Tuesday, April 19, 2011


 I love to write about happy things.  Things about love, life, faith and family.  Although there are beautiful things all around us there is also a great deal of ugliness in our world.  If at all possible I try and not focus upon it.  Instead I try my best to think on the positive things that God has blessed us with.  

However, today my beloved State of Oklahoma, the place I've called home for nearly twenty-five years, marks the sixteenth anniversary of one of the worst attacks ever made upon American ground.  And so~ I just can't let the day pass without acknowledging it and the people who lived to tell our story of resilience and survival...
 The Oklahoma City bombing was a bomb attack on the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995.  It was the most destructive act of terrorism on American soil until the September 11, 2001 attacks. The Oklahoma blast claimed 168 lives, including 19 children under the age of 6, and injured more than 680 people. The blast destroyed or damaged 324 buildings within a sixteen-block radius, destroyed or burned 86 cars, and shattered glass in 258 nearby buildings.The bomb was estimated to have caused at least $652 million worth of damage.  Extensive rescue efforts were undertaken by local, state, federal, and worldwide agencies in the wake of the bombing, and substantial donations were received from across the country. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) activated eleven of its Urban Search and Rescue Task Forces, consisting of 665 rescue workers who assisted in rescue and recovery operations.

Please make time to pray for Oklahoma and her people today.  Healing is still taking place in the hearts of those who survived and there isn't one of us who will ever forget our profound loss...

Blessings today for a day lived in peace.

Love to you...


Angie said...

Rebecca, thank you so much for your lovely rememberance of this terrorist attack that claimed so many American lives. I was working on a U.S. Navy HQ base at the time and the devastation hit all of us for a long time (we also received numerous "copy cat" threats)). We read that New Orleans was also on the list. So many babies, innocent lives...unbelievable.

My prayers to the families and loved ones who still have to live with this memory.

Thanks again for the post.


Jilly said...

Hi Rebecca, I always remember this very sad event because it happened on mine and Antony’s 15th Wedding Anniversary. It was such a happy day till we turned on the TV and heard how so many people had lost their lives and the lives of loved ones!!

Today we celebrate our 31st year of marriage, and I spare a thought for those who lost their loving spouses. I thank God daily for my precious Hubby and the amazing love that we share, and I feel so much for people I don't even know, but they are people who share a day with me and mine for such different reasons!! My prayer is that God will comfort all those who still grieve and miss their loved ones!

Thank you for remembering too!!

Much love my dear friend!!


Julie Marie said...

My thoughts are prayers are going out to all... xoxo Julie Marie

KatyDidStitches said...


My husband and I visited the Oklahoma City Memorial a few years ago. It's a very moving place...the empty chairs...the spontaneous tributes that have been placed on the street. The thought of how many children perished here is still absolutely heart-wrenching.

We shall continue to pray for the families who lost loved ones on that awful day.


NanaDiana said...

I saw a report on this on the news this morning. It seems like yesterday to me...and I am sure to the victims it seems even closer. My heart aches for all those families that suffered loss and injury. God bless all of you - God bless Oklahoma~ Hugs- Diana

animal lover, quilt lover said...

It was 25 years ago???? It surely doesn't seem that long ago!!! Time sure flies!!
God bless the people who were affected by the bombing.
xx, Fern

Rebecca Nelson said...

To Fern: The Bombing here in Oklahoma was 16 years ago. I've lived in Oklahoma for 25.... So sorry for the confusion. Thank you for your sweet comment!


Rita said...

What a sad day for America when this happened. It affected everyone, even though we were not there. My heart goes out to those who were directly affected and who had so much loss. I cannot imagine why anyone would want to do such things. They must have no heart or conscience. Praying for all in Oklahoma.

Deanna said...

remember this well.
I had quit my job to prepare for a move.

Went to a store and heard women talking about an explosion in Oklahoma City. That night on the news so much more would be revealed. I was living in Marion, Kansas where it is believed McVey stole blasting caps that were used from the Marion Quarry.

Anonymous said...


I will NEVER forget! I was in an elevator at Baptist Hspital at the time. A sad day for Oklahoma and all of the USA. Edmond had their flags at half mast in rememberance.
Thanks for the reminder.

Hugs-- Mom

Dolores said...

A sad day of remembrance....hard to believe its been so long ago. I remember watching on TV with fear and prayers for everyone.

Unknown said...

Thanks for the reminder Rebecca and thanks for always visiting my blog, Hoppy Easter to you my sweet friend! Hugs, Marilou

Melissa/Piney Rose said...

You know, we were driving down the road just this week and my husband mentioned the OK tragedy. We were again reminded the horrors of that day. Neither shall we forget.

Unknown said...

What a beautiful post Rebecca. I remember this like yesterday, just awful, we all cried with sadness and pain for all the families :( So much sadness in this world and you just wonder why.

THANK YOU so much for the STUNNING pillow for Savannah!!!!! Oh I just love it and will be sure she has it until she grows up!! I LOVE that toile fabric!! You are so amazingly multitalented!! Thank you so much for thinking of my beautiful baby girl, I am in aww by your generosity!!

Tons of hugs,

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