Hi friends... I said I'd be back with some photos to share and wanted to do them in a separate post from my last post. Still I couldn't bring myself to only show you the devastating photos from the tornados that went through the little town of Pilger here in Nebraska. I have to share some happy photos of a get together we attended up the road at some friends farm yesterday.
It was a Summer Solstice Party and a Party celebrating their Anniversary. They are the most fun loving, kind, giving couple ever. And boy do they know how to throw a shindig! :)
( oh and we are super excited to find out .. they are expecting their first little one!)
Everything that comes with a get together in the country. Enough homemade food to feed an army. They had pool set up or the kids, lots of farm animals for them to look at ( including a new baby calf) and an awesome band.
Their home and yard, is the perfect country setting for a get together.
I wanted to give them a little something so I framed this photo of their farm, and added the name and date. I took the actual photo yesterday to commemorate the day. Good thing they don't live far away... I took it . ..then drove home.. printed it and added it to the frame, before heading to the party :)
A little over a week ago the small town of Pilger NE ( about 50 miles from us) was hit by twin tornados. In the Midwest we are always aware of the threat of tornados and bad weather, but this was one of those times it became very real.. just how quickly bad weather can become very dangerous.
You can read more and see video HERE
Pilger is a town with a population around 350 people. Two fatalities ( one a 6 year old little girl) and 16 Critically injured. It's been just horrible seeing what this community has had to go through. The town as obviously been evacuated and volunteers have been being bused in to help with clean up efforts. Jarad ( our youngest son), Kate, (our daughter in law) and I, went to volunteer on Tuesday. Jarad is a Volunteer Firefighter/EMT so he worked with them. It was a sobering day. Although it felt good to be with so many amazing people who wanted to help. Certainly restored my faith in humanity! Seeing people pull together in times like this to help eachother..... amazing!!
Sending in monetary donations, on top of coming and physically helping with the clean up. I'm really proud of my State.
I can tell you one thing, after many years of hearing tornado warnings and watches I think I was getting a bit to casual about it. Not any more! This has been a sad reminder to me, just what can happen.
Please also pray for the animals who were lost and injured in this tornado. Thanks to social media, there has been a facebook page set up to help reunite pets with their owners. Also a foster home program for pets of those who lost their home. ( which you know I signed up for :)
Hugs to all of you!