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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

A Month After the Vilonia Arkansas Tornado

It was one month ago on May 27th that the tornado ripped through my hometown of Vilonia, Arkansas. People back home are still trying to pick up the pieces of what is left of their lives and put them back together again. Some have decided not to rebuild but to move on. Several businesses have made the decision not to rebuild or reopen their businesses. Sad for the small town. They need the small town businesses. 
My son and his family are one of the lucky blessed ones. They have good insurance, they had a lot of people donating money, gift cards, food, clothing, etc. They had a friend who just happened to have an empty trailer they could live in until they could buy a house. They had just put their home up for sale before the tornado and had found a home they wanted to buy in a neighboring farm town and now they will be able to do that. So many people are still living in hotels, doubled up with other families, even in tents. So sad. 

So it has been one month and on that one month anniversary what happens? We here in Houston are under a tornado warning and I am in my car driving to work. The wind is so forceful that my SUV is rocking at the stop light and the wind is whirling the traffic lights. I am just praying to get to my school so I can get out of the car and into the building where at least it is more safe. Our school is build for a category 4 hurricane. Then I hear on the radio that North Dakota was hit by a tornado at an oil field and my son WORKS in N.D. He had just gone back to work last week. I hear 9 people are injured. I reach my son and find out he is safe but the tornado was 20 miles away from where he was and they had evacuated. It was just too much for me. I managed to get in the building soaking wet of course (so much for an umbrella!) and then just broke down. I was literally shaking and crying and just a mess. 

Thank you, Lord - for keeping my family safe once again. I don't know what people do who don't know the Lord - I can get myself in a mess sometimes and I DO know Him. I can't imagine life without Him.


4 comments:

  1. Hi. I've been checking in on you every week. My thoughts are with you. I know the worry we can have for our children in any situation. Your words are a comfort and a reminder to me that knowing God can give us peace in times of trouble and danger.

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    1. Thank you so much for your sweet words and checking in on me. It is very hard to keep from worrying even though we know we are told not to. Just have to do the best we can.

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  2. Pamela, I'm so sorry to hear that the tornado ripped through your hometown. But so thankful that God kept your family safe. I imagine that people living through such a disaster like this can only get through it with their faith in God. Sending prayers to you and all your family.
    Dawn
    @A Place for Pictures and Memories

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    1. Thank you - my son and his family are now moved into their new home. People have been so gracious. We appreciate it so much. thank you for your prayers!

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