It was a dreary day here in New Jersey today, but I had no idea that in the Midwest they were experiencing such devastating storms.
When my husband and I got home from doing some errands, we turned on the news only to see breaking news reports on what was happening in the states throughout the Midwest. Several people had already lost their lives and many were injured in Illinois and the surrounding area. The storms were heading towards Ohio where our son and his family live.
We called them immediately to see if they were in any danger. They were bunkered down in the basement. The tornado sirens had just gone off. However, they weren’t expected to have a tornado, just very heavy winds and rain. Their lights had flickered on and off several times. They were prepared with candles and flashlights just in case the lights went out.
The two youngest of our three grandchildren that live there thought it was fun. They were laughing and playing having no idea what could be happening outside. Their parents were playing with them and trying to make light of the situation. Our son works nights as a police officer, but thankfully tonight he was off and able to be with his family.
I remember how scary it was last year when we experienced hurricane Sandy. Although we were all nervous, we tried to keep things as normal as possible for our grandchildren here while we lived for a time with no power or water.
My heart goes out to the families here who have loved ones in the Philippines. It’s so hard to see what they are experiencing and not being close enough to help and provide support.
A few minutes ago our son and daughter-in-law sent us the “All Clear” message we were hoping for. I pray that the families here receive that same message soon from their loved ones in the Philippines.