What really matters...

Wow, it's been a while since we've gone 7 days without a blog post! We wish we could say we've spent the last 7 days relaxing and that we were nowhere near a computer or internet access... but in reality, this has been one of the busiest and craziest weeks we've had in a while.

A week ago Ross came home from a long day at work with the plan of playing with Isaiah for a couple of hours before packing up to head to Pittsburgh for a couple of days. About twenty minutes after we got Isaiah in bed we heard the alarm on our weather radio going off (when Isaiah hears it he says "are we all done with the beep-beep?"). Severe thunderstorms capable of producing a tornado were headed our way.

We switched gears from packing for Ross' trip to grabbing our most valuable items (Taya's scrapbooks), along with some bottled water, a bible, flashlight, and our trusty weather radio and we quickly converted our bathroom into a makeshift Tornado shelter. We grabbed Isaiah, surrounded ourselves with blankets and pillows, and spent the next several hours huddled in the bathtub with Isaiah's mattress over our heads, being serenaded by a combination of the wailing Tornado sirens, booming thunder, and crashing lightning.

It was so good for us. When the storm is raging all around, you quickly realize that your furniture and wardrobe are useless, your 401k and retirment savings are meaningless, and your plans for a nice vacation next summer are not really all that important. It completely refocused our perspective. To have our loving family huddled together in the bathtub singing "God is so good...God calms the storms...He's all I need", was such a good reminder of all that's really important. We are so blessed.

Several tornadoes did end up ripping right past our community, but never got close enough to damage to our house. We put Isaiah back to bed around 1:00am and then returned to packing for Ross' trip (not knowing if he would actually be able to get out of town). 3 hours later Ross was out the door for Pittsburgh where he had a quick but productive trip to meet with new volunteers for Western PA. Since he's returned, Isaiah has been sick twice, we've been hard at work getting ready for our trip to the Northwest next week, and we added a few more tornado warnings yesterday just for the fun of it. Now we can say it's been a whirlwind week, in more ways than one!

Here are a few pictures of the tornado damage just down the road from our house. Of course there are mobile homes, but also a mini-storage and car dealership. We couldn't get too close to the damage because the National Guard had it blocked off from all camera-toting lookie-loo's:


Anonymous said...

wow, wow, wow, wow. I'm so glad you guys are safe. That's freaky. I feel so spoiled here, that all we have is the occasional earthquake, well, and the dormant volcanoes that wake up every so often.

One of my favorite storm songs..."Till the Storm Passes By"...maybe that can be your next bath tub praise session...if you ever need one. (here's a cheezy midi version of it with the text )

Megan said...

We were privileged to pray for you guys via a message from Aunt Milly to my mom while you were in the bathtub. It's so amazing to be able to do that even when we're so far away. We're glad you were all safe and that you didn't suffer any property damage...but we know God is good no matter, what, huh? Hope you're all well.

Anonymous said...

We are so eternally grateful that you all are safe....We have a Great Big God!
I have never watched so much "Weather Channel" on TV in my life!!!!!
We love you with all our the moon! Thanks for keeping us posted on all the good, the bad, the scary, the triumphs =)

one blessed mama said...

hi guys-
wow! what an adventure. i was just getting the kids ready for bed (ryan was at a council meeting) when i got the call from your mom. we immediatley set out, praying our hearts out for you. max was especially 'wet-eyed'. (probably didn't help that his mother was much the same.) sometimes he acts so 'tough' but he, more than any of our boys was extra worried. it was such a great oppurtunity to share with them, and let them see first hand what a MIGHTY GOD we serve. that was the song that ran thru my mind many times that night! you're right,in the big scheme of life, the stuff isn't really all that important after all.we are SO thankful that He protected you and your scrapbooks! :) we are loving you from here. can't wait to see you next week! trac- :)

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