us would blame you if you needed a few weeks off for family and civic events. But it is true that we’ve been brought together by such a simple little thing: stamping and of course we will all be thrilled to see those cute new cards whenever you get a chance to make your videos. Having a creative outlet like this is a blessing, isn’t it?

  14. Cathy Dahl says:

    Thoughts and prayers are with you and your community. Sometimes we don’t know how many wonderful people we have in our lives until we are in need. I’m glad you and your family are safe. It is heart warming to hear your update. Can’t wait to see your new flash cards.

  15. Linda says:

    Glad to hear that things are getting back to somewhat of a normal state. It is great how people can come together in the mist of a crisis and still have a smile on their face. It’s good to hear that you had a chance to get some stamping done, I know that was great therapy for you. And baking cookies for those working so hard to put the pieces back together was a super nice thing to do.

  16. Donna Petty says:

    Hi Connie!! We are all thinking of u guys. Glad to hear that your family is ok., just have to let you know how much I LOVE your flash cards. I look forward to opening the emails to see what Connie has done! Keep up the great work. Our thoughts and love are with you all everyday!!!! Cheers Donna Petty (Australia)

  17. Bridget Speller says:

    Thank you Connie for your update, so good to hear your news. I have been thinking about you and wondering how everything was going.What an incredible community spirit you have there. It is amazing how a crisis brings out the good in us humans! Looking forward to your next video but sort yourself and your family first. We shall all be there waitng for you when you’re ready. God bless you all. Love to all from the Uk. Bridget x

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