My Flashback Friday is to celebrate my siblings, Roderick and Cecelia.  My late brother taught me how to be very tough and kind. He was a gentle, tough Southern boy that left us too early at the age of 16. My sister taught me more than words can describe. She taught me how to put one foot in front of the other no matter what life throws at me and to work hard for my dreams. She still leads by example by being kind, loving, forgiving and strong. I believe she is a real life Wonder Woman - the strength and heart she possesses is unmatched.

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A home surrounded by floodwaters on Tuesday in Gonzales, La. Photo: Brendan Smialowski / Agence France-Presse. 

My Louisiana is in a state of emergency with the worst National Disaster since Hurricane Sandy. Please send prayers, love and donate time, goods or money. 

We are not the richest of the States; however, my Louisiana people are remarkable and filled with compassion, grace and optimism. Please help if you can, links: 

American Red Cross: informative article and many ways to help, click here

Alls Hands Volunteer

Gulf Coast Children's Relief Fund

Convoy of Hope

United Way Southeast Louisiana Flood Relief

Volunteer Louisiana 

Operation Blessing International