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Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Welcome Home

I am so glad to see that Amy Hawkins has returned home to Hendersonville. You may remember Amy who courageously shielded her two little boys during the April 7 tornado that destroyed her home and has left her (at this point) unable to walk.

I don't know why Amy's story hit me so hard in the gut. I'm sure the fact that her home was less than a mile from mine and that we shop at the same Kroger and Target and probably have the same Papa John's delivery person has something to do with it.

More than that, there's something in the faces of her two little boys that just absolutely tears me up. What is it about little boys? I have two of them and even though my oldest boy weighs about 190 lbs, has size 13 feet, and his own razor (that he actually needs to use), I still can see him as a 6 year old with a lisp and not able to say his "r's" correctly.

Just like any other mother, I'd have done the same thing for my boys and my baby girl that Amy did. I'm so humbled by her experience. I'm tickled for those little boys that they have their mama back home with them, even though life will be a little different. I've not spent more than a couple nights away from my kids since they were born. I can't imagine how hard it was for Amy, not only to deal with the physical and emotional trauma she's been through, but, to be away from those adorable little boys.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the people at "Extreme Home Makeover" will have the Hawkins' on their show and build them a new home. I can't think of anybody that deserves it more.


Anonymous said...

Amy has tremendous courage. We're praying that she might walk again. What can we do to let "Extreme Home Makeover" know that the Hawkins have a real need?

jag said...

I remember signing one of the online petitions for them to be nominated for the Home Makeover, and hoping that it would actually go through and that they'd get it.

She's a very good mama. I'm guessing you are too.

Kathy T. said...

One of the agents in my office is a good friend of Amy and her family... and spoke very highly of her and her family. I'm definitely rooting for them to have a lifetime of happiness since they've already been through so much.

newscoma said...

Brave people, as Amy was, deserve all the chances in the world.

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