First of all I just need to say….. THANK YOU! Bless you all for the out pouring of concern and prayer for my family, in Joplin, Missouri. I am not a news watcher
so when I saw Kristen
s status on facebook I GASPED, because this is what
I saw. I called my mom, who lives in Florida, she had also not heard the news…this set us on a trail of phone calls to find out the scoop.
Here’s whole scoop, or what I know of the scoop anyway. Brief background…..my maternal Grandfather grew up in Carthage, Missouri which is a neighboring town to Joplin. The man bled Missouri. He loved his childhood home, but he loved my Grandmother more and after meeting in the Marines during WWII they moved back to her home town of Grand Rapids, Mi. My Grandfathers whole family besides one brother remained in Missouri. (7 siblings) The family has spread out over the years. Many are in the Jefferson City area and then of course Carthage and Joplin areas too. We used to visit often as kids, and they would come to Michigan every summer. But as the years trudge forward the ties that bound us all together, my Grandfather and his siblings, have died or gotten older. The cousins have not been very good at keeping in touch, or visiting each other.
My Grandfather was the oldest son. He’s the dapper one in the sweater.
At this point, I am getting all information via my mom. My Great Aunt Dorothy, was 96, and in the nursing home that was hit. She did not survive. My Uncle Dub was found buried under rubble and is hospitalized. My mom’s cousin their daughter was also buried in rubble, but had her cell phone and had enough whits about her to call for help, and talk them to her. She is in hospitalized with multiple leg injuries. As far as I know they lost their homes, and all their possessions….that is not confirmed, that is how the news has trickled down to us. I contacted a cousin, but have not heard back. Cousin if you are reading….I’d like to hear from you Luv. What can we do? I know some of you, readers, facebook friends, twitter followers, have wanted to help monetarily. I am inquiring about that. So I will let you know, as soon as I know and then I will set up an account.
Yesterday I felt so helpless. So frustrated that we haven’t kept in better touch. How does this happen? So what does one do, or should I say, what do I do when I don’t know what else to do? I bake, and pray……I also pulled some weeds. It was therapeutic.
Double Chocolate Chip Cookies
My son says these are the best cookies ever. All I know is they helped this gal get through the day yesterday.
Hugs, I can’t thank you enough….I will keep ya’ll updated as to how we can help.
Love you all!