VIDEO TUTORIAL - Stampin' Gals Gone Wild Wednesday - Orange Summertime Card - www.SimplySimpleStamping.com Tomorrow I will be sharing with you for a video for Stampin’ Gals Gone Wild Wednesday!  I thought you might enjoy a little sneak peek at it!

I just love how this card turned out and I have SEVERAL fun tips to share with you on creating this card.  I designed this card for Ginny’s teachers.  It was nice to create a card that really said “summer”.  It’s bright, cheery, and just made me smile.

VIDEO TUTORIAL - Stampin' Gals Gone Wild Wednesday - Orange Summertime Card - www.SimplySimpleStamping.com

Today I want to share something on a personal note, if that’s okay….

One year ago today, my life was forever changed.  On May 20, 2013 a F5 tornado hit Moore, Oklahoma, my hometown.  Even though my home sustained only minor damage (fence panels and a shed), my heart sustained horrendous damage.  I will never forget the hour as Ginny and I sat helplessly watching the news and tracking the tornado as it was coming closer and closer to our home.  As a Mom, I kept up good appearances for my daughter and acted as if it was going to miss us… but I could see the  path it was on.  Meanwhile Christina sat huddled in the orchestra pit with other students unaware that this was no tornado drill.  They had no idea what was happening just one block away from the school and I was at home unsure if the high school was spared.

Twenty-four lives were lost that day – 9 of them elementary children whose schools took a direct hit.  Today, I want to give a shout out to the AMAZING teachers of ALL Moore Public Schools and the sacrifice they made that day.  These teachers selflessly put their students above their own lives and safety.  These teachers sang songs, prayed (knowing they could be fired for doing so), and comforted the kids as they waited out the storm…unaware if their OWN children and families were safe.  Even as they emerged from the rubble, these teachers sprang into action, gathering their students like a mother duck gathering her ducklings.  These teachers were badly injured but that didn’t matter.  What mattered to them at that moment was their students, counting each one, making sure they were all accounted for.  Heroes.  That is what they are!

As I created this card today, I am reminded of the HUGE sacrifice our teachers give our children each and every day… not just in the eye of a storm but on a daily basis.  Their salaries are not big but their hearts are.  THANK YOU to all the teachers out there who share their hearts and love with our kids.  We love and appreciate you more than we can say!

It’s going to be a hard day for all of us today and we remember, reflect, and as we continue to rebuild but one thing you can say about Okies… we are OKLAHOMA STRONG!

Thank you for letting me share my heart with you today.

Oklahoma Strong!  Thank you TEACHERS for all you did for our kids that day!  May 20, 2013

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