Yesterday afternoon, I found myself opening the small window in our bathroom, before snatching up our dogs, and taking residence in our linen closet. I sat in the closet, consoling our dogs, and thinking to myself; this is not going to be good, this tornado is going to hit where we live. I couldn’t reach my family to make sure they were okay. I sat in the closet with a flashlight, water, food bars, legal documents, a gun, blankets, pillows, and a cell phone, with the closet door cracked open to hear the weather radio. The city tornado horns were going off outside, notifying residents of rotation and of a potential tornado nearby. My cell phone screeched with an alert notification stating get below ground. I took a deep breath, closed the door, said a prayer, calmed my dogs down, and held the door knob as tight as I possibly could. I felt an immediate pressure change and then heard an eerie roar. It was just a couple of minutes but felt like hours. The strange pressure change and roar left, out of the blue, my cell phone rang. It was my son, he said he’s okay and will be finishing up working for the day. I heard from my husband, Bulldog Man. He told me he was okay, and he wanted to make sure I was okay. I was relieved to hear Bulldog Man and Tank were safe and okay. Then I lost total phone service, and heard nothing more from husband or son for hours.
I crawled out of the linen closet with my dogs, and realized I was okay. I also realized our parents, kids, and friends were hearing about this storm over all the news channels and would be trying to contact us to make sure we were okay and wouldn’t be able to get through. For hours, we had no phone or computer service. When my husband and son came home we tried to get phone service, with no luck. We all piled up in a truck and drove out of town, south toward the large casino, in hopes of finding a pay phone or getting cell phone service. Briefly we were able to get cell service and realized we had 30 messages from family and friends wanting to know if we were okay. It took two hours to get intermittent cell use to get ahold of our other kids, our parents, and close friends to let each know we were okay.
We are very blessed and okay, unfortunately Oklahoma lost many adults and children in the storm the last couple of days.
With amazing grace, our family will be out helping friends, strangers and animals. Please keep Oklahoma in your prayers.
The next couple of days, I will welcome a new blogger to my blog and post my give-away.
|After the storm yesterday, while driving out of town to find|
phone service we had a beautiful sunset.