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    Neighbors Helping Neighbors

    And family helping family....

    This picture was taken the morning after the hurricane. It is my neighbors old pecan tree which apparently went down shortly after mine and after Ivan decided to take a jog to the east. It faces more south-south-west and missed any houses, but blocked the road until help from all around arrived to remove it.

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    Today, I went to school. They moved our teacher work day from the end of the quarter (when grades are due) up to today, so that the kids can come to school on teacher work day and make up a day. My room was fine. There are trees down and fence damage, and the portables survived with only roof damage (I am not in a portable).

    I was able to get a lot done, and Hunter went with me and played with one of the PE teacher's kids. I owe her for that.

    Meanwhile, even though there is a lot remaining to do here to recover from good ole Ivan, I am going to close this thread and look forward to normal times again.

    The library media specialist who has become a good friend lost everything in Gulf Shores. She was unable to come to work today. One of the new math teachers who also teaches grade 7 is from a Robertsdale (Baldwin county) farm. They lost nearly everything. One of their neighbors was the 7 year old boy who ran outside while they were cutting down a tree and was hit and died.

    I have to tell you that the sad stories of deaths become really personal when you find out that friends around you are either related or friends of the deceased, but our country is a wonderful country, and for every tragic story you hear, you hear 100 times more about people helping people in times of need and stress.


    I am proud to be an American.

    I also have to tell you that it was nice to come home to a cool house and when I instinctively flipped the light switch as I entered, the lights came on... Shepp, my subdivision's power was restored by Mississippi Power. Several told me that their wives are teachers. These are good men, and they have been working 12-16 hour days, and they are HEROES to us. Know that we do appreciate our utility workers and the hours they have to keep.


    We sometimes take a lot for granted, until we lose them.

    Cheers! Hurricane Ivan is GONE!!!!
    Ann B.
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    I opened this thread again for a reason...

    It was hard today as I rode down to the west end of Dauphin Island. I had dreaded doing that. It is always so hard to see beautiful homes mangled and swept away by the force of the gulf waters during a hurricane, but I needed to face it, and I did...

    Or at least partially... I could not go very far. The heavy dump trucks were taking loads of sand filled with debree from homes that were washed away and then back onto shore in pieces.

    I didn't stop to take pictures. Somehow, I felt that would be disrespectful to those who lost so much. It's so very hard to see pilings where homes once were. It is hard to see empty spaces where even the pilings no longer exist. It is even harder to see all that debris mixed with sand and piled along the side of the road.

    And it is even harder to imagine that Gulf Shores and Pensacola were hit even worse. The Marina which housed many boats is an empty skeleton now. The docks where my friends housed their boats are now gone, and their boats destroyed. The buildings nearby also washed away. We are not talking small boats. These were expensive 30' and more boats. Gone... Destroyed.

    Surely makes you thankful for what you have, doesn't it?

    As much as we struggle to make repairs and get life back to normal (seems impossible at times), one has to remember there are those that lost and suffered much more than us, and we need to remind ourselves that it could always be a lot worse.

    Happy Thanksgiving! God is good to us, and HE makes all things possible!
    Ann B.
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    Ann,

    Your closing paragraph said it so well that all I can add is a very humble and grateful AMEN.

    Rebecca
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    Happy New Year - 2008

    Every year, this time of the year, I reflect, and I wonder about whether I should keep landspro alive. I don't ever seem to have the time to keep it going, and yes, I am a member of many forums and enjoy them all!

    I have made so many friends, even though you live so far away, I feel that I know you, and I hold you in my heart dearly. When I found this thread, my decision was made. Surely next year will be a better year...

    So, with that said, I wanted to remind you all of our friendship over the years and tell you how much you mean to me!

    We learn so very much from each other, don't we?

    Happy New Year to ALL!
    Ann B.
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    Ann,

    I am so very glad you did find this thread and that you decided to keep Landspro going. Perhaps that sentiment may sound odd coming from someone who seldom posts replies or new topics these days, but I wouldn't know what I would do if I could come and sit quietly and just "be" with everyone here.

    I also know keeping Landspro alive will be a sacrifice for you, but one I pray you will always be able to find a way to do.

    I hope the rocky road many of us have had to travel this year (and some even longer) will be replaced in 2008 with a newly paved one that offers a smoother footing so we are able to negotiate the twists and turns that will remain. There are few straight roads in life, but having a smoother pavement will make it much easier to keep our vehicles "between the lines" as we travel this road of life together.


    Rebecca
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