Joplin Tornado

Yesterday I left to go out of town and knew I wouldn’t have internet access while gone so I scheduled blog posts  to automatically appear on the blog.  Disaster struck Joplin and I felt horrible that I couldn’t even mention it on the blog because I had no internet access and with my regularly scheduled blog posts, it appeared I was ignoring the situation.

The situation is unbelievable.  It’s bad enough when we hear about these things happening across the country but to see such loss of life and property in the area where we shop, eat; where our doctors are located . . unbelievable is the only word I can think of.

I just got in in from a very rough night in a cabin . . probably the most scared I have ever been!  Just wanted to check in . . will write more later.


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    I’m glad you’re back home and safe. Thanks for updating…prayers are going up for all of those affected by the tornado.

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    Kathy C says

    Of course I thought of you as soon as I saw the news. Very happy that you are OK.
    So very sorry for all the people in Joplin that lost their loved ones and their homes.

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    I’m so glad you posted. I thought your post this morning was scheduled and kept watching all day for word that you and your family was safe.

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    So glad you checked in. I knew the posts were automated and was worried about you when the map on TV this morning showed Nevada, MO with a possible tornado last night. I hope you were not alone in the cabin as I know storms can make even the calmest person scared. My prayers are with those who have lost so much this year to the wrath of Mother Nature.

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    Trish says

    Thank you for letting us know you are safe. Prayers for those in Joplin are going out from all over! Hugs

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    Debbie says

    I am so thankful you are safe and can’t imagine the feelings you are all experiencing. Praying for you all.

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    Sarah says

    Very happy you are safe. I still haven’t been able to locate two friends. Sarah in OK

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    I knew several of you bloggers were in that area and thought of all of you – so glad you and the others I “know” made it through. I too post in advance sometimes so understand what you mean about not having been able to comment on the news.

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    Ellie says

    So glad to hear you are OK. You have been on my mind all day.
    Prayers for all those poor folks in Joplin.

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    Katie says

    Judy I am so glad you are safe. I was just watching the news and it just so sad to see the damage that the tornado caused and the sad looks on the people’s face who lost everything. There are more storms coming your way — so stay safe.

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    Ruth says

    Been thinking of you all day, glad that you’re safe. Living in Canada I only know of Joplin through your blog but that connection brings me closer to the peopke there who are suffering. I’m praying for everyone affected by the tornado.

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    Barb in MI/FL says

    So glad to read that you’re safe and sound back at home. As those devistated by the damage begin to recover, would you consider doing a quilt drive through your blog? (I realize it would be dependent upon your own housing situation.)

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      Stay safe Judy! My husband just called from Harrison, OH and they have tornado’s around the area. He was going to try to make it back to Scottsburg, IN but decided to stop for the night. Thank goodness. Hope our trailer is still there when he does get back. He is working claims all through that area from the last bout of tornados. I don’t think I will see him for a long time.
      Glad you are safe.

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    shirley bruner says

    so happy to hear you are safe….i thought of you as soon as i saw the news on TV. hopefully Texas will be less dramatic for you.

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    I’m so glad you are okay. I bet the night in the cabin was a real blast not. Update us when you can.

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    Sue in Scottsdale, AZ says

    I’m glad you are safe. It is so sad to see such devastation. I have been thinking of you all day.

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    Alma says

    As everyone has said we are all glad you are okay. Your area will be reeling from this for such a long time. It is so heartbreaking.
    Thank you for letting us know you are safe.
    My prayers are with everyone out in that area and areas hit by this and other disasters this spring.
    If anyone ever tells me ” they will never live in Florida because of the hurricanes” —I will tell them that here we get a 10 day notice of storms….not a 10 minute or less.
    My heart aches for the people of Joplin.
    Take care

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    Glad to read you are okay. I thought of you as soon as I heard that there was a tornado in your immediate area. I also know a husband and wife longarm quilter team (Sandy and Richard King) who live in Joplin, and they are also both safe, although there is damage to their home and shop. I know how scary these tornadoes can be… we get them here too! My thoughts go out to those who have lost loved ones and homes or businesses.

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    Laura, NC says

    Very glad you are okay. So very sorry to hear about all of the lives that were lost during the storm.

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    Horrific photos all over the internet–glad you weren’t near there but feel just awful for all the loss of life and property.

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    Marilyn Smith says

    Oh- you were really on my mind! Through Sally and Vicky, I did get word that you were safe – also Laine. Thank you dear Lord! Glad you were home safe and sound. Tomorrow does not look good – it looks like a few more bad days are coming your way. Will be keeping everyone in MO, OK, KS, Ohio etc in my prayers. Weatherwise, this year has just been devastating.

    Glad you have Chad home with you.


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    Terri says

    Glad you checked in, I was worried about you. Now the “normal” posts make perfect sense. My prayers are with everyone affected.

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    laurie says

    You are the first person I thought of as I feel that I know you from your blog. I am glad that you are OK and my thoughts and prayers are with Joplin.

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    Mary Beth says

    Yes, unbelievable was the only word that came to my mind to…and then prayer. Prayers for the little girl who’s parents were yelling for the neighbors to take her and then they were killed. So, so sad!! Just so many stories…and then the stories of people coming together to help one another….and that is what we should do!

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    Kathleen says

    Glad you are ok. It looks soooo terrible on the news. My heart is with you all.

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    Phew! Glad to hear you’re okay Judy. I can imagine the aftermath of this will be with you for quite some time. You’re all in my prayers.

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    Mary says

    I’m so glad you are ok. Hope all your friends are also ok. Quite a bunch of KC firefighters, police, and medics were there last night. The local TV station had a call-in and lots of $$ was raised to send to the relief agencies. Hang in there the next couple of days.

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    Mary Jo says

    I am so glad that you are okay. You all of of your neighbors in Joplin are in my prayers. When you come up with a way that those of us in blog land can help, please be sure to let us know. We never know where tragedy is going to strike next!

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    thought of you when i was watching the news last night. glad you are okay. keeping everyone in our prayers.

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    WiAmy says

    I am glad to hear that you are safe. It is sad just seeing the news reports. I can’t imagine what it would be like to really be there.

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    I am so sorry this has happened, but glad you are safe. My prayers go out to all the people who are so devastated. I suggest that people send $ to the Red Cross…they are already on the scene.

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    lw says

    Just glad you’re alright– I’ll keep you in my prayers because the news said there were more storms.

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    Sandy says

    When I read the paper this morning and saw the pictures of the destruction in Joplin, I thought of you as I knew Nevada was in that area. I have been thinking of you all day, Judy and so glad you are safe! It must have been so scary! There has been so much flooding, storms, etc. this Spring. I feel so sorry for all of those who have lost loved ones and property. I am keeping them in my prayers.

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    Marla says

    Judy, I am so glad you are ok. I have done nothing tonight but watch the news coverage on the Joplin tornado. I am just sick about it.

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    Sandra Clarke says

    Hi Judy, Glad you told us you were ok. I was worried. This year has been very bad for tornados. Georgia and Alabama are have been hit very hard. I will be in prayer for those in your area. Love, Sandra

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    Marilyn says

    I knew the posts were automatic too and I’ve been praying for you all day too. Been checking your blog all day waiting for a ‘live’ update. Glad you are safe.

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    The first thing I did when I heard about the tornados was to check to see if you had posted anything to make sure you were ok. I’m so glad you posted this morning!! I was worried!! Prays going up for everyone in your area!!

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    Marti' says

    So thankful you are safe. So very sad about Joplin, as it is my hometown. 2 of my children were born at St. John’s. I now live in Arkansas, have for many years but still friends and family in Joplin, waiting to hear about some of them. Stay safe. My prayers are with everyone, God Bless.