"And the trees put forth new leaves to sing in joy beneath the sky"
Yesterday my husband and I loaded up an ice chest and took off in our truck to go explore. We took back highways up to Joplin and took routes we'd never taken before. We had no agenda but just wanted to look around. The highway we were on came into Joplin at Main Street so we kept driving. I probably haven't been to the down town area in a year.
As we were driving along we passed a couple of different murals on the walls of downtown and I asked my husband to turn around because I wanted to go take pictures of it. I thought it was colorful and I could use it for my picture of the day for my 365 project. We parked and I started snapping photos. I could tell it was about healing, but as I was taking photos, it just really unexpectedly touched my heart and I had tears in my eyes.
I couldn't avoid the shadow cast from the light pole on this quote. Here's a close up so you can read it.
Below is the whole scene.
This mural was really something. It was beautiful and meaningful.
We also saw one that didn't look like it was funded quite as nicely as this one but the message was still there and you could tell that a lot of effort went into it. It has a lot of heart, and I wanted to share it with you also because I love it too.
When I go to Joplin it's easy for my eyes to see what's not there that was before. But it's slowly filling in and slowly recovering- at least on the surface. The people of Joplin have a beautiful spirit. Here's one simple example of that spirit.
This tree is on 20th street. Right in the middle of the area hardest hit. The ugly trees are everywhere and on one of those trees stripped bare by the tornado people have painted a rainbow and hung bird houses and bid feeders everywhere. The birds are all over this tree! When we pulled in so I could snap a photo a lot of them flew off.
My husband will begin commuting to this town in late spring/summer and we haven't met people from there yet but I hear that everyone has been really warm and inviting. They are thankful that people are coming in and doing business there and not giving up on their town.
.....So that was yesterday!
Oh, and this! We got a chuckle out of this yesterday!
Life is good!!!
I'm a wife and mom! That about sums me up! I am blessed to be married to my best friend for 28 years now. I have 2 great kids that are grown! My hobbies include: Cooking, photography, gardening, reading, painting, and pottery, and feathering my nest!
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