Today is my little guy's 2nd birthday. Here he is with my Big Guy at our church's Halloween Carnival. I love this picture--I'm sure he's making some type of growling boy-noise.
Tonight we'll do cake & ice cream (God help me, I'm going to try to have 2 bites of each and that's it) with our families. He's still too little to understand it's his birthday, but we'll have fun celebrating anyway.
He was born on the day our city had the worst tornado in its history. 25 people died the day Luke was born. 2 years is long enough time for people to rebuild their homes and their lives. Mostly, the areas that were hit are healed, except for the missing trees.
One woman lost her 2 year old son in the tornado. Kathryn Martin took her grief and turned it outward, helping to create CJ's Bus, a mobile recreation bus that goes to areas of disaster and provides a place for kids to play while parents clean up whatever mess is left behind. Recently a tornado went through Owensboro, Kentucky, and CJ's Bus was there for the kids and families.
There was also a bill in congress introduced in June, called CJ's Home Protection Act of 2007, which will require new mobile homes to have weather radios installed. The majority of deaths, including CJ's, occurred in a mobile home park about 3 miles from our house. Those folks had no warning--the tornado hit in the middle of the night.
We were lucky--we were not in the tornado's path. I was induced with Luke, and Mark & Sophie were with me in the hospital that night, probably the safest place we could have been.
Luke's birthday will always be bitter sweet, and as he gets older the news of his birthday's tornado will not be as prominent. I will never ever forget, though, how blessed we are to have this wonderful boy in our lives. HAPPY BIRTHDAY LUKE!