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WILL BE A RAINBOW COME AGAIN.










Monday, April 19, 2010

FIFTEEN YEARS LATER: BOMBING OF THE ALFRED P. MURRAH FEDERAL BUILDING

XOXOXOXO...AMY...XOXOXOXO
FOREVER  IN  OUR  HEARTS







9:02  AM

THE  DEAD  BLAST  OF  A  FERTILIZER

BOMB

KILLED

"168  PRECIOUS  SOULS"...

A  PRECIOUS  CHILD  JUST  LEFT

AT  THE  DAY  CARE

A  MOTHER

A  DAD

A  BROTHER

AN  AUNT

A  SISTER

AN  UNCLE

A  COACH

A  DOCTOR

A  HUSBAND

A  WIFE


I  WILL  NEVER  FORGET  THE  DAY.

MY  HUSBAND  WAS  SCHEDULED  TO  HAVE  THE

ROD  TAKEN  OUT  OF  HIS  ARM.  IT  HAD  BEEN

IN  HIS  ARM  FOR  3  YEARS  AFTER  A  TRUCK  WRECK.


WE  ARRIVED  AT  THE  HOSPITAL  ABOUT  9:15  AM

AND  EVERYONE...NURSES,  DOCTORS,  PATIENTS,

WERE  ALL  STARING  AT  THE  TELEVISION.


WHEN  WE  LOOKED  AT  THE  TV  IT  WAS  BREAKING

NEWS  AND  IT  SHOWED  HALF  OF  A  BUILDING

BLOWN  UP.  I  WENT  TO  PRAYING  BECAUSE  I

HONESTLY  THOUGHT  SOME  TERRORIST  HAD

FINALLY  BLEW  UP  NEW  YORK.  I  HAD  NO  IDEA

IT  WAS  OKLAHOMA  CITY...THINGS  LIKE  THAT

JUST  DID  NOT  HAPPEN  IN  OKLAHOMA.

AFTER  RICHARD  HAD  RECOVERED  ENOUGH  FROM

HIS  OUT  PT  SURGERY,  I  HAD  TO  DRIVE  TO

SCHOOL  AND  JUST  PICK  UP  RICHIE.  HE  WAS

IN  6TH  GRADE  AND  I  JUST  WANTED  HIM  AROUND

US.  HALF  OF  THE  OTHER  PARENTS  HAD  THE

SAME  IDEA  PLUS  THEY  WERE  WATCHING  IT  IN

THE  CLASSROOM.   I  HAVE  ALWAYS  WANTED  TO

BE  THE  ONE  TO  DISCUSS  THINGS  WITH  MY 

CHILDREN  AND  LISTEN  TO  THEIR  FEEDBACK.




IN  2008  MY  DH,  ME,  AND  AMY  VISITED  THE

ALFRED  P.  MURRAH  MUSEUM.

IF  YOU  ARE  EVER  IN  THE  AREA  IT  IS  A

MUST  SEE.


THE  SADDEST  ROOM  HELD  GLASS  DISPLAY  CASES

  WITH  A  PICTURE  OF  EACH  OF  THE  168  PEOPLE

THAT  LOST  THEIR  LIFE.  THEIR  FAMILIES WERE

ALLOWED  TO  BRING  LITTLE  MEMENTOS  THAT

BEST  DESCRIBED  THEIR  LIVES.  ONE  WAS  A

SCHOOL  TEACHER  AND  THERE  WAS  A  LITTLE

ARTIFICIAL  APPLE,  CHALK, A LITTLE  BLACK

BOARD.

ON  THE  SECOND  FLOOR  THEY  HAD  THE

BOOTS  THE  RESCUE  DOGS  WORE.

I  AM  JUST  GOING  TO  SHOW  SOME  PICTURES 

WE  TOOK  OUTSIDE.

THESE  ARE  OUR  PERSONAL  PICTURES.

PLEASE  DO  NOT  USE  WITHOUT  PERMISSION.




THIS  IS  A  WALL  THAT  SURROUNDS  A  SLATE  AREA.  ON  THE  SLATE,  IN  THIS

AREA  ONLY,  YOU  CAN  DRAW  PICTURES  IN  CHALK.  YOU  CAN  DRAW  YOUR

FEELINGS.  THE  WALLS  THAT  SURROUND  ARE  COVERED  IN  TILES  THAT  SCHOOL

CHILDREN  DREW,  PAINTED  AND  THEN  IT  WAS  BAKED  AND  SENT  TO  INSTALL  ON

THE  WALLS.


THIS  SHOWS  THE  AREA  WHERE  YOU  CAN  DRAW.

THERE  IS  ALWAYS  A  BUCKET  OF  CHALK.  I  ASK  THE

LADY  ON  THE  INSIDE  IF  THEY  COULD  USE/NEED  PEOPLE

TO  BRING  CHALK.  SHE  SAID  CHALK  IS  ALWAYS

APPRECIATED.


THIS  IS  THE  SURVIVAL  TREE 


THIS  REMAINS  ON  THE  BACK  OF  THE  BUILDING


THIS  IS  AMY  AND  ME  SETTING  ACROSS  FROM  THE  REFLECTION  POOL.

WE  ARE  FACING  THE  MEMORIAL  CHAIRS..168..ACROSS  FROM  THE  REFLECTION

POOL.  IT  REALLY  IS  VERY  SACRED.  AT  EACH  END  OF  THE  REFLECTION

POOL THERE  IS  A  CLOCK  TOWER



THIS  IS  STANDING  BEHIND  THE  MEMORIAL  CHAIRS  FACING

THE  REFLECTION  POOL  AND  THE  BACK  OF  THE  MUSEUM.

EACH  MEMORIAL  CHAIR  LIGHTS  UP  AT  NIGHT.



THANK  YOU  FOR  JOINING  GRACIE  ANN  AND  ME  AS  WE  REMEMBER

THOSE  168  PRECIOUS  SOULS  THAT  LOST  THEIR  LIVES.

WE  THANK  ALL  THE  RESCUE  TEAMS  WHO  CAME  TO  HELP

INCLUDING  NEW  YORK,  WHO  WAS  LATER  TO  COME  FACE  TO  FACE

WITH  THE  WORST  TERRORIST  ATTACK  EVER  ON  AMERICAN  SOIL.


SIMPLY   DEBBIE

21 comments:

Always Nesting said...

Debbie, thank you for the reminder. What a tragedy.

Holly, the Old Western Gal said...

It was such a terrible and insane thing to happen. At first I could not even grasp it. Like you, the fact it was in Oklahome was confusing to me at first. I kept thinking, "They are messing up the story. That cannot have happened in the heartland. There's no way."

The memorial is beautiful.

© Jennifer Raley said...

I was just over at your other blog and came back here for Pink Saturday - read this post. You know, we just tend to forget. God tells us not to forget what He's done for us (Joshua 4). Good post to ask us to remember. Thank you. I've already read your pink post but I'm going there to comment. Thanks, Jenn

Nellie's Cozy place said...

Hi Debbie,
What a beautiful and somber reminder of that horrible day!! So many innocent lives were so
badly affected, so much pain involved, it would certainly be interesting to see what the Lord has done in some of these situations. I know as always He is at work anywhere there is pain and need of restoration.
Thanks for reminding us so that we can lift up
these precious ones left behind who have had such loss. That is quite a neat memorial, so
glad you got to see it with your Amy!
Hope you are doing well hon,
Blessings Nellie

CC said...

I am so touched by your post sweet Debbie. I remember where I was..just like it was yesterday. It's one of those times we never forget. We need reminded..lest we forget.
Many hugs...

Chatty Crone said...

I can't believe it has been that long already and yet sometimes it seems like much longer ago.

So much has happened since them.

sandie

Tee said...

Debbie-Agreat tribute to OKC.My wife and I visted last summer ,it was very emotional for us.Thanks for the pictures,they are great.

LeeHillPrimitives said...

OMG DEbbie. I remember that day but I do not know that had a museum. Is so hard and sad to see your pictures and thinking in those families.Thnaks for sharing. Hope you and your family is better now.

Carol said...

Hi Debbie:) Bless your heart for posting this for us all to remember. We must not forget. Thank you for sharing your photos with us. Hugs~Carol

Mrs.Kwitty said...

Hi Debbie,

What a beautiful and touching memorial you worked up on this somber day of rememberance, such a terrible waste of precious lives. God's Blessings on the families and friends of those who were killed in that tragedy.

I wanted to thank you for coming by my blog and leaving such a lovely message! If you read carefully, I mentioned that the drawing was for "future friends" too, I am SURE that you qualify!! Good luck!

Smiles, Karen

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Hi Debbie...thanks for stopping in and visiting me. I do remember that day....a sad day for those families and our country.
Hope you are having a good week!

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

Debbie have not visited with you in a while but think of you all the time.
This is such a awesome post and your so sweet for doing it. What a great person you are honey.
I took some pictures of wildflowers and bluebonnets that if you want me to send you for your header let me know. You had mentioned wanting something spring
Love
Maggie

DreamsInPink said...

There really are no words that can comfort enough, console enough, for all those families who lost precious loved one. A senseless act that changed hundreds of lives and through their pain, maybe the rest of us are all made a bit more loving and human. Thanks for visiting my Blog, I will visit with you often! Elizabeth

Melissa said...

May they be in eternal peace and may they never be forgotten.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Hi, Debbie... I have been MIA for the last few weeks working on the house in St. A. I don't have computer access there, but I am home tonight and blogging! I hope to be back to blogging more regularly soon.

Oklahoma City was so sad as was the Towers in NYC. I can't imagine what those families went through, waiting for news.

Sending you hugs...

XO,

Sheila :-)

Wanda said...

Debbie ~ Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving such a nice and encouraging comment.

I love the tread of friends we can make from blog to blog, by a single comment...

You have two beautiful blogs, and such a heart for the Lord and Prayer.

I'm so sorry about your daughter, but rejoicing that she is in Heaven.

Your post today is a somber tribute to a terrible day, and I will join all the others in praying for these families.

Thanks again...so nice to have another NEW friend.

Wanda from Brushstrokes

Couture Millinery Atelier. said...

It is such a a sad and touching post.Tremendous tragedy! I think there is not a single person who was not touched by this horror. Thank you for not forgeting...

P.S. I was going to say some things on the subject of hats, but it seemed inapropriate under this post, so I will tell them later if you do not mind. Wishing you wonderful weekend.:-)

© Jennifer Raley said...

Came by to let you know I mentioned your blog on my Pink Sat Post today. Looks like you're not posting or haven't posted yet .. anyway, Happy Pink Saturday! Hope all is well w/you! Jenn

Nezzy said...

It was a horrific day in history this chick will never forget.

God bless ya and have a marvelous Monday!!!

Fifi Flowers said...

Horrible day on our history!

Dena E's Blog said...

Hello Debbie,,sorry about your pain and I will certainly send up prayers for you again for all your going through,,Jesus knows and feels your pain.
That of Loss and of physical pain also.
Thanks so much for your note and for the post here. Kent and I were just there last summer on our way to Cali, where I am from originally,,and we walked all among the memories there..I can tell you this I felt the Awesome Precence of God there...
It gives me the chills to this day..
Blessings to you Sweet Friend..Do keep in touch and pop by my blog when you can...
Big Iowa Hugs from Dena