Thursday, June 16, 2011

I get knocked down.....but I get up again...

That song is an oldie but a goodie.  I remember cruising around to it while I was in high school but now those words hold such a different meaning. 
On May 22, 2011 at 5:41pm my life forever changed....THE JOPLIN TORNADO! 
Since that day.....we have had to find a new normal.  The other night I was out with a good friend.  We were having our weekly girls night chat.  We began to talk about the tornado (big surprise if you are in this area) and we both were discussing what an impact the tornado has had on our life.....EVERY aspect of it.  No we didn't lose our homes, our families were safe, but it still has had a lasting effect on our lives.  Our jobs, our daily routines, our church, our friends, our housing situation, and the list goes on.  Joplin is the only home I know.  I was born here, raised here, and now after moving away for several years.....live here.  This is where Richard and I plan to spend at least the next 5 years of our life as we prepare for God's next journey (I will have to explain that in another post).  But now this home is in rubble.....and boy it is exhausting. 
I know we will rebuild, we will be stronger but with that comes hard work, lots of patience, and a TON of prayer.
I am so grateful to all of the volunteer workers who have come and will continue to come.  We truly are blessed. 
God will take care of us and we will continue to create our new normal one day at a time.  I am going to try to be better about blogging and documenting this journey! It is going to be one that God is going to use to grow us, shape us and mold us!

1 comment:

Danielle said...

Never saw this post for some reason. Was just checking in on you...The rest of the country has forgotten and you all are still living through it...every day. I hope God is showing you a glimpse of His power and glory through your experiences and His people. Love you friend!