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It’s Our Birthday!! Celebrating TWO!

Years, that is. And a fabulous two years it has been. We’ve seen our community grow and shift and morph into a place of creativity and inspiration, but also warmth and encouragement. It’s not just us, either. It’s our readers too, who have brought both their words and hearts to our space. For that, we thank you.

And we celebrate!

Yesterday, the lovely Sarah of This Heavenly Life hosted treats in honor of the festivities. If you missed it and want to join in, feel free to bake a cake and link it up – or just peruse the list of goodies shared!

Today, in honor of the Big Event, we’ve partnered up in pairs, and each pair was assigned a prompt by the fabulous Hyacynth of Undercover Mother. The creative outpouring should involve both words AND photo, posted on each partner’s site. Link both posts up at Hyacynth’s to share what you came up with! Note: We’d recommend everyone include a line or two in their posts that says who was writer and who was photographer so we can all give props to each participant for their unique contributions and encourage visits to everyone who has linked up!

Everyone who participates in this 2×2 collaboration will be automatically entered into our giveaway! Prizes include this sweet creativity gift from Compendium and TWO free copies of Judy Reeves’ A Writer’s Book of Days!

Miss your chance to get partnered up? Never fear! We have a special BONUS prompt for anyone who still wants to join in! Here it is: For Me This is Heaven {Jimmy Eat World} All prompts are songs, so dive on in and let the music be your guide!

Happy Birthday Bigger Picture Blogs!!

Standing Together to Help Joplin

When I put the kids to bed last night, the sun was shining bright, the birds were singing and they were being obnoxious and bouncing off the walls. A typical spring evening. We said our evening prayers and they were reminded to be thankful for all their blessings, their house, food, toys…all the things they had complained about at one point or another that day.

I set myself up with the laptop for the night and watched as a rather dark and scary shelf cloud marched it’s way across my sky. My anxiety started growing as I read about tornadoes just 30 miles north of me and I was home alone with my babies, my husband out golfing.

Than I was sitting in my own little bubble of worry I get an email to the writers of Bigger Picture Blogs, “Sarah are you okay?” My heart sank as I learned that Sarah’s small town of Joplin was devastated by a tornado.

Photo from cnn.com – This is the regional Medical Center

Photo: Mike Ransdell/Kansas City Star from The Chicago Tribune

Picture: B.W. Shepard from the Joplin Globe
According to reports 1,000 people injured, 89 dead, hundreds of homes destroyed. Thankfully Sarah’s family was spared and is all right. Other members of her family and friends are not, homes were lost, lives broken.
The Bigger Picture Blogs Community is heartbroken for Sarah and her town. Joplin has been literally split in two by the devastation. We want to help, we NEED to help.
With amazing speed and generosity from the blogging and handmade communities Bigger Picture Blogs will be hosting an auction to raise funds for the Salvation Army to aid in relief efforts in Joplin. Details will be posted later today or tomorrow.
In the meantime can you help us spread the word? Will you blog about this? Put our button on your site? Donate an item? If you can do nothing else, please say a pray. A pray for Sarah and her family, for the town of Joplin and for all those families that are suffering.
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