I Was Born In a Small Town, Grew Up In a Small Town

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It has been a tough week for my small, hometown of Louisville, Mississippi and the surrounding areas. This time last week, none of us dreamed of the devastation and destruction that would take place…This time last week, high school seniors were preparing for their final days of school, athletic banquets were being planned, a child was committing his life to the Lord, a daycare worker was resting up so she could tend to her beloved children, and doctors were taking care of their patients inside the county hospital. It was all the usual and the normal…this time last week.

  But…there is a silver lining…there is hope for a better future…a brighter future…because my hometown…my small town…those small, rural communities…came together…worked together…help flooded in from all around…near and far…to lend a hand…to prepare meals, to deliver supplies…to help make way for a better, brighter future. No tornado will rob us of our Southern hospitality…of our love for one another…NOPE. Stay Strong, Winston County.

Before I just start uncontrollably crying…again…Let us turn our attention to someone who explains growing up and loving a small town…and who does that better than John Mellencamp! *SIDE NOTE* The following pictures are from a photo shoot at my Gran’s house. She lives on the outskirts of Louisville…and on the outskirts of Noxapater…This blog is dedicated to all small towns and communities. God Bless Small Towns!

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Small Town

by: John Mellencamp

Well, I was born in a small town
And I live in a small town
Prob’ly die in a small town
Oh, those small communities

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All my friends are so small town
My parents live in the same small town
My job is so small town
Provides little opportunity

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Educated in a small town
Taught the fear of Jesus in a small town
Used to daydream in that small town
Another boring romantic that’s me

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But I’ve seen it all in a small town
Had myself a ball in a small town
Married an L.A. doll and brought her to this small town
Now, she’s small town just like me

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No, I cannot forget where it is that I come from
I cannot forget the people who love me
Yeah, I can be myself here in this small town
And people let me be just what I want to be

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Got nothing against a big town
Still hayseed enough to say
Look who’s in the big town
But my bed is in a small town
Oh, and that’s good enough for me

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Well, I was born in a small town
And I can breathe in a small town
Gonna die in this small town
And that’s prob’ly where they’ll bury me

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

 

EF4 Tornado Strikes Louisville, Mississippi (My Hometown)

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog. 

I apologize for the delay of normal posts–it has been a very hectic and stressful two days. I was visiting family in my hometown on Monday, April 28 when the devastating storm hit Louisville, Mississippi hard…very hard. An EF4  tornado ripped through my little hometown leaving behind piles of sticks, mangled rubble, and slabs where houses used to be…it was a destruction in the likes of which I have never seen…and hope to never witness again.

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Driving into town today was very emotional–seeing the place where I grew up in shambles was heartbreaking. When I topped the hill and witnessed the first of the damage in the Louisville Country Club/South Church Street area…I cried–squalled like a little baby. All of this is difficult for me to talk about because I have not had time to fully process everything…but what I can tell you is that when I said, “It is good to see you today”…it was truly good to see you today. 

Due to limited internet and cell service here, I will keep this blog brief. So, here are a few photos from the damage in town today–to see more photos and updates, please visit my social media below. 

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A house damaged right across the road from the Winston Country Medical Center which was heavily damaged by the EF4 tornado.
A house damaged right across the road from the Winston County Medical Center.
Photo Credit: Amberle Rogers  A dear friend of mine, Amberle Rogers sent me this photo she took inside the Winston County Medical Center. Sadly, this is not the worst of the damage
Photo Credit: Amberle Rogers
A dear friend of mine, Amberle Rogers sent me this photo she took inside the Winston County Medical Center. Sadly, this is not the worst of the damage at WCM.
Photo Credit: Amberle Rogers  Another photo from inside the Winston County Medical Center taken by Amberle Rogers.
Photo Credit: Amberle Rogers
Another photo from inside the Winston County Medical Center
Coming into town today, I spotted the Louisville City Limits sign twisted from the tornado, snapped a photo, and tweeted it to The Weather Channel. Thank you, Jim Cantore, for your kind words and support as Louisville, Mississippi recovers from this tragedy.
Coming into town today, I spotted the Louisville City Limits sign twisted from the tornado, snapped a photo, and tweeted it to The Weather Channel. Thank you, Jim Cantore, for your kind words and support as Louisville, Mississippi recovers from this tragedy.
On the East Main Street/Highway 14 East area of Louisville, I spotted this house with the "Thank You, Jesus!" sign. Yes...thank you, Jesus!
On the East Main Street/Highway 14 East area of Louisville, I spotted this house with the “Thank You, Jesus!” sign. Yes…thank you, Jesus!
Broken trees, down power lines, and twisted street signs...never have I ever witnessed such a thing in person.
Broken and uprooted trees, downed power lines, and twisted street signs…never have I ever witnessed such a thing in person.
More of the destruction in Louisville, MS
More of the destruction in Louisville, MS
Photo Credit: Amberle Rogers  A black and white photo of the unbelievable damage by Amberle Rogers.
Photo Credit: Amberle Rogers
A black and white photo of the unbelievable damage.
Photo Credit: Amberle Rogers A street once lined with houses is now basically flattened. We are a strong little town, and we will recover. Our God is stronger than any storm. Thank you, Amberle, for sending in this photo.
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A street once lined with houses is now lined with rubble. We [Louisville] are a strong little town, and we will recover. Our God is stronger than any storm.
Donations at the First Baptist Church in Louisville were magnificent. It was so great seeing the community working together to help those affected.
Donations at the First Baptist Church in Louisville were magnificent. It was so great seeing the community working together.
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Loading my car with food and supplies to take to the local shelters. I am so thankful that I was in town so that I could help. #PrayForLouisville #PrayForMississippi

 

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn