Monday, November 18, 2013

Windy Weekend!

Whew, that's some weather we've been having, huh? If you're not from our area then you may not know that Illinois got rocked with some pretty bad storms and even a few tornados over the weekend. We are praying for the communities devastated by the damage from the storms and for the families who lost loved ones yesterday. You know, it is never easy to pick up the pieces from any tragedy, but it is especially hard to do at this time of the year - the holiday season. Prayers that these families can get back on their feet and find some peace soon.

Two viewer-submitted photos to a local news station. You can see more storm photos here

My mom and I were serving in the church nursery yesterday morning when the storms rolled through our area. We were able to look out of the window and see the whole thing. It was so bizarre. I could see terrible, dark clouds and heavy rain in the distance all around us, but we weren't being touched. It was windy, but much of the time the sun was shining brightly right overhead. We waited for the downpour, and it never came.

Eric said that he was keeping a watch on the radar the entire time, and it was as if the storms forked right before they hit our town and passed us by in all directions. I don't know what it is about our little community, but we often seem to get spared the really bad weather. Even when one town over is getting pummeled, it's like we are in some kind of protective bubble or something. Blessed, I'd say. (Man, I hope I don't jinx it!)

So...our weekend was very, very chill. There is some sickness going around our immediate family, so we didn't have babysitters for the kids like we usually do. This translated into lots of evenings at home with ice cream sundaes and movies. My children discovered "The Croods" and in less than 24 hours they could quote the entire movie. :)

We now interrupt regularly scheduled programming to give a shout out to our local Dairy Queen - woop!

I've gotta tell you friends, I've been pretty impressed with them lately. This weekend our DQ ran a special that if you brought in a bag of canned goods, you would get your order for half price. Whoa! We got four cheeseburgers, two orders of fries, a six piece chicken strip basket and dessert for the whole family, and the ENTIRE order was half price!!

(They actually run a lot of awesome daily deals, and if you are friends with them on Facebook, you'll be in the know!)

Anyway, I just thought it was really cool that not only were they giving back to the community by doing a can drive in the first place, but they were offering a great deal to their costumers for participating, too. And they aren't the only restaurant franchise in our town that has really been awesome to this community. Our local Pizza Hut donates TONS of pizza to our church's food pantry, which is greatly utitlized. Thank you, Pizza Hut! Both Dairy Queen and McDonalds do fundraiser nights for our schools, and I believe Pizza Hut is still doing the "Book It" program for our schools, too. Do they get some business from this? Sure! But the point is that they are an active part of their community and are giving back - sometimes silently so. So yay - support your local fast food places. :D

Alright, back to the show.

Where were we? The part that I switched positions on the couch, or the part that I walked into the kitchen for some iced tea? Haha. Yeah….

We did have some holiday fun this weekend - you'll be seeing lots of that tomorrow! We decked the halls at church, and we had a lovely Sunday evening trimming trees and hanging out with great friends.

It was a wonderful way to end the weekend, I must say. 

I hope you'll come back tomorrow for Vlogging Tuesday, or whatever I named it. Ha, I really don't remember. It's a look back into our past week, all wrapped up in about ten minutes. :) I am enjoying making the vlogs, so I hope you will enjoy watching them. See you tomorrow!


Heather said...

I'm enjoying watching all of your holiday decorations go up. I don't think I'm going to be messing with a tree and all that jazz this year, so I'm living through yours :)

Adrien said...

Oh yes, putting it up means taking it down…I could see why you wouldn't want to mess with it just then! But you know. If you wanted some help in that could just say the word. I wouldn't say no. ;)

Meagan said...

Wish I would have known about DQ....that's what we had this weekend too!


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