Two and a half years ago, I took this picture at the request of my friend, Tricia. She sat, amid the rubble of her home, and though she didn't know it then, she would persevere. She would pick up the pieces, literally and figuratively, and walk out of a storm that took so much.
My heart aches for those in the Philippines and those across the Midwest tonight. I can't look at the pictures of destruction for long because I lived the sadness, the chaos, and the fear of a natural disaster. I know how very important it is to find strength and hope during this time. Disaster crews and organized volunteer efforts are crucial. But the long-term healing and rebuilding are just as important.
I urge you to consider donating to one of the groups below. This is a cause near and dear to my heart.
Convoy of Hope - an amazing organization based out of Springfield, Missouri and I saw first-hand their tremendous compassion. They bring hope.
Art Feeds - another amazing organization. They offer healing to children and teens through art. I cannot stress to you the impact I witnessed first-hand and how vital this is. This is a long-term program that generally comes in after a disaster and offers an outlet of emotion, the expression of which might not otherwise be available.
Red Cross - an organization that continues to be a prominent and efficient disaster-relief service.
My prayers, my strength, and my hope go out to all those who are living through the pain of a natural disaster right now. It will get better.
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The Road is Home
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Sharon Covert Photography
The Define School
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Sarah Gee Photography
Fox & Owl Studio
The Stork and The Beanstalk
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A Simple Little Journal
What I've Been Reading
The Girls by Emma Cline
A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash
Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
Never Broken by Jewel
Hold Still by Sally Mann