Tuesday, May 21, 2013

In the wake of the storm....

So I decided last year I wanted to start a blog.... I needed an "outlet" or a way to remember the things happening in my family and my life. Then, my life went haywire last year with loss and pain. This year started out much happier. May 1st, 2013 I got engaged to the love of my life, my partner in crime, my other half for the last four wonderful years. Planning our wedding for May 2014. Can't help but show off my new "bling":

This excitement and happiness has me ready to start writing again. I feel like I have joy to share rather than sorrow. SOOOOO... be prepared for wedding planning extravaganza haha. Don't be surprised if I start rambling about centerpieces, DJs, or favors. It WILL happen so consider yourself warned. :-)

It's always a little humbling to enjoy happiness after a time of sorrow. It makes my heart ache a little thinking about the family members I lost last year will not physically be in attendance at my wedding; however, their spirits I know will be by my side through the entire journey.

Another storm I can't ignore as I post today in small town Oklahoma is obviously the tornadoes that swirled through over the last couple days. My heart goes out to all the loss and devastation, but Oklahoma is strong and will thrive through the rubble. We will come back on top, as we always do in times of pain and loss.

I want to share something making its way around social media right now... not sure of it's author:

"And on the 9th day, God looked down on his planned paradise and said, "I need someone to live where the red dirt is settled." So God made Oklahomans. He said "I need someone who can handle the blistering summers and the freezing winters." So God made Oklahomans. "I need someone who can wake up in the morning, drink black coffee, head out to the fields, cut the wheat, bale the hay, and stay in those fields till long after dark" so God made Oklahomans. "I need people tough enough to stand the heat as they work day in and out on drilling rigs and pumping units." So God made Oklahomans. "I need people to wear Orange & Black, Crimson & Cream and though those schools are rivals, all can rise together to support the Orange & Blue." So God made Oklahomans. "I need people who believe in me and the power of goodness. People who aren't afraid to say 'Hello!' to one another and welcome in visitors to their land with open arms." So God made Oklahomans. "I need people who are strong enough to stand thru the strongest storms and the most devastating heartbreaks" So God made Oklahomans. And amidst the destruction, turn to me for comfort and come together as a state and rise above it all. So God, made Oklahomans."

Watch us rise--we always do; OKC Bombing in 1995, airplane crashes for collegiate sports heroes,Moore tornadoes in 1999, 2003, 2010 and now yesterday... and many other tragedies have struck this state--we come out stronger, braver, and more united every time--I expect nothing less this time around--Proud to be an Okie, today and always.

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