What started out as a request to her fellow gym members to bring in peanut butter and jelly, ended up as a combined effort of locals to send off supplies to the victims of the Oklahoma tornados. Dr. Bobbie Morris never turns on the tv in the afternoon, but on Monday something made her do so. Once she saw the total devastation in Oklahoma, she knew what she was going to be doing for her four day weekend. She spread the word among her friends, asking each of them to bring in a jar of peanut butter and a jar of jelly. Her plans were to rent a Uhaul truck and drive into Oklahoma with some desperately needed non-perishables.
After making a facebook post asking others to assist, the response was astronomical. Her post went viral, causing over a hundred more likes to her business page and numerous messages asking what was needed. Dr. Morris contacted the Moore, Oklahoma rescue authorities and received specific instructions on bringing in the donations. The authorities asked for volunteers to show up later once the situation was no longer hazardous. Those that were responding had special training and instructions. The circumstances there are still dangerous, due to numerous gas line breaks, debris, contamination and other issues that needed to be properly dealt with. The donations were to be dropped off at certain safe and “manned” locations.
After a day of receiving donations, she realized that her original Uhaul plan was not going to be enough. Hillary, one of Dr. Morris’ workers, contacted her uncle (Kirk Rousse) and he graciously agreed to lending the use of an 18 wheeler and driver to take the donations to OK. “When the truck got here, my heart dropped,” Dr. Morris laughed “I felt like I was over reacting because there was no way we could possibly fill up that truck.” Since then the 18 wheeler has been loaded and is on it’s way to Shawnee Oklahoma. The donations have now filled two more industrial trailers and a cattle trailer. They have collected more than $10,000 in cash and gift cards to assist in other needs. They collected clothes, non perishables, water, bread, tarps, tools, flashlights, batteries, baby supplies, hand sanitizer, toys, school supplies, etc… They also had medications including tetanus shots donated to them. Arrangements were made with the local paramedics to meet the truck and accept responsibility for them.
The locals have been through natural disasters, many of them losing everything at one time or another. We all understand that help is needed and are willing to assist in anyway we can.
God Bless the workers, volunteers, donors, and prayer warriors and send continuous prayers to the victims of Moore, Oklahoma tornados.
For any further information or to keep up with the efforts, you can follow Dr. Bobbie Morris on fb by clicking HERE.
Since I have my new camera, I have been snapping pictures of everything. Every so often I will post a few of them online.
I always admire this bench, thinking it would be the perfect shaded reading space…if it were not so close to the street.
This is a birdhouse in my neighbor’s backyard. While we were outside this afternoon grilling, the birds began squawking a lot. I pulled out my “super zoom” lens and snapped a few pics. I was so excited that I was able to capture the mamma bird feeding her babies!! The kids enjoyed these pics.
In April 1936, a contract was signed by Fr. Rief and Sidney J. Toups of Thibodaux to construct the first chapel of Choctaw for $1285.00, dedicated to St. James, and blessed by Archbishop Joseph F. Rummel on October 27, 1936. On October 14, 1954, a larger lot was purchased for $800.00 and the chapel was moved to the new site at a cost of $700.00. Under the pastorship of Reverend Roland Boudreaux, a contract was signed with Joseph & Guy Clement, builders from Chackbay, for $5,938.92, for complete renovation and enlargement of the St. James Chapel. This is the little chapel that I attended as a child, received the sacrament of my first communion, baptised my first born here, and my great grandmother, great grandfather, grandfather, and mom are buried in the cemetery. Choctaw will always be “home” to me and St. James Chapel is a large part of it.
St. Joseph Catholic School est. 1962. It holds grades PK-7th. My children attend this school and it has become a component of our family circuit.
Since I was a child, history has always interested me. Living in Southern Louisiana, I am surrounded by so much beauty and many old buildings/structures. Plantation homes are a love of mine, the Romanticism and family owned and operated business that still thrive from those lands prove that you can become and do anything you want to with enough determination and willingness to work. I know that the plantation homes were run on slavery and I by no way condone any such behavior. I will never comprehend how someone could view a person as property.
I have promised to share pictures of Southern Louisiana with my readers so here are a few.
More pictures to come.
First, I need to start this post off by giving a huge shout out to all teachers out there. I know that it is a profession that I could not handle on a day to day basis and that it takes a very special person to want to do so.
We are very blessed to have our children attend great schools. When I drop my little ones off in the morning, I know that they are in the best of hands. I have complete confidence in the competence and proficiency of all of the staff members at the school. The teachers have enlightened the hearts, souls and minds of my babies and I am eternally grateful.
During Teacher Appreciation Week, the amazing PTC board gives a small gift to the teachers on each day, but of course the kids want to bring in their own presents. I let them search Pinterest and find their own little cheesy sayings and gifts that they wanted to give to their teachers and decided we would gift one a day, but I wanted to do something special from the class since I am the “room mom” for one of the classes. I can’t do for one and not for the other, besides everyone in my kids’ classes are close and I adore each of the kids.
A couple of weeks ago, the teachers were out at a teaching conference and I decided to go in and take a class picture. (Since Christmas, I have been finding reasons to use my camera) I also asked each of the students what was their favorite spot on school campus. With the school’s permission, I then took a picture of those spots and made this poster. This part was pretty easy because both Nicholas and Gracie’s classmates gave the same answers so all I had to do was change the class picture. It was framed and presented to her as a gift from the class. The kids were so proud that they were able to keep the secret!!
This past month I was contacted by POV Magazine, to write an article on a local artist. I had not been contacted by them since December of 2012, so I was a little surprised, but excited. I accepted the assignment and scheduled an interview with Stacey Fabre without thinking twice. The normal butterflies accompanied me on my ride to meet her, but once she opened the door and welcomed me in, it was like I knew her all of my life. Throughout the interview, I just knew that our “chance meeting” was meant to happen, there was definitely bigger powers at work.
I can not give her talent and inspiration enough praise through words. The article and a photo of her painting actually made the cover of the print magazine. You can find that article HERE. Please take the time to read about her and visit both her webpage and her Etsy shop!
Today, I had a visit at home from Stacey and she had a package for me. She said she wanted to see me open it, so I knew that there was something even more special than the print I was awaiting. Inside was the beautiful (larger than I was expecting ) print of St. Louis Cathedral fountain and a pendent of the same. Of course I LOVE all of her work, but when I saw the St. Louis fountain painting, it reminded me of a picture that I treasure of my mom and Patience. I told her this and once I was home, I messaged her the picture. Even though she and I just met, I felt I could share anything with her. The first thing that I noticed was the pendent made from the picture I had sent to her. My eyes immediately watered and I was flooded with emotions. The kindness and sincerity of this gift was priceless. There was just not enough I could do to thank her. She included a very thoughtful handwritten note that I will also treasure forever.
Stacey is a truly amazing person. She spoke with Patience about art and careers in art. She gave her some priceless advice and offered future support. It is not everyday that someone meets an exceptional person like Stacey!
This is just a variation of the Best Mac N Cheese Ever. The recipe is found here .
The only differences:
Boiled cubed potatoes instead of pasta
Add Sliced Nathan’s Franks or Smoked Sausage.
AT&T is touring a state-of-the-art, texting-while-driving simulator, targeting more than 380 events nationwide, and has launched an online simulator that allows users to experience the dangers of texting while driving. The Lafourche Parish District Attorney, Camille Morvant, is very involved in the schools within his elected district. He delivers programs to the students on varying topics, emphasizing decision making, and impaired driving throughout the year. After going to the high schools and presenting “The Domino Effect”, which is a program about impaired driving’s consequences and results, Mr. Morvant felt that texting while driving should be discussed further. A member of his staff learned about AT&T’s simulator, made some calls and was able to have them come to our Parish. This week AT&T escorted the simulator to the 4 high schools, and allowed the students to “text it out.” AT&T also passed around an ipad and asked the students to take a personal pledge to not text and drive. This week was enlightening to not only the students but to the faculty, staff, and anyone else who had the opportunity to witness it.
The citizens of Lafourche Parish are blessed to have such a dedicated and honorable man, Mr. Camille Morvant. serve their parish. The commitment to the well being of all of the citizens and the devotedness to the education, safety and awareness of the youth of the parish is superlative. It is an honor to know this man.
For any further information, feel free to visit http://www.itcanwait.com. You can also take the personal pledge there.