June 2, 2011

Somewhere, over the rainbow...

Right now, I can't find more than a few words to type.

I feel blessed and give a thousand thanks to those who sent me Twitter and Email messages with your thoughts and prayers. I am overwhelmed by the catastrophic devastation that touched down in virtually every town that surrounds mine. I am humbled that we were spared, that my family is safe and well, and that we still have a home to sleep in. I am awakened to the reality of the power that is Mother Nature.

I laughed at 5pm when we received a recorded message from the town telling us to stay away from the windows and to take cover in the basement. We never get tornadoes in Massachusetts, nor do we ever think about or know how to prepare for these types of disasters.

Within just two hour, our Governor had declared a state of emergency and 1,000 National Guard Troops had been called in. The windows and roof of my high school were gone in twenty seconds, and I felt like I was living in a movie.

I watched as swirling clouds ripped by, and right when I thought it was over, the Newscasters came back on to the TV to say that my area had a second tornado warning until 11PM. I watched the sky turn a strange shade of yellow, an eerie shade of green, it got incredibly bright, then went black. Lighting shot out of the sky for hours, the unknown was terrifying...and then it went quiet.

Right now I am just so saddened at the mass destruction, and my heart is grieving for the families who lost their homes just a few miles away.

I don't mean to offend anyone, sound like a "Jesus Freak" or make any of you uncomfortable, but I am having such a hard time believing in God today. Why is He allowing this, and what is He trying to teach us by allowing this to happen:

  
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Please keep Massachusetts in your thoughts and prayers.
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23 comments

  1. So heartbreaking. Thoughts and prayers are definitely being sent to Mass!

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  2. Glad to hear that you and everyone is alright. Still watching the news coverage and I am still shell shocked. I feel fortunate that my area was spared but the cell that headed my way and was to hit around 845 had me in a state of panic and terror. I had tears and just couldn't stop worrying about my loved ones and friends. I can't fathom what it was like for you. This type of stuff doesn't happen in massachusetts. We are far from "tornado alley". I would joke around saying were not in massachusetts anymore just to ease my panic. But was always brought back to the surreal and unreal activity. Just around 8 the sky turned an extremely eerie orange. It was bright and all was quiet. No rain, no wind, or lightning it was calm. Like a calm before the storm. Trying to take pictures of the sky could not do it justice of what it looked like. As it got closer to when it was suppose to hit the more terrified I got. The lightning was intense and scary. And there was no thunder, wind or rain. It looked like the end of the world and I too could not understand why it was happening to us or to any other tornado stricken area. I've seen mother nature when she was angry when I was 9. Hurricane rolled in and and ripped a huge willow tree from my front yard, thought it was going thru our family room where we all were in but fortunately it landed in my side. I dunno what I would do if we were hit by a tornado. Everyone please pray for the families of massachusetts, because we need it. Thank you and Kym stay safe oh and TJ & Brutus too! ~Tanya

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  3. So, SO glad you and your family are ok! Prayers headed that way!!!

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  4. Glad your ok Kym, I was thinking about you yesterday when we heard the warnings <3

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  5. Kym, I am right there with you - God seems to have a sick sense of humor this week. I am so thankful you and your loved ones are safe, but my prayers go out to all of those who find themselves without a home or worse, with a loved one who was harmed during the destruction.

    Tomorrow I will make a 500-mile drive to be with my friends we attend the funeral of one of our friends. Erin, who was only 25, was killed in a boat explosion on Monday night on Lake Erie. Her husband (they were married May 15, 2010) is in the hospital with 2nd-degree burns on 30% of his body. My heart is breaking for their families and I, too, find myself asking why God would do something like this - why God allows horrible, unspeakable things happen to beautiful, kind, people. He's in for quite an interrogation when I get to Heaven because I have a LOT of questions for him.


    <3<3

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  6. Wow. The devastation this season is just unspeakable. I am so glad to hear you are ok

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  7. Kym,
    Such a horrible horrible catastrophe. I'm so glad to hear that you and your family are safe and sound. Sending lots of love and prayers your way!

    xoxo

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  8. Oh my goodness, so glad you're safe!!! Keeping you all in my prayers....stay safe girl!!

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  9. I'm a new follower! :) Can't wait to get to know you better!

    http://terinaleah27.blogspot.com/

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  10. wow. That is awful... Glad your ok and I'll be sure to keep you and everyone else in my prayers! Stay strong! xo

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  11. Absolutely Sending Prayers and Blessings to you and all of those affected by this disaster! I grew up in East Windsor CT and to see those tornadoes spouting out of the Connecticut River was Insane! Have faith..xox!

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  12. Mass made the news in Germany. I was saddened to see my home away from home in shambles. I grew up in CT and visited the area tons. Great shopping and hole in the wall resturants. I am glad you guys are safe and doing ok. Our prayers are with those who are affected. You are absolutly righ tornados don't happen in the north. In my almost 30 years I can't remember ever hearing of one.

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  13. Your state and neighbors are in my thoughts and prayers - as are you - as always! I hope that you can find some way to come to terms with this - and I wish I had some all knowing, brilliant words of advice... but I don't. Senseless destruction is such a hard thing to cope and deal with. I'm so grateful that you and your family are ok - I was really worried about my Kymmy! Unfortunately, growing up in South Georgia, not far from Florida, we dealt with hurricanes and tornadoes on a yearly basis. It is really scary. I hated it! :(

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  14. I haven't been following for long but it's good to hear that you're okay! I didn't even know you lived in that area. I'm from north-central CT and have a lot of friends that live and/or work in the area where the tornadoes hit...including my grandparents (East Longmeadow, so they didn't get it too bad). It's been nerve-wracking trying to get a hold of everyone!

    http://aserendipitouslife.blogspot.com

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  15. i prey for you all!!!




    xoxo from rome
    K.
    http://kcomekarolina.blogspot.com/

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  16. just awful :( sending prayers to everyone there. hope you have a good weekend sweetie!

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  17. Aw, sweetie the devastion is heartbreaking. I am incredibly grateful that your life {home} is intact. My prayers are with those who were affected with such intense distruction. It is awful ... I am with you, there are just not words to express and it is incredible challenging to even wrap you head around what happened!!?!?!

    Best wishes and sunnier skies ahead ...

    xx Cat brideblu

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  18. Wow Kym, I am so sorry to see these pictures. But I am very grateful that you and your family are ok. I was worried about ya! I will keep MA in my prayers and hope that those affected will be recovering from this as soon as possible.

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  19. So awesome that you're safe. We had some warnings up in my area on the same day but only one small town was affected, and not much damage. In my prayers.

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  20. Kym, I've been playing catch up this week but wanted you to know that I was thinking of you as I watched NESN's coverage. It was so difficult to fathom this happening in Massachusetts and the photographs of the destruction are shocking. It seemed so unreal - watching the place I once lived as a tornado touched down.
    I'm so happy that you're safe and sound, but sorry that you're left with such feelings of emptiness and questioning. Thinking of you.

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  21. it hit our home town as well and we keep saying it's God's way of telling the city to straighten up, get their acts together--because to be honest---my home town was in pits already! it's sad and we all need to come together to repair, rebuild and straighten these powerful governements up---maybe we can set up something on FTLOB and get started at taking control---let's have a mission!!!! xo love you sweetie

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  22. So pleased you're ok!! Thoughts are being sent your way!

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  23. so sad -
    You know...when I think about destructions I truly feel it isn't caused by God. We are not puppets that our every move is dictated. I feel that God let's the world's happenings, happen...lets nature take it's natural course. I also believe he can take over when people pray for his help. he can change what happens and keep things from happening if we lift up our voices in prayer. I'm praying for all the families during this time - hugs to you.

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