Natural Disasters

There is so much going on in the world today that I can not control. There is so much hate and violence that it terrifies me to raise kids in this world. Our country is falling apart so much that Mother Nature is pissed off. I am heartbroken for the people in Texas and what they are going through. Now we have to worry about Hurricane Irma hitting Florida as well as all of the fires in California, Montana, and Oregon. Even my tiny hometown of Preston was hit with several earthquakes this past weekend. The fires, the hurricanes, the flooding, the earthquakes, the protests, the hate that is separating our nation…and the scary possibility that North Korea wants to blow us up! Yikes. All of this is insane. I can’t even believe this is where our nation is headed while I write this.  This is like a bad dream. I lose sleep at night thinking about all of this and the proper ways to inform my children about everything. When President Trump was here a few weeks ago, there was so much hate and anger with the protests, I cried. I don’t like seeing this crap in my town. I don’t like explaining to my 7 year old why people are acting like this. Why there is so much hate and anger in our society and why we can’t all come together and love one another. It sucks. I have a hard time grasping the words to help my kids feel safe and not worry because I can barely do that on my own.

If this stuff doesn’t bother you, you probably aren’t paying attention. No matter what your political views are, this shit is scary.

I know I have no control over what happens next, so all I can do is be the best Torrie I can be. I think a lot about what if I lived in Texas and lost everything. How would I be prepared to feed my daughter with all of her food allergies?  Soooo, I put some time and money into helping Texas. I didn’t do this for attention or for praise. I did it because it makes me feel good and I enjoy helping people out. Heaven forbid I am ever in this situation, I hope someone will think of us! This is just my personality, I am a giver. I help as much as I possibly can to whomever I feel needs it. My hubby is the same way, we have always been like this. Sometimes we get completely taken advantage of (even by close friends) and sometimes we get a much needed good dose of Karma, but no matter what…we know we did the right thing. I hope my kids learn that this is what life is truly about. Helping others, not stepping on them to get to the top. If I teach my kids nothing else, I hope that they learn the value of service and humanity.

So, once I found out Sprouts was donating 100% of their proceeds to Texas, I went and bought a bunch of non-perishable, gluten free items to send to San Antonio. I know everything online says to just donate money, which I did as well, but I know how desperately these people need food they can actually eat.

If you would like to donate to help people with a Gluten Intolerance, here is the info:

San Antonio Food Bank

5200 Enrique M. Barrera Parkway

San Antonio, Texas 78227

Then write DISASTER RELIEF GLUTEN FREE on the package so they know it is Gluten Free and gets to the proper people.

I packaged up cereal, rice, mac & cheese, granola bars, crackers, oatmeal and even a pancake mix. So, the money I spent and the food I bought will all go directly to the victims. Win, win.

Doing these little acts of service make me feel good and like I am actually being proactive to help our country.

I am also making a major goal this week to start making my own Emergency Kit for my family. We need to be prepared for whatever happens next. I feel dumb I don’t already have a plan for a natural disaster. I SHOULD! So I am making that happen so we will be prepared for whatever this crazy world decides to throw at us. Once I have it all together, I will share what I added to make our kit work for us.

Pray for our country. Pray for our world. Pray for things to get better. 

We all need it. 🙏🏻

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