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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.
SADIE

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GHOSTFLAMES 1/19/2010 2:47PM

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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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MAURIZIA 1/19/2010 2:07PM

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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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    emoticonon your way... emoticon emoticon

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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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CRAZYGAGRANNY 1/18/2010 12:09AM

    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
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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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A Community in Mourning...Please Pray

Tuesday, January 12, 2010


Two children died and a mother and her two daughters escaped early Monday as fire tore through a three-story house in Waynesburg, PA.
Noah James Havrilesko, 11, who lived in the house with his mother and two sisters, and his older sister's friend, Ava Naomi Holbert 13, of Mt. Morris, both died in the blaze.
The quick actions of Waynesburg patrolman, Brian Tennant, who, while on patrol, noticed smoke coming out of a house at 5:13 am and immediately called 911 as he got out of his car. He saw a little girl on the roof of a small porch on the west side of the house. He had her jump down into his arms and put her out of harm's way. He then saw another girl come out onto the roof and had her jump down. He then attempted to get into the house through a side door but was turned away by smoke and flames. After being told that Noah and Ava were on the second floor on the other side of the house, he ran around to the east side. Before he got there, there was a loud boom, possibly an explosion, and he was driven back...he was too late and just couldn't get in past the flames and smoke.
Mrs. Havrilesko was helped down from the roof by Donna Saver who spotted the fire while on her way to work and Frank Kiger of the Waynesburg street department.
Another neighbor tried to get into the house from the front porch but that porch was engulfed in flames. The entire house burned with part of the roof and upper floors collapsing during the fire. However, the firemen were able to keep the fire from spreading to the neighboring houses.
The entire community is in mourning for the loss of the two children. How terribly heartbreaking it was to see the news of this tragedy as well as their friends coming to the site to leave memorials, pray and talk of the loss of their friends.
So many tried to rescue these children, but that was not meant to be. The neighborhood now has two more angels watching over them as God called his little ones home where they suffer no more.
Please pray for everyone involved in this tragedy...the families, friends, the volunteer firemen, patrolman Brian and the entire neighborhood. At the same time, thank God for the lives that were saved and that no one else was hurt fighting the fire in the extreme cold as they were there for more than eight hours.
Prayers are badly needed for EVERYONE involved. May God be with all of the families who have been affected by this tragic event. Praise God for His blessings that kept this from being so much worse.


POSITIVES:
God
Brian Tennant
Volunteer firemen
People who care and go out of their way for others
Noah and Ava...suffering no more
Those rescued from the fire
A neighborhood that cares
Tears that help to cleanse and offer release

Thank you for reading my blog today. All I ask is a prayer for those in need...anyone in need, whether you know them or not...you can always pray for those with unspoken needs. I know there are many!!!

  
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MKPQ51 1/16/2010 2:21AM

    I most certainly will be keeping the family, friends, and community in my prayers.

Kat

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STOP-IT-KNOW 1/14/2010 6:10AM

    I'm so sorry, sending my prayers

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RURAL3 1/13/2010 6:07PM

    I am overwhelmed with this situation and praying for this family. I can only still know that God is in control.

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JANETELIZABETH1 1/13/2010 4:20PM

    That is terribly sad to read Helen, certainly will pray for all those needs.

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YOYONOMORE1 1/13/2010 2:02PM

    Such sad, sad news, but yes, will pray for the family and community.

Hugs,
Shirl

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DAISES2 1/13/2010 12:40PM

    what a tragedy.prayers sent

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TAKMILLION 1/13/2010 12:33PM

    I am so sorry to hear about the family. Prayers

We too have recently experienced a fire on New Year's Eve night. My daughter's house burnt. They were not home at the time but lost everything and their pets.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 1/13/2010 12:17PM

    Thank you to everyone for your prayers. I am at a loss for words especially as some of you have experienced this first hand and opened your hearts to me. I am praying for each and every one of you. Again thank you!!
Blessings and hugs to all,
Helen

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1GR8FULGAL 1/13/2010 12:10PM

    My thoughts and prayers are with all those touched by the sad tragedy. I've been in emergency services most of my adult life; there really are no words for this. We just turn to God. Thank you for sharing. Nancy

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BECAUSE_I 1/13/2010 8:48AM

    My prayers are with everyone in the community. Almost 7 months ago our community lost a 14 year old in a tragic accident, and I've seen firsthand how difficult it's been for the friends and family, and I know it's been difficult for me. I'll be lifting you up in my prayers.

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NANABABY5 1/13/2010 7:25AM

    God's Blessings and prayers.

Love Janet & Family

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LIL_SPARKLER 1/13/2010 1:54AM

    I'm so sorry, sending my prayers right now!

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PAULASTRAS 1/13/2010 1:26AM

    sending my prayers to everyone in harms way.
very sad...and heartbreaking .

Gods blessings to them all.

paula :)

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JOHNHARNEY 1/13/2010 1:20AM

    HI HELEN I'M SENDING A LOT OF PRAYERS THAT WAY. LOVE ALWAYS JOHN

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PEPPERLEAH 1/13/2010 12:23AM

    I am praying for everyone involved. Such a tragedy. Please let us know if they set up any type of fund for the families. I do not have a lot; but will give what I can.

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CBEVNOW 1/13/2010 12:16AM

    Helen i saw this on the news, so sad. My husband is in Law Enforcement being a police officer, to now a u.s. marshall. He always said it was so hard on him when children were involved.Adults are so sad but he said Children made it harder for him and other officers. I hope you understand what i mean by this.Every one deserves a chance.GOD is always with these people who save lives or try to.They give it there all.GOD bless all of them.I am praying for all involved. Caroline emoticon

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MARGOMANIAC 1/12/2010 9:57PM

    I will pray too!!!

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JUSTPEACHY1 1/12/2010 8:29PM

    Helen, I'm praying with you for this family and community. Ena

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SJG1953 1/12/2010 6:59PM

    Prayers going up for these families.

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SING4MYFOOD 1/12/2010 6:25PM

    Thank God for people who care enough to help - my prayers, also, for the survivors, families, neighborhood, & Police & Fire Departments.

Love,

Ke
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SADIEDOLORES 1/12/2010 5:11PM

    I SAW THE STORY ON THE NEWS BUT YOU GAVE US MORE DETAILS, THANK YOU FOR SHARING WITH US AND WE CAN ALL PRAY FOR THE SURVIVORS.
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KAT7457 1/12/2010 3:39PM

    Helen, my heart goes out to the people who tryed there best to help save those 2 children and many prayers for the family,neighbors and anyone else who was there God Bless them all. AMEN

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EBLOOMING 1/12/2010 2:59PM

    Helen, my prayers join yours and all on this post. Elaine
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MAURIZIA 1/12/2010 2:10PM

    Helen, my prayers continue for all affected by this tragedy. Truly thanks to the brave among us - the patrolman and civilian(s) who helped or tried, the firemen, whose lives are put on the line each day for us. I am so proud of my cousin who is a California firefighter and a First Responder for FEMA. Generous and brave are they.

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GRACEISENUF 1/12/2010 2:01PM

    When you told us about this yesterday I immediately began to pray. I can't even imagine the loss of a child and the heartbreak involved. Thank you Helen for giving us the privilege of interceding for the people involved in this tragedy.

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GRANDMANANCY 1/12/2010 2:01PM

    I saw this on the news this mkorning Helen...it is ehart breaking. I am praying for all of you.

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SUSIEPH1 1/12/2010 1:51PM

    Helen, Our love and prayers are coming to you all, from my family and friends here in Australia.
We had a terrible tragedy not far from where I live last year, 121 people were killed and many injured. due to a bush fire that wiped a whole town out.
PLease convay to all concerned, our love and prayers.

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IUHRYTR 1/12/2010 1:47PM

    Thank you for giving us a chance to share in this tragedy with you and for listing the positives of the situation. Perhaps a lyric from one of my songs will help:

"But in the midst of our sadness
Our memories remain
To lessen our burden
And to help ease our pain."

I hope you all will keep positive memories alive of those who were taken.

Lou

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BUFFALOGAL1952 1/12/2010 1:23PM

    Heart-felt prayers going out Helen! THanks for letting us know so we can raise our voices!

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MARLA7 1/12/2010 1:22PM

    Helen - So sorry to hear of this tragedy. My prayers are going out for that family and all involved. God be with them. Love, Marla

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GHOSTFLAMES 1/12/2010 1:00PM

    SUCH SADNESS PRAYERS GO OUT!HUGS,CHAR

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LACEEJO11 1/12/2010 12:51PM

   

We just never think it will happen to us...it does happen tho. I am praying for all involved. GOD be with them in the MIGHTY name of JESUS!! AMEN
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NANCYLOUISA 1/12/2010 12:40PM

  I will pray for this family and community.

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LINDAKAY228 1/12/2010 12:35PM

    My thoughts and prayers will be with you and your community. That is so sad. When my son, who is grown now, was in 3rd grade there was a little boy he talked to a lot on the school playground that was a year or so younger than him. During the summer that boy's trailer home they were living in caught on fire. His mother and sister got out but he was in a bedroom between the door and the fire and trailers burn so quickly that he didn't make it. My son was so upset by that, as was everyone else. Then the really sad thing is that the mother had several health problems and died about 6 months later. Reports I heard say she just gave up after the death of her son and that contributed to her death more than the actual health problems. Of sometimes wonder what became of the little girl who lost her brother and her mother so quickly. My hugs go out to everyone going through this terrible loss. And thank you for also posting the things to be grateful for in the midst of the tragedy. That was very touching.

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MILLISMA 1/12/2010 12:28PM

    My heart is aching for all those involved. There is such sadness in the loss of those precious children and the family and rescuers face much grief. I will keep all in my prayers. Thank you for posting this blog.

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 1/12/2010 12:28PM

    Oh, Helen, my co-worker friend and I will pray for them today.... So sorry to hear...

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CRAZYGAGRANNY 1/12/2010 12:19PM

    Oh My Dear Friend! My Heartfelt Prayers go out to all the families and friends involved in this tragedy. How amazing that,they were able to save as many as they did!
My deepest sympathy to the families as I know they are going through a very difficult time .
Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

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SPARK-MICHELLE 1/12/2010 12:17PM

  emoticonMy thoughts and prayers are with the family, community and all those involved. God's strength to all.

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DANJAKEJOE 1/12/2010 12:14PM

    My prayers are with your entire community.

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 1/12/2010 12:10PM

    My prayers are with your community at this time. Love, Dawn

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PRINCESSMANDIE 1/12/2010 12:08PM

    How incredibly sad. Stories like this tear my heart in two. As a healthcare professional you want nothing more than for tragedies like this to never happen. I will pray for the families during their painful times and hope that they can heal.

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Update on Accident Victims...Prayers Still Requested...

Thursday, January 07, 2010

I am sure many of you are wondering how everyone involved in the accident is doing. This is the latest I received from my sister tonight.
Fred's mom keeps a constant vigil over her son Fred and daughter-in-law Tammy at the Cleveland MetroHealth Medical Center, watching machines pump air and fluid into Fred's otherwise lifeless body and as Tammy struggles after multiple surgeries. Tammy suffered five broken ribs, a broken pelvis, jaw and two broken (crushed) legs in the crash.
No one has yet told Tammy the truth--that Fred may never wake up. All she knows is that she was in an accident. Fred remains on life support and has not opened his eyes or talked since the accident and Tammy may never walk again. Fred is hanging on by a thread--everything is very touch and go. Please keep Tammy and Fred and their families in your prayers as their needs are great. They are both still in the intensive care unit although Tammy is now in the intensive care step-down unit. Please remember them, their families, doctors, nurses and all in your prayers.
Although Mr. Johns was drinking and driving (BAC was .103 at the time of the crash and a BAC of 0.08 or higher is considered intoxicated) and failed to stop at a stop sign, he stayed at the scene of the accident! He did, in fact, help pull Tammy and Fred out of their Jeep! He did what he could to help! He didn't run from the accident. He was even heard saying at the scene, 'My God what have I done?? I caused this!!!' He needs our prayers also for the mistakes he made. This is something he must always live with. Please keep him in your prayers as I do. I know nothing of his family but I continue my prayers for them also.
Prayers are badly needed for EVERYONE involved. Praise God for his blessings that kept this accident from being so much worse.
This is Carri:

Although Carri's funeral is over, I continue to ask for prayer for healing and comfort for her family and friends.
Blessings and hugs to all,
Helen

POSITIVES:
God
My family and friends
My Spark family and friends
My health
Warm clothing
Heat to keep our home warm
The beautiful snow which makes for great cardio
Healthy fruits and vegetables
Still de-cluttering and donating to those who can use them
Blessings and positives surround me always
I am my biggest positive!!!

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. I love you!!

  
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MIMAWELIZABETH 1/17/2010 5:54AM

    I also send my prayers... I recently blogged about the senseless death of a young woman in my life, killed by a drunk driver who fled the scene and was later turned in by his own family. For the sake of one more shot, so many lives changed forever... My prayers go to you, as well as the innocent victims; and yes, the driver-at-fault as well.
Take care, emoticonElizabeth~

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YOYONOMORE1 1/13/2010 2:06PM

    I have been keeping Tammy and Fred in prayer, along with the others. So many lives affected by this.

Hugs,
Shirl

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PANSYGAL 1/10/2010 6:45PM

    Helen, thanks for letting us know how everyone is doing. I'll continue to keep everyone in my prayers and especially pray for healing in mind and body. Take care of yourself too.

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DANDDPOFF 1/10/2010 7:21AM

    Helen, may God put his loving hand upon all involved, So sorry for your lose, may God hold you in his arms.
donna

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AMLEHNKURT 1/9/2010 3:39PM

    Consider it done Helen!

Anne

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SJG1953 1/9/2010 12:04AM

    Thank you for the update Helen. I feel so bad for each of them and the families. Of course they are all in my prayers. Hugs, Shirley

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BELLABELLA120 1/8/2010 7:36PM

    Praying that God will work His will in this tragic situation.

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POLLY20 1/8/2010 5:54PM

    Dearest Helen, No one knows what's in store for them~My Heart goes out fcor all~Love You Always Polly I am sending prayers for
Your Dr's to take care of you newest isues~Take care You are so loved~

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ELATION 1/8/2010 10:10AM

    My prayers are with all involved. Thanks for the update.

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SANDRAMOTE 1/8/2010 9:52AM

    You are in my prayers and the families involved. We are here for you and remember that we all love you. Here is a warm smile that know I am with you always. emoticon emoticon

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MAMASALLYSOCKS 1/8/2010 6:19AM

    You and the families are in my prayers.

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MAURIZIA 1/8/2010 4:32AM

    Helen, you have my prayers for all of those involved...including you! How sad! I pray for their hearts and spirits to be healed and for clarity for the families in making the right decisions. So many lives changed in an instant.

Carri is such a beautiful young woman...One of my favorite faith hymns is based on the bible verse: G-d holds you in the palm of his hand. I love that image, and that is where all of these folks are at the moment.

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MARLA7 1/8/2010 3:40AM

    Helen - So sad. Yes, prayers are still being offered daily for all of those involved. God be with them and you as you all suffer this terrible loss. (((((hugs))))) Marla

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WIFEALF 1/8/2010 1:20AM

    my prayers are with you and your family!Hugs

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BIGDAD1211 1/8/2010 12:58AM

    Keeping everyone involved in prayer. God is in all things and I know He will do His Will in this.
In Jesus Name
Greg

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YATMAMA 1/8/2010 12:50AM

    Oh, Helen, what an utterly tragic set of circumstances. Isn't it just like God to turn this horror story into a glory story? I trust Him to do that for all involved, including the (and maybe especially) the driver who caused it. Thank you for the update and for the photo, too.

*hugs*

Missy

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1GR8FULGAL 1/7/2010 10:48PM

    My dear Helen, Keeping you and your family and friends in my thoughts and prayers. May everyone involved find comfort, peace, power, strength, understanding and love from our precious Lord and Savior. Nancy

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MSALOETTE 1/7/2010 10:41PM

    Oh Helen isn't this just a horrible tragic event, and Mr. Johns will NEVER totally understand what he did in one split second to change so many many lives. You are NEVER the same after going through an accident like this nor will the families involved be.
The only thing to ease this pain is lots of prayers and you certainly have mine along with many others you don't even know.
God give you peace and strength to help cope with this loss.
Hugs

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BUFFALOGAL1952 1/7/2010 10:22PM

    Helen, you know you can always count on me for prayers of support, healing and forgiveness. I can't imagine the anquish the family is going thru. But I know is must be great. Blessings on all!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 1/7/2010 9:58PM

    Thank you, Helen, for both updates--the one on YOU, and this one. I shared it with my friends on Facebook. But by the grace of God, there go any of us.

Love you, my friend... Lori

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MSMEADOWANN 1/7/2010 9:10PM

    Prayers are continuously being lifted.

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LINDA25427 1/7/2010 9:09PM

    Thank you Helen for the update will continue praying for all involved .What was Carri's last name .? This is so sad . emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GHOSTFLAMES 1/7/2010 9:09PM

    HELEN YES PRAYER ARE CONTINUED FOR EVERYONE! WHAT A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN SO VERY SAD!THANKS FOR THE UPDATE AND HUGS,CHAR

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SUSIEPH1 1/7/2010 9:04PM

    My dear Helen, Thank you so much for posting a update, I was wondering what was going on and was a bit hesitant to ask!.
I will continue to hold everyone in my thoughts, Such a terrible shame, lovely girl gone in a split second, I hope Fred and Tammy recover soon, they with both have a long road ahead of them, God bless you all my dear.
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14JESUSGIRL 1/7/2010 8:48PM

    What a tragedy! I will continue to pray.
Love in Christ,
Lee
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CRAZYGAGRANNY 1/7/2010 8:47PM

    My Dear Helen;
Thank you so much for the update! I will continue to pray for Fred,Tammy and your entire family! Yes even Mr.Johns and his family!
Carrie was a beautiful young woman.
I pray that the Lord will give everyone the strength to help Tammy with all she is facing!
I still have your family on our prayer list at church and I remember you in my prayers daily!

God Bless you my friend!

Barbara

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ALEXSGIRL1 1/7/2010 8:33PM

    my prayers and thoughts are with you and your family, emoticon

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POOH_BEAR_69 1/7/2010 8:26PM

    Thanks for updating everyone, Momma... I know the prayers are healing to the spirit even when they don't seem to help the body so much!

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ROBINHA 1/7/2010 8:20PM

  we will keep prey

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LACEEJO11 1/7/2010 8:20PM

   

Thank you for the update Helen...yes, I have been wondering and praying. I placed them on the prayer threads at WEDNESDAY NIGHT PRAYER GROUP. I got to the point where I am able to pray for Mr. Johns also, it must be the worst thing to have to face!! Of course he didn't plan on hurting anyone.

I am so very sorry that the news isn't better than it is!! Poor Tammy..... Carrie was beautiful!! My heart felt condolences to all who are involved....

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