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Mother’s Day 2008…

May 11, 2008

will go down in history here in Middle Georgia. That’s what the newscasters are saying. The supercell storms that ravaged Oklahoma and Missouri weren’t content until they also came across to play havoc in Alabama and Georgia.

So my morning didn’t begin with breakfast in bed, but a phone call at 5:00 a.m. from the County Emergency Alert System telling us to take cover. Within seconds the tornado siren down the street revved up, and Husband was throwing open the doors hollering at 3 sleepy, underwear-clad boys to hightail it to the basement.

Once there, we rolled out a sleeping bag pad and huddled together listening to the wind and rain while Husband watched Doppler on the laptop. He remembered to tell me Happy Mother’s Day then.

All the while I’m sitting on the basement floor trying to do the motherly thing and think through how ill-prepared we are if something does happen. Three boys in underwear. No shoes. No shirts. No service potentially the next step.

Mercifully, forty-five minutes later, the storm had passed leaving me and mine all intact. Praise the Lord for His protection. As we learned within hours, many families had not fared the same Providence and now are facing injuries and losses in addition to being without power, water, or without shelter of any sort.

As you think of it, please pray for the many families affected from Oklahoma to Georgia from this storm system.

Happy Mother’s Day, but may the mercy of the Father be shown in these days to come.

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. May 11, 2008 8:14 pm

    Having grown up in Oklahoma, I almost get cavalier about tornadoes. I have not been in the storm’s path since my daughters were born (not too many of them pop up in Central Texas) but I can only imagine how much scarier they would feel to me now.

    Praise God you guys are all okay!

    Happy Mother’s Day.

  2. May 11, 2008 8:42 pm

    I’m thankful you’re all safe and sound, and I will pray for those who have suffered such loss.

  3. May 11, 2008 9:21 pm

    That’s one way to start the day wide awake!! I am glad you and yours are safe and sound.

    Happy Mother’s Day!

  4. Ellen permalink
    May 12, 2008 2:04 am

    Oh my that is a wake up call that I wouldn’t enjoy receiving. So thankful you are all ok and I will pray for others who did not fair as well…
    How sweet that you started your Mother’s day all cuddled together 🙂

  5. May 12, 2008 2:04 am

    OH! We’ve been without cable for a few days and we’ve barely been online. I had no idea this was happening today!

    So very thankful that you are all OK. Will pray for all of those across the mid section of the nation that were affected by these storms!

    K

    (Glad you like the bookmarks!)

  6. May 12, 2008 3:30 am

    It’s been such a cool spring up here, we haven’t encountered any severe weather yet. But I know it’s coming.

    Glad you and yours are safe — and that the storm is past, for now. Happy memorable Mother’s Day!

  7. May 13, 2008 2:58 am

    I skipped straight to the end of your post to make sure it ended with you sharing that you and your family were okay! I’m SO glad!

    For us, it’s hurricanes, but we see them coming for days and have plenty of time to prepare. Even so, our city installed emergency sirens in 2007 and one is at the end of our street.

    Again – SO thankful you are okay!

  8. Michelle permalink
    May 14, 2008 5:38 pm

    So thankful you are all alright. What an unforgetable Mother’s Day! It was pretty rough here too. We too woke about 5am to the sirens. The power went out just as the weather man said to take immediate shelter, a little disconcerting… We took refuge in the closet with the girls and prayed and sang until it was over. We just got our power back but thank goodness everyone is fine.

  9. May 14, 2008 5:49 pm

    Just a tip…during tornado season put a pair of shoes for everyone in the basement, along with a pair of pants/shorts and a t-shirt. Just leave them in the basement. Also a flashlight and a pair of work gloves for hubby.

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