1. Kristen from The Road to Domestication

    WOW. What a powerful post. And what an amazing lesson for your boys!
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  2. Laurel Regan

    How wonderful – thank you for all that you do, and for sharing your story. Very inspirational!
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  3. Sophie Bowns

    What a great post. A very interesting lesson!
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  4. Angelica

    Wow great post! Thank you for sharing!

  5. Jeanne Melanson

    I can see why you would think of Disaster for the letter D. Wow. What an experiment for you and your boys! I would love to do that, and may yet. Thank you for sharing this wonderful post! I appreciate what you do!
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    • Machelle Baker

      Thank you Jeanne. I am surprised ‘disaster’ did not come to my mind earlier : ) If you want to get involved find a family friendly organization. Take the training they offer and jump in!
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  6. Tonia Hurst

    Really enjoyed your post and the perspective you shared with us. What a wonderful experience for your children and such a great way to teach them.

    • Machelle Baker

      Thank you Tonia. It was a wonderful experience The great thing about this kind of “teaching” is it occurs naturally.
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  7. Nicole

    Wow! What an amazing post and lesson for your kiddos. Thank you for sharing it for all of us.
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  8. Beth

    Hey Machelle, thanks for speaking about this great ministry and gift you’ve given to others in times of crisis. My husband is also a disaster relief chaplain, although he’s never been able to go to any disaster sites since he was certified about two years ago. I’m certain it would bless him as he would go to bless others. And it’s great that your boys are learning how to be compassionate and sacrificial as they serve alongside you. Thanks for all you’ve done for others and for linking up at Wedded Wed, my friend!

    • Machelle Baker

      Thanks Beth. I love being able to minister to people. It’s amazing, you go to bless others. You come home blessed (and extremely grateful for what you have). I love working with a ministry that allows me to include my family. I am sure your husband would be a great blessing to others. The time will come when he will be able to go. Thanks for hosting Wedded Wed!
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  9. Forest Rose

    I’m in awe of you and your family and your heart to serve others in there most devastated hopeless moments all in the name of JESUS! Thank you for everything that you do!
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    • Machelle Baker

      Don’t be in awe Forest. We have our moments like all families. It just turns out we can express this passion for others together when the need arises. Thank you for visiting and commenting.
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  10. Clara @A Slice of Homeschool Pie

    I agree that the lessons your children learned through this experience was invaluable …. no textbook could compare. Enjoyed reading your post.
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    • Clara @A Slice of Homeschool Pie

      I have a suggestion for a follow-up post to this. I would like to know how do you go about finding a Disaster Relief Network and what is the procedure for joining one.
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      • Machelle Baker

        That’s a good question Clara. For me, it was a divine plan…it wasn’t something I planned or researched. I went to a conference put on by a local organization with the intent of learning about emergency preparedness for myself and my family. I did learn about those topics. But in the end I learned so much more about helping others. The rest is history. There are some things I could share. Putting the idea in my draft file. Thanks for the suggestions.
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    • Machelle Baker

      Thanks Clara (did I tell you that was my great-grandmother’s name : ) I used to stress over missed lessons. But I have learned some things are so much more important!
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  11. Sara @ The Homeschool Post

    Thank you for sharing this on The Homeschool Post! It is a wonderful story of beauty from ashes.
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  12. Heather G. @ Golden Reflections Blog

    Love this post! My husband is one of our states’s Adventist Community Services Disaster Response Coordinators. So far we have only dealt with things locally, but I know every time we hear of something like what happened in Moore, he wishes so badly that he could be there helping. Maybe some day we will be able to serve like your boys and yourself did and have! Thank you for sharing this!
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  13. Jill C

    Hi, I wonder if you might have met my sister during the OK disaster relief. She is local and her church, Emmanuel Baptist plays a huge role in the recovery. My sister, Julie, oversees the food pantry, and her husband, Jeff, helped oversee man, I aspects of the Relief. Did you >by chance meet a married couple, Julie and Jeff? They also homeschool as well. Since you were all significantly involved in the relief, I thought you might have crossed paths. Thanks for the work that you do. Blessings, Jill

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