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WHERE WOULD I BE...WHO WOULD I BE???

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

It is not just our major challenges that require courage. Even the minor skirmishes with life demand some deep breaths, perhaps some hushed prayers, and lots of hope. We would glide more easily through every day if we would just accept that struggle is part of the process of life; that it offers more opportunities for us to realize our individual potential than any other dimension of life.
Struggles strengthen us, enrich our character, even temper our emotions. They enhance us in untold ways, and yet we plead to be spared them. How ironic that we each long for greater success, at least some recognition for our accomplishments, but we recoil from the very experiences that guarantee these personal satisfactions.
My struggles today are my gifts in disguise. I will grow accordingly.
Praise the Lord for all that I am, all that I have been and all I will ever be. For without Him, where would I be...who would I be?
Blessings and hugs,
Helen

POSITIVES:
God
Marla's wonderful and fantastic news!!
My family and friends
McKenzie
My Spark family, friends and teams
Marla's Miracle...making it happen
Neighbors that care
People who are willing to pray for others
Praises for those who help others
My home
Heat to keep us warm
Healthy food to eat
My health
Spark People where we can continue to spread the word and share our blessings
Rain for the last two days with warmer temperatures...changing to snow!
Snow...another two inches or more heading our way

Thank you for reading my blog. With my spark friends and family in my life, supporting and encouraging me, my journey is a much easier one. May God continue to bless you!!! I love you!!!

  
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MARLA7 1/30/2010 8:01AM

    Helen... You are so right! I know my struggles with my kidney failure and dialysis have made me stronger and closer to God. I do believe that's why He gives us such trials... to bring us closer to Him and like you said, to help us appreciate the good times more. Such wisdom Helen. God is smiling down upon His child - that is YOU Helen. Love you... Marla

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WANDAH3 1/29/2010 5:48PM

    Having struggles in ones life gives us the opportunity to learn and grow. We have the choice to overcome or to be a victim.

Hugs,
Wanda

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MAURIZIA 1/29/2010 11:29AM

    Helen, without the struggles, we wouldn't learn...or enjoy the great events in our lives. Whenever I get retrospective, I am proud of the struggles through which I've come...and give thanks that I've survived them.

Blessings to you, my friend!

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DANDDPOFF 1/28/2010 8:16AM

    Helen, You are so right, where would any of us be without the love of Jesus in our life.
donna

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EBLOOMING 1/27/2010 12:51PM

    You are the great encourager Helen. Thank you...for reminding me that it is the struggles that strengthen and enrich our lives. The comment MAURIZIA made is to hold onto.
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JOYATLAST 1/26/2010 9:21PM

    I've been thinking about this a lot. (A blog is coming! LOL)

If we only choose to go downstream or with the wind at our backs, we never get stronger and worse than that, we become a victim of our circumstances.



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YATMAMA 1/26/2010 9:12PM

    I love that line: My struggles today are my gifts in disguise. That is awesome. I'll be remembering that one!

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SJG1953 1/26/2010 7:21PM

    You have such a wonderful outlook on life! Thank you so much for sharing your point of view and for being a part of my life! Blessings, Shirley

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    You are emoticon !! Thank you for your encouraging words. emoticon

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 1/26/2010 11:02AM

    Helen, your blog was full of wise insight. I wish I had more of your outlook and attitude toward hard times! emoticon Lori

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LACEEJO11 1/26/2010 10:30AM

   



I haven't heard the awesome news yet...what is MARLAS MIRACLE??? DARE I HOPE??? Do let me know soon!!

I love this blog Helen, it is so very true!! We need character building experiences...in that case WOW I must have some character!!!

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SADIEDOLORES 1/26/2010 10:23AM

    HELEN, NO MATTER WHAT TIME OF DAY IT IS THE LORD WILL USE WHOMEVER HE WILL, YOU WERE CHOSEN TO SHARE THIS BLOG WITH US THANK YOU FOR YOUR OBEDIENCE TO GOD HE WILL BLESS YOU FOR IT.
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COLEENCOLE 1/26/2010 9:16AM

    Well put, especially at 2:22 AM. Have a good day.

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RUN2MYDREAMS 1/26/2010 9:10AM

    What a poignant blog! Thank you for sharing it!
Have a beautiful day!
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MAURIZIA 1/26/2010 8:20AM

    Helen, when my dad was dying, a parish priest (now a close friend) told me, "Without Good Friday - the crucifixion - there would not have been an Easter Sunday - the Resurrection." I've held onto those words for 33 years!

Blessings!

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TAZZIE5 1/26/2010 7:45AM

    AMEN! For it is thru our weakest moments that we discover new strengths!

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WANDAH3 1/26/2010 7:43AM

    Loved your blog.
When we can look on everything that occurs to us during the day and find the opportunity to learn and grow in it...our day has been a successs.

Have an awesome day,
Hugs,
Wanda

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GHOSTFLAMES 1/26/2010 5:26AM

    HELEN HUGS MY FRIEND, CHAR

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No News on Tammy and Fred

Saturday, January 23, 2010

For those of you who have been praying for Tammy and Fred (injured in the traffic accident that took the life of my niece, Carri) and wondering how they are, it seems to be almost impossible to get an update on them. My youngest brother is going to see what he can find out for me. No one seems to know and those that do aren't talking. My sister, Carri's stepmother, isn't talking about it either. So I am not sure what is happening. As soon as I hear anything at all, I will post immediately. Sorry that I can't give you an update.
They continue to be in my thoughts and prayers daily. May God be with them as they are healing. Praise the Lord for He is wonderful.
Blessings and hugs,
Helen

POSITIVES:
God
My family and friends
McKenzie
My Spark family, friends and teams
A neighborhood that cares
People who are willing to pray for others
Praises for those who help others
My home
Heat to keep us warm
Healthy food to eat
My health
Spark People where we can continue to spread the word and share our blessings
Snow which is gone and switched to rain
Beautiful Sun and warm temperatures...50*F today!!!

Thank you for reading my blog. With my spark friends and family in my life, supporting and encouraging me, my journey is a much easier one. May God continue to bless you!!! I love you!!!


  
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YATMAMA 1/25/2010 4:45PM

    I'm so glad the Lord knows all, even when we know nothing. He hears our plea and will intervene. We continue to lift these needs up to our all knowing, all loving Father.

*hugs*

Missy

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WANDAH3 1/24/2010 4:56PM

    Thinking of you and knowing that in the end only God is in control.

Hugs,
Wanda

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LACEEJO11 1/24/2010 1:50PM

   

Keeping a positive thought and many prayers in their direction Helen. I know it is difficult for you, not to know....Lean on the everlasting arms, HE will sustain you, til you hear.

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SADIEDOLORES 1/24/2010 11:35AM

    HELEN, IF YOUR NOT HEARING ANYTHING THEN IT MUST BE POSITIVE, IF IT WASN'T THEY WOULD WANT THE FAMILY THERE SO PRAISE THE LORD HE IS KEEPING THEM IN HIS CARE, HOPEFULLY WHEN YOU DO HEAR ANYTHING IT WILL BE THAT THEY ARE RECOVERING AND ON THEIR WAY TO COMPLETE HEALING.
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MAURIZIA 1/24/2010 10:58AM

    Helen, I continue to keep them all in my prayers...victims and families. I hope you are able to find out...not so much for us, but for you. It's so difficult to know people in these tragedies and more frustrating to not be updated. These families are coping with so much.

Blessings.

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ALEXSGIRL1 1/24/2010 10:37AM

    i will continue to pray for them and you. emoticon

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YOYONOMORE1 1/24/2010 10:31AM

    It's all in God's hands, will continue to lift them up in prayer. Praying that when you get news it'll be encourageing.

Hugs,
Shirl

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MONAMOM 1/24/2010 8:11AM

    Helen--you always lift my spirts and strenthen my faith. You are such an inspiration!! Hugs!!

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IUHRYTR 1/24/2010 1:05AM

    The old saying is, "No news is good news." Let's continue to pray they are well and recovering. Hang in there. -- Lou

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SJG1953 1/24/2010 12:08AM

    Still praying for them and for you Helen. God bless you, Shirley

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GOSPELCLOWN 1/24/2010 12:08AM

    I hope you are able to find out news... and GOOD news too!

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CRAZYGAGRANNY 1/23/2010 11:46PM

    emoticonThank You Helen! They are all still in our thoughts,hearts and prayers! Thanks for trying to give us an update!

God be with you my friend!
Barbara

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GHOSTFLAMES 1/23/2010 10:02PM

    HELEN THANKS FOR TRYING ON THR UP DATE MY FRIEND LOVE YOU POSITIVES TAKE CARE HUGS,CHAR

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KAT7457 1/23/2010 10:01PM

    I will say a prayer for them and hopefully you can find out soon how they are?? prayers for you also my dear friend. hugs kat

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Our Lord is Soooo Wonderful...Praise Him!!!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Our Lord is wonderful in the simplest of things and in the most complex of things. The wonder of our Lord is that He is so accessible to us in the common things of our lives: the cup of water...breaking of bread...welcoming children into our arms...fellowship over a meal...giving thanks...sharing a smile. A simple attitude of caring, listening, and lovingly telling the truth.
Praise the Lord for He is wonderful.
Blessings and hugs,
Helen

POSITIVES:
God
Our community of friends and family
A neighborhood that cares
People who are willing to pray for others
Praises for those who help others in any way
My family
My home
Heat to keep us warm
Healthy food to eat
My health
Spark People where we can continue to spread the word and share our blessings
Snow which is almost gone due to our warmer temperatures

Thank you for reading my blog and for your continued prayers. With my spark friends and family in my life, supporting and encouraging me, my journey is a much easier one. May God continue to bless you!!! I love you!!

  
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EBLOOMING 1/27/2010 12:54PM

    Praise our God!!! We have so much to be thankful for. As DANDDPOFF said so much to share with others. emoticon

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DANDDPOFF 1/22/2010 11:02AM

    Yes, we all praise him , our Lord. But do we do what we should for the lord, We thank him for all he does for us, but do we wittness for him to others that are non-believers. are we doing our part .for his mercy. do we walk up to strangers and tell them of our love for the lord and about all his goodness. I wonder how many of us do this , as much as we should.

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POOH_BEAR_69 1/20/2010 9:02PM

    GOD is GOOD!!!

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MOM210 1/20/2010 7:06AM

    Thanks so much for your positive outlook. That really helps to hear someone praising God. I appreciate your sincerity and the love that is so obvious in you. That's what we need more of! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SJG1953 1/20/2010 2:01AM

    Yes, indeed, Praise be the Lord!! He is so good! Amen and Amen.

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WIFEALF 1/20/2010 1:27AM

    So true..Hugs

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BUFFALOGAL1952 1/19/2010 9:42PM

    AMEN Helen! you sure hit the nail on the head!
Blessing to you and yours my friend

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14JESUSGIRL 1/19/2010 9:21PM

    I like all your positives and your attitude.
Love in Christ,
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YATMAMA 1/19/2010 9:11PM

    So, so, so, so true!!

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CRAZYGAGRANNY 1/19/2010 8:36PM

    Yes My Dear Friend The Lord is Good! It never hurts to say this everyday! Thanks for reminding us all!
How is Tammy and Fred? You are such a blessing my friend!

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KAT7457 1/19/2010 7:20PM

    AMEN to that HELEN emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 1/19/2010 7:02PM

    Yes, He Is!

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WANDAH3 1/19/2010 5:48PM

    Hugs,Wanda

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DRADISCH 1/19/2010 4:17PM

    Hugs and prayers always.
I You have a way to touching our hearts and souls with you compassion & love.
We love You My friend.
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_MAOMAO_ 1/19/2010 4:07PM

  Helen, I'm sorry for your family's loss and pain! My prayers are certainly with you during this struggle.
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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 1/19/2010 3:15PM

    Thank you, Helen... I really enjoyed your blog! I am doing my best to remember to talk to Him every day. emoticon

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SADIEDOLORES 1/19/2010 2:47PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonTHANK HIM BEFORE YOUR PRAYER IS ANSWERED.
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1LBDOWN 1/19/2010 2:34PM

  Have you ever read the story of the lepers in the Bible? Jesus cured several lepers and only one returned to thank Him.

I strive to be like the one leper who makes time to express gratitude.

I'm glad to see you saying, "Thank You," to the God who makes our lives worth living.

Be blessed, my sister!

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LACEEJO11 1/19/2010 1:54PM

   

Praising HIM right along with you Helen!! Thank you for the awesome blog!!

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GOSPELCLOWN 1/19/2010 1:46PM

    You hit the nail on the head today, Sweetie!

I am appreciating the pink and blue sky this morning, a dry home, a man that loves me, vehicles that allow us to go all over the place and grocery stores that are as beautiful to the eye as a florist shop.

Thanks for the gratitude blog-

Karen

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Help for the fire victims...for those of you who asked

Saturday, January 16, 2010

I am not writing this blog asking for help but some of you have asked if there were anything you could do to help the victims of that devastating fire this past Monday. Sorry it has taken me so long to get this information to you.

Members of the Mt. Morris community are organizing a spaghetti dinner to benefit the families who lost children in a house fire in Waynesburg on Monday, January 11.

Ava Naomi Holbert of Mt. Morris, and Noah James Havrilesko of Waynesburg, died when the fire tore through the Havrilesko's house on Richhill Street. Ava was friends with Noah's older sister and the girls were having a sleepover at the time.

Noah's mother, Stacey, and two sisters, 7-year-old Anna and 14-year-old Abbigale, escaped the fire by climbing out a second-floor window.

The spaghetti dinner will be held from noon to 3 pm Sunday at Perry Elementary School, 145 School Road, Mt. Morris. Donations of at least $5 per plate are requested.

Those attending the dinner also can bring clothing, canned goods and household items to help the fire victims. Ladies size 4, 6 and 14 pants are needed, as well as ladies tops, size small, and girls' clothing size 6X.

Two memorial funds have been started to pay for the children's funerals and living expenses for the Havrilesko family. Donations to the Havrilesko Memorial Fire Fund may be sent to First Federal Savings and Loan of Greene County, 25 East High Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370.

Donations to the Ava Holbert Memorial Fund are being accepted at PNC Bank, 77 High Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370 Attention: Robin or to the PNC branch in Mt. Morris, PA 15349.

Thank you so much for the outpouring of support and prayers for these families. May God continue to bless you and your families.
Blessings and hugs,
Helen

POSITIVES:
God
Our community of friends and family
A neighborhood that cares
People who are willing to pray for others
Blessings for the lives of Noah and Ava
Praises for those who helped in any way with the fire
Opportunities to go over own home escape plans
My home
My family
Heat to keep it warm
Healthy food to eat
My health
Spark People where we can continue to spread the word and share our blessings
Snow which is melting with the sun shining on it today

Thank you for reading my blog and for your continued prayers. With my spark friends and family in my life, supporting and encouraging me, my journey is a much easier one. May God continue to bless you!!! I love you!!!

  
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DRADISCH 1/19/2010 4:15PM

    My prayers are with them all Helen. You have such an amazing spirit and compassionate heart. God "s Blessing on all

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MWRIGHT8 1/18/2010 8:55AM

    The families are in my prayers.
Marion

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DISNEYSMOM 1/18/2010 2:03AM

    I continue to keep them in my prayers

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    emoticonMy Friend!

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HOPE2BE 1/17/2010 3:59PM

    The families are in my prayers. May God bless them and may the children find peace with God as they should.

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MONAMOM 1/17/2010 10:34AM

    These families remain in my prayers.

Hugs, Mona

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LINDA25427 1/17/2010 8:21AM

    Thank you .

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GHOSTFLAMES 1/17/2010 7:24AM

    HELEN YOU ARE THE BEST MY FRIEND! HUGS,CHAR

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PEPPERLEAH 1/16/2010 10:25PM

    The families remain in my prayers. Thanks for posting this information.

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MILLISMA 1/16/2010 9:45PM

    You are such a caring person. Thanks for posting this information. You're all in my prayers.

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 1/16/2010 9:12PM

    Helen, your heart is the size of TEXAS. I love you and your kindhearted spirit!

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KAT7457 1/16/2010 9:09PM

    helen, thanks for sharing this info. hope you are doing ok. keeping you in my prayers. hugs kat

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WANDAH3 1/16/2010 9:08PM

    What a devasting loss for all. Prayers are being said.

Hugs,
Wanda

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How safe is your home?? Be prepared.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Thank you so much to everyone who has been praying for the families, friends, classmates, etc. of Noah Havrilesko and Ava Holbert who perished in an early morning fire on Monday. This has touched the lives of everyone in our community and far beyond.
I was not aware until yesterday that Noah's little sister, Anna, was in some of McKenzie classes. The teachers, guidance counselors, principals, etc. talked with all the students about the fire and how it is ok to be sad. When McKenzie came home from school, she told me what they talked about and what they did including how they do their fire drills at school. She told me she was sad for Anna because her brother is now an angel with God. Then she looked at me and said, "But, Nanny, Noah will always be with Anna in her heart just like you told me about Grammy. I told Anna that too." Praise God for our little children for they are so compassionate.
Part of McKenzie's homework for the day was to check the location of the smoke alarms in her house, make sure they are working, and know the sound of the alarms. Also she needed to know how to get out of the house in the event of a fire or other disaster. Needless to say, this created some ingenuity on my part as McKenzie's dad was working afternoon shift and her mom wouldn't be home until after she was in bed. Their ceilings are very high, way to high for me to reach without climbing...and no ladder. Danger...danger... After telling McKenzie she was not allowed to copy what I was doing, I took a kitchen chair and McKenzie grabbed a higher counter stool and down the hallway we went. I climbed up on the chair and over onto the stool while McKenzie held the stool to keep me from upsetting it. Praise God for the stretching exercises I have been doing on Spark People. I was able to stretch up on tippy toe and push the test button. As the alarm sounded, McKenzie put both hands over her ears and wanted it shut off. I stood very still until I had my balance and back down on the chair to the floor. McKenzie said she would remember that awful sound. Then when we got ready to go over the emergency procedures to evacuate the house, McKenzie told me her mommy and daddy would get her out of the house...that they would keep her safe. I explained to her that she was getting to be a big girl and needed to be able to get out by herself in case mommy and daddy weren't home. She was fine with that and we continued. In checking out the situation, I was amazed that anyone would build a house where every window was directly above concrete whether it was the driveway or the patio on the back side of the house...and that there are no windows on the two ends of the house which is where the grass is. Anyway of the five actual doors that exit the house, only two of them are accessible for her, by herself, to get out of the house...the front door and the back door onto the deck from the dining room. If she is in the family room downstairs, she would not be able to get out without going upstairs to the first floor as the door off the family room has a dead bolt which is too high and too hard for her to open. I have difficulty opening it myself...something I do daily to take Sparkle out to potty. I am taking some WD40 today and spray the lock to see if I can get it to work easier. The other way out is through the garage doors which operate electrically...there is is no man door from their garage to the outside. If there would be a disruption of electrical service, the garage doors could not be operated by a child and they would have to be manually opened by pulling the rope to the doors which takes an army to do or maybe an extreme adrenaline rush. I found it very hard to do. However I did show her to take her mommy's dumbbells and throw them through the patio door windows. (The exercise equipment is just off to the side of the patio doors as well as a wooden chair.) This she understood. Now I can only hope she doesn't decide to practice that and actually break out the windows. But if that happens, it is a small price to pay to save a life. McKenzie's mom not only bought more smoke alarms to be placed in strategic places, (by the furnace and hot water tanks, in the kitchen and by the stairs) but has ordered the life saving ladders (steps) that hook to the window sills to climb down to safety. I, as an adult, understand how they work and hopefully everyone practices with them until it becomes second nature for a six year old as well as for them. I know that McKenzie has some very close neighbors that would do what they could to get everyone out of their house as well as the volunteer fire department being within two miles of their house...but you can never be too prepared. This is something this fire has definitely brought to the attention of everyone in the community, the school district officials and teachers. It is such a shame that these young lives were lost to remind everyone to go over their fire drill instructions and make sure everyone knows them. It is never to soon and children are not to young to be taught these escape methods. We have gone over these instructions with McKenzie every year during fire safety week since she was three years old but never actually made sure she could do them. Now I know she couldn't have. I just pray that she now will be able to as I think these instructions almost have to be second nature. In the event of a fire, there is no time to stop and try to remember what to do...it has to be done!!!
I am writing this blog in the hopes that everyone reading it will share it with someone else, so that everyone will at least check and make sure all children as well as adults would have an easy exit route out of their homes if need be in an emergency. You can't rely on someone else to always be there or being in a position to get everyone else out.
Please make sure you have working smoke alarms in your house. (carbon monoxide detectors also) and that your home has an escape plan in effect and everyone knows it. It actually would not hurt to refresh this plan anytime you have someone in your house that doesn't live there or know what the plan is...for example: another child visiting or sleeping over, friends or relatives visiting, etc.
Hind sight is 20/20 but being prepared can also be 20/20 and won't be too late.
Don't think it can't happen to you or your loved ones. Life doesn't work that way!!
Blessings and hugs,
Helen

POSITIVES:
God
Our community of friends and family
A neighborhood that cares
People who are willing to pray for others
Blessings for the lives of Noah and Ava
Praises for those saved from the fire
Opportunities to go over escape plans
My home
Heat to keep it warm
Healthy food to eat
My health
Spark People where we can continue to spread the word and share our blessings
Snow which is glittering with the sun shining on it today

Thank you for reading my blog and for your continued prayers. With my spark friends and family in my life, supporting and encouraging me, my journey is a much easier one. May God continue to bless you! I love you!!!


  
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MKPQ51 1/16/2010 2:37AM

    Helen:

I'm so glad that you were there to comfort and teach McKenzie. Because of your (and her parents) teachings, McKenzie was able to give compassion to Anna; what a blessing that is.

Thank you for the reminder that we should refresh the escape routes in our home. When our children were young, we used to make it a monthly activity. I've never discussed this with our grandchildren nor do I know if their parents have talked them about these things; however, you can be sure I'll be talking to my kids about it this weekend!

Kat

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ALASKAN 1/15/2010 6:46PM

    Hello Helen
How are you doing? I'm sorry to hear about your granddaughter's friend and I have you all on my prayer list. As time goes on, it will get easier. Right now, it's hard b/c little people (children) do not understand why some are taken to GOD at an early age.
All we can do , is too comfort them and listen to what they may say or ask; sometimes it hard explain except we have to say the GOD had made calling and they (children ) have gone home with him. I'm sure that McKenzie is hurting right now, but her friends will be Angels looking down on her so she will not get hurt either. She (McKenzie) has a great grandma too comfort her when she needs it as she comforts you too.
emoticon Take care and talk to you soon. Always, ERNA

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KAT7457 1/14/2010 10:20PM

    thanks Helen for sharing this , what a great blog and I will have to share it with my grandkids and there parents. many hugs kat

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LINDA25427 1/14/2010 3:02PM

    Helen you have been through so mush lately .My prayers are with you and your family and friends and their families .Take care and thank God for you . God bless. emoticon emoticon

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BETHBWH 1/14/2010 1:33PM

    Helen, I am so sorry for the tragedy that took two young lives! But thank you for taking something so horrible and using it to help us remember that it can happen to any of us. When I get home tonight I am going to take my little one (7 yrs old) and do the same thing that you did. We are going to go from basement to top foor and look at every method of escape and what to do in a fire. THANK YOU!! THANK YOU! and God Bless!!

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BUFFALOGAL1952 1/14/2010 8:46AM

    Helen...invaluable information!! I think most of us take this kind of thing for granted. Thinking we know our own homes, but under duress...you don't have time to double think? I am going to review some things around my home. Now we have that grandson, I want to take extra care that the safety of the home is all in order!

Thanks for the healthy reminder my friend!

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STOP-IT-KNOW 1/14/2010 6:04AM

    thank you i will say a pray and talk to my daughter about this i have a six year ago grand daughter i worry about. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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EBLOOMING 1/14/2010 1:52AM

    Thank you Helen. This blog is really great. I have eight gc and I don't know how up to date they are on doing a firedrill and making sure the smoke detectors work. They are on SP and I forwarded this to them.. so thank you soooo sooo soo much!! There is wisdom in this. Elaine emoticon
Prayers for safety of our homes. emoticon

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SJG1953 1/13/2010 11:58PM

    I'm glad everyone is refreshing their escape plans in case of an emergency. It's always good to be prepared as you said. God bless you for caring about everyone around you. God bless you richly. Hugs, Shirley

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KSNICKER 1/13/2010 10:47PM

    Thanks Helen... Good to know. Dh just installed smoke detectors last week. So we are all set.
I'm glad that McKenzie is as well... She's so smart I'm sure she will do fine. Thank goodness she has you, You are a true blessing for her.
((hugs))

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YATMAMA 1/13/2010 10:33PM

    What a horrid tragedy for everyone involved. My prayer is that God will find a way to bring glory to His name in the midst of something the enemy meant for evil.

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CRAZYGAGRANNY 1/13/2010 9:47PM

    That you so much Helen for reminding everyone this great need!
We do regular fire drills with Phillip to make sure he knows how not only to get out of the house but where to go in case the family gets separated!
These are very important drills!
Have a great Day my friend and keep spreading such good thoughts

Barbara

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OPAL50 1/13/2010 5:42PM

    Thank you for the reminder and thanks to McKenzie for her good heart. emoticon Prayers for the family all those who loved them. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PAULASTRAS 1/13/2010 5:22PM

    great blog Helen:) thank you for taking the time to share this , a great reminder.
and thank Mckenzie too :)

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DAWNWS1 1/13/2010 3:48PM

    Thank you so much for taking the time to blog about this. It is sooooo important, and something we so often neglect because "it can't happen to us." We have always lived in a 1 story house, but since moving to our much bigger 2 story, I don't know that we've really talked about this, so it's next on the agenda (today!) Thank you.

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 1/13/2010 2:28PM

    Good blog, Helen... as always, thank you for this information! emoticon

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JILLWILSON2102 1/13/2010 1:49PM

    wonderful, thank you!!

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GHOSTFLAMES 1/13/2010 1:17PM

    HELEN BOY IS MCKENZIE A VERY LUCKY GIRL TO HAVE A GRANDMA LIKE YOU. GOOD GOING ON HELPING HER UNDERSTAND EVERYTHING.
YES WE DO OUR SMOKE ALARMS TWICE A YEAR ON DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME!THANKS FOR SHARING HUGS,CHAR

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VAMACKGIRL 1/13/2010 1:16PM

    Thanks for the great advice!!!!
We check ours on a regular basis, usually it goes off if I cook! Haha, but seriously, I do daycare and we play the Stop Drop and Roll game all the time, even the little ones!!!
My children know what to do and where to get!
But thanks for the reminders, can never be TOO aware!!

Have a great day!

Janet

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GOSPELCLOWN 1/13/2010 12:41PM

    I hear my smoke alarms each time our electricity goes out... annoying but reassuring!

We have volunteer firefighters in my area. When the alarm goes off (often) I pray for the families involved.

Great blog-
Karen

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SLCB1023 1/13/2010 12:27PM

    We had fire drills at our house when the kids were little. We even tested out the chain ladders that were kept in their second story rooms. Never can be too prepared.

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VEMAN1 1/13/2010 12:19PM

    Lessons for all of us. Please make sure everyone knows were the collection points are and practice crawling blindfolded from the bed to the main exit. It's not perfect but you will appreciate the training if the time comes.

Instead of standing on a stool perhaps you could use a broom or mop handle to push the test buttons. Back many moons ago I used a golf club to do the monthly checks in the dormitories.

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1GR8FULGAL 1/13/2010 12:18PM

    Thank you SO much for this precious and important reminder!!! I was a volunteer firefighter, EMT, and involved with police. PLEASE, PLEASE take this advice TODAY; it could safe a life or even more than one. Also, IF you need help because you cannot afford an alarm, PLEASE contact your local fire department or other community service agency, as they often provide and install them for free!!! Many even buy the batteries for you. God bless and walk with those touched by this sad story of loss. Nancy

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MAURIZIA 1/13/2010 12:15PM

    Helen, great advice and what a great project both from the school and for you to do with her.

As you know, my cousin is an LA firefighter...today he was called in to prepare in case they are sent to Haiti...I was thinking that it is no wonder they are consider heroes, is there?

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