Tuesday, April 07, 2009


This post is about Hubby's sister and their family. Theses are photos of their home.
(click on the photos to enlarge and see the detail.) Notice the roof section gone and the deck railing on the second story twisted out above.

The floors were covered with glass and water.

The roof missing including the beams that supported it. Thankfully, no one was hurt.

Here you can see how the logs were lifted up then set back down, peeling the chinking away. This is standing in the middle of the house (in Molly's bathroom doorway.

A solid granite countertop in the kitchen on the first story was lifted up and then set back down, cracking it all the way through.

When you click on this link, you'll be at the menu for one of our local newstations. Choose the April 6, 2009 at 6 p.m. link in the left column.

A pop-up window will appear. Scroll down in the left sidebar and choose "Tornado Clean-up Continues."

In the right side-bar, choose to see that video.

This is Hubby's sister and our niece being interviewed. I'm waiting to show this to our daughter as there is a nice shot of her walking down the stairs, carrying a load of blankets. She made sure that the t.v. wouldn't catch her face and had no idea they caught her!

This family lived in an r.v. while they built a garage first. Then they lived in the garage while they built their "dream home" made from logs that local Mennonites had sawed. This is a sturdy home and anything less would have spelled disaster for them.

We spent the day packing all their belonging into boxes and carrying everything out to the garage where they will have to live again until they can rebuild. Many of the logs, despite being as heavy and solid as they are, were sucked upward and set back down askew. Two stories worth!

A solid granite countertop was lifted and cracked in two in places. Rain ran in through the missing roof section all night and soaked everything.

Down the road, two barns were completely destroyed, one falling on a new tractor. Tin roofing is wrapped in trees like I've not seen since the tornado out-break of 1974.


Amrita said...

That is awful. The whole house was destroyed.Now they are rebuilding it.My goodness.I hope you all were out of danger

Judy said...

Hi Teresa, I am so glad you all are all o.k. but how awful for your relatives. I watched the video and they are so lucky to be alive and no one hurt. I know they feel bad about their beautiful home but also know they will have friends and family help out. That is the way of life where you live and it is wonderful. I saw your daughter in the video from behind!
Thanks for letting me know you were o.k. I am so scared of storms since the flood on the fork.

Louise said...

Hi Teresa, what a blessing that no one was injured in the tornado. The forces of God in this world cannot be contained can they? That should give us pause to truly consider who He is compared to who we think we are.
Bless you and your family my dear friend.

Catherine said...

Teresa -- I just happened to go to your blog. Had no idea you were "back on"! I'm so glad -- but so sorry about your family and the tornado. I am really beginning to appreciate what a force of nature they are.


tipper said...

Yikes! So glad no one was hurt-hope they get the repairs done quickly. The power of the weather is awesome.

Clara....in TN said...

Hi Teresa, good to "see" you again. I watched the viedo about the tornado. I'm glad no one was hurt. That is a beautiful house. I pray they will get the repairs done and be back in it very soon. Thanks for asking about Bill and me. We are in the "getting old" stage of our lives. Bill can't even go to Walmart with me any more....but God has blessed us and I thank Him every day. Take care and let me hear from you again. I love the look of your blog!