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Sunday, January 2, 2011

Please Pray, Some of my family affected by Arkansas Tornado


There is no sound for this video


I received a call on New Year's eve from my Cousin in Arkansas. It seems that my Aunt's (by marriage) home was destroyed by the Arkansas Tornado. Both she and her adult son spent news year's eve day in the hospital with minor injuries. And worse than that her mother and step-father, who lived next door were both killed. They are part of the 3 dead from the video above.

My aunt's home is destroyed and she has to deal with burying her Mother and picking up her life. She and her mother were very close and did things together everyday. Economically life has not been good to these folks, and they will be moving back to Texas to live near her daughter (another of my cousins). This is the 3rd home she has lost, 2 prior by fire. I've waited till today to post this as I don't like sharing bad news, but felt that it needed to be shared. Sometimes tragedies just float past us without much thought. These kinds of things happen all the time all over the world, it's a bit too much to wrap our heads around, until it happens to someone we know and then it hits home. All I ask is that those who pray would lift my Aunt (Ruth), her family, and the other families affected by loss of property and life in your prayers tonight.

When they all went to bed on Thursday night, they never thought they'd be awakened on Friday morning, to their homes being blown away while they slept. To being sucked out of their beds and thrown through the air as winds whirled around them. To having their lives end in such a freekish way. We go to bed every night, fairly confident the morning will come and we will have another day, but one never truly knows for sure.

I'm reminded of Matthew 6:19
"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal."

Blessings to you all,
Margo
Update:
Thank you to all who have responded, at this point the need is only for prayer. I've asked to be kept informed of any other needs as they come up. I found this article online but can't read the whole thing because I don't have a password. The man in the pic is my cousin by marriage, and Ruth mentioned in the caption is my aunt. Behind them is their former home.

Richard Grubbs looks through debris Saturday surrounding the house he and his mother, Ruth Mauch, were living in when it was destroyed by the tornado that ripped through the Cincinnati community Friday morning. Grubbs’ grandmother Mamie Wilson and husband Buck Wilson were killed by the storm.

Richard Grubbs looks through debris Saturday surrounding the house he and his mother, Ruth Mauch, were living in when it was destroyed by the tornado that ripped through the Cincinnati community Friday morning. Grubbs’ grandmother Mamie Wilson and husband Buck Wilson were killed by the storm.
Photo by David Frank Dempsey

33 comments:

ChRiS said...

i am so sorry for your family losses....they are in my thoughts and prayers

Pat said...

I'm so very sorry to hear this. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time. This is such a sad, sad thing to happen.
Hugs,
Pat

Vickie said...

Margo, I hate to hear this bad news! How tragic for your entire family. I'm so sorry! I will definitely keep your family in prayer as they try to deal with this great loss and the funeral and trying to move. Life is so hard sometimes and these things that happen in a heartbeat are SO tough to deal with. I'm so sorry my friend.

Pattie said...

So very sorry for you and your families losses. Our Prayers are with you and yours.

Lori Bei Durst said...

Happy thoughts and healing prayers heading your way and your dear family in Arkansas. Good post.
Take care, Lori

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Margo, I am so sorry for the loss of life and property for you family. One just never knows! They are in my prayers!

Jennie said...

Dear one,
I'm truly saddened to hear of this. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers; may the year bring peace to each of you. Much hope and love to your family.

Best wishes,
Jennie and the Pretty Pekes

Attic Rat said...

Margo, I am so sorry for your Aunt Ruth. I will keep her in my thoughts and prayers. Not a good way to start the year AT ALL.

Hugs,
Teresa

Never Enough Thyme Creations said...

Margo, My heart and prayers go out to your family at such a difficult time. Yes, life is so very precious! I will keep everyone in my thoughts and prayers. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help with the transition.

FourSistersInACottage said...

Oh Margo,
Please know you will be in my thoughts and prayers. What a sudden and sad loss.
I love your bible verse that you quoted and it's so very very true.
Love to you and your family my friend. Amy

ALVN of WhisperWood Cottage and Junkologie said...

Such a tragedy. I'll keep them in my prayers.

Vee said...

Yes, I will pray for your aunt and her family. Such horrific events...

LuAnn and Rick said...

Sorry to hear this Margo. Your family and the others affected will definitely be in our thoughts and prayers. LuAnn

designforty-8 said...

This is a tragic loss for your family. I am so sorry to hear of this. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

~Tonja~ said...

So sorry to hear about your loss of family members....my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family....
Tonja

vintage girl at heart said...

Oh I will pray for this family....makes me so sad that she lost her mother and her home in one fell swoop. Thanks for letting us know so we can pray for her and her family.
Let us know if there is anything we can do. lessings~

Shara said...

I'm right here only ten miles from Cincinnati. It is such a terrible thing. I have read about your family in the newspaper. I am going to Cincinnati tomorrow to see if I can volunteer to help in anyway. Everyone in Cincinnati is proud - they want to do it themselves. But, they can't. I hope someone will let me help. Thanks for posting this so I feel like I am helping family tomorrow.

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

I am so, so very sorry and will pray for ALL in Arkansas...
Deb

d smith kaich jones said...

oh no! sending thoughts and prayers their way.

xoxo
Debi

TheEccentricLady said...

Coming from a town that has had it's share of tornado devastation (we have had 4, 1 was the largest in history) I understand what they are going through. I will be praying for your family. I am so sorry for their losses.

Renee @ where the grass is greener said...

I'm so sorry. I asked my family to help pray for all.

Gresham Barn Sale said...

Margo, I'm praying for your family, for God to use you to be a comfort and light to them and that through this tradegy He will bring glory to Himself and use this for good in ways only HE can. Let me know if there we can do. Praying,praying....

Help! Mama Remote... said...

Sorry to hear this. I will be lifting them up in prayer.

slommler said...

Oh my! I am so sorry for your loss and that of your Aunt Ruth! I can't even imagine! You definitely have my prayers!
Hugging you all gently
SueAnn

kathyvintagegirl said...

My thoughts and prayers are with your family.I am so sorry for your lose..

Stephanie said...

So sorry for this tragedy that has hit your family Margo. When I first heard there was a tornado in Arkansas I ran to the television because I have family there too. I was so thankful that the storm was not near where my family lives - we never think that in one's moment of rejoicing it may be another's moment of sorrow. In either circumstance though, we turn towards God. Praying for you and your family.

Sherrie said...

At a time when people are worried about making new year's resolutions, about diets and debt.....no one should be having to start their lives all over and bury their mother. My thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

Jill said...

Margo, I will also pray for your Aunt Ruth and her family. Oh my, such devastation.

Barb said...

So sorry for what your family is going through. Prayers for all of you.

Julie (Legacy Crafter) said...

My prayers go out to you and your family and others in that area.

May God's love comfort you in this time of loss.

Hugs to you,
julie

Shelley said...

Prayers going up Margo....so sorry for your family loss...of home and loved ones...so sad...blessings to all,Shelley

Nathalie Thompson said...

My heart breaks for your Aunt Ruth and cousin. Ironic that your aunt's name is Ruth. Reminds me of the biblical Ruth and how God provided for her after her tragic loss. There are better days ahead.

red.neck chic said...

I am praying and praying and praying some more. PLEASE do not hesitate to yell in my direction if help is needed... I'm not that far away!

robelyn

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