Saturday, April 08, 2006

Tennessee Tornados

I am a little bit jumpy tonight. Every sound is startling after the day we had. One of the wooden letters in my little guys room fell off the wall and made me run to both the kids rooms to make sure everything was OK and downstairs to check the weather. Our neighborhood is fine, in fact we barely got rain much less tornados We did sit in the basement at our neighbors house for several hours watching the storm tracker. As we watched I kept saying "I know people that live in that development, or I know someone who lives on that street".
The county that got hit the hardest yesterday is the county where we go to church and most of our friends live close by there. I think I spent more time on the phone yesterday than I have in the last month trying to make sure people were OK and trying to see if we could do anything.

It is amazing how fast things can change in a life. Several of us were planning on going to a new local scrapbook store to a crop last night. One of the girls and I had been talking about how she was cleaning her house and how her husband was out cutting the grass but she was going to check in with him to see if he had plans so she could go scrap. Later one of the pastors from our church pulled their family out of a closet in their house and took them away from there. Apparently their house sustained significant damage.

Another friend thought her dad was dead. She had taken her kids to go to her sisters where there was a basement and not long after she left the tornado hit her parents house. The entire side of the street where her parents live is flattened but he is OK. He was able to get into a closet right before the storm hit.

We have another friend who lost some trim and shingles but houses 100 yards from him were flattened, This is in a neighborhood where there are beautiful brand new brick homes.

We have several friends we have still not been able to get a hold of and there is major damage everywhere we normally go. Please be praying for the victims of this tragedy and their families. Pray that electricity will be restored quickly, water will not be contaminated, and insurance can start working on claims as quickly as possible. Pray that people either get to the shelters set up around the area and that people will open their homes to friends and those that lost everything. Please pray no more storms come through like this.

It seems the storms have subsided for the night so I am going to head back to bed. Good night.


  1. Karen,
    I am so shocked by the pictures on the internet and it makes be so thankful that you, Bobbie, Bethany and Ben are okay. I know you will reach out to help your friends because that's what you do. Our love and prayers are with you and them.
    Love ya,

  2. Karen, Amen and thanks for taking the time to read and comment on my blog. Its nice to get a comment from someone who apparently lives so close!