Thursday, April 28, 2011

Rain, Rain Go Away!

The last few days were hot {85° F. in my classroom}
and very, very humid.
We've had lots of

I like waving good-bye to that kind of weather.
~ but ~
it's been nothing compared to what the south has endured.
 I pray for all of you who have been devastated by the severe weather
and tornadoes.

. . . Wishing all of you sunny weather . . .

. . . and most of all . . . 
wishing you love, comfort and joy,

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- Photos taken April 28, 2011 -


It's me said...

I wish that too Maria...what a terrible weather their in the south......lovely weekend love

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Yes in agreement with the prayers...Texas has had the tornadoes and fires...what a year.

I hope you got to see my piano post of Austin...this is the last weekend...and I hope he is settling in to a route and enjoying his new surroundings....there will be a lot to explore.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Sweet Maria! ARE YOU A TEACHER TOO???? What grade? I teach French immersion, fourth grade. This year I am also teaching English language arts to 50 is a bit much. HAVE A HAPPY WEEKEND!!! Anita

J Bar said...

Good shots.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Doreen said...

Happy to see a break in the clouds today too. Yes- a lot of folks need our prayers given what has been happening with these devastating storms.

Julie Harward said...

Sorry about having to teach in a hot room that sound miserable for you and the students. We are praying for the people in the south scary!

Linda said...

Now that you're finished with the rain, perhaps you could send it to us Maria! We are experiencing a drought, while others are suffering from floods and tornadoes. It has really been crazy.
Glad you've got some sunshine!

Wanda said...

Lovely pictures. I don't do well in humidity.

I add my prayers as I see the horrible aftermath from those Tornados in the South.

dcrelief said...

The Bible says that God causes the rain to fall on the just and the wicked. I suppose it keeps us from pointing fingers in question of each other's actions.(smile)

I know that one year I prayed and prayed for the rain to stop. Finally it did, but a drought ensued and I was, once again, praying for rain!

North Carolina is my home. I found myself crying for strangers in Alabama. Having survived a terrible event, years ago, I know the blessings are still to come for them. I remember reaching out my hand in friendship to unknown neighbors... helping them to stand, as someone had helped me to stand.

So I pray for lots of reaching hands. There are so many who are not yet standing. With God all things are possible.

Excuse the long comment. Those of us from the South thank you.

Love. Dixie

Anonymous said...

What fabulous blue skies though!

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

So glad everything is going well with your son...oh my I haven't gone through that yet!

My pictures of the pianos were on Saturday and some on Sunday...funny to think we might have passed each other and not known it. I just wanted you to see the city. It has changed so much since we moved...not the city I lived in for 38 years...I cried over it not looking like home...still Austin, but really changed.

Let me know if we can help in any other ways...we still know a lot of people and family is there.


Sandy said...

Hi, Maria. Your prayers for the south are much needed and appreciated. An EF-4 tornado swept through our historic little town on Wednesday evening. It came within a quarter of a mile or less of my daughter and son-in-law's house. (They were staying with us that evening.) It was headed STRAIGHT at their neighborhood, but it took a sharp turn and went right down our main street, wiping out business after business, home after home. Then the tornado veered off that street and almost completely destroyed the middle school and severely damaged the high school. It went up a road that heads north out of town, but it jumped the ridge and traveled up a parallel road. Here it literally demolished dozens and dozens of homes. A dear friend at church huddled in a neighbor's basement with her four young children while the tornado ravaged their community. Firefighters were able to rescue our friends from the demolished home, and they are safe and sound, praise God. Our town will never be the same. There are many people missing--a number of them are teenagers who worked at the fast food restaurants near the Interstate. The restaurants and hotels were hit hard and many of the workers and customers are injured or missing. The news is only reporting the number of identified bodies. There are still dozens missing or unidentified. Power is out in the city limits, water must be boiled, and up until just a few minutes ago, no one could get in or out of the city. We just heard that residents may come in to retrieve items and see their homes if they have a valid ID showing their residency. School has been canceled until May 9 to allow for restoration of power and clean up of the county.
I know our town is just one of many towns hit hard by these massive tornadoes, and my heart is breaking for all those who have been affected by these powerful storms across the south. May God be worshiped and glorified through this tragedy. Thank you for praying!

Kim, USA said...

Such an amazing shot!! Looks like a painting just magnificent! Happy weekend!

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no spring chicken said...

Sometimes I'm just sure that I live in a vacuum! I didn't even know about the tornados until someone asked for prayer yesterday... Horrible.

Blessings, Debbie

Schooling Mum said...

We are wishing for the rain to go away here in our neck of the woods. For the sun to come out and brighten our Friday would be invigorating!

I have a gloomy shot of The Struggling SUN , hope you can visit me as well!

Maria said...

For Sandy . . .
I just read your comment again over the phone to my husband and still can't get through it without choking up... Oh Sandy... and all of you along the paths of theses storms ~ you are all in my prayers. I am overwhelmed by the enormity of this ~
I will continue to pray and keep you all in my heart throughout the coming weeks and months.

Please stop by any time to give me an update!

God bless the sweet children that are need His comfort and guidance now.
God bless the leaders of your community ~ the work will be difficult and long, but ~ yes ~ God will give them strength.
♥ Take Care and be safe,
~ Maria

Sandy said...

Maria, thank you so much for your care and concern and prayers! I listened to a news conference a few minutes ago, and the final total of deaths for our county is 8--and 7 of those were on the road behind the ridge we live on (we live near the foot of this ridge)and the other one was in the heart of our little town. There were approximately 30 people who received minor to severe injuries in our town. All missing individuals have been found. Original reports indicated a much higher death toll. We are thankful that it wasn't any higher, but nothing can take away the pain of the loss of those 8 precious people. My daughter was allowed to enter the city today with her ID showing she is a resident. She was able to check on her house, and it is in great shape--nothing worse than an overturned porch chair, some pottery blown off the porch table, and a missing shingle. Other houses in her neighborhood suffered more damage, but nothing like the damage in heart of the town or up the valley road. That tornado truly came very close to their house. I would love to share some photos with you, but I don't want to send a link publicly. If you want to send me your email address via my blog, I will put on comment moderation so it won't go public. Thank you again for your prayers! Sandy

Sandy said...

I didn't mention that the area death toll is more than 75. The devastation is just incredible, so I am shocked that more people were not injured. Our local weather teams did an outstanding job of keeping everyone informed of the situation, and I'm sure this helped people get to safety in time. I am a firm believer in taking ALL tornado warnings seriously! Do not think it can't happen to you or that a tornado could not travel through your neighborhood. We were surprised to discover that the tornado traveled over and ON a ridge. Granted, it is not a mountain, but it's a good-sized ridge! Take all weather warnings very seriously, and take appropriate safety measures. It CAN happen.

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Oh, I would love to make it go away. It was very humid in Hershey to. Temperature is much more better now! We are in New Brunswick at the moment, do you know NB, well off course you do. We drove to Staten Island and hopped on the ferry to take us to Manhattan. Tomorrow once again, or perhaps by Amtrak.
We think of going to Long Branch on Sunday and Monday. Not sure about it yet.
The sweetest dreams for now, my friend xxxx

Anonymous said...

I'm in Metro Detroit, and we have more rain than sun, but I can't complaint when I saw what happened to Alabama..

Your pictures are gorgeous.

Anonymous said...

Dear Aunt Maria,

I love your cute cute things. I hope that you have a fun day. I love your blog and spring things.

Janette@Janette's Sage said...


They were in NY in 2010! They have been all over the world and in three cities now...I have a friend who would love to see them come to Dallas..that would be fun and we could see them twice.

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

Mother Nature is certainly up to her tricks this year, so sad about the latest natural disasters with the terrible storms in the southern states.

forgetmenot said...

Lovely post--it is hard to believe the weather has been so destructive and turbulent lately. Hopefully there will be some blue skies and sunny days ahead. Mickie :)

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

Such pretty pictures and while I hate the rain too, it seems as if we should just take it with a smile after what happened to those in the south.