Sneak Peek at Stampin’ Gals Gone Wild Wednesday!

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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.

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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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22 Responses to “Sneak Peek at Stampin’ Gals Gone Wild Wednesday!”

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  1. Beverly Lausen says:

    Watched a special about the schools being rebuilt with safe rooms and thought of the lives lost that it took to make this happen….I understand the expense means higher taxes, but you can’t replace those lives with money. Here in VA we have hurricanes, but we get more warning then you get with a tornado.

  2. Chrystyna says:

    Connie, what a terrific tribute to teacher in your area and state! We all prayed for you during that time. Also, your are right that most teachers are a super kind of person who molds the future of our country by teaching children and young adults what they need to know.
    Always love seeing your cards and projects! Today’s card is so summery and beautiful!

  3. Sam says:

    Much love to you Connie on this anniversary day. We Brits often complain about bad weather and no sunshine, but we are fortunate to live in a place where very little happens when nature takes over. Floods are devastating to homes and the UK is affected somewhere most years, but nothing like this.

    The teachers you mention here are heroes and to be commended.

    My love to you and your beautiful girls.

    Sam x

  4. Carole Bergman says:

    Connie, all of us remember the heroism of everyone there in Moore and especially the teachers. All of our hearts bled for you that day, and we are proud to be in the same country with you.
    Oh yes – love the card too!

  5. Rhonda says:

    My heart was broken a year ago when we heard about this horrible tragedy. Moore has made amazing progress in one short year from what I read in our newspaper today. Strong people raise strong people. Don’t ever forget those who were lost and those injured. Remembering with you way up in North Dakota

  6. Wendy says:

    Great comments on your terrifying experience. So true about teachers putting their students above themselves on a daily basis. Keep up the smiles!

  7. Mary Ann Huntington says:

    You brought tears to my eyes Connie. I remember the day well and was so moved to see all the animals on the news that were lost, confused and injured. I sent money to your animal shelter hoping my little bit would somehow help buy food and shelter for them. Your teachers were definitely heroes that day and every day they take care of our children and grandchildren. Thank you for all you do for your community.

  8. mkskinkare says:

    Connie,
    Your card is adorable. I too remember seeing the news announcement about the F5 in your town a year ago. I also remember reading your blog once you were able to write about it. You are so right the teachers that day were remarkable! I want to give a HUGE shout out to all the teachers as well and thank them for what they do each day. I know it takes a lot of patience and dedication to do what they do. I thank God each day that they are in our children’s lives.

  9. Robin says:

    Your touching story brought tears to my eyes and chills all over. Thank you for sharing. When I see tornado warnings any where, I pray for those folks.

  10. Janene Smith says:

    After just going through fires in our area I can identify with what you are remembering from a year ago. Natural disasters certainly make us aware of how little control we have and how we need our LORD at such times. Only He is in control. We praise Him that our son and grandson made it out of their home with only moments to spare before the wildfire destroyed their fence and back yard. A boyscout save the part of the fence that touched the house so the house was spared. Around 40 others were not so fortunate. So much in memories is lost when your home burns and I feel so badly for all of the history that is lost to them at that time. Blessings to you and all who experience the frightening moments when nature is raging.

  11. Julie Cordisco says:

    Amen, Connie! I cannot imagine how it must have felt for you a year ago, but thank God that is all behind you now. P.S. My mama was born in Macalister (sp?) OK, and my brother in Tulsa, graduated from OCU! I visited him frequently in Oklahoma City. Love your state, as it has a special meaning for me too….

  12. Donna Oates says:

    Thank you for sharing. I, too remember going through similar situations as the eye of Hurricane Fran went over our area 19 years ago. it is life changing and I am so very grateful that your family came through the storm. Keep the faith!

  13. Lynn KLitzke says:

    I had a kleenex close by as I read you heart touching thanks to the wonderful teachers who protected their students during that tornado. Thank you for sharing this with your fellow stampers. I’m in Audra Moncur’s down line. ☺ Lynn Klitzke

  14. nana4fromfl says:

    wow Connie…….I had no idea you lived in Moore, but totally “get it”. Many years ago, when our children were 9 months and 2 yrs old, we were directly hit by an F4 tornado. We lived in a mobile home and it tipped over (violently) 2x, with us in it. God saved our lives, but we lost all our possessions. Even with Faith, something like that leaves scars for a long time. I admit to being scared every time we had a “watch” and especially a “warning”. It took years to get over that! So classy of you to support your schools and so happy you were safe that night! Love the card 🙂

  15. Beth says:

    I can’t imagine seeing a tornado up coming towards you. Wow, just wow! I am glad you are here to write about it. God bless the families that lost loved ones!

  16. Maria Rodriguez. says:

    Dear Connie: I vividly remember watching the news and feeling heartbroken to know so many lives were lost to this storm. It’s really amazing how people come together after a tragedy like this one, lending helping hands, warm hugs, words of encouragement and shoulders to cry on.
    We made a donation to the Red Cross, wishing we could do more.
    I hope your home town keeps rebuilding and soon it will stand strong once again.
    Best wishes and lots of prayers for all of you amazing Okies.

  17. Sandra Johnson says:

    Connie- this is precious. My daughter is a fourth grade teacher in our small town in Flat Rock NC. Yes- teachers are a special gift of God and I know you feel pride and thankfulness for your town. I so appreciated your sharing. Blessings to you and your family.

  18. terrimoore65 says:

    Thank you for the shout-out to teachers who went far above the call of duty during the tornado a year ago. By & large, teachers are an amazing group of people who definitely choose their profession because they have a passion for teaching, not for the pay! There was a great piece on NPR Morning Edition yesterday about the tornado and the resiliency of the people of Moore, OK.

  19. Connie says:

    THANK YOU SO MUCH to everyone and your sweet comments!!! You all have touched my heart and I just want you to know that I appreciate you more than I can express.

    I was worried it would be a really hard day yesterday but you know, it wasn’t. The news media really focused on the positive things that are going on, how strong the people are here, and the quickly things are being rebuilt. The media sometimes like to focus on the negative things but yesterday was a day of celebration of how far we’ve come and how strong we’ve become.

    As some of you said, God was right here with this town that day (He’s here everyday) but through tragedy God made us stronger. We are a people who lean on Him and trust in Him every day. His blessings are all around us and we choose to focus on those.

    Thank you again for all your sweet comments. I treasure you all!!!

  20. Chris Miner says:

    First thing when I heard “a year ago today” I thought of you and your town Connie and just had to thank God. Love your orange! Love the scrap ribbon tip!

  21. Nancy Farrell says:

    Oh MY! What a memory.
    Just wanted to put a thank you out to all teachers. 🙂

  22. Debbie Campbell says:

    I got so many of my “good” qualities from teachers who’ve touched my heart. I Love crafting because a teacher showed me how much fun it could be. THANK YOU TEACHERS EVERYWHERE! You are truly a blessing to us all!

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