Saturday, April 30, 2011


...the efforts to search and rescue are still underway. Today, in the Rosedale area, a elderly lady was found...ALIVE...underneath the rubble. She was dehydrated, but ALIVE. Praise GOD!

Today, my friend Molly & I rode to Alberta City to deliver baby food and formula. There were reports that babies were becoming dehydrated and so there were pleading for any donations for ready to use formula and baby food. Thanks to the people at the local grocery store where I live, we were able to provide what we could to help out in whatever way we could.

What we were not ready for was the truth of the disaster. Pictures are nothing compared to the actual scenes - the truth is so raw, so unrehearsed, so devastating. Yet, among the horrific damages is beauty...the beauty of people, strangers, stepping in to lend a hand and help however they could. Whether it is to serve a hot meal, to pick up limbs out of the yard, to help repair what is left of home, or just to lend a shoulder to cry's amazing how everyone has came together to help.

There have been some awesome reports of recoveries. It was posted on Facebook that 11 people were recovered in Pleasant Grove (which is near Birmingham) and they were ALIVE!!! =-)

They are such awesome stories of people coming together and helping all throughout the state. I'm so proud of how everyone has stepped up to help in whatever way they can. We are one big happy family...We are Alabama!

Alabama is healing. Alabama is rebuilding. Alabama will return better than before.

Please continue to keep our Alabama in your prayers and please don't forget about the surrounding states that have witnessed the devastation also. We are all in this together....we have all been affected one way or another. Yes, some may not have been physically hit, but it's hit close enough to home that it's impossible to not help.

*Here are some pictures that were taken today as we rode to the shelter(s) to drop off the baby supplies.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Toomers for Tuscaloosa!!!

I'm reposting this message from my cousin who is a student at Auburn University. It's a link of how to order the t-shirts to help raise money for the RedCross of Alabama to help aide the victims of the horrific tornado.

Please click on title "Toomers for Tuscaloosa" to go to order.

Thanks again!


(before you go any further, a lot of these pictures are borrowed.)

....appear uninvited. They are destructive. They are simply not welcomed here. My heart breaks. My heart hurts...seeing all the devastation that has occurred to friends and strangers is just indescribable. I cannot imagine the pain and such that each one effected is experiencing - all I can do is just hope and pray that everyone will overcome this with so much more strength than they had before the tornado hit.

This is an aerial shot of TAMKO Roofing in Tuscaloosa, Alabama....

My husband used to work here.
Thankfully no one was majorly hurt...I think that only one person was injured.
Mr. H - the son of Mrs. L, a friend of mine - was scheduled to have surgery this morning at Children's Hospital in Birmingham. Mrs. L was contacted by the hospital and was told that his surgery was cancelled because the hospital had no beds. So many children have been sent to Children's for injuries and most have been reported to have been head injuries and broken bones. I've only heard of one that was dead on arrival....I haven't heard of anymore than that. Its such a sad thought that the hospital has no beds....that so many children have been effected from these storms on top of the ones that are sick from other illnesses and disabilities. DCH here in Tuscaloosa was said to have treated 600 people....unknown how many were admitted and such ...



Rosedale is an apartment complex that was tragically hit and demolished.

It's amazing the survivors that have walked away - yes they have scrapes and bruises;

some have broken bones; but most of all they have their lives.
This picture was taken Wednesday after the tornado hit.

This father is holding his injured son and crying.

This particular picture brings tears to my eyes...I cannot imagine the hurt and pain and fear that this father has experienced.

I live in a small town west of Tuscaloosa and although we didn't receive the damage that Tuscaloosa did - homes were completely damaged. There are several more that are damaged from trees fallin' on homes, but it appears that these homes are repairable. One family lost everything....I was told that the only thing standing was the a part of the closet wall that the family were in. Can you imagine being 5 and 8 years old and seeing the light fixture above your head being sucked out of its place? Can you imagine coming out of the closet and seeing everything gone - nothing where it was when you went in to safety....

This was taken down the road from where my parents live.

This sign is at the bottom of the hill from the cemetery that my grandparents are buried.

*This is just a glimpse of the damage...we all know that there is more. So many images are on Facebook and the footage on YouTube is just scary.
To see the tornado form and destroy and go for 214 miles....unbelievable.

**on another note: Remember the story of Auburn's Toomer's trees?
Well look what Toomer's is doing for Tuscaloosa!
T-shirts are going to be sold and proceeds will be going to RedCross!
If you can - order one! Whether you're a Razorback, a Volunteer, a Bulldog, etc....this is a great fundraiser. This is a great way for 2 rivalry schools come together and help.
Fist pumps to Auburn for all the help that you have shown during this devastating time.

if you're interested in ordering a shirt, please keep checking back for info on how to order one. Last minute details are being worked out (that is if they already haven't) and things will be ready to roll hopefully today.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

I'm Runnin' a Lil' Behind....

....and I'm slowly catching up! I've got LOTS to share, but not everything is ready just yet. So, I'll start off w/ GHS's Homecoming 2010!
As some of you may know, Wesley is my nephew.
He's been a part of the football team for a few years now and LOVES every bit of it!
Thanks boys for all you do for Wesley! Roll Waves Roll! =-)

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

I just know Nicole... gonna fall out laughing when she sees that I've 'blogged' again! LOL!

**UPDATED 10-01-10 Christen has been found and is now home safe with her family!!**

Anywhoo...just need to share this and get it out there for all that reads my blog.

Christen ~ 13 years old ~ missing from the Tuscaloosa, Alabama area

I want to encourage you all to go here and read on the information of this young girl that has been missing since Sunday. She is the daughter of one of my friend's friend and the family is praying for a safe return. I don't know the details of the case, but just imagining it is terrible. So please take a moment and say a prayer for this family as they face the unknowns.

The 3rd Annual UAB LIVER WALK

University of Alabama in Birmingham (UAB), in conjunction to the UAB Liver Disease Support Group, will be hosting the 3rd Annual UAB 'Liver Walk' this Saturday, October 2nd at the Campus Green on the campus at the University of Alabama in Birmingham from 8am until 11am, to help raise awareness liver disease and funding of the patient education/community outreach initiative.

I'm hoping that you are able to come and help support a cause that is so important to me along with thousands of families here in Alabama. My husband's family is very familiar with this disease ~ his grandfather & aunt both passed away and his mother has been living with the disease for some time now. You may think: Liver Disease = Cirrhosis = Alcohol. That's not the case in all, nor is in our family. It's genetic.

Here are some facts:

*Liver Disease can remain undetected for YEARS without pronounced symptoms! When symptoms to present themselves, they can include jaundice, fatigue, muscle aches, nausea, depression, etc

*The liver is the only organ that can regenerate itself. It filters over a liter of blood each minute, removing toxins from our body such as air pollutants, pesticides, cigarette smoke, environmental chemicals, alcohol, and prescription and non-prescription drugs.

*44, 000 Americans die each year from chronic liver disease and cirrhosis; 300,000+ people are hospitalized each year due to cirrhosis.

*Alcoholic liver disease and chronic hepatitis C are the leading causes of cirrhosis, even though there are genetic diseases that also cause cirrhosis.

*8,000-10,000 people die of hepatitis C each year and the CDC estimate that the number of annual deaths will triple in the next 10-20 years!

*Hepatitis B is responsible for 5,000 deaths annually, including 3,000-4,000 from cirrhosis and approximately 1,000-1,500 from primary liver cancer.

*Hepatitis B is 100 times more infectious than HIV.

*Approximately 6,320 liver transplants were performed in 2009. Because of shortage of organs, it is estimated that nearly 15% of prospective recipients die each year while waiting for a liver transplant. There are currently over 16, 611 (as of April, 2010) people waiting for a liver. The number of liver transplants performed per year has been increasing steadily for more than 15 years.

In prevention of this disease can be easily done by very simple things such as getting plenty of sleep, reducing stress, eliminating fried and processed foods ~ which can create excessive strain on the liver ~ among other simple lifestyle change. To read more on the disease, go here.

You can see that liver disease is one of our nation's leading health problems. It is also a health issue that receives very little government funding. More than 25 million Americans are affected, regardless of age, race, lifestyle or socio-economic status.

I hope this information has been helpful in some way and has encouraged you to become more educated on the importance of your liver. If you can, please come out and help support the 'Liver Walk' this Saturday, October 2nd.

If you would like more information on the 'Liver Walk' or how to sponsor, just leave me a comment and I'll be glad to help you in any way I can.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

BAMA Tailgating Gear!

AAAhhhh....Fall is in the air!

The mornings have been so nice, cool, and so clear.

The afternoons are now pleasant with such comfortable temps.

As fall gets settled in, the students are now preparing and gearing up for the fall festival that is next week.

Jack was picked by his classmates to run for Prince for the grades K-3...the person who raises the most money by deadline, next Thursday night will be named Prince. All of the money raised will go to the school for certain projects such as the playground fund. This year, and being that this is our first year to be in the Prince running, I decided to see chances on ALABAMA Tailgating Gear. Included in the 'Gear' are the following: a hounds tooth apron w/ an embroidered 'A', 4 hounds tooth placemats, 2 hand towels, a casserole dish carrier {for those oh-so-yumm-o baked beans!}, and insulated cup, a plastic bag holder, an oven mitt ~ all of which were made or embroidered by my grandmother, Nanny!
The Gear also includes a painting of Big Al done my me and a 8x10 picture of Bear Bryant! =-)

Ava & Nanny ~ September 2010

If you are interested in buyin' chances for this raffling, please leave me a comment along w/ your email address and I'll be glad to share any information you may need.