Well, we had a little excitement here today. Early in the afternoon, tornadoes developed over the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.
We heard the weather sirens going off, so I checked the weather and noticed that we were under a tornado warning.
The Boy is visiting from England right now, and he sounded somewhat concerned. I assured him there was nothing to worry about – we hardly ever have large tornadoes touch down; the sirens are mostly to make us aware to be on the lookout.
Donna, the lady who takes Rebecca to and from school each day, called about an hour before school let out and said that a tornado had come close to the school, but the kids were all OK.
I was fine, until I saw video of the nursing home that is literally right across the street from the school. Like a couple of football fields close.
The NE corner of the nursing home was hit.
Thankfully, there was only 1 minor injury – the area of the building that was hit is the rehab area, so nobody’s room was damaged.
To hear the people in the school tell it, the tornado came dangerously close to the school; as one mom said, “God had his hand all over that school.”
Rebecca is now home, safe and sound – as far as she was concerned, it was all a grand adventure; she got to be in the dark with all of her friends at school.
When she got home, I tried to give her a great big hug.
She wanted to go watch her movies.
Thank you, God. ♥♥♥
[Update]: Just got this e-mail from the school:
Dear Families & Staff,
We are very grateful – God put His hand on our little school this afternoon! As many of you already know, the nursing home across the street had extensive damage and they evacuated the residents. We may have some roof damage from the hail, but were virtually untouched by the tornado that literally passed by two houses down. We know people were praying for us this afternoon – God heard those prayers! All of our students and staff, in all three of our locations (GOS, GOAL and the store) were in safe areas during the storms. We had only one student who was a little upset, but it was because I told him we couldn’t tell ghost stories when the lights went out! Our staff was amazing and kept our students calm and occupied. We were unaware that a tornado was passing by!
God is good! I was praying hard for y’all this afternoon.
Thanks! I think I’ve finally stopped shaking…. 😛
Wow, that was close… so glad you are okay!
Thanks! I was never worried about us; when I saw footage of that nursing home, though…..
I have never experrienced a tornado. I do remember when our family, includes your father, had gone to Camden, Arkansas to visit Aunt Cora. We were playing in the yard when Aunt Cora came running and then herded us all to the root cellar. We all huddled there and fortunately no tornado touched down. At my age I estimate that the year was probably 1936.
We were watching the news and I was thinking so hard that all of you would be safe. Love to you all. Aunt Imo and Uncle John.
So glad ya’ll are o.k.! Been thinking of ya’ll. I remember Aunt Irene used to say they had to lay down in the “pea field” when a tornado came VERY close one time when they were visiting relatives in East Texas….scary. /Sarah
Thanks so much!
We don’t have a pea field……
Queens becca has her priorities ya know, so glad everyone is OK
Yep – glad she’s OK, too!
I could hear the shakiness in your voice last night. I am so grateful to God that all of you are okay, especially our LITTLE ONE.
Talked to Michael last night and found out that he had been in Arlington when the hail started. I guess he outran it, but I think it was quite scary for him too.
Double reason to be so grateful.
Love to all of you.
I can’t imagine how scared you were…. thrilled that your daughter’s school was safe and that they didn’t scare the kids. Praise God!