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Monday, March 05, 2012

Storm Update

I spoke too soon, last week, when I told you my family did not experience property damage. My former in-laws, who I still consider my family, lost their house. In fact, they lost two homes.  They are 85 years old and "didn't have a scratch on them". 
And they should have because when I visited the farm (as my son puts it), I couldn’t believe the amount of destruction.  They had been asleep in their bedroom when the tornado arrived. They heard a boom, got out bed, hurried to the “den” (another bedroom) and hunkered down. That’s what we do in MO—hunker down.
Power went out and (I think) they stayed put until morning. That’s when they saw most of their house was gone except the two bedrooms where they had stayed. The right side of the house sort of exploded. The left side scooted north some (it looked like to me) and on the grass. The old farmhouse, my grandmother- in-law’s home, was roofless. The shredded curtains were blowing out the windows. It was haunting.
I have so many memories connected to the farm.  Some were happy memories and some not so much. I hope I don't forget any of them.
You’ve heard about things coming full circle? Life is doing that for me. Circling. I guess it happens to everyone as they get older. You have to be careful about the full circle circling you. You might get caught in the middle without a way out.  Just saying.
Have a great week.

18 comments:

  1. Hi Teresa .. gosh that sounds so frightening for your in-laws .. but they sound pretty resilient.

    Amazing they just hunkered down in "the den" - but what devastation .. but then human life is so valuable and irreplaceable.

    My thoughts are with you all at this time - to help them through this turmoil ...

    With supportive hugs from this side of the pond - Hilary

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  2. Oh, I am so sorry!

    I know the devastation that can come with these storms. Thank God your family is okay.

    We are still clearing our farm from the devastation of our tornado just before I started blogging. We lost two people in the community, we had much structure damage, and the tree line has changed forever.

    Any one who has witnessed such power knows life can change in a second...it's scary to think about it.

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  3. I'm glad your in-laws made it through the destruction okay. Nothing is more frightening than when Mother Nature unleashes her fury. We can be so powerless against it.

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  4. Wow, how terrifying. What a miracle they've come through all right. Thinking of you and everyone else who has been affected.

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  5. That's horrible that they lost not only one but two. How scary and sad. I'm glad they were not hurt though. Thank you for this update.

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  6. What a shock it must have been for them, and for you when you viewed the damage. It is amazing that people can survive such a rage of wind and weather. Blessings and peace to you as you observe the aftermath.

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  7. What a shock it must have been for them, and for you when you viewed the damage. It is amazing that people can survive such a rage of wind and weather. Blessings and peace to you as you observe the aftermath.

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  8. So glad your former in-laws are okay and so sorry to hear of their loss. The are fortunate though. Life does have that way of circling us. Take care and have a great week.

    Mason
    Thoughts in Progress

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  9. You are sweet to still maintain that relationship. I'm glad they are ok!

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  10. Oh I could cry for them having to go through this at their age. My in-laws' home was struck by a tornado once and I remember how stoic they were and wouldn't leave that night.

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  11. Yep, I hunker and then feel the need to remind God that He can calm the storms!!!

    I'm so sorry to hear your family received damage. Your XIL's were fortunate the house didn't collapse on 'em.

    I had to take my MIL to the Dr. the day after and the clinic was without power. Dr. by flashlight...no records...it was different!

    God bless ya sweetie and have a beautiful day!!!

    The circle of life, huh?

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  12. I'm glad they were okay, Teresa. Nothing prepares you for the destruction those winds and funnels bring. Your mouth drops, as I'm sure yours did, when you look at the damage and then look at who's left alive amid the damage.

    It's scary to be in the path of those horrendous storms. We were glued to our TV watching the storm as it made it's way across Kansas and then inexorably sweep through Missouri.

    All you can do is prepare and hunker down. And wait to see what happens. In our little valley we can hear the roar of the rotation winds fly over--clash of the freight trains. The closest one landed 4 miles from us Edgar Springs). We got some tree bending and snapping winds, but none of the tornadoes found their way into our valley like two of them did in '09.

    Crazy weather, but I'm so glad you and your family came out breathing. :-)

    Sia McKye OVER COFFEE

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  13. Thank goodness they are okay. I just can't imagine.

    One question...you said that in MO you hunker down in the rooms. Do you have basements? Is that a stupid question? Because here in MN, every house has a basement and that's where we go when the sirens go off. Just curious. Thanks.

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  14. Teresa, that's terrible! Thank God they all right though.

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  15. Makes you realize what is really important. Glad your in-laws are safe, and they have you!

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  16. Well said ... sometimes you get caught in the event horizon and then there is nothing you can do to get out. Good to take care of the relational matters so when the full circle does happen there are that many fewer regrets.

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  17. Thank you for checking in on my family. I am glad your family is going to be ok also.

    I love you dear JW!!!

    Indie

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  18. I'm glad your in-laws are okay and that you're safe, too, Teresa. Sending lots of positive energy and good thoughts across the miles to you, your family, and your neighbors.

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