Monday, November 18, 2013

Stormy Weekend

All day Saturday it rained, poured.  We went out to do some
usual Saturday wanderings.  On Sunday the real storms hit.
For us it was just 20 to 30 minutes of intense rain and hail.
The wind just whipped the rain and hail onto the house.
Mike left for work at the worst possible time...
The streets were flooded, he confided later, and
it took him much longer to safely navigate the flooded streets.
But we were the lucky ones.
Downstate, there was an outbreak of tornadoes.
On November 18th.
Imagine, the families that lost a loved one, and those who won't have a home for the holidays.
So many people's lives.

But then comes the morning...

This song came to me first thing.

Yesterday's sorrows behind...
A song we sang in choir in the 70's

Another one...
I know nothing of tomorrow...
except the love of God, will rise before the sun...

Nations shake and Earth may quake and storm clouds tend to gather
trouble seems as deep and black as night
Shades of gloom and threats of doom
I see but I would rather
Watch the darkness fade in morning's light...

Our neighbor lost a giant limb off their willow.

Blessed it fell away from our houses.

  Praying for our neighbors all over Illinois and Indiana.  Life is so fragile,
and can change in a moment.

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babs said...

Thought about you yesterday. Glad you were unharmed. Jojo and family drove home from Michigan...they walked in the door five minutes before things got wild!

Debbie Freitag said...

Oh, the storms were terrible yesterday. I had the same feelings last night about our downstate neighbors. Can you just imagine a week before Thanksgiving and you have no home? So sad. My husband, my son and their friend were planning to go down early Sunday morning and hunt right in Coal City. They would have been down there almost in the middle of it. God was watching out for them because they decided to skip Sunday hunting and just stay home and watch the Bears game. The most poignant part of the day was when the storms passed and the sun began to shine and the most brilliant rainbow showed up in the sky. Mother Nature showed us her ugly side and then her beautiful side.

Lynne said...

How fast things change . . . in a blink. Very nice for you to extend the remembrance . . . to those communities, families, loved ones who are enduring devastation.

Relieved the storms stayed away from you Penny . . .

Debby said...

Glad you came out okay during the storm. It was so windy here but not any damage. We somehow were between two serious cells.
I feel so bad for those that have lost their loved ones and their homes. I can't even imagine. So sad.
Beautiful song.
I took our kitty (12 years old) to the vet tonight and they put her to sleep. So hard. The vet was worried about me driving home. She also said she was terminal and would only live a couple of months even with treatment. Sob.

Charm Bracelet Diva {at Home} said...

Yes, it was crazy at our house, too. But my oldest daughter and I were actually in IN at the time and it found us there at a high school open house in South Bend. It got pitch black outside and started to pour. We were all corralled into the girls' locker room in the basement of the school for a 1/2 hour for safety until the storm passed. When we came outside it was flash floods everywhere, power outages and trees down all over. Such devastation is hard to watch. Then we had to drive 2 1/2 hours home in pelting rain and 40 mile per hour winds. Glad you're all safe and sound!

Melanie said...

Glad you all stayed safe in the storms, too. Your sky pictures are beautiful!