Monday, May 2, 2011

My Town

I just wanted to throw up a quick post about what is going on around here.

The community that we live in, Cahaba Heights was very heavily damaged by a tornado that passed through on Wednesday. I can't even begin to put into words what this place looked like... it was as if a bomb went off.

I started to take some pictures the day after, although I quickly put my camera down, it felt disrespectful. So many lost everything... even life.

I will share a few from outside our house. Fortunately, our home was spared... most were not.

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Out of the debris and sadness rose goodness though! People poured into this community, and what I thought would take a year to clean up, took days. Don't get me wrong, we are not pieced back together yet. Most have moved out while their house get repaired/rebuilt, But the spirit of this community is going strong.

I have always blogged about my love for my home and community and today it is stronger than ever.


This is my town...

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I just can't express my gratitude enough for all those that brought chainsaws, rakes, meals, and love.

I also can't tell you enough what you get out of serving. We also have been working non-stop helping others, and I can tell you this, the benefits to the server out way the benefits of the served.

We have gained far more than we have lost!


My heart is so full,

Courtney

2 comments:

thewonderfulhappens said...

your community will always hold a special place in my heart. I drove through to check on my old neighbors, but like you, I felt too disrespectful to take pictures of others' heartbreak. It has been wonderful watching the people of Alabama come together. What a great state we live in!

Rachel said...

It's so sad to drive through CH right now. But I know what you mean - seeing a community come together is definitely the silver lining!