The Aftermath

Today will be a pretty wordless post. I have updates from the fair, but it all seems a bit off for me. Our farm was hit by a tornado last night. (***I’m going to have to re-word as “possible” tornado. I guess they are assessing this today and believe they may have been “just” straight-line winds in excess of 100 mph. How about this…the weather blew stuff all over the yard and caused a bunch of damage. It doesn’t really matter what you want to call it.)

We were blessed that no one was injured. My husband rode the storm out in the shop. (Crazy man.) The boys and I were in town at my Mom and Dad’s, just finished up from the fair and were waiting for supper to finish on the grill when the sirens went off and we spent an hour in the basement.

I knew it was bad when Mark called and said, “Well, we have damage.” You see, he’s notorious for shrugging things off and downplaying what’s going on. For him to admit there were problems meant that things weren’t good. But material things can be replaced, and it makes you count your blessings even more.

I'm pretty sure this isn't supposed to look like this.

This evergreen was right outside our door. So lucky the house didn't have more damage!

EJ was most upset about the swing set. He cried.

Mark's water truck met with a big-'ol cottonwood. Neither won.

These little building have all been spun off their foundations.

This bin should be sitting on the cement slab...the other bin is strewn across our corn field.

Some of EJ's tractors didn't fare well, either. Again, easily replaced.

This is the west end of the shop Mark was in when the storm hit. The whole side is caved in.

The garden looks pretty tough. All that hard work. George's food for winter. Oh well, easy to replace.

13 thoughts on “The Aftermath

  1. So glad eveyone is ok. I know all to well the feeling s you going through. A tronado hit our farm in April. We lost 2 buildings, Swing set trampoline 2 augers a tractor and lots of shingles on the house. Like you said buildings bins adn other things can be replaced lives cant. Thoughts and prayers with you and your family.

  2. Hang in there Val. I hope your crops survive better than you think. We were hit by a tornado on 6/27/11 so I know what you are feeling. Each day will be easier and the outlook will be brighter. Your in our thoughts and prayers. I know your neighbors will rally behind you guys to help with the clean up effort.

  3. I was glad to hear you were all fine over the weekend, seeing the photos, I’m REALLY GLAD Mark’s okay. The shop could have been altogether different if the storm stayed a bit longer on your farm.

  4. Greetings from Nebraska. We so sorry about your damage, but thankful no one was hurt. You garden picture says it all “All that hard work.” Blessings to you and your family.
    Tina Grosbach, Enders, NE

    • We live near Monango, ND, which is in the southeastern part of the state, just across the state line from South Dakota. The damage was pretty significant, all the way around! Thanks everyone for the thoughts and prayers!

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