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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