Saturday, May 25, 2013

"This is what they dug my baby out of..."



The title of this post and the photo above were texted to me by my niece a day after the Moore, OK tornado.

This is my sweet grand niece Ella with her babysitter, Ms. Dena, in front of what was Ms. Dena's house.

There were 6 adults and 5 children in the house when it was destroyed in the tornado. Everyone survived. One person had a cut on their foot, but other than that there were no injuries.

Ella told her daddy, "Ms Dena's house is broke", when he arrived after the tornado.

As I said in my previous post, my family in Moore, OK was very fortunate no one was hurt and their properties were not damaged. We so very grateful to Ms Dena for keeping our sweet grand niece safe during the storm. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Monday, May 20, 2013

I Was Either Going To Have A Heart Attack or Throw Up

Moore, Oklahoma was hit by a devastating tornado today.

As of this moment, at least 51 are dead. 
Correction: The death toll was revised to 24. 

Again

The Husband and I have one adult nephew, wife and child + two adult nieces, husbands and children who live in Moore. In addition to all of their extended family and friends. As well as The Husband's cousin's son and family.

In Moore.

Where the tornado hit.

At the highway exit we take when we visit.

At almost the exact same time I heard about the tornado at work, my Mother turned on the TV and called The Husband. I was trying to phone him, as he was speaking to Mom.

I immediately started texting and calling relatives.

"Are you okay?"

"Have you heard from XXXX?"

"Call me!!!!"

My chest got so tight and I was in such a panic.

Fortunately, we began to receive reports that our family was okay.

There was a scary situation at a home day care center (which was destroyed) where our precious grand nieces stay. THEY are okay. All the children there are OKAY.

They are okay.

Other precious children, at a local school, are not okay.

Once The Husband and I knew that our immediate family was safe, we were relieved. Later, we found out their houses were intact.

And then we began to truly realize how the situation could have turned out so different.

At this point, we both thought we were going to throw up.

Hug your family. Tell them you love them. Kiss and cuddle the babies in your life. Hell, kiss and cuddle the adults in your life.

You never know what is going to happen tomorrow. Or, today.

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Please consider donating to the American Red Cross for Moore, OK relief.  Thank you.
People who wish to make a donation to support the Red Cross response can visitredcross.org, dial 1-800-REDCROSS, or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.