Monthly Archives: April 2014

Oh, Lord, Where Are You?

Tornado that hit AR April 27, 2014.  This photo is from Searcy, AR, though, I am not certain who took it.

Tornado that hit AR April 27, 2014. This photo is from Searcy, AR and was taken by T.J. Stewart.


I do not know if you have heard in other parts of the country, but last night (April 27, 2014), central Arkansas was hit by a massive storm that produced this tornado that for around 45 minutes.  It was upwards to a mile wide in some places, and 1/2 a mile wide in some of its narrowest places.  It has been categorized as an EF-4 tornado.  (The ratings for tornados only go through EF-5.)  This was one of the most dangerous tornados in recent AR weather history.  At this point, the death toll is up to 14, including two children and one teenager, and there are still dozens missing.  Many small communities were hit, along with two small towns:  Mayflower and Vilonia.  All day long, local news stations have been having live coverage of search, rescue, and recovery efforts.  Though, I do not personally know anyone who was affected (Though, I do know of a family who lost three loved ones.), and I do not live near any of the places hit by this horrendous storm, I felt compelled to write a small poem about yesterday’s events.  In Arkansas, you learn that it could always be you next time.  There are no guarantees when dealing with tornados, and just because your area isn’t normally in the line of the storms, doesn’t mean it can’t be.  And when you see the images that have been playing across my TV screen and Facebook page all day, you can’t help but feel these people’s pain and loss to a degree.

*One week later, a baby that was born prematurely due to the mother’s injuries from the tornado, passed away shortly after birth, bringing the new total of tornado-related deaths up to 16.  Also, another person who had died was discovered a day or so after I wrote this post.


“Oh, Lord, Where Are You?”

When the storms rage,

You are there.

When the wind roars,

You are there.

When the tornado destroys,

You are there.

When the night crawls on,

You are there.

When the sun rises,

You are there.

When the search commences,

You are there.

When the grief hits,

You are there.

When the healing begins,

You are there.

When life continues,

You are there.

You.  Are.  There.

Psalm 18:1-2 (NIV):  I love you, O LORD, my strength.  The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge.  He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.


God bless all those who have been through last night’s storms and are dealing with the loss of loved ones and property in Arkansas and in other states.  And please bless those who are dealing with the same storm system today and will do so tomorrow in other parts of the country.



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Half-Way There


As of today, I am officially half-way through this pregnancy.  This picture is a depiction of what a baby at 20 weeks gestation looks like.  Just precious!

Nicholas and I are excited to get to see our baby later this year.  I already feel the little guy kicking me everyday.  At our last ultrasound, about a week and a half ago, he looked good.  Nothing was wrong.  He was just as cute as can be (especially, considering ultrasound pictures).  God’s creation is so amazing, and I feel beyond blessed to be a part of the process, even for a second time.

We have also decided on a name for our little guy:  Zachary (Zac) Arlin.  Zachary is a Hebrew name that means, “God has remembered.”  Nic picked it out, and I think he did a wonderful job.  Arlin is my papa’s name, which is why I chose it.  It is Irish and means “pledge” or “oath.”  Altogether, it is a good, strong name for our boy.  I’m sure he will bear it well.

We hope and pray that things continue to go as smoothly as they have so far, and that at the right time, we will get to meet our little Zac.


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Tip Of the Day

tip of the day I know I’m still pretty new to this parenting thing, and I’m certainly not planning on starting to add parenting advice to this blog on a regular basis.  In fact, this may be the one and only time.  Who knows?  But I do feel the need (especially after dealing with Mr. Cranky-Pants today) to pass along this little bit of parenting a advice.  It is by far the most useful thing I’ve run across for this baby time of parenting, so if you’ve got a little one, will soon have a little one, or will eventually have a little one, just tuck this away somewhere and use it when necessary.  Okay, here it goes:

Sleep begets sleep!

Simple as that.  If your child gets regular sleep, they will sleep adequately for you both.  That means regular, predictable naps and a regular, predictable bed time.  The more sleep they miss, the less they will get.  In other words, they will take longer to get to sleep, wake up more often during the night, and wake up earlier.

Sleep begets sleep!

And that’s all I have.  I hope you have a nice day. 


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