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May the muffin rise to greet you, may your friends be always at your door, and until we meet again, warm a single-malt in the palm of your hand and make something homemade for someone you love.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Comfort Friends....Much Better Than Comfort Food

Meet my son Curtis.  He always seems to be on the edge of a cliff somewhere.  
On January 28, 2011, he flew to AU to start a semester abroad in Cairns.  Two days later, they had to evacuate because of the impending cyclone.  It is the largest, most powerful storm to ever hit that part of the country.  I received a quick call from him on 1/30/11, but was told I may not hear from him for weeks due to the circumstances they will be in.  He and 17 other students are in a hostel on a plateau, out of flood threat.  They have 5 days worth of food and water and at this moment are probably huddled in the basement riding out the storm.  Until I know he's okay, normal everyday concerns seem pretty, well......meaningless.  I'm asking for the collective prayers of my friends for the safety of the group & others in the path of this storm.  Thank you for your prayers and goodwill...it means a lot. 


*UPDATE a/o 5:30*  Just heard from Curtis, the storm shifted to the south and Cairns was spared.  The students are all fine and heading back to classes tomorrow!  Thank you so much for the outpouring of prayer, support and overall good vibes!
~Margaret

11 comments:

NotAMeanGirl said...

Of COURSE! They're all in my prayers. I hope you hear from him soon!

Margaret Murphy Tripp said...

Thanks so much...

Anonymous said...

I saw Aud's status last night. We're praying for them all.

The Looker said...

I'm sure all will be well but a mom will always worry.

The Enchanted Cook said...

I can only imagine what you're going through. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Stay strong and positive--

Sincerely,
Veronica

Margaret Murphy Tripp said...

Thank you all, and @The Looker; you're right...no getting around it. Maybe this will be the epic adventure he talks about for years...but for now the uncertainty is killer!

Anonymous said...

thank goodness they are all okay. Yikes. So scary.

LT said...

So glad to hear all is well!

Anna Johnston said...

We Aussies were pretty scared with this cyclone too I have to say, we all sat glued to the TV (& seriously I try not to look at all the bad news of the world) but somehow know our holiday spot & friends who live there, visited over a life time under threat was suddenly very personal. So thankful Cairns was spared & Queenslanders (a tough lot) were so calm & well prepared & no people were hurt..., but I'm guessing everyone involved won't forget that one for awhile huh.

Margaret Murphy Tripp said...

Yes, it was scary, but all's well that ends well! You're right, this is something they will never forget and I bet those 17 students all know each other pretty well now!

KDoucette said...

So glad that all is well with Curt, he's a blessing to you and I am sure you are happy that this is all over and thankful to God that He got them all through it! Please let us know if we can pray for anything else! Hugz to you!!