Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
Once the hail stopped and the rain started coming down, most of the hail on the pavement melted pretty quickly. But the grass by the side of the road and the rooftops looked as if we had gotten a big snow. When we turned onto our road, it was still covered with hailstones. It looked like it was the middle of winter. Pretty cool.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
We had a great time! The weather Saturday was kind of cool and overcast. We had to wear our jackets most of the day, but the rain held off and it turned out to be a really good day for the zoo.
Here are a few of my favorite pictures:
The kids with the dinosaur at the entrance to the zoo(Dakota was really excited about that part).
Everyone got to choose a really cool endangered animal on the carosel.
The train (Landon's favorite).
Riding the 'tortoise".
Landon with his twin.
Kiddos taming the "lions"
Cheyenne comparing her hand to a black bear's paw.
We had a truly wonderful day. And to top it all off, at the end of the day, we were able to buy a family membership to the zoo-something I have always wanted to do but never was able. All of our hard work, tears, and prayers over the last year have truly been worth it. What a difference a year can make!
These are people in our own backyard that are in serious need of your help. Please join me, if you are able, in making a donation to their fund:
Hennessey Ministerial Alliance, RE: The Lara Family, P.O. Box 724, Hennessey, OK 73742
Please continue to keep them in your prayers as well. The last update that I could find said that Shannon (the mother) is still in ICU and unresponsive.
(From the Enid News and Eagle)
Mother taking daughter for chemo still critical following crashBy Cass Rains, Staff Writer
A mother injured Wednesday in a collision on U.S. 81 while taking her daughter for a chemotherapy treatment remains in critical condition at an Oklahoma City hospital.
Shannon Lyn Lara, 26, of Hennessey, was southbound on U.S. 81 about a mile south of Kingfisher when her 2004 Jeep struck a semi making a left turn. Lara was pinned for about 30 minutes before she was taken to OU Medical Center by helicopter and admitted with head, arm and internal injuries.
In the Jeep at the time with Lara were her two daughters, Shaelyn Nicole Lara, 6; Karlee Ann Lara, 3; and baby sitter Heather Dawn Gritz, 16. The driver of the semi was uninjured.
A family member said Lara was taking Shaelyn to a chemotherapy treatment. It is the second time the girl has had cancer. Two years ago, Shaelyn lost a kidney to cancer, and she recently was diagnosed with cancer in her lungs.
According to an OU Medical Center spokeswoman, Lara remains in critical condition and Shaelyn has been released.
Lara’s cousin, Whitney Price, said the mother of two and hairdresser remains in ICU at the hospital and is unresponsive.
Price said a fund already had been in place to help the family with medical bills for Shaelyn. She said those funds also would be used to help with the most recent round of bills from the family’s latest hardship.
Donations can be made to Hennessey Ministerial Alliance, RE: The Lara Family, P.O. Box 724, Hennessey, OK 73742.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
I copied this story from kfor.com. I heard about it during their news broadcast this afternoon and my heart was broken for them. I tried to contact KFOR via e-mail for information on how to make donations to the family, but wasn't able to get any e-mails through to them. I did, however, contact news9 and am waiting for a reply. If you would like the info when I get it, please let me know and I will pass it along.I know that what I can give to this family will not be much, but my prayer is that other people will be touched by this story as well and will not just pray for this family, but will put "hands and feet" to their prayers and help out as well. Everyone's little put together will make a big difference.
From misfortune to much worse
ED DONEY REPORTING
6:03 PM CDT, March 19, 2009
A Kingfisher County family's luck just went from bad to much worse. A mother of two is critically injured in a car wreck Wednesday morning, one mile south of Kingfisher along Highway 81, and it happens as she was driving her daughter to chemotherapy.
Shannon Lara suffered severe head injuries when the Jeep she was driving ran into the back of a semi truck that had just exited a construction area.
Lara is listed in critical condition at OU Medical Center. Her six-year-old daughter, Shaelyn, was also injured, but not as bad as her mom.
Two years ago, however, Shaelyn lost a kidney to cancer and the family recently learned cancer has returned, this time to her lungs.
Shannon's mom says she's scared to death for her daughter.
"That's all I can do is pray," Teresa Wood says. "Tell her I love her. Tell her she needs to get well for her girls. She's got to get well for her girls."
Teresa says Shannon and her husband are still paying off Shaelyn's kidney surgery from two years ago.
We're told she is covered under her husband's insurance, but Teresa has no idea how much more this accident will cost them.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
This is her backstroke. She is in the lane closest to the camera in the white swim cap.