Monday, April 13, 2009


Many of you have probably heard about the awful storms that have gone through the south lately.  On Friday, we headed to our basement because on the news they flashed the name of our little community with a tornado WARNING.  Luckily, we only had really bad wind and rain that didn't last long.  There were lots of trees down a short distance from our house, but we didn't lose any.  

The town of Murfreesboro in Middle TN near Nashville had tornadoes that killed two and damaged lots of homes.  The son of a couple in our church had damage to his home.  
There is  a community not too far from us where a lot of our church folks live that had a tornado touch down  that damaged several homes and blew down lots of trees.

The saddest thing --
When I got to school this morning I learned that the town where I teach (I don't teach in the same town I live in) had a horrible storm about 3:30 AM.  One of my former students who graduated from high school last fall was asleep in his bed when a tree fell on his house and killed him.  He actually was asleep in the basement of his parents' home.  He was the neighbor of one of our teachers.  He was one of those really good and quiet young boys.  

Many homes were damaged and lots of trees were down.  My school was without power for a long while this morning.  The school down the street was called off.  We had about half of our students there this morning.  By the time this afternoon rolled around we had about a quarter of them absent.  

The storms are not over today.  We're in line to have more this evening.  The ground is so wet that trees are uprooting.  We always have spring storms but this seems worse than usual.  I just pray that no more or little more damage is done and that no more lives are taken.
Please pray for the family of this young man whose life was taken.

By the way, many of you offered prayers for my principal.  The doctors have no explanation for how well he has done.  He wasn't supposed to make it.  He was supposed to have surgery after he did make it and after he recuperated enough.  The doctors told him the other day that he has no need for the surgery anymore.  They don't know why???  It is miraculous is their only answer!!  He has visited school a couple of times.


Tanya said...

That is so sad, you have my prayers.

Faye Lewis said...

That is sad, I'm glad you are safe.

gwensews said...

Oh, Julia-such sad news. I am from the south myself--the bootheel of Missouri, right at the border of Arkansas. It seems there's a line right across that whole region that experiences a lot of tornadoes. My childhood was spent in a storm cellar!

I did hear of the tornadoes on our news stations. Such tragedy.

Does the New Madrid fault run through your state? It dead centers on my hometown of Hayti.

Sewfast said...

Sending up more prayers for you and your community.

Anonymous said...

I did hear of the storms - I'm glad to hear that you are OK. I feel so bad for the family of the young man!

Cindy said...

I heard about it on the news. It caught my ear because we lived in Murfreesboro back in the early 90's for a few years. My SIL still lives in Franklin. I know when we lived there they were building homes so fast. The place really grew..
We are having such crazy weather the past couple of years...and hurricane season will be here before you know it.
Stay safe! I'm so sorry to hear about your student - life is precious....

window dressing said...

It's always very sad to hear of young people passing and even more so when you have played a role in their short life. My prayers are with you and your family during this unsteady time.

Rachel said...

I am so sorry to hear about the death of the young man. I said a prayer for his parents and for you.

Angelia said...

I heard about the young man who got killed by the tree... so very sad.. his family is in my prayers..

They keep calling for storms in our area but so far we've just got some rain... Thank the Lord!!

I'm glad you and your family are safe and glad you principle friend is better!!! what a Praise!!!

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