A week ago today on what started out as a normal day, woke up and hauled grain to port with papa!
Warning of storms coming, was planning to finish harvest, but weather didn’t agree!
After delivering trucks we decided to go to walmart get groceries..get stuff for Christmas meals that were being delivered Monday. All normal.
I remember coming home and texting my family and friends to stay safe, the weather forecast wasn’t looking good!
Sometimes it’s hard to believe the meteorologist because most of the time they are wrong BUT boy they weren’t this time.
I remember hearing it get very loud outside, windows creaking, watching the facebook live of weather, no power and very little phone battery left. Hunkered down in hallway, with Aaron and the dogs.
Texting my family making sure they were aware it was coming. You see my granny and papas house had got hit before my tornado but it affected very few houses less populated area and they were okay!
I knew the damage it could do and to be honest this was the first time I’ve ever got really really scared about a storm and actually took shelter.
As the wind picked up we new it was close..
About a mile from the house…
Once stormed had past we decided to get out and go check on things… I remember topping sandlick hill just by work and not being able to pass. I remember driving down 91 and only being able to get so far. Having no signal to check up on anyone, and another storm coming.
Wake up Saturday morning and hoping and praying it was just a dream…
But it was reality.. I remember seeing peoples houses flattened or damaged, I remember seeing debree everywhere, I remember seeing my work place destroyed as tears are falling down my face.
But I also remember seeing everyone already helping, and seeing a community come together, clearing roads, cutting trees, gathering belongings…I seen linemen, rescue teams, and police all out!
As the weekend went on, I saw more damage and still haven’t seen all..
Y’all my heart is heavy. I’m here to say I am so thankful me and my family are okay and my house is still standing as well as theirs! But I am hurting for those families who lost their loved ones, their homes, their pets, their job!
Over the last few days of cleanup I have been able to hear stories, talk with neighbors and realize how strong God really made us.
Every person I have been around saying, they will get through it, they are thankful their family is okay, they don’t need anything..I have been around people that are expressing thanks for the help when in reality no thanks is needed.. that’s what neighbors are for, that is what friends are for.. and that is what we are supposed to do!
It crazy in the mist of the storm the strongest people are those who were affected. Those people that are saying they don’t need anything are the people that just lost their home.
Meanwhile for some reason those who still have a roof over their head still are asking for everything. It’s sad…but that shows you how spoilt and selfish we are..(i’m unsure if these are the words I am wanting to use) It’s hard for me to watch people brag about doing something good for those in need, because you are supposed to do that. Hard to watch people from our own town or other states looting or wanting money from those that have nothing. I can’t stand people pretending to care!
Wake up call to those: you should be offering your spare room, lending a hand: bringing dinner to those in need, donating clothes, food or money to those in need, picking up, cutting trees, or simply checking in.
Thanking the linemen,rescue teams, law enforcement, road department, city officials for their hard work.
To those who have or already doing that… you are a kind soul, selfless and truly a blessing.
I have been able to walk around a place I called work destroyed and not really much we can do…
I was able to see my work family come together, and all lean on one another. Actually was supposed to be on a work trip this week for a conference in Michigan with my boss and Amber Herman but..I didn’t want to leave after this..
This tornado has caused damage that will impact everyones lives forever… one that has changed surroundings, changed people, and changed outlooks on life..
Two words: devastating disaster
No words will ever make this day okay, make it easier, but seeing all the love and support and help will. I just hope and pray it doesn’t end here….
I pray for those dealing with these struggles and for strength coping.
May this change all of our outlooks on life.. pray that people always lend a hand, make connections stronger, communities stronger, realizing we can take nothing for granted, objects are replaceable even if it doesn’t seem as if they are, but friends, family and neighbors are not and realize things can change in a blink of an eye.. May we appreciate memories, and all the little things in life..
Here are some photos of the last few days from work..
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