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Washington, Illinois Tornado Aftermath

This is video I recorded today in Washington, Illinois. If you haven’t heard, a series of tornadoes ripped through central Illinois and elsewhere Sunday morning. Washington was the hardest hit location.

Approximately 1,000 homes were damaged there, many of those destroyed. The level of destruction is beyond words.

I will write more about what I’ve seen and heard these past few days as I have been involved in the recovery effort by way of working as a media liaison for the emergency management team. Some of the stories are heartbreaking. Others are encouraging.

For now, just say a prayer for the folks in Washington and all areas impacted by the recent tornadoes if you would. I know they would certainly appreciate it. Thanks everyone.

The Illuminating Blogger Award

A big ‘thank you’ to Mark Shields for nominating me for this award. Please take a few moments and visit his blog: http://thisdaywithgod.wordpress.com/

You’ll find plenty of inspiration and encouragement there…it’s a great blog and I enjoy reading Mark’s posts.

The award comes with these guidelines:

1. Leave a comment on the original award site http://foodstoriesblog.com/illuminating-blogger-award/ and mention who nominated you.

2. Choose a random fact about yourself to share.

3.  Choose 5 bloggers to pass the torch to.

So, a random fact about me. Hmm.

Not sure if I’ve mentioned this on here before, but I was a contestant in the National Spelling Bee as an 8th grader. It was a lot of fun and it gave my family a chance to enjoy a week in Washington D.C. together. Good times.

Here are my five nominees:

1. http://waltbrite.wordpress.com/

2. http://terry1954.wordpress.com/

3. http://thebettermanprojects.wordpress.com/

3. http://godthang.wordpress.com/

5. http://servehiminthewaiting.wordpress.com/

Thank you for continuing to stop by this blog and for the comments you leave. I always enjoy reading them.

I’m also thankful for all of you bloggers out there – the words I have read in your posts have helped me in more ways than I can count. You are appreciated.

Have a great day everyone.

Remembering Dax – Two Years Later

I am really looking forward to taking my kids to see this in a couple of weeks: http://wcicfm.org/dax-locke-movie-preview

It’s a movie based on the true and incredible story of Dax Locke and his family. The special screening of the movie will be shown at the Rave Cinema in Peoria later this month but those of you who have access to the gmc (formerly known as Gospel Music Channel) will be able to watch it wherever you are on Sunday, December 4th.

From the WCIC website description:

All proceeds from the event will benefit the “Cherish Every Moment Dax Locke Foundation” in its mission to raise $1.7 million to fund the operation of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis for one day.

If you aren’t familiar with Dax’s story, here is the blog post I wrote last November:


Neither I nor my kids knew Dax personally but his name has come up more times in conversation than I can count.

Two years ago, when Dax was in his final days, we decorated our tree early as a sign of support. His parents said he loved seeing Christmas lights and he wasn’t expected to make it to Christmas Day that year.

We put up the tree early once again last year and this year our tree has been decorated and lit up before Thanksgiving for the third straight time. I hope we’ll keep doing it this way every year.

Decorating the tree is one of my favorite activities. I always loved spending that day with my family growing up and making the tree look special. Lots of great memories from those days when we were all together in our living room.

Carson and Logan love putting up our tree and decorating it too. It’s just a little tree and truth be told, I never intended for it to be ‘our tree’ forever but after we decorated it for Dax a couple of years ago, I think it’s here to stay.

So, we enjoyed putting up the ornaments together this past weekend. We had the Christmas carols playing on the stereo and strung up some lights on the front window as well. It was a great afternoon.

We stopped to pray before getting started and as we remembered Dax in our prayers, my little Logan started crying.

Dax, your story is still impacting people today. As I told Logan, I believe that you’re happy and healthy up there in Heaven and getting ready to enjoy your beloved Christmas with lots of lights and lots of smiles.

God, thank you for allowing this little boy’s story to be seen and heard by so many people and for the continued positive impact it is having both near and far…and to the Locke family, thank you once again for reminding me and all of us about the importance of cherishing every moment.