Monday, April 10, 2006

Tornados to Tulips

These vibrant, oh so colorful flowers have always been my favorite. Although they are very short lived, their incredible brightness always brings a smile to my face. As a kid I remember being mesmerized by them in my Mothers garden.

Friday, my home state endured terrible storms. Spending over an hour in tornado lock down at school, knowing the storms were headed in the direction of my husband and unable to location him for over two hours, makes for a very stress filled afternoon.

Honey, finally made it to me and the kids at school, so at least we are now together. The rest of the evening was spent glued to the TV, listening for instruction. Fortunately none came.

Sunday was an amazingly gorgeous day. The sun was shining, skies were blue and the tulips were smiling. As I stood in the kitchen, gazing out the window at my husband, with our two kids in the backyard together enjoying the day, I actually started to cry. I suddenly felt so overwhelmed with gratitude. The storm that struck our neighboring county and took lives was headed in our direction but some how went around us. My mind wondered to the families who had suffered losses and to the people whose lives had changed forever.

Just another reminder of how precious life is. How important it is to say the three little words that seem to be so difficult for so many. I know how blessed I am that my family is still intact and my heart and prayers go out to those whose aren't.

"Each day offers us the gift of being a special occasion if we can simply learn that as well as giving, it is blessed to receive with grace and a grateful heart."

-Sarah Ban Breathnach


Blogger vani said...

i'm so glad the storms missed you guys. i've been reading the news and its always sad to hear about families who suffered losses. to think in one day, or an hour your whole world is turned upside down. :(

the pics are so pretty.

6:56 PM  
Blogger cubmommy said...

Very scary!! I am glad everyone is ok. I saw on the news about the storms and it so sad. I been through a couple of tornados when I was younger and it was terrifying.

6:58 PM  
Blogger Meow said...

Thank goodness the storms passed you by, and that you are all OK.
Love your photos, they are so beautiful.
Have a great week.
Take care, Meow

8:12 PM  
Anonymous SuZ said...

Hello, from a fellow mum blogger :-) I had to comment on this post, as I know that feeling well too. The gratefullness of everything being ok and the realization that we sometimes need to live and appreciate the present moment more. I'm glad to hear all is ok.

8:14 PM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

I'm glad you guys are well, and that you got to be with the kids during the storms. Beautiful post. :)

10:24 PM  
Blogger RANDI said...

I am glad all is Ok! I hope that these crazy storms settle down!

--The dalmation picture is TOO funny!

6:00 AM  
Blogger Lala's world said...

what beautiful pic's
I can't imagine living through that....we don't get anything like that here at all so it is hard to imagine the kind of fear that would bring! glad it passed you by and very sad to those it didn't

8:56 AM  
Blogger truckdriver_sefl said...

What a lovely post! and the flowers are BEAUTIFUL!

9:20 AM  
Blogger Aisha said...

The storms came our way too.. they took a couple of big trees... very sad, but in some areas torandoes took down homes.

Btw- lovely tulips. Mine are growing too and they just cheer me up when I see their bloom :)

10:38 AM  
Blogger Cathy said...

My goodness; I didn't realise you were in the storms path...thank goodness you are fine and thank you for the lovely tulip photos!

12:39 PM  
Anonymous angie said...

I'm glad you guys are okay. great post and pics!

5:14 PM  
Blogger Fantastagirl said...

I am glad that the storms missed you and all is okay with your family. great pictures!

6:51 PM  
Blogger Suz said...

What a wonderful post and beautiful pics.

We went through it here very early Saturday morning, spent it in the bathtub, scared with 2 of my children.

Hugs Suz

7:26 PM  
Blogger Spikey1 said...

vuGlad you are safe. Tulips are our favourite flowers

7:22 AM  

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