I have been devastated by the aftereffects of the tornado that hit Joplin Missouri. Joplin and the area is my hometown. Thank God that all my immediate family is safe, but it took many hours and tears to track everyone down. Bless all the people that lost everything, including their own family. I myself have lost some friends.
I have been going through some difficult times in my life, hence my absence as of late. Something like this puts everything in perspective.
Please pray for those in Joplin. The world has seen so many devastating things the last few years, and it’s so easy to be detached. Joplin is such a sweet city with such good honest hard working people. My family has been personally affected with loss as well as by volunteering and seeing the devastation and death. At least half the city is near-gone. I hope to travel there in the near days to be able to help out as I can. I know a few other bubblers are close to Joplin as well. May God be with them and their family.
Everyone stay safe and be sure to tell your loved ones you love them every day. We never know how things will go.