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Shows Headed to The Fox Theatre #Atlanta

I just wanted to share the lineup headed to The Fox Theatre for 2017. Several shows that I would absolutely LOVE to go see! What about you?
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HAMILTON premieres alongside LOVE NEVER DIES, SOMETHING ROTTEN! and A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER, two breathtaking Tony-winning revivals of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s THE KING AND I and THE COLOR PURPLE and RENT 20th Anniversary Tour come to the Fox Theatre
Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta is proud to announce that Broadway musical HAMILTON will play its premiere Atlanta engagement and anchor the 2017/2018 season at the Fox Theatre. The upcoming season’s lineup will also feature the Atlanta debuts of LOVE NEVER DIES: The Phantom Returns, A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER and SOMETHING ROTTEN!, as well as the Tony-winning re-imagined revivals of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s THE KING AND I, THE COLOR PURPLE and RENT 20th Anniversary Tour. Season options will include audience favorites, THE BOOK OF MORMON and Disney’s THE LION KING. 
“This season is truly one for the books!” said Russ Belin, vice president of Broadway in Atlanta. “The combination of major Atlanta first-run shows, returning audience favorites and classic Broadway tales makes this season the ultimate experience for any and every theatregoer. Atlanta audiences are accustomed to seeing the best of Broadway right here on Peachtree Street, and the upcoming lineup is no exception!”

The Lincoln Center Theatre production
Rodgers & Hammerstein’s
September 26 – October 1, 2017
Two worlds collide in the Lincoln Center Theater production of this “breathtaking and exquisite”
(The New York Times) musical, directed by Bartlett Sher. One of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s finest works, THE KING AND I boasts a score that features such beloved classics as “Getting To Know You,” “I Whistle a Happy Tune,” “Hello Young Lovers,” “Shall We Dance” and “Something Wonderful.” Set in 1860’s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children. Winner of the 2015 Tony Award® for Best Musical Revival, THE KING AND I is “too beautiful to miss” (New York Magazine).

October 24 – 29, 2017
THE COLOR PURPLE is the 2016 Tony Award winner for Best Musical Revival! Hailed as “a direct hit to the heart” (The Hollywood Reporter), this joyous American classic about a young woman’s journey to love and triumph in the American South has conquered Broadway in an all-new "ravishingly reconceived production that is a glory to behold” (The New York Times) directed by Tony® winner John Doyle.

LOVE NEVER DIES: The Phantom Returns
November 28 – December 3, 2017
This story of boundless love, full of passion and drama, follows Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera, one of the most successful musicals of all time, which has now been seen by more than 130 million people worldwide and is the winner of over 50 international awards. The ultimate love story continues in LOVE NEVER DIES, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s spellbinding sequel to The Phantom of the Opera. This production played to critical acclaim throughout Australia and New Zealand and is described by Chris Boyd in The Australian as “The best thing Lloyd Webber has written in the quarter century since The Phantom of the Opera.” Andrew Lloyd Webber describes the production as, “Probably the finest one I could ever, ever hope for.”

Disney’s THE LION KING • Season Option
January 10 – 28, 2018

More than 90 million people around the world have experienced the phenomenon of Disney’s THE LION KING. Winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, this landmark musical event brings together one of the most imaginative creative teams on Broadway. Tony Award®-winning director Julie Taymor brings to life a story filled with hope and adventure set against an amazing backdrop of stunning visuals. THE LION KING also features some of Broadway’s most recognizable music, crafted by Tony Award-winning artists Elton John and Tim Rice. There is simply nothing else like THE LION KING.

RENT 20th Anniversary Tour
February 20 – 25, 2018
In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway… and forever changed the landscape of American theatre. Two decades later, Jonathan Larson’s RENT continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world. And now, this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning masterpiece returns to the stage in a vibrant 20th anniversary touring production. A re-imagining of Puccini's La Bohème, RENT follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters—love.

March 13 – 18, 2018
Getting away with murder can be so much fun… and there’s no better proof than the hilarious hit show that won the 2014 Tony Award for Best Musical—A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER! As one most gentlemanly NPR critic put it, “I’ve never laughed so hard at a Broadway musical!” A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE OF LOVE & MURDER tells the uproarious story of Monty Navarro, an heir to a family fortune who sets out to jump the line of succession by eliminating the eight pesky relatives who stand in his way… and be done in time for tea. The Hollywood Reporter raves, “A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE OF LOVE & MURDER restores our faith in musical comedy!”

April 17 – 22, 2018
From the director of Aladdin and co-director of The Book of Mormon and the producer of Rent, Avenue Q and In the Heights, this hilarious new musical comedy tells the story of brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom, two playwrights stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rockstar Will Shakespeare. When a soothsayer foretells the next big thing in theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, the Bottom brothers set out to write the world's very first MUSICAL! With the most singing, the most dancing and the most gut-busting laughs on Broadway, it's something wonderful... something for everyone... It's SOMETHING ROTTEN!, "the funniest musical comedy in at least 400 years" (Time Out New York)! With its heart on its ruffled sleeve and sequins in its soul, SOMETHING ROTTEN! is an uproarious dose of pure Broadway fun and an irresistible ode to musicals — those dazzling creations that entertain us, inspire us, and remind us that everything’s better with an exclamation point!

May 22 – June 10, 2018
With book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler and musical supervision and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, HAMILTON is based on Ron Chernow’s biography of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton. HAMILTON is the story of America's Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington's right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary.  Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, HAMILTON is the story of America then, as told by America now. HAMILTON’s creative team previously collaborated on the 2008 Tony Award-winning Best Musical In the Heights. HAMILTON features scenic design by David Korins, costume design by Paul Tazewell, lighting design by Howell Binkley, sound design by Nevin Steinberg, hair and wig design by Charles G. LaPointe, and casting by Telsey + Company, Bethany Knox, CSA. The musical is produced by Jeffrey Seller, Sander Jacobs, Jill Furman and The Public Theater. The HAMILTON Original Broadway Cast Recording is available everywhere nationwide.  The HAMILTON recording received a 2016 Grammy® for Best Musical Theatre Album.

THE BOOK OF MORMON • Season Option
July 17 – 22, 2018
The New York Times calls it "the best musical of the century." The Washington Post says, "It is the kind of evening that restores your faith in musicals." And Entertainment Weekly says, "Grade A: the funniest musical of all time." Jimmy Fallon of The Tonight Show calls it "Genius. Brilliant. Phenomenal." It's THE BOOK OF MORMON, the nine-time Tony Award-winning Best Musical. This outrageous musical comedy follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word. Now with standing room only productions in London, on Broadway, and across North America, THE BOOK OF MORMON has truly become an international sensation. Contains explicit language.

The 2017/2018 Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta lineup includes:
Rodgers & Hammerstein’s THE KIND AND I: September 26 – October 1, 2017
THE COLOR PURPLE: October 24 – 29, 2017
LOVE NEVER DIES: The Phantom Returns: November 28 – December 3, 2017
RENT 20th Anniversary Tour: February 20 – 25, 2018
SOMETHING ROTTEN!: April 17 – 22, 2018
HAMILTON: May 22 – June 10, 2018

2017/2018 Season Options:
Disney’s THE LION KING: January 10 – 28, 2018
THE BOOK OF MORMON: July 17 – 22, 2018

Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta’s 2017/2018 subscription packages will go on sale on February 15 at 9 a.m. with prices starting at $249 for all seven shows. Subscriber prices will vary depending on the show time, day of the week and seating location. New subscriptions may be ordered online at and via phone by calling 800-278-4447 Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Subscriber benefits include access to the best seats available, priority access to additional tickets and ticket exchange privileges.
Subscribers will also have the opportunity to purchase their same subscription seats for the Season Options, THE BOOK OF MORMON and Disney’s THE LION KING, as part of their renewal before March 21, 2017.
For ease and convenience, Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta will first send renewal information via email and encourages patrons to subscribe online for the new programming lineup. This electronic communication will be followed up with an invoice sent via posted mail to all subscribers. Current subscribers who wish to guarantee their same seats must renew by March 21. Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta is also offering a four installment payment plan for subscribers wishing to spread out their payments at no additional fee or interest.
Tickets to individual shows in the 2017/2018 lineup are not available for purchase at this time. Single-show tickets typically go on sale to the general public 8-12 weeks prior to opening night. However, subscribers will have the opportunity to purchase additional tickets before they go on sale to the public. For more information on the 2017/2018 lineup or to order online, please visit Group reservations for individual shows for parties of 10 or more can be made at this time by calling 404-881-2000. Applicable group minimum may vary depending on the show, but is typically 10 or more.
Performances are Tuesday through Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m.Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. (all times are subject to change.) An American Sign Language-interpreted performance for the deaf and hearing-impaired is available for a pre-determined Sunday matinee of each engagement.
BROADWAY IN ATLANTA is a member of the Broadway Across America network. Broadway Across America is part of The John Gore Organization family of companies, which includes and is operated by John Gore (Owner & CEO). BAA is the foremost presenter of first-class touring productions in North America, operating in 38 markets. Current and past productions include Beautiful, Chicago, Fiddler on the Roof, Finding Neverland, Million Dollar QuartetHairspray, On Your Feet!The Producers, and CATS. is the premier theater website for news, exclusive content and ticket sales. For more information please visit and


STEM with Blaze and the Monster Machines- Race into Velocityville

Is STEM a thing your kids are into? I knew nothing of it, until Broxton started Elementary School and brought home a flier about "STEM NIGHT."  That had me trying to figure it all out.
S - Science
T - Technology
E - Engineering
M - Math

Now, it seems like STEM is everywhere, or either I just notice it more now than before.  Did you know that great kids shows like BLAZE  and the Monster Machines also teaches STEM?
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Blaze and AJ head to the racing town of VelocityVille in Blaze and the Monster Machines: Race Into VelocityVille, a brand-new collection of high-octane adventures, featuring Blaze as a racecar and guest voice appearances from superstar racecar drivers Danica Patrick, Jimmie Johnson, Chase Elliott and Kasey Kahne. With two bonus episodes, this six-episode Blaze and the Monster Machines DVD features all areas of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and an energy-packed thrill-ride in every episode. Created by Nickelodeon and distributed by Paramount Home Media Distribution, Blaze and the Monster Machines: Race Into VelocityVille races onto DVD on February 14, for the suggested retail price of $14.99.
Blaze and the Monster Machines: Race Into VelocityVille DVD includes:
  • Race Car Blaze - Blaze and AJ travel with their friend Swoops to VelocityVille, a town full of race cars that love to go fast. A car named Speedrick puts locks on the tires of other cars so they are stopped in their tracks, forcing Blaze to transform into a sleek and aerodynamic racecar to free his new friends.  
  • Race to Eagle Rock - Blaze brings all of his monster truck pals to VelocityVille for a wild race to the top of Eagle Rock. After they all transform into race cars with supercharged engines, they have to find a way to avoid Crusher's attempts to slow them down.
  • Sky Track - Swoops the helicopter loses his rotor and can't fly. It's up to Blaze and AJ to retrieve the runaway rotor by flying up onto The Sky Track, an amazing course that weaves through the clouds.
  • The Wishing Wheel - Blaze, AJ, and Stripes are searching for the Wishing Wheel, a magical treasure that will grant a wish for one lucky racecar. With chomping, stomping, and slithering obstacles at every turn, Blaze and his friends find it hard to stay on track.
  • The Hundred Mile Race - *Bonus Episode* - Racecar Blaze is back in VelocityVille to compete in the longest race ever, the Hundred Mile Race. Joined by his new racecar pals, Blaze will cross deserts, swamps, and caves on his way to the far-off finish line. His rival Crusher is in the race too, and will do anything to slow Blaze and his pals down.
  • The Polar Derby - *Bonus Episode* - Swoops flies Blaze and AJ to VelocityVille for the Polar Derby, a wintry race through the snow. Blaze and his monster machine pals all become racecars for a chance to win the Ice Trophy. The race really heats up when racecar Crusher tries to knock Blaze and his friends off-course.  


Pup Star on Disney 2/17/17

Cleaning out my email and thought this sounded cute.  Let me know if you watch it, we are planning to do so!!!  

AIR BUD ENTERTAINMENT Announces the Broadcast Premiere of  ‘PUP STAR’
Family Adventure Debuts on Disney Channel
 Friday, February 17, 8:30 p.m. ET/PT

All-New Franchise Puts a Dog-Filled Spin on America’s Popular TV Singing Competitions

Featuring Talking Canine Characters
Dog Gnarly, Lady Paw Paw, Blake Sheltie and of course, Simon Growl!

 Air Bud Entertainment announces that their newest film, PUP STAR, will air for the first time on broadcast television on Disney Channel, Friday, February 17 (8:30 p.m. ET/PT).  From the creators of the beloved ‘Air Bud’ and ‘Disney Air Buddies’ franchises, PUP STAR is a dog-filled spin on America’s hit TV singing competitions, loaded with music, including 13 original songs, and the biggest cast of talking (and singing) canines ever assembled. 

PUP STAR is the tune-filled inspirational adventure of an adorable Yorkie pup, Tiny (voiced by Kaitlyn Maher, America’s Got Talent), who finds herself on an action-packed cross-country journey to compete in the ultimate singing competition for dogs -- Pup Star.  Featuring an all-star celebrity judging panel including ‘Dog Gnarly’ (voiced by Ziggy Marley), ‘Blake Sheltie,’ ‘Lady Paw Paw’ and a loveable but always disagreeable ‘Simon Growl,’ PUP STAR showcases canine contestants including P-Diggy (voiced by Juicy J) and the tall-hat wearing ‘Furrell.’  

A new family film franchise, PUP STAR also stars Makenzie Moss (Steve Jobs), Jed Rees (Deadpool), David DeLuise (Wizards of Waverly Place), John Ratzenberger, Tom Everett Scott, Bonnie Somerville, Nikki Blonsky and Diedrich Bader.  PUP STAR is directed and executive produced by Robert Vince.  Anna McRoberts produced and co-wrote the film with Robert Vince.

The second film in the franchise, PUP STAR: SEASON TWO, is in production for a fall 2017 release.  Air Bud Entertainment movies are available on Netflix and digital platforms including iTunes, Amazon and Google Play.

Welcome to a world where dogs can not only talk -- they can SING!  Tiny, an adorable Yorkie pup with a big voice, gets a chance to audition for the singing competition for dogs, “Pup Star.” After she earns a place in the finale, she’s dog-napped!  The adventure begins when she escapes and is faced with an incredible cross-country journey back to the competition finale, meeting friends along the way who help her learn to sing from her heart and encourage her to believe in herself and never give up on her dreams!

Roald Dahl's The BFG

March is reading awareness month, so I wanted to share with you a reminder of a childhood classic.  If you remember The BFG by Roald Dahl, you might know that it was released as an animated version back in 1989, well, did you know they re-released it last year?  Yes, they did, so make sure to keep reading!
I am going to share other books with you, leading up to March, but wanted to kick it off with an animated adaptation, just to change it up for you all! 

Image Credit- Roald Dahl site 
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More about The BFG  :
This DVD includes the digitally restored version of the animated film along with two special features – a Never-before-seen Roald Dahl Documentary and Before/After Restoration Video. The documentary features an interview with Roald Dahl in which he talks about several of the well-known books he has written including “The BFG,” “The Witches,” and “Matilda.” In this video viewers gain insight into how some of these classics came to life.

Story Synopsis
One moonlit night, little orphan Sophie is snatched from her bed by an awesome giant who whisks her away on a magical, thrilling, and funny adventure. Unlike scary giants such as the Bloodbottler, the Fleshlumpeater, and the Bonecruncher, the BFG (Big Friendly Giant) is a good giant who blows sweet dreams into the bedroom windows of children as they slumber.

When Sophie learns that a monstrous crew of meanies is off to England to gobble up innocent boys and girls, she sets out to stop them once and for all, with the help of her new, rather large, friend.

Was this a book you read as a child, or read to your children?


Do you see it?

This is an image from the destruction from the tornadoes that hit Albany, Georgia on 1/22/17
As we were riding along, we spotted it...
Do you see it??

Do you see the cross?


Changing things up with #Lootcrate

As you know, we love getting the monthly subscription box, Loot Crate.   They have yet to dissapoint and I love that you get a shirt each month.  You know, you just can't beat a good t-shirt!  Especially the ones from Loot Crate!  Each month has a new theme and I wanted to change things up a bit.  Not everyone loves Valentines, so this is a totally different themed Loot Crate!  This is their "HORROR" theme back from October!

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As I said, they have a t-shirt in every box.  I about FLIPPED out when I saw the one for October.  If you don't know, we love  LOVE The Walking Dead, so when I saw NEGAN, I was so excited!!!! That shirt ROCKS!!!!   If you noticed in the first picture, they also include a collectible pin in each box.  Broxton loves looking at them, as we have them all together, on display!!!

Other guaranteed items in your Loot Crate each month?
1- You are guaranteed to have a plain black box arrive that you flip inside out to be something totally cool.  (I don't have a picture of the October box, it was Walking Dead themed and had a punch out "walker" face on it.  Needless to say, it was put to use immediately, so no photos.  I hate that too, it was AWESOME!)
2.  The pin and t-shirt that I mentioned previously.
3. A pretty cool little "magazine" type booklet filling you in on the items in the box, as well as stories relating to the theme.
4. Plenty of other great items to make this a perfect gift giving subscription!

A rundown of the awesomeness inside the October - Horror theme box:
1- Negan Sluggers Shirt
2- Leatherface Phunny Plush from Texas Chainsaw Massacre
3. Freddy Kreuger Chopsticks (The magazine also includes a "freddy's spaghetti & eyeballs" recipe!)
4. Camp Crystal Lake Pennant
5. Legion of Regrettable Supervillains Book (Hardback!)

As I said, I love each Loot Crate that arrives.  I have yet to be disappointed. I will say that many of the items in there are for classic movies and shows, yet I have not seen them. Once it it put on my radar, it makes it to the must watch list!  Loot Crate has many subscriptions to choose from, so I am sure you can find the perfect one for you or a friend!!!

What HORROR movie(s) is your all time favorite?


Charge it up for Valentines! #myCharge

Do you celebrate Valentines with Chocolate, Flowers, Jewelry, or any other traditional gift?  Why not throw him (or her) for a loop and change it up this year!!! Keep things charged with the HubPlus by myCharge.  This is great, as it is not gender specific and it isn't seasonal.  I can't lie, after things recently, I think everyone needs to have a back up portable charger!   
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Want to know what I mean?
Well, first of all, when we went to Lanier Islands, I had all sorts of issues.  We used my phone GPS to get there and once we got there my phone was almost dead.  My girlfriend that went with us also got there to the event and her phone was almost dead as well.   (My phone cord to charge in the car has a short and doesn't work.)  She pulled out her portable charger, but it was almost dead.  When it was time to leave, we sort of freaked out, remember we needed the GPS, but luckily she had a back up portable charger that she could charge in the car, so we lived to see another adventure!   

Also, remember me talking about the tornadoes that hit my hometown?  Well, many people lost power for a good amount of time.  Also lost phone, cable and internet service.  Had they had portable chargers, it would have helped.  They were lucky with the second storm that a few wireless services set up charging stations around town, but what if they didn't have a way to get there?   

I am rather impressed with the HubPlus myCharge portable charger.  It is flat enough to not be bulky and take up too much room.  I can throw it in the purse or diaper bag and not worry about it.  It is big enough that it is easy to grab without having to dig through bags to locate it. 

I ABSOLUTELY LOVE that it doesn't have cords to plug it into the wall.  You simply flip the prongs out and in the wall it goes.  Then, pop them back in when you are finished!   Perfect, especially with very inquisitive children around the house!  

The BEST thing?  You can charge more than one device at a time!!!! With 2 children having devices, as well as mom and dad, you can imagine the need to have everything charged!  Can you say PERFECT FOR TRAVEL????  Yes!!!!!  

From their website: 

Up to 4x extra battery
Integrated Apple® Lightning™ cable
Integrated micro-USB cable
Built-in USB port

Smart-sense: ensures complete device compatibility
Hyper-charge: ultra-fast charging of your devices; up to 65% faster than competitors 
Power-stay: maintains battery power for up to 1 year
Max-power: maximum power transfer from powerbank to device
High-density battery: the smallest and lightest powerbank
Safe-cell: provides the highest level of battery safety
Rapid-recharge: powerbank recharges up to 50% faster than competitors
Pass Through Charging: will charge the powerbank and connected device simultaneously

I think this is great for any gift!  Valentines, Easter, Birthday, Graduation. 
You name it. Perfect for all ages too!  

Does Your Insurance Company Really Have Your Back?

Please take a minute to think about your insurance.  I know it isn't one that many think about all the time, but since watching the destruction from the tornadoes in Albany, Georgia, I can't begin to imagine what they are going through right now.

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An update on Albany, Georgia. #AlbanyStrong

I know I shared with you about the Tornadoes that hit my hometown on January 2nd when I asked for Prayers for Albany.  Now, I want to share with you about January 22nd.
(If this is a repeat for any of you, sorry!)

So, the tornadoes hit on January 2nd and there was NO coverage, minus the local news.  Lucky for the locals, someone immediately started a Facebook page for people to check in and say if they needed things.  It was bad.  The tree covered streets that we were known for were hit and people said it was like a bomb went off.  The community reached out to one another and really was "neighbor helping neighbor."  It was a blessing that there were no casualties and sadly, I think that is what kept the news from reporting on how bad they were hit down there.  I tried to do what I could from here, but in the grand scheme of things, it wasn't much.  Then... Tragedy hit again.  January 22nd.  I hate to report that this time, there were casualties and it was much worse this time.  Again, Facebook was the lifeline to all and it really has been a blessing.

Messages like " Need water" with an address posted.  To "have a chainsaw, where do you need me?" It was amazing the love and support to each other!  To read through the posts, it made you thankful for one another and I will admit, I cried tears of thankfulness.  Thankful for the love shown, thankful for the safety of my family and friends. Thankful for Facebook being there with the great admins to run that site when needed most.

I reached out to friends up here in Atlanta to see if anyone was able to donate, I was headed home to try and help out.  The response was amazing.  Diapers, clothes, food, my friends gave what they could.  Home Depot even gave me a gift card to help out with supplies.  I loaded up the bed of a truck with all of the donations we received.  If you follow me on Instagram, you saw where I posted how thankful I was for my friends!

I will be the first to say that I was NOT prepared for what I saw.  Yes, you see pictures on the news and see video, but to ride through it... Wow. There are no words to describe it.  I had to pull over to try and gain composure, as it really breaks your heart to see it. Not to mention, it was the area that was hit on January 2nd, so they had time to start cleaning things up.
The trees on the side of the road, stacked, waiting to be picked up. The "landing" spot for all of the trees were in 2 locations (that I saw) and it appeared to be as long as a football field, if not longer... and higher than a building.  It was insane.
Below are a few photos I took to try and show the damage.

The alley behind my dads office. His office was not hit in either storm, thank the Lord, but the winds were pretty powerful there.  

Several houses just covered with tarps and this was from the first storm.  

Another, from the first storm.  

I believe this was from the second storm.

One of the many "root balls" scattered through out the city. Trying to dispose of them has been a big deal, as they are so big! 

More destruction.

I am still amazed by this.  This whole entire area was destroyed, but that REALLY OLD water tower is still there.  

This house has been all over the news.  It was moved several feet and as you can see, the roof is gone. (The roof was across the street, in pieces, as was the rest of the house!)

Another picture of the house.  
 Through it all though, there has been hope.  The city has looked past race and gender and has simply seen someone in need.  I mean, it is SOUTH GEORGIA, so that should say plenty right there.  This last storm finally got coverage.  Tide Loads of Hope showed up and was set up offering free laundry care.  Each family could drop off their clothes and then Tide would wash, dry and fold them for the family in need.  They would return to pick up there clothes in nice reusable bags, freshly laundered and then could step to the truck beside it to pick up a few basic needs such as toilet paper and paper towels, all donated for FREE. (Keep that in mind next time you are out shopping!)

Tide loads of hope with Matthew 25 ministries arrived  

The local fire station set up a command center and was running a donation drop off location.  Those affected could come get supplies and the firefighters would help them load them up.  

An eye opening experience, to say the least.  

Cars, homes, everything people had, has been lost... 

Well, MOST things were lost... but not all.
Broxton was quick to point out, "Mama, look! Through all of the bad stuff, the flag is still waving strong!"  Big thoughts from a little boy...  The best thing?  He was right.  Through it all, the flag was there.  Waving, reminding us ALL that we are one.  One for each other, there to help when needed  

If you look to the left, you can see it.  The cross.  Carved out from a stump of a tree that needed to go.  A simple reminder to all that HE is working through us all.  He is there.  He brought neighbors helping neighbors and a reminded that there is HOPE.   Samaritans Purse has been moving mountains, literally and figuratively this past month and a half.  They have helped in the clean up of debris, but also they have been out witnessing and bringing lost ones to Christ.  As I said, there is HOPE.  

As for those gorgeous trees that once lined our streets?
They aren't like they were in the past, but I think its a sign that they will come back.  As beautiful as they once were! 
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