Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Thankfully We Escaped





I went to church last night and while in church I had my phone on silent. When church was over and I got in the car the first thing I did was check my phone. I had several missed calls and a bone chilling text from Craig that said a TORNADO just passed over the top of our house! I immediately started to shake in my shoes! I called Craig and was terrified of what he would have to report! 


He watched the tornado come across the field where these building were destroyed. It is our county fair grounds. It was a large wedge tornado. He watched from the front porch until the wind was so great he had to go inside. He said the tornado was on a straight path for our house. He gathered the dogs and they went to the bathroom. He said he never heard a noise like this in his life, he said it was like a train on top of the house. While in the bathroom he said the whole house shook, vibrated and made loud cracking noises. He said he expected the house to lift off the ground at any second! But it held strong!


Just a few hundred yards from our house the TORNADO lifted off the ground and passed right above our roof! As Craig went outside he said he expected the roof to be completely gone, but it was still there! God was defiantly watching over us! We had a few minor things damaged, but nothing we can't fix ourselves!


These photos are of the fair grounds right across the road from us.
















This is the house at the end of our street.








It blew our RV off the blocks and turned it about 3ft.





Thought this was odd! Lifted this glass out of the table and gently placed it on the floor of the deck without breaking it! Most of the damage was under the porch.


71 comments:

Debra@Common Ground said...

Oh Theresa, so glad you and your home are OK, this is so scary! You definitely had angels in attendance there. The glass situation is really so odd. Stay safe, and big hugs! Debra

VINTAGE HOME lifestyle said...

How terrifying Theresa. I am so happy that you and your family are safe. Your angels were with you.
ox~Cathleen

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

Thank goodness you and your family are safe and your home was spared! What a frightening experience this must have been! So glad that you are all OK.

Anne Lorys - Fiona and Twig said...

Yikes girl, y'all definitely dodged a bullet!

So glad you're safe!

XO,
Anne

Sharon Wengel said...

So glad you and your husband are safe . and that your home suvived .

Vintage Barn 27 said...

What horrible thoughts must have been running through your mind, your husband must have been so afraid of what could be happening at the time he heard the train sound. Now, I couldn't imagine the feeling you must be having now, knowing your husband is safe, your house was spared, and the (what I consider)miracle of the glass being lifted and gently put back down. Wow. Thank you so much for posting. Thank heavens you, your husband and dogs are safe.

Faded Charm said...

I'm so glad you are all okay. I had a chill go up my body when I saw your photo on my sidebar and hoped desperately this wasn't a picture of your home. Very scary and kinda puts things into perspective, doesn't it?

xoxo
Kathleen

Michelle~Sugar House Creations said...

Wow, someone was definitely watching over your house! That is the strangest thing I have seen, the glass on the ground, lol.

lifespassion said...

So happy you all are safe. Tornadoes are strange in that they can devastate, yet gently move and replace things. Glad all is ok and no one was injured.

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

Theresa
so glad y'all are ok.
We had T-warnings all afternoon too in our area... I haven't seen anything really bad in our area as far as damage.
Weird about that glass table top!

Pat

Mandi said...

WOW...God had you guys in the palm of His hand! So glad you are safe and have minor damage. Odd that it would move the trailer but not damage it, and the glass not breaking is just beyond words. Set down by Heavenly hands, no doubt!

Garden Antqs Vintage said...

Wow, I would definately say that was God watching over you or he had his angels working double duty! Thank goodness all is well!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Theresa, I am glad you and your family are safe. This must have been terrifying for your community.
Hugs,
Sherry

Alice said...

Theresa, how terrifying that must have been for your husband to go through, and for you not knowing the extent of the damage.

Living in Kansas, I know how frightening and unpredictable these monsters can be.

The Lord was surely protecting your family that day! I'm so glad you are OK, and the house is still in tact.

Angela said...

My friend in East Texas did a post this morning called, "You're not the boss of me!". Twice yesterday the weather watchers tracked tornados straight for them...they changed or disepated, showing who is in control.

Ido said...

Thanks god you and your family are okay! Blessings!
XXX Ido

www.MaisonStGermain.com said...

Oh wow, how scarry for you all. I am so glad everything turned out ok and that you are all safe.
~Debra xxx
Capers of the vintage vixens

lvroftiques said...

Yikes that was close!! God was really looking after you guys...down to the glass!...That it didn't break is something of a miracle. You must be having a REALLY good day today! Vanna

Junk Girl said...

So happy to hear you weren't hurt and your home is okay! I had heard there were tornado's galore down there. I guess we shouldn't complain that there's snow in our forecast for Sunday up here in North Dakota - things can always be worse! Take care and stay safe! Andrea

Petite Michelle Louise said...

oh my goodness! you are soooooooo being watched over ! amazing how the tornado passed right over you and around you but left your home untouched. you are blessed indeed!

Jeanine Burkhardt said...

Oh-My-Word!!! More than glad that YOU are Safe and Sound!!!
Big Hugs... Jeanine, ChiPPy!-SHaBBy!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

So glad you, your family and home are safe. We have had 3 days of severe storms here and it has really been bad. Stay safe.

Margo said...

OMG, I'm so glad you and yours are OK. You live in a mobile right? How on earth did it hold fast???? You are indeed very blessed and have angels obviously protecting you.
so sorry for the damage and hoping there was no loss of life elsewhere.
Margo

oldgreymare said...

OMG I just about had a heart attack when I saw the post title. I am so relieved to know you both are OK.
How absolutely terrifying.

Saying a prayer of gratitude that you are safe.

much love,
z

Ruby Grace's said...

Oh my....I can't imagine on so many levels. I am so glad that you guys are okay!
Denis

Windmill Memories said...

So glad you are all safe and your house was okay. Prayers are with everyone in your area. Jackie

Sue said...

We get earthquakes here but they are nothing like the tornado's so many of you get. I'm so grateful not only that your house is okay, but that all of you are alright as well!!

Take care, Sue

My Shabby Roses said...

So glad you are all all right! What a scarry phone call that must have been!
Debbie

Amy said...

WOW, I am so glad to hear it missed you.
WHat a crazy world, I can't believe that last picture how super crazy is that. How gentle yet deadly tornadoes can be.
Strange though, my family just missed getting hit from the ones in and near st louis last friday. I was telling my mom that I kinda miss the energy and excitement of a storm. The running to the basement, the candles, seeing the storm in the sky. I grew up with it so I guess I just got used to it all. My husband thinks I am crazy to want to move back to the midwest.
But so glad you and family is okay.
Amy

The Cranky Queen said...

Thank the Lord your family was not harmed. Blessings go up for your town during the cleanup...looks like it is going to be a dangerous spring with bad weather...to brighten your day, head on over to the Cranky Queen & enter the Mother's Day Giveaway...Tiff

BECKY said...

Wow Theresa! I am so glad you all are ok! I have watched some of this awful stuff on the TV, and prayed for all in the paths of these storms.
May you continue to be protected!!
So much to be thankful for, huh?
HUGS,
Becky

Vicki said...

So glad you are all okay. That was definitely a God moment. Isn't that strange about the glass table??

Jane said...

I can't begin to imagine how scary that was. I'm very happy to read that you are all OK and your house was spared. This tornado outbreak has been terrible.
Take care,
Jane

Kathy said...

This is so scary. Thankfully you and your family are fine. What a spring this has been. Glad you're okay.

Kathy

colleen said...

holy cow you certainly had an angel watching over you glad your ok!

My Primitive Creations by Tonya said...

Well Theresa I have to agree with you the angles were certainly watching over you and your home.. Thank God you were not hurt and received little damaged...
totnados are such odd storms and seem to do the strangest things leaving one thing in perfect shape and destroying something right next to it...
You are surely blessed to have been spared in the wake of the storm..

blessings
Tonya

BRANDON WOLINE said...

Scary! So glad that you are okay.

Jennifer@Woodley Cottage said...

So glad all is well with y'all! Stay safe!!!
Jennifer

Amy at WhisperWood Cottage said...

Glad to hear everyone is safe! So weird about that piece of glass!

trash talk said...

TOT,
I don't know which is scarier...the sound of the train or no warning at all. I do know that one can lift a piece of glass gingerly while at the same time drive a piece of straw through a wall. I think that's what makes them so terrifying...the unpredictability of the devastation. I'm so thankful that your home, Craig and the pets are all OK.
Debbie

Liz Bradley said...

Oh Tot, Thank God you all are ok, and you don't have major damage! How is the Barn and the rest of the town? Hope all is well. Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you all!
We need to have lunch again soon.
Liz

Nancy @ Ella Elaine said...

Wow! All I can say is that you are blessed for sure.

Kristen said...

I don't live far from you. My mother and father in law are in Eastview. We sure have had some crazy weather.

I'm glad you all are ok and your home too.

Destiny said...

So glad you and your family (and home) are safe! Very strange about the glass table! My entire family is in TN and MS and they've been keeping me updated on all of the terrible weather. I understand that there were several deaths :( My prayers go out to everyone who lost their homes/loved ones.

Anji Johnston said...

I'm so glad you and everyone else are safe. A tornando was heading our way in Northern Va just an hour ago and it is was so scary to watch it'd track on the weather channel. What happened in Alabama today was totally devasting - my heart goes out to everyone there. Stay safe X

Custom Comforts said...

Amazing grace. God's goodness and protection was watching over you. The table glass is just too weird. Glad you are all okay.
Cindy

One Shabby Old House said...

All I can say is PTL . The picture of your glass table top gently placed on the ground certainly was His act.
Hugs
Becky

Carol said...

Scary stuff. I saw the reports on the news. I'm glad to hear that everyone is safe.

Smiles,

Carol

sassytrash said...

I'm SOOO glad you'all are OK--what a harrowing night, but it ended up going all around us and we were so thankful to have only lost a night's sleep. I'm ready to move back to Sarasota! Hurricanes got nuthin' on these armies of monster twisters that march through unpredictably!! And they say May is the peak month???? I can hardly wait.

Miss Gracie's House said...

This scares me just reading about it...but so thankful that you are ok...the devastation around you must just be overwhelming...thanking God with you for your safety.
Rene

deborah said...

wow... grateful that you are ok.
blessings as you all recover.
deborah

Carole said...

I found myself holding my breathe afraid of what I might read. So lucky you and Craig were ok. In a blink how quickly things can change.
Makes you thankful for every minute.

HUGS,
Carole

Zita - Mlle Magpie said...

Oh my Lord, that is just frightful, Theresa! Thank God you and Craig are all safe and sound. I definitely think you had special protection that day.

A Cottage Muse said...

Hi Theresa...I am so thankful you are safe. He was definitely keeping an eye out for you!

Ticking and Toile said...

Oh Theresa.....I'm so very glad you're ok....It does look like God was watching over you dear :) I just can't believe how much destruction has gone on in the last couple days! Take care & a big squeeze.

Kimberly Jones said...

I'm so glad you and your family are safe, and that your home wasn't damaged. Take care!

MELANIE said...

God is Good! Im very happy that you are okay. We have a friend down in Alabama and thankfully he and his family made out okay. The Lord works in mysterious ways!

That must be a special table!

MJ
Lucky 7 Design

Simply Bungalow said...

So glad you are okay. The weather has surely been crazy lately.
~Heidi

J Hill Designs said...

So glad you two are ok. It is very obvious that God was watching out for you and Craig. He has something for you to do. Hugs, Judy

Shabby Vintage Junk said...

Oh Theresa I'm SO GLAD you're all OK....We've been watching the terrible news of your tornados down here & have been shocked at the havoc they've wreaked across your southern states....!!

Sending you WARM HUGS from Oz,
Tamarah :o)

LizlovesVintage said...

Tot,
OMG!! Thank goodness for miracles. I think God was watching over you and your Family. I have heard about all the devastation on the news. Terrible, But you are ok and that is what matters most:)
xxoo Liz

Alice and Jay said...

Wow, Theresa! What a blessing that you and your home are safe! I am so glad that you all escaped with only minor issues. The glass on the front porch gave me chill bumps. Keep safe and God bless. Alice

Burlap Luxe said...

Blessings to you Teresa!!
God was watching out for you!
You were where he wanted you to be, right in church safe and sound! your home was spared what a blessing!

My mom has lived through many Tornados, where a family member was picked up and set back down with little harm a block away!

The news of these tornados has everyone shaken!
So happy to se you well.
xoxo
Dore

Blue Creek Home said...

Theresa,
God is good! I am thankful you and Craig weren't affected any worse. I am sure it will take him a long time to get that sound out of his head.

We live at Lake Martin in AL. The devastation here is terrible. I can't even imagine how horrible the Northern part of the state is. Thankfully, all members of my family, scattered across the state, are all safe.

It's worth repeating:
God is good!
Rhonda

Glenda said...

The images on the nightly news are so frightening. Happy you safe, and I'm thinking and praying for all the families that have been affected. God Bless...
~G~

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

We have been praying for everyone affected by these difficult storms. So glad your family is safe.

Fondly,
Glenda

Anne Marie... said...

my heart aches for those who lost their homes and lives...so very devestating

glad to hear you are okay
xo+farm blessings,
Anne Marie

saltbox treasures said...

Hi Theresa, Just got caught up on your posts. I'm so glad you were spared. How scary. It is amazing that your table glass did not break. God was watching over you.
~ Julie

A Shabby Moment in Time said...

How scary, yet comforting to know that God's protection was over you and yours! Praise Him, Praise Him! So glad you are safe and sound.
Blessings & Hugs,
Karen

Maison Douce said...

Oh, my goodness, Theresa, I can't believe that! I've been a bit plugged out of blogland lately... Thankfully you were okay... What a scary thing!
Isabel

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

Oh Theresa, how blessed we both are to have survived that horrific storm! So many were not! I can't imagine what your husband was going through waiting on that monster to hit....and then it lifted....God is in control!

SO glad you and yours are all fine!
I am just catching up and saw this post!

Lou Cinda :)

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