Each day, we always try to teach our children by example. We want them to be good, kind, responsible children now….and adults later. We try to make sure that they understand that it is so much more important to be a good person than it is to have all of the riches in the world. We want them to accomplish all of their hopes and dreams, and we want them to know that it is important to always give back or to pay it forward.
Today, we were given the opportunity to show them the power in giving. We live in Texas, and our region has been devastated by fires the past few days. Luckily, none of the fires have had a direct impact on us. But, there are families in our school district who had to evacuate due to the terrible fires in their neighborhoods.
And, not far away, there is a community that has seen absolute, total devastation. As of the last report, the fires had covered 34,000 acres causing 550 homes to burn to the ground, currently leaving 5,000 people either permanently or temporarily without a home.
Some amazing people in our neighborhood organized a quick event, asking people to drop off food and toiletries so that they could then take everything to one of the many places collecting essentials for people.
As a mom, it is hard knowing that our children had to see first hand how important that it is to give under these circumstances. But, I am so happy that they are witnessing how a community always comes together to support each other, just like a family.
Needless to say, I do not have a recipe to post tonight. We wanted to keep yesterday as normal as possible, but, honestly, when we were taking inventory of items and deciding what we would take if we had to evacuate, the reality of it all just hit me. I wish that there was more that we could do for all of these families. We will pray that the fires are contained and that we receive rain soon. And, we will hug our littles just a bit tighter, because, we are so proud of the children who they are…and the adults who we pray that they will become.