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So thankful…….

While talking to several of my coworkers today, and giving many wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving, we couldn’t help but pause to remember those in our city who lost everything in the tornadoes that ripped through here less than two weeks ago. We couldn’t help but to acknowledge that we have MUCH to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.

  • First and foremost, I am thankful for my Lord Jesus, who saved my soul.
  • Second, I am thankful that there were no lives lost during the tornadoes here.
  • I have a home — many in my city are now homeless.
  • I have dirty dishes I can wash — many do not have any dishes.
  • I have two loads of laundry to do — many do not even have clothing.
  • I still have a freezer full of food — many lost all of their food when the power was out.
  • I have a job — many do not since 30 businesses were completely destroyed by the tornadoes.
  • Though my car is very old, I still have one — many lost their cars when they were destroyed in the tornado’s path.
  • I have the pleasure of viewing photos of my family — many lost every photo they ever had.
  • I have a family with whom I will gather tomorrow — many do not have a place to gather due to the storm.  Others will feel the ache from spending their first holiday without a loved one who died earlier this year.

Yes, we have MUCH to be thankful for — we are truly blessed.

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Tornado pictures and testimonies

Here are some pictures from the tornadoes that swept through our city a week ago.

This is a billboard that my hubby worked on many times in the past:

sign

Here is another image of the same sign:

sign

Here is another billboard that he worked on:

sign

Here is a house knocked off its foundation, and thrown near the street:

house

Look at where the porch from this house is, compared to where the house is now sitting:

house

Here is a side view of the above house:

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You can see the path of the tornado here:

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Another view of the same area:

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Here are a couple of wide-view shots of the tornado’s path:

wide view

path

As we drove through the area, all you could see was one house after another with a big orange X marked on the front of the houses. It was unbelievable to view it.

At church this morning, we got to hear some incredible stories. One lady’s porch was gone, yet a cross on the front of her house remained intact. As you walked through her house, you could see where the walls were damaged, and many items were thrown from the walls, yet where she had multiple crosses hanging throughout her home, all remained untouched by the tornado. Walking out her back door, there were two 2x4s stuck in a tree, in the form of a perfectly shaped cross.

Another neat story was about the car dealership that lost 80% of its inventory. The west side of the building had lots of huge windows, and that is where the offices of the salesmen were located. When the windows shattered, it demolished the offices and everything in them. As the employees arrived on site to view the devastation, one worker looked at his desk and found a wooden cross that he always kept on his desk, UNTOUCHED and UNMOVED. He noticed that several of his unsaved coworkers would start to walk by his desk, then stop, get out their cell phone, and take a picture of that cross, still in place. Many people are searching for hope in the midst of the devastation, and they were finding it in a simple cross.

Another neat story was of the many volunteers who have stepped in.  One couple flew from the state of Washington to come all the way to central Indiana, just to help those in need.  We couldn’t help but talk about how if these two tornadoes had hit on Monday, instead of a Sunday afternoon, the loss of life would have been devastating.  So many people would not be here today if that awful storm had come one day later..

Wednesday Night

Tried to get dd to her small group since she missed last week due to being sick. However, with all of the gawkers who were on the highway, looking at the tornado damage, traffic was at a snail’s pace. It was going to take us at least an hour to drive what is normally a 20-25 minute drive. We finally turned around and opted to stop by the library for a special treat.

What kind of special treat? Well….do you know what a Hoovian is? Do you know who The Doctor is? The library had a special Dr. Who night. We got to make a Dr. Who coaster and a sonic screwdriver.

And now we are home, watching the Doctor Who marathon that has been running for several days.

Tornado!!!

tornado

Our city was hit very hard by two tornadoes yesterday. I had to work until 3:00. I knew there was a tornado hitting the ground just 15 miles west of us, but knowing that my dd was home alone (and sick), I wasn’t about to stay in the building until things were clear. I prayed fervently all the way home, and kept my eyes on the western skies.

By the time I got home (20 minutes later), we were under a tornado warning. I ran into the house and yelled, “Get your tennis shoes on and get into the hall with pillows to cover your head!” We were in the hall for 30-45 until all was clear.

I later found out that one of the area that had been hardest hit by the tornado is an area where I had just been 5 MINUTES BEFORE it touched down! I still get chills when I think about how close I was to the danger. I also thank the Lord for getting me home safely before it touched down.

As I drove to work this morning, I could easily tell which areas were hardest hit because it was completely black in those areas, and eerily quiet. Once I got off work, I was able to view more of the damage and was astonished by what I saw. Utter devastation in so many places. But at the same time, I could also see a very strong spirit in those who faced such losses and in the many volunteers who were stepping up to help those in need. You could clearly see that they weren’t going to give in and let the tornadoes devastating effects defeat them. They WILL get through this, and be better, stronger people.

tornado damage

This was once a house owned by a lady I know. Many years ago, when her hubby was a pastor, we attended their church. Her testimony on the evening news was very inspiring.

Being that my own brother is a fireman, I found this next photo particularly interesting:

fire dept.

Though there were many injuries in our area, we are thankful that no one was killed during these storms.

On a funnier note from yesterday, I was trying to quickly think of the bare necessities that I wanted to keep on my person while taking shelter in the hallway. I grabbed my wallet, my two flash drives (one has all of the devotions I’ve written over the last several years and one has dd’s senior pictures), and last of all, I grabbed my bottle of……Vesicare! LOL! My coworkers got a good laugh out of that one!