June 16, 2011

Hubby's mission trip

Joplin, MO
2 weeks after the tornado

38 men, ladies and youth from our old church packed up and headed north on a 4 day mission trip.
This is what they saw as they drove into town...

this is what is left of one of 3 homes his crew worked on.
this family survived praise God!

this semi came from the hospital parking lot in the back ground

and wrapped around this tree
its rear tires and front tires now touch
praise God no one was in it when this happened!

volunteers signed this flag that will be donated to the city of Joplin

Hubby was heart broke as he toured the town and worked with home owners. He saw houses spray painted "STILL MISSING" because the owners are not accounted for. He said the mess of death and decay was overwhelming. Total descruction just feet from untouched structures. He compared it to a bulldozer scraping away a mile wide path right through the town.
He saw God working all around in those he spoke to. He said the people of Joplin were so grateful and hospitable to all the crews that were helping. They had nothing left but FAITH and FAMILY ... they were happy.  He went to help the people of Joplin and it turned out they helped him! God shifted his priorites back to what is really important. FAITH and FAMILY.

We will be going back as a family to help rebuild later this year.

God bless the people and city of Joplin, MO!

June 15, 2011


Woke up to a banging and clanging rucus the other morning way before dawn. I knew something was after the trash cans so I flipped on the outside lights and yelled out the door. Silence. Nothing moved. Back to bed I went and the noise continued... until NOON.

Leaving to pick up the kiddos from VBS I decided to stop and see just what was in an empty trash that made the night critters so interested.

I found this-

a baby possum

barely bigger than the DQ banana split bowl it was after

poor thing had been in there no telling how long
it was weak and panting

I don't blame it when the was the temp that day!

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