This week I was tidying up the ole computer. Shockingly, I got distracted by a photo editing website. I honestly did do some cleaning, but I mostly edited photos.
A few days ago the anniversary of the hundreds of tornadoes reeking havoc on Alabama passed. I don’t think that I’ll ever forget that day. Thankfully, we only had one tree go down. That pales in comparison to so many other people. I remember waking up at 4:30am and noticing that it was really windy. I walked out to my living room and within a few minutes I was joined by my other 2 roommates. We watched the weather and about a minute later it felt like the wind was going to blow through the house, and then it was silent. Our house was on the outskirts of that tornado, it was only an F-2 or F-3. A few houses were lost during that storm and there was a lot of damage, but it was nothing compared to the destruction that was to happen only a short while later. I remember that I was off that day. The day felt wierd. All day I heard warnings from weather men saying that our state was a powder keg. Schools were dismissed early, businesses closed early. I kept in touch with my family that day more than usual. We all wanted to know where each other was. That night I decided to go to a friends house. She had a basement and my house was very old and probably not the sturdiest. My friends and I spent that night watching total devestation. Tornado after tornado formed. It resulted in chaos and destruction. I remember asking God to make the tornadoes stop after the third one struck Culman. But, then the giant tornado went through the Tuscaloosa. Due to modern technology we watched the tornado live. All of our jaws dropped, tears filled eyes and our goose bumps had goose bumps. I had never seen anything like it. That tornado moved throughout the state living a path of destruction and death. The stories were horrifying. The days following almost everyone donated time, water, tarps etc. We all heard heartbreaking stories of families that lost a mom, dad or child. We heard stories from so many people that lost all material possessions. Even now, a year later, there is still progress to be made on my street alone, not to mention Tuscaloosa, Pleasant Grove, Concord, Cullman and the many other areas affected.
A few days ago I was looking through pictures online of that day. This was a favorite.
We were meant for community. We were made to be together. I think that’s why I am drawn to pictures showing people comforting other people. The storms were tragic, but it brought people together in a deeper and more beautiful way. God was glorified in those storms.
This song is on my April paylist. Love it. This is an a cappella version of “Somebody That I Used to Know” by Matthias Harris, originally by Gotye. Genius.
I highly recommend the recipe I’m about to share. I made it this week with some uber cheap strawberries purchased at Aldi. Now, click here for the recipe, do it, trust me. Butter aside, this cake has yogurt and fruit, so it’s a healthy dessert, right?
Ok, so now that you have read the recipe here are my thoughts.
1. I made it with non-fat vanilla yogurt, because that’s what I had at home. I didn’t have greek yogurt and my cake turned out fine.
2. I will add more lemon next time. I love lemon. As far as I’m concerned the more zest, the better.
3. I love a blueberry/lemon combo. In the near future I plan either picking blueberries, or buying them super cheap at Aldi. I think I’m going to substitute the strawberries with blueberries. Can we say, “Yum!”
One of things I intended on cooking this week was Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Squares. It seemed relatively healthy, plus it had the words peanut butter and banana in the title. Can’t go wrong with that combo. My week’s been busier than anticipated, so I have not been able to get around to it. This morning I woke up early and decided to make them, boy am I glad I did. Yum! Click on the picture below for this wonderful recipe! Thanks Gingerbread Bagels for sharing such a delicious breakfast!