Moore, Oklahoma: Through My Lens

I have a few posts that I'm working on, but I wanted to share some photos from our recent trip to Oklahoma...  Moore, Oklahoma. If you've read my blog a little ways back, you know that we are a military family.  We've been stationed in Oklahoma City twice and own a home in Moore.  We were very fortunate to miss the big tornado that hit a few weeks ago... but we had some damage from a tornado a few days later.  We went out to Oklahoma to check on repairs and decided to drive along the path of the tornado...

The scenes are heart breaking. It was hard to walk on the streets and see little barbies and baby dolls... baseball card collections... signs of family memories among the mud and debris. The people of Oklahoma are amazing and cheerful and resilient. 

The volunteers and workers are doing amazing things.  Words can't express how seeing row after row of 100's of homes just gone... the grass and the tree bark just gone... only concrete slabs and driveways remain and a smell that you can't describe of dirt and destruction.

Seeing the workers clearing debris and the volunteers helping families go through piles reminded me of the quote by Mister Rogers

When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my Mother would say to me
"Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping."
To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my Mother's words,
and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers.
-so many caring people in this world

those helpers and caring people are in Moore, Oklahoma... and for that I am grateful.

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