The McAllen 7 have been deeply moved by the outpouring of love and support from people across the Rio Grande Valley, and the people of Joplin can feel that love, too. We arrived back in McAllen after 10 this evening, and I couldn't help but think about what your prayers meant to us. You see, weather reports indicated Joplin would have severe thunderstorms on Friday. We were afraid of the flight being canceled but were also afraid of flying in those storms. We arrived without incident, and about 30 minutes later, the rain began to fall. This morning (Sunday), weather reports indicated storms in Dallas. Once again, there were none in sight. When we arrived at DFW, friends in the Valley reported unexpected rain in McAllen; however, we flew in clear skies. Thanks to all of you who prayed for our safe journey to Joplin and back. Those prayers worked.

Throughout the week, we will share pictures and thoughts of the journey, a journey that was not ours alone. It was your journey, too. On Wednesday, August 24, I will have a full story about our Journey to Joplin in the Valley Town Crier.

The McAllen 7 are determined not to make this journey a one-weekend shot....go, help, forget. We have ideas for making connections between the children of Joplin and the children of McAllen. We want to share some of those thoughts with you. Again, we need you to be a part of this.

Thanks for your love, support and prayers. You brought us safely home.