Monday, September 05, 2005

Feelings

I have been overwhelmed with emotions and frustration this past week, while watching the devastation of the Gulf States unfold on t.v. I am embarrassed that our great American country, what's considered the strongest country in the world, has taken so long to help our fellow Americans in such desperate need, in all the areas hit hard by Katrina.

Seems our troops have been dwindled down to so few over the years, and the few troops we have have been sent over seas to help other nations, leaving us vulnerable to emergencies like Katrina.

I have done what I can from Idaho, far, far away from the devastation, and will do more as I can. My guy is driving loads of food to the areas in need. His company has been asked to drive for larger companies donating to F.E.M.A. He may be gone for a long while, transporting food and supplies from all points to hurricane hit destinations.

I am thankful my 22 year old niece and her little family, 2 year old Gabrielle and her Daddy, made it out safely after staying in one of the hospitals in Marrero, LA, until Tuesday evening. She made it to West Virginia, the night before last, to stay with her Mom for awhile. My niece's home is in Marrero, LA. Rumor has it her home is dry, built 6 feet above sea level, but has wind damage. I pray for all those displaced and left without anything, that they will find a way to create a new life.

Gabrielle, while here on her first visit to Idaho, last November.

14 comments:

ari said...

I'm so glad your family is safe.

Big hugs and warm wishes,

Ari
Comment from mechants - 9/5/05 10:25 PM

kat said...

I'm so thankful that you have received good news from your family.
Comment from sunflowerkat321 - 9/6/05 3:37 AM

linda said...

Glad to hear everyone is ok. That little girl is so sweet! Linda
Comment from naturegirlfromny - 9/6/05 4:08 AM

thefaircolleen said...

Thats great news that Gabrielle and her Mum and Dad are ok. . .its shocking what I see on Sky News here in the U.K. . . .there are no words.Looking at the images on my telly its hard to believe this is America New Orleans looks like a third world country right now.I hope help comes a bit more quickly for those desperate people.
Comment from thefaircolleen - 9/6/05 11:46 AM

thefaircolleen said...

By the way. . Gabrielle is gorgeous!Look at those saucer eyes!Shes so cute!
Comment from thefaircolleen - 9/6/05 11:48 AM

kathy said...

so good to hear that your family is ok.
i know that some people from the gulf will be coming to NC for shelters. it is going to be a long hard road.

cute little girl.

Kathy
http://journals.aol.com/onestrangecat/OneSummersDay/
Comment from onestrangecat - 9/6/05 3:51 PM

dcmeyer420 said...

Thank you for your prayers. I volunteer for Red Cross and we see and hear desperate hurricane victims all day long. The work is emotionally tiring but very gratifying...
Comment from dcmeyer420 - 9/6/05 7:43 PM

rebecca said...

Oh my she is BEAUTIFUL. It is hard, to watch from afar, in the safety of our homes. Sometimes, Idaho seems so sheltered from the rest of the world.
Rebecca
http://journals.aol.com/justaname4me2/InTheShadowOfTheIris/
Comment from justaname4me2 - 9/8/05 10:59 AM

lahoma said...

This is my first time reading your journal and I have enjoyed it very much. Especially the photo's. Gabrielle is a beautiful baby and I am so happy to hear that your niece and her family made it out safe. My cousins have been down in MS helping with the cleanup. They came home last night for a few days and have told some awful stories about the mess and the people. They have signed a contract with F.E.M.A, so they'll be gone for a while when they do go back.

I'll be back for more!

Lahoma
http://journals.aol.com/mzgoochi/LahomasLaments/
Comment from mzgoochi - 9/10/05 10:59 PM

krissy said...

I am glad your neice, her husband and Gabby are ok.

Krissy
http://journals.aol.com/fisherkristina/SometimesIThink
Comment from fisherkristina - 9/11/05 11:47 AM

dornbrau said...

I still find it hard to believe that the images I saw on tv, and the description of the conditions were from our country, the US. It was hardly what one would expect to see occuring in the most powerful nation in the world. Not the natural disaster itself, but the reaction afterwards.
Comment from dornbrau - 9/12/05 7:00 AM

nettie said...

oh! she's adorable!

~ www.jerseygirljournal.com
Comment from cneinhorn - 9/16/05 2:49 PM

tess said...

Catching up on visiting! Glad to hear that the Marrereans (as we in So East LA call those residents) made it thru OK! Marrero was my first home that I remember in LA.
Tess :)
Comment from tc01hm - 9/17/05 7:01 PM

jcrazytrain said...

Ok the dog is a cutie but this sweet thing winds the cutie contest:o)
Comment from jcrazytrain - 10/16/05 2:00 PM