Monday, May 2, 2011

Not-So-Pretty Things


My heart is so heavy, I just couldn't bear to look at the last post any longer. You may know, I live in Birmingham, Alabama, just one of many communities devastated by tornadoes last week. Our home was spared by a few miles, Wes's parents' home was spared by a few city blocks, and for that we are thankful. But the need in our state (and others) is great, and goes far beyond the communities that have been covered well by the news stations. Thankfully, local response and compassion has also been great, and there are more ways to help than I can mention here (though please email me if you want some ideas!). If you do not live in the area and are moved to help, the American Red Cross is a good place to start. (Photo is of Pleasant Grove, just west of downtown Birmingham, by Butch Dill/AP, via MSNBC)

7 comments:

Our Green Acres said...

Jennifer - my heart goes out to all of those effected by this horrible event. I am an Auburn Alum and I have had the opportunity to make a contribution through this Red Cross site - called Toomer's for Tuscaloosa. https://sna.etapestry.com/fundraiser/AmericanRedCrossLeeCounty/toomersfortuscaloosa/

I am always reminded about the old saying - that which does not kill us, does makes us stronger. My heart is also filled with joy to see how incredibly wonderful and giving the people of my home are. This has brought together a place so rich in generosity, may all of that outpouring of love and support continue in the days and weeks to come.
Thank you for sharing, I enjoy your blog very much. Take care of yourself and your family.

Julie said...

Horrible :( My heart is with you all!

the gardener's cottage said...

i had no idea you lived in birmingham. my heart breaks for all those suffering. i can't stand it. i'm so glad that you and your family are safe and that your home was spared. thank you for the suggestions about where to give. i will.

xo
janet

My Notting Hill said...

So happy you and yours are safe. I can only imagine how stressful this experience is. The devastation is immense - thinking of you and everyone effected.

Ashley said...

I'm so deeply saddened by the destruction in AL.. My young brother goes to UA in Tuscaloosa and the pictures he has sent me are heart breaking. Sending lots of prayers yalls way!

Jenny @ DIY Newlyweds diynewlyweds@gmail.com http://www.diynewlyweds.com said...

The destruction is so terrible, my thoughts go out to those who have been affected. Thank goodness you and your family were spared. Best wishes.

~*Safiyah*~ said...

I'm glad y'all are okay. I'm in Madison county and my neighborhood wasn't hit too hard thankfully- our power was out for about a week I think, but I didn't care- I was just grateful we still had a house