Tuesday, May 31, 2011

TV Tuesday: American Idol Takes Oklahoma by Storm

The storms that ravaged our country last week wrecked lives. I'm grateful my loved ones are all safe, but my heart aches for the families who lost everything.  A particular story touched my heart and made me snuggle my little one a little longer and a little closer. Click here to see how you can help. Or click here to donate to the Red Cross. Click here for the Salvation Army.

It may seem shallow of me to write about American Idol and the tragic storms together, but they are linked in my brain. In an attempt to keep Oklahomans safe last week, the news stations across the state preempted all programming--including the final performances of Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina. My little family missed the teens while strategizing whether to drive to my brother's home and leap in his hidey-hole or set up a fort in an interior closet.

If I'd known what happened to the Hamil family, we would have gone to my brother's.  Installing a storm shelter UNDERGROUND is now on our list of to-dos.

I mean, we live on a hill.

In Oklahoma.

We don't allow a lot of tv watching, but my son's internal calendar tells him the nights it's time to snuggle with Mommy and watch American Idol.  I loved when he cuddled and clapped.

What show can I replace it with that is family friendly and inspirational?

Again, click on the above links to help storm victims.


  1. That was a scary Tuesday. We were in my high school for 2 1/2 hours after it was declared a shelter. No one knew where to go, and as one of the only employees present, I directed traffic with my husband to the cafeteria which was underground.
    Ryan and Cole were the great grandsons of our church secretary. We've been praying for their family a lot.
    A storm shelter is a solid investment! You'll feel much safer next time around. Hopefully that's not for a very long time.

  2. We had a shelter when we lived in central Oklahoma. I planned most of my class reunion from inside it! What scares me here is that there's no sirens or detailed warnings like in metro area.

    If you know of any other ways to help the Hamil family or other victims of the storms, please let me know. Thanks.