Monday, March 31, 2008

Night of the Twister

This past weekend, John traveled to Alabama for a good ol' fashioned family road trip to his cousin's wedding. I stayed here to hold down the fort and, you know, work. Someone around here has to bring in the big bucks.

Anyway, I figured I would have the house to myself and have a weekend full of awesome sleep with a big bed all to myself. Surprisingly, I didn't sleep very well. I don't sleep well on business trips, but I figured it was because I was away from home and in a hotel.

So, I didn't sleep very well and was looking forward to John getting home for a good night's rest.


Got to bed around 11:00, woke abruptly at 1:30 am to the sound of hail on the window. Not long after that, it was the horrifying sounds of howling winds. We were watching our trusty meteorologist and then we got the call. Thank goodness Nathan called to tell us to "Switch to Gary, there's a tornado"!

Sure enough, while switching to Gary on channel 9, the howling winds and hail and rain stopped. Eerie silence outside our window. In Oklahoma, that's a VERY BAD SIGN. 2 pairs of tennis shoes, 1 cat carrier, a few pillows and closed closet door later we were hunkered down and ready to fight the storm.

Ended up it missed us. By LESS THAN A MILE. The tornado went right over us and hit LESS THAN A MILE from our house. Isn't that crazy?

So much for a good night's sleep...

It's not even April, and severe weather season has begun!


Elizabeth said...

Yada. Yada. Nathan always gets all the glory. You should know that Nathan's WIFE! is the one that prompted the phone call.

The Murray Crew said...

So glad you all are SAFE and I'm glad I stumbled upon your blog...I'll be praying for your journey with IF
The Murray Quad Crew

Nathan said...

Honey, I made the initial call. You made the second reinforcing this is serious not kidding very important phone call.

Love Ya!

Joe said...

Glad you're safe! Knowing that you've lived in Oklahoma all your life, I couldn't tell from your description. After all, TRUE Okies would've gotten out the ladder, climbed to the roof and watched the twister going overhead dressed in a torn OU T-shirt with a beer in one hand and a flashlight in the other!