LOWA 71st Annual Conference and Awards Banquet (and giveaway) — 29 Comments

  1. Congratulations!!! You deserve every one of those!! I am so happy for you and wondering which wall is going to be covered or is it going to be a scrapbook? 🙂 Whichever, I can just about guarantee there will be more added to it soon. And your new book did great. Just takes a good writer. 🙂 Hope you get a bit of rest soon.

    I am still praying for everyone in the floods. I’ve been watching the reports. You should have received an award for just getting to the banquet without a boat! I noticed your vehicle is made like mine, hard to see where the front of it actually ends. I have a 4 cylinder and it would have flooded out for sure.

    • Oh, Cammy, which wall? I hadn’t even thought of that, but it reminds me I need to see if I can find certificates from previous years if I’m ever going to preserve them at all–even in a binder of some sort. What I need to find is someone with some free time on their hands and a love of scrapbooking to take all these mementos I have stashed here and there and do something with them, at least for my kids to look and when I’m dead and gone. I would have said grandkids, but I don’t have any yet. Yes, we shall all continue to pray for these folks. Having been through flooding four times, I really do feel for them. Once the reality has set in, the hard work begins. Hot, hard work.

  2. I’m here and I’m dry. We had no water issues. Can’t say the same for 2 of my children. I will say it was minimal though. My daughter, son-in-law, 2 grandchildren and 3 grand dogs are here with us. They lost power Sun, the water was rising around them so they got out while the could. The only way in or out was by boat by Mon morning. This morning Hubby, daughter, s-I-l and grandson launched our folding Porta- bote about a mile away and went in to check for damages. Luckily there was no water in the home.
    My eldest son’s work shop had about 5 1/2″ in it. The house is 2′ higher so he had no problem with it getting in the house. Both my sons work for the Baton Rouge Fire Dept. They left for work Sat morning and were relieved this morning. They go back tomorrow and have been told they will probably be there much longer than their 24 hr shift.
    No one was prepared for this. Places that have NEVER flooded are completely underwater.
    Sorry, BW got carried away. The sad part is there’s so much more to be said.
    Congrats on your awards. Correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t you place in every category except video? AND as far as I know you don’t do video. Quite impressive!

    • Steffi, glad your family didn’t suffer from having their homes flooded. We have certainly seen some strange weather these past couple of years. Trouble with areas flooding that never have before is that they will continue to flood after the first time. We have an area west of us that flooded a few years ago and now, every time we get really heavy rain, it floods again and washes out the banks that TRA built many years ago and rebuilt several times since.

      • Steffi, thanks for the update, and we’re very glad those closest to you were spared. And please thank your firemen sons for their service. I know they are tired. As far as awards, radio and TV (video) are in the same category of “Broadcast”, so the only two categories I didn’t place in are “Magazine Long Feature” and Photography. This is most likely the closest I’ll ever come to a clean sweep!! I’m satisfied!

        • Cleanup started yesterday on the workshop. Everything is scattered outside to dry and 2′ of Luan and insulation has now been removed. No telling how long this will take to get done. As you know the studs must be cleaned and dry before repairs can be made, IF you can the materials needed to make the repairs. Then of course, everyday life goes on. Mac is at the FD today.

  3. Well deserved congratulations on the awards! Glad ye made it there and back without incident…our hearts are with others who are struggling through this weather. Stay safe, mates.

    • Thanks so much, Capt.! Yes, and as flooding continues, we must continue to think of the flood victims and do what we can from where we are!

  4. Congratulations! Wonderful recognition for your work. Thanks for reporting on your status regarding the flooding. I was wondering how you were faring. Praying for everyone with flooding issues.

    • Thank you, Bonita. We had a beautiful day down here Wednesday with sun all day and no rain, and I was able to do a tour that has been rescheduled twice already. We will continue to pray for all these devastated families.

  5. Woo-hoo!!!! I’m doing a happy dance here with all those awards! Especially for Regret the Egret! Your talent is becoming more and more appreciated!! I couldn’t be happier for you.

    I didn’t realize you were caught in some of that flooding rain. It’s so good to hear that Daniel’s home did not flood.

    I can feel the easy breathing you’re doing…..

    • I was so excited, I think I might have done a little happy dance to on my way up to receive my award for the book, which was the last one announced! When I first joined LOWA, they had pursued me for membership because of my first book, Before the Saltwater Came, and the irony is that it was considered for an EIC award in 2006 but it did not even place. So imagine my shock, surprise, and great pleasure when this book not only placed, but it WON. I’m still smiling over this one! I’m so sorry about your son-in-law’s house, especially since they had just completed some major remodeling, right? I hope they are holding up okay.

  6. Dale and I are so proud of you! Such talent you do have ! I enjoy everything you write and love your blog! I do love Regret the Egret! Congratulations on all the awards. You are so deserving!

    • I’m glad to call you and Dale friends! And super happy that you enjoyed the book! Hopefully I’ll see y’all down at the camp soon!

  7. Congrats on all the awards. YOUR AMAZING!!!!……So thankful that you made it up there and back safely. Also, so glad that Dan’s house was spared. GOD IS GOOD!!!

    • Well, I was hoping to be blogging about and sharing photos of our Toledo Bend fishing trip. As it turned out, I’m not sure if it rained at your camp, but it rained all day both days I stayed over in Shreveport. I still want to go with you when we can, but I know the camper is returning home in a few days. We’ll do this next time we can, okay?

      • You made the right choice to take a rain check! Sadly, we are going back this weekend to pack it all up. We will defiantly be going back and you are welcome to come anytime.

  8. Congratulations on all your awards and accomplishments. You are so multitalented, so accomplished in so many areas. And you do everything with enthusiasm, passion, and grace. Capt. Wendy, you are certainly a tour de force!

    • Those words mean so much coming from an accomplished author like yourself, Deb. By the way, if you’d like to sponsor the blog one month by giving away a copy of your book, just let me know. I’d be happy to do that with you. Hope all is well in your world and that the second book is not far off . . . or did I miss something already?

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