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May 31, 2010

Another Holiday in the Hospital

Abby is on her way back to the hospital. Sounds like she has pneumonia again; we'll see...

- Posted from my iPhone... Brent

May 30, 2010

Sick Again

From Michelle:

Abby is sick again. Lungs are congested and she is wheezing. She feels bad enough to ask for pain medicine. She almost NEVER does that. I am praying the headache she has is from the her cold and not increased intracranial pressure.

Abby's temperature is up to 100.4. A temp of 101 buys her a trip to ER for blood cultures.

Thank you for faithfully praying for Abby. Abby almost never complains, she just excepts procedures and pain as a part of life. I long for a day when she can know once again what a normal healthy body feels like.

Our church is spending the afternoon playing at a family fun park. Hopefully next year we will get to be there, too.

May 28, 2010

Auction Winners & Some Cool New Auctions

From Brent

If you didn't see it, the last post was an "Abby Update". Read it here...

Here are the results of the last auction:
  • Auction 1: Canister Set - Miranda (blog) - $35
  • Auction 2: Bowls - Kris (blog) - $40
  • Auction 3: - Cups and Toy - Olivia (blog) - $50
Each bidder can PayPal their donation here or contact me for other payment options if necessary. Please send me your mailing address so your items can be shipped to you.

Please visit their blogs when you get a chance. We appreciate their generous donations and joining us in our mission for orphans.

Also, big big thanks to Sioux B. for donating the items. Be sure to help us say thank you by visiting her Tupperware store online when you get a chance. She didn't ask us to put up her link, we asked her.

Auction Donations

Well, you see how this all works, and the blessing for all involved is that EVERY PENNY is going to adopt orphans. All of us (the donation giver, the bidders, and our family) share equal blessing in this effort to rescue orphans through adoption.

Do you have something you can donate to be auctioned? Holler at me: For those of you who have businesses or products, we are happy to let people know how to find you as part of the donated item(s) you give.

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New Auctions

Here are the newest auctions. We'll leave these up over the holiday weekend since people typically don't mess with their blogs on holidays.

Leave your bid for one or more of these. One bid for each item or group of items. Each item or group of items is being auctioned separately.

Blog Makeover

Carla at MastoMamaMakeOvers is donating a blog makeover with the proceeds going to Abby's Wish. Jump over to her blog and check out her work then make a generous bid for this normally $40 service. If you've been wanting a blog redesign, this is a chance to get one, and invest in a wonderful work too!

Donation-bids (be sure to leave an amount, and something to identify you like name or blog):

Rainbow Roll

The Rainbow Roll is a great way to get your child's art supplies organized and ready to travel. All the colors in the rainbow fit in this handy little roll. It holds 16 regular crayons, twistable crayons, or pipsqueak markers (skinny ones). This little roll is very compact and will fit in your purse, a small backpack, or your coat pocket.It is made from 100% cotton fabric (choose any fabric combination from sidebar) and features 16 individual pockets for crayons or markers. When rolled up, it is secured with a covered button stretchable band- very easy to manage (crayons and markers not included). This is a perfect gift for any child on your list. New: $18

Donation-bids (be sure to leave an amount, and something to identify you like name or blog):

Handmade Baby items

2 burp cloths, one princess and one butterfly. They are made from thick cloth diapers, and can be used for just about any type of baby mess. They measure a little over 18x12". There is a flower striped lovey blanket. It has a multi colored front, and a solid green back. It is made with 2 layers of non-pill fleece, and is perfect for cuddling. Measures about 14" square.

Lastly, there are 2 sequin flower headbands. The headbands are made with a soft shimmery elastic and fit 6 months and up. The flowers are attached to clips so you can wear them by itself if you'd like. The total value of the set is approximately $30

Donation-bids (be sure to leave an amount, and something to identify you like name or blog):

Jensen iDock Sound System

Michelle and I are donating this item. We don't have the box but it is virtually brand new. I think it was plugged in one time to hear the sound. Perfect new condition.

It works with iPhone, iPod, etc; has an alarm and radio with great sound. We have the power cord and remote. The manual can be downloaded. It was about $129 new.

Donation-bids (be sure to leave an amount, and something to identify you like name or blog):

Memorex Nature Sound System

Michelle and I are donating this item too. We don't have the box but it is virtually brand new as well, used very little. It sat in my library mostly untouched. Perfect condition.

This is cool because it has an assortment of nature sounds. You can use the alarm system with the CD, radio or nature sounds. It has good sound and it a nice little compact sound system.

Donation-bids (be sure to leave an amount, and something to identify you like name or blog):

Personalized Autographed Books

I'm donating a set of my published books that I will personalize-autograph however you want. Most of the time I joke that my autograph will probably lower the value of my books, but I'm hoping this might make a good gift for someone you know who is serious about their Christian study and growth. The SeriousFaith Volume One alone is over 700 pages of my teaching. This set is a lot of good reading that would retail for at least $129.00.

The printing and shipping costs will be about $50, so I'll open the minimum bid with that. In other words, it will cost me about $50 just to give this set, so the "donation" portion will be anything over that amount. If I get multiple bids over $50, I'll consider sending out several sets (after asking each bidder if they want it).

So, this book thing IS NOT a HIGH BIDDER thing. Anyone who bids over $50 (to cover costs) will get a set. Okay?

Donation-bids (be sure to leave an amount, and something to identify you like name or blog):

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If you would like to give a donation to Abby's Wish, go here.

Abby Update and Photos

From Michelle:

After the hospitalizations and weeks of being quarantined for low white blood cell count, Abby's white blood cell count is now dangerously HIGH. Why is this dangerous? Since Abby's cancer mimics healthy white blood cells, any time it is producing a lot of white blood cells there is opportunity for the remaining cancer cells to start mass producing too.

Abby's oncologist is out of town and no doctor or PA in her office wants to follow the protocol and increase her methotrexate. Abby is one complicated little booger. I get that. But I am her mother and I want her to have every chance she can have to beat this disease. I am thankful that God doesn't need my help (or theirs) to heal her. I also know that God sometimes cares for our children by giving them parents who will advocate for them. One of the hardest things about being a cancer parent is knowing when to push for something and when to let things go.

Looking back over the last two years, the things that haunt me the most are the times I didn't push hard enough for the help Abby needed.

A few weeks ago, Abby's neurologist increased the medications for her intracrainial pressure. One of the nastier side effects returned. Abby's CO2 dropped to the point where she stopped breathing every few minutes while she sleeps and was taking at least 7 naps a day. Abby's neurologist and pulmonologist say that when your CO2 is low your brain tells your body to breath slowly or to hold your breath for less than a minute (multiple times and hour), so that you wont exhale as much CO2 . Normally you will begin to breath again when your oxygen levels dip too low but because Abby is on 4 medications that are sedating, has had notable changes in her brain from the chemo, and trama from the increased intracrainial pressure, they don't trust that her brain will kick in and start breathing again when it needs to.

Thankfully, we have an oxygen monitor at home which will alert us when she is in danger. Unfortunately it alarms several times an hour, so it is not the easiest of solutions. When an alarm continually goes off there is a real danger that exhaustion will cause you stay asleep even when it screaming at you. Fortunately for Abby, Brent sleeps very lightly. Unfortunately for Brent, I don't.

Abby's neurologist has been out of town, so I have changed her diet in an effort to help her. It is helping but most of the time, but her CO2 levels, as of today, are still too low. We are hoping medications can be adjusted in a way that solves this problem. I have a call into her neurologist now. Please pray that the team of people caring for Abby can understand what is going on with Abby and come up with a solution that works.

Abby is enjoying her summer. Her soccer session has wrapped up and she is spending a lot of time playing outside and swimming every chance she gets. Abby's is still talking about how much fun she had at the Patterson's ranch. Even though we didn't know how well her immune system was functioning, we decided to let her ride horses, pet animals and roll around in the dirt like a "real" kid. We pray about it and felt giving her the freedom was the right thing to do. Now that we know how high her immune system is working, I am very glad we did.

From Brent

Here are some photos from our visit with the Patterson's last weekend...

Abby and Keifer practicing karate moves.

Lorraine saying goodbye to Abby. We sat up and talked with
Lorraine and Mattie until a tiring 2am but treasured every minute.

Meribeth, Michelle and Mattie... the Patterson girls are gems.

Hannah teaching Abby to ride a big bike. Abby still has
a lot of weakness in her arms and legs but that doesn't stop her.

See the bike? Keifer (adopted from Haiti) got this little finger stuck
in the sprocket but Dad (Matt) and bro (Parker) were there to rescue him.

This is the Forgotten Saw of Forgotten Saw Ranch...
the tree has literally grown around it. Classic.

Matt giving Abby yet another horsey ride. He is GREAT with kids.

It is just as quiet and peaceful and beautiful as it looks.

The hacienda at Forgotten Saw Ranch...
a barn converted into a magnificent house.

Abby and Mattie

Mattie with Abby and love struck Landis.

Normally, the backlighting from sunny windows ruin a shot,
but I thought this shows perfectly the view from inside the house.

Landis has it BAD for Mattie... can you tell?

Whether riding a horse, or an alligator,
Abby is ready for any adventure no matter how she feels.

May 27, 2010

Being The Strong Man A Woman Wants

From Brent

Ladies, or fellers... tonight's guest, Elliot Katz is going to talk to us about "Being The Strong Man A Woman Wants".

Elliott is a professional speechwriter in Toronto and the author of seven nonfiction books and has done many radio and television interviews. Audiences find him informative and lively. He teaches the principles in this book to men and women, and speaks at seminars and conferences.

Why he wrote "Being the Strong Man A Woman Wants"

After the end of a relationship, Elliott sought to learn about being a man in a relationship. He found books on marriage and relationships said little to him. He found powerful timeless insights in the lessons that fathers and other older male role models taught younger men. People started seeking his advice and would say, “Why didn’t someone tell me this before?”

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Gals, listen in and find out some great stuff about finding or being married to a strong guy. Guys, it's obvious why you should tune in!

10pm CST -

New Auction: Cool Tupperware & Toys!

From Brent

First, the high bid for the last donation-auction ("iDog") was Karen Fay for $100. What a generous and wonderful bid. Thank you! Visit Kay at:

Karen, you can PayPal $100 to or contact for other payment options. Please send me your mailing address so Mendi can ship the items to you. And a final thanks to Mendi for her gracious donation and for taking care of the shipping.

Well, you see how this all works, and the blessing for all involved is that EVERY PENNY is going to adopt orphans. All of us (the donation giver, the bidders, and our family) share equal blessing in this effort to rescue orphans through adoption.

Do you have something you can donate to be auctioned? Holler at me: For those of you who have businesses or products, we are happy to let people know how to find you as part of the donated item(s) you give.

New Auction: Some Really Cool Tupperware and Toys!

Many thanks to Sioux B. for the donation today. Be sure to check out her Tupperware store online when you get a chance. The following items are unused show samples. They are new items that were displays.

Leave your bid for one or more of these. One bid for each item or group of items. Each item or group of items is being auctioned separately.

Auction 1: Canister Set

Our chic canister set doesn't just sit on the counter looking pretty. The special viewing window in the front reminds you when contents are running low. One Touch® seal comes on and off with the lightest touch, yet seals both air and liquid tight!

Donation-bids (be sure to leave an amount, and something to identify you like name or blog):

Auction 2: Bowls!

Thatsa™ Mega Bowl - Mega-size can handle double, triple—even quadruple— batches. Features two large thumb-loop handles for easier handling and transporting. Unique thumb-loop handles ensure a superior grip and reduce fatigue when mixing! Multipurpose bowls give you a superior grip when preparing a variety of foods and recipes—from cookie dough to meatloaf to garden- New: $28

Indispensable bowls in a perfect size for small hands! Includes three 8-oz. (250 mL) containers with seals. Versatile little bowls are perfect for transporting bite-size cereal pieces, raisins, small chunks of fruit and homemade baby foods. Can also be used to store or transport cotton balls and other small items or keep a pacifier clean when on-the-go. Compact containers slip easily into a baby bag, backpack or purse. Virtually liquid-tight seals mean a clean and dry diaper bag for on-the-go.
Dishwasher safe. New: $12

Donation-bids (be sure to leave an amount, and something to identify you like name or blog):

Auction 3: Cups & Toy!

Sippy Cups:
Refreshing Serving Solutions for Babies and Toddlers! Tapered, textured tumbler is the perfect size for little hands. Includes four 7-oz./200 mL Bell Tumblers and Sipper Seal® Domed Set. Virtually liquid-tight seals eliminate messy spills. New $16

Measuring Cups:
Designed for everyday function, the Measuring Cups and Spoons each feature embossed measurements on the handle that won’t fade. They also take up less space because everything nests together in a drawer. • Six nesting Measuring Cups feature pour spouts.Six Measuring Spoons with detachable ring sit level on the counter. New $26

Classic Baby Toy
Classic rattle, shape-sorter and counting toy! Here's a toy that grows with a child, from infants to pre-schoolers. As a rolling rattle, it has lots of open spaces for infants to grab. Toddlers can use the 10 pieces to match the shapes on the toy, allowing them to identify shapes and develop coordination and dexterity. Each piece also has a number on one side with the corresponding number of dots on the other to teach preschoolers number recognition and counting. New $26.50

Donation-bids (be sure to leave an amount, and something to identify you like name or blog):

Enter your bids for each auction. Every donated penny goes towards the adoption of an orphan.

If you have questions, or want to donate something, give me a shout. For those of you who have businesses or products, we are happy to let people know how to find you as part of the donated item(s) you give.

May 26, 2010

Random Thoughts - Purses, Excuses, Graffiti & Mama

From Brent

Hey, I just posted up some random thoughts about guys carrying purses, children who just need a nap graffiti, parenting, mama and Obama, and disgusting habits.

Check it out and then leave a comment about how full of horse patooey I am...

Auction - iDog

From Brent

Mendi Kelly graciously donated the following for an adoption donation auction. Make one bid for all three items and Mendi said she'll ship it out to the highest bidder.

Thank you Mendi! The Riggs family and our orphans are very grateful for your kindness!

iDog Black, iDog Plush & $25 iTunes Card

Meet I-DOG -- the little dog with BIG sound! Just plug him in to your music player and I-DOG plays your music through his built-in speaker or your headphones -- and rocks out! Wanna dance with I-DOG? Try placing him near a speaker and dance along as he grooves to the beat. I-DOG even changes his mood to suit your music. Simply play something new and I-DOG entertains you with expressive movements and flashing LED lights that change color!

I-DOG works with most portable and non-portable electronic audio devices. Plus he easily connects to any standard headphone jack with the included dual-plug cable. I-Dog Retail: $24.99

Meet I-Dog, the plush puppy who just wants to cuddle up with you and play your tunes. Who knew a music speaker could so adorable? Just plug the included audio cable into the headphone jack of your MP3 player and press play on the music player. I-dog pet becomes a speaker so you can rock out to your favorite tunes or just hold this cute, cuddly creature as you listen. You can also adjust the volume using the volume control on your MP3 player. I-Dog Retail: $15.99


Every penny of your "bid-donation" goes to adopting a child from an orphanage. It's not about getting a bargain, it's about an eternal investment in a life. If you some "stuff" you would like to donate to be auctioned, give me a holler at:

Leave your bid, and something to identify you by in this Linky Tools list. We'll announce the winner tomorrow:

May 25, 2010

The Circus Life

From Brent

A reminder about the show tonight:

Faith & Family: The Circus Life with Laurel Diacogiannis

Join us with special guest Laurel Diacogiannis as we discuss family life.

Do you ever feel like ... a High-Wire Walker, trying to focus? ... an Animal Trainer, facing the wild lions? ... an Animal Caretaker, cleaning the cages and feeding the bear cubs all day?

On this topic, Laurel relates the roles of the circus, to the many roles of motherhood, and encourages women to make God their daily Ringmaster.
10pm CST

Chrissie's Celebration - A Few Photos

From Brent

I was honored to photograph Chrissie's celebration and graveside service this weekend. We were blessed to stay the night at the Patterson's and had a wonderful, wonderful time.

I don't want to rob the Patterson's of the joy of presenting the photos on their blog first, so I'll just show a few of my own personal favorites here.

It was a beautiful service with each family member sharing.

The church was decorated for joy, not mourning.

Lorraine eloquently and passionately shared about Chrissie's life.

An old broken windmill and wagon at the entrance
of Forgotten Saw Ranch where the Patterson's live.

The new windmill... as we drove up the sun was
going down and I got one good shot.

Matt loves kids. He give the kids rides in wagons and
on horses as many times as they wanted.

Mattie and Abby.

Hannah and Meribeth... beautiful, huh?

My favorite photo of the weekend. They had closed the
lid on Chrissie's casket and Matt lingered alone with his
private memories of Chrissie.

Me and Mattie. What a PRECIOUS girl she is!
The Patterson's are obviously marvelous parents.
She is a sweet, sweet joy. I'd scarf her up in a microsecond
but her Mom and Dad probably wouldn't cooperate.

Reminder: Radio Show Tonight

Join me tonight on "The Mind of Brent" as we visit with Laurel Diacogiannis on how to juggle life in a Godly way when it becomes a circus. Ever happen to you?

May 24, 2010

The Most Popular Idea & Chrissie's Celebration

From Brent

From emails and comments it is obvious that the most suggested and popular idea for us to raise funds for the orphan work is auction/raffles. People get something of value, and we get donations for the orphans.

A bunch of folks have said they (and probably lots of other people) would be glad to donate "stuff" to be auctioned or raffled. We are certainly blessed with an abundance of "stuff", aren't we?

So, in our continued ministry to orphans (James 1:27) we are putting out the all-call for anyone who wants to be part of the blessing. We're asking for folks to send us "stuff" we can auction. It will be more effective if we maintain a level of value that is more than few dollars (which won't even cover shipping costs), so you might "bundle" things into one package/item (such as a dozen sets of baby clothes, or 10 Christian CD's). You have our word we'll not auction off valuable items for "cheap". We will respect the investment you've made and treat each item accordingly.

Some people may just want to send the "stuff" to us and be done with it. Others might be willing to take photos, let us do the auction, then ship the items to the buyer directly. Whatever you feel led to do...

Remember, our mission is to minister to orphans. We are not ashamed, on behalf of orphans, to ask other people to invest in this good work by helping with the costs of adopting them and bringing them home. Then we'll invest a life time of parenting and care. We're not wealthy. We cannot afford the significant up front costs but we are willing to make whatever sacrifices necessary to give these precious kids a good life with a loving family.

It is a worthy eternal blessing that God considers "pure" Christianity. You don't have to be the one adopting, you can support those who are. Each is needed, each is just as important. Each has equal reward.

In America, we are blessed with lots of "stuff" and there could hardly be a better way to re-invest our "stuff" eternally than by giving it to fund raise for the care of orphans. We are going to sell a lot of our own stuff. We don't ask others to join us in something we aren't willing to do ourselves.

Every single donated PENNY for your "stuff" will go to the costs of adopting an orphan.

If you have any questions or ideas, feel free to email me ( you can send your stuff to:

Brent Riggs
Box 14
Washington, OK 73093

Chrissie's Celebration

We are almost home after a wonderful couple of days with the Patterson's. We were honored and blessed to spend the day with them yesterday, stay at their home last night, and see Chrissie buried at their ranch this morning. We stayed up until 2am sharing our lives and stories. It was a wonderful, wonderful blessing.

We'll post up photos and details as soon as we can.

May 23, 2010

Chrissie's Homegoing Graduation Celebration Today

From Brent

You can celebrate Chrissie's homegoing and graduation to her eternal joy in the arms of her Savior via the marvel of technology.

Her celebration at 2:30pm CST will be online here... it our blessing to be here with the Patterson's in person, and we look forward to all you joining us virtually online.

May 22, 2010

All Sorts of Stuff

From Brent

First of all, thank you, thank you, thank you for your kind and generous donations to our orphan adoption effort. You invested $1500 in gifts last week after our request.

For our new readers, our goal/mission is:

If others will invest up front in the adoption expenses, we'll invest the care and parenting for the rest of their life. That's our vision. We aren't asking for donations for our own pleasure. It is our ministry to orphans.

Also for our new readers, our family mission to adopt orphans is not simply a case of wanting more children or expanding our family. We could be very happy with the seven we have. We adopt orphans as a ministry, as an outpouring of our faith. We believe God's Word to be true when it says that caring for orphan is a pure and undefiled expression of the Christian life (James 1:27). That's why we are not ashamed to ask people to join us. Your investment is every bit as important and honoring to God as our continuing investment to raise the children.

We had lots and lots of good ideas from readers.

A couple of them were repeated many times. Here's some we are going to try out in the near future:
  1. Someone offered to do blog makeovers and donate a portion to us.
  2. It was suggested we auction things. My wife and I discussed this and we have things of value in our home that we would gladly trade for the life of an orphan. So we are going to auction some items soon. Not junk, real stuff that we think people will be glad to bid on.
  3. "Raffles" were brought up several times but raffles are completely illegal. I think some folks have figured our legal ways to accomplish the same thing so if you know how, please let us know.
  4. Donations for books - I have lots of book projects lined up for the future, so I may give them away for a donation of ANY amount.
  5. I may auction off some of my professional skills like blog critiques, graphics or photography enhancement.
Again... (and you know this already if you've read our blog for very long), we don't beg or ask for people to give so we can increase our lifestyle. Our ministry is to orphans. On their behalf, we encourage people to invest in this eternally rewarding good work. If others will help us with the upfront adoption expense, we'll dedicate our whole lifetime to raising and caring for them.

Monday I'll answer some questions that were sent in to us about the adoption fund-raising effort.

Please pray for Chrissie's family as they celebrate her graduation this week in to the arms of her loving Savior.

May 21, 2010

Random Thoughts: Strawberries, Dummies and Wieners

The Statue of Kiderty

We are driving down the road on my birthday and Hannah says to the other kids, "let's sing happy birthday to Dad!". Everyone breaks out in song...

I keep looking in my mirror and I see Landis staring, frozen, mouth open as wide as he can, bug-eyed... not moving, not moving, still not moving. After the song is over I ask "Landis, what in world are you doing? How come you didn't sing happy birthday?"

"Because I'm a statue Dad."

Well aren't I the dummy.

Speaking of Dummies

Hannah (our 11 yr old from Ethiopia) is still learning alot of American ways and seeing many things for the first time. She was helping me put together something and noticed little stickers with letters on them.

"Why are there letters on every part Dad?" she asked.

"They do that to help you put it together. That way even a dummy can do it," I replied. Yep, you know what's coming next don't you? Completely innocently with not a hint of sarcasm, she responded sincerely:

"So that even you can do it?" I never bothered to tell her she just called me a dummy. Do you think she knew? Don't answer that.

Roses Are Red

Hannah loves to make up "roses are red, violets are blue.." rhymes. So she and I are going back and forth one day while driving and all of sudden Landis (4 yrs old) chimes in "I've got one Dad..."

"Roses are red, the sky might fall but it can wait until I get home and tell Momma." I couldn't agree more. I have no idea how he came up with that but I couldn't agree more.


The strawberries this time of year are wonderful. We are eating a bowl of them the other day and I was telling the kids how good they are for you, and all the vitamins they have. Landis set me straight:

"Dad, strawberries make your head light up and then you know when you need to go to the bathroom."

So now I know the real value of strawberries.

She's Growing Up

The kids and I were horse playing the other day. Hannah (11) was skillfully pestering me and as we tumbled around on the floor I just couldn't pass up the exclusive Dad-ordained-opportunity to give her a little wedgie. I mean, there was little glimpse of undies showing above her pants, I couldn't pass it up, could I? Could I?

So I give her a little tug but the gloating would be short lived as she stood up and informed me, "Dad, I'm on my p_____d!" (you can fill in the blanks if you are old enough to understand)

You know they are growing up when you get hit with that one. You REALLY know they are growing up when she spins around right before exiting the room and says with a smirk and a wink, "just kidding. Gotcha."

Hot Dogs and the Birds & Bees

We were eating the All-American lunch of hot dogs and chips the other day. Abby informed Momma that she wanted a wiener with her hot dog lunch.

Landis, being the good brother he is, quickly reminded her earnestly, "girls don't get wee-ners, they get 'buh-jie-muhs'".

What do you say to that? I mean, he's right, isn't he?

Hannah is such a joy. She is growing up FAST!

I love to see Abby and Landis play together.
They are truly best buddies and more like twins than
adopted orphans from different families.

Landis got blindsided with silly string and
didn't quite know what to make of it (had never seen it before).
Kind of puzzling for SpideyLandis who had only
done pretend web-slinging up that point.

This is Abby right in the middle of a hard chemo week.
We grownups could sure learn some attitude lessons from her.

May 19, 2010

Tornado Update

From Brent

That was a REALLY close one for us... wall cloud, probably a funnel, "tornado any second" passed right over our house. They are saying on the news that a "significant event" occurred a few miles past us. That's Oklahoma code language for "you better get your butt in a shelter".

It appears the weather is all east of us now and looking at the radar, it doesn't seem like anything is building up behind us. The whole state is getting hammered again with multiple tornadoes like last week.

Amazing and beautiful as you see the classic "anvil"
build up into gigantic super cell storms.

If you've lived in Oklahoma for long, you know
which cloud formations, storms and parts of the storm
are concerning... like this one as it approached.

It started to lower, clearly circulating and starting to tighten up.

At it tightest rotation I thought for sure it was going to drop
into a tornado at any second and it very well could have.

It continued to lower but began too loosen up like a funnel
in a draining bathtub is just lost it's definition.

Really falling apart now...

And then it all breaks up as it finally passes by.
We are in the clear but not people NE of us.

I'll go ahead and answer the question I'm about to get: what in the world was I doing out there? First, I'm a photographer and you know the stupid things photographers do to get a photo.

Second, Michelle and kids were in our house in our "tornado spot" all prepared for it. The storm was about a mile away and while tornadoes can turn on a dime and go any direction, I've seen a thousand storms and was pretty confident this was moving away from us even though it was obviously very close. I could have been in the house and hunkered down in about :15 seconds.

So... you get photos. It' my birthday today. If I want to take tornado photos, I get to.

(My wife must have forgot it was my birthday because she has some "advice" for me after I came inside)