Could Oklahoma just catch a break?

Well, it’s time for another update from Tornado Alley!  I know most of you have seen that Oklahoma was once again hit with bad weather.  We didn’t escape this one as well as we did the other one.  🙁 100 mile an hour winds took out a lot of fence panels and our shed.  We had been meaning to meet our new neighbors… and we did… when we went over to say, “Sorry our shed landed in your yard.”  They were really nice about it though.  The shed took out the fence that we share and continued on through the other side of their yard taking out the other side.

Hey, we have a house and my family is safe, so I’m fine with it just taking the fence and shed!

Something we Okies love to do is to sit out on a decks and “watch” the tornadoes form.  It really is fascinating to watch them twist and start to come down, then lift, come down, and lift.  I got some amazing video with my iPhone (which promptly got lost but that’s another story).  Wish I could show it to you!  The tornado was only 30 blocks away so we could see it up close and personal.  As I said, only in Oklahoma do we go out to see it.  I knew it wasn’t heading towards me so I felt safe being outside watching it.  I have since changed that thought process when I heard one of the other tornadoes from Friday took a hard right.  Guess that is the last time I watch a tornado.

It was all okay until the power went out.  It was restored late yesterday afternoon.  Being without power is just no fun.  No internet (gasp), no phones, no TV (thought my kids were going to DIE).  But all is good now!

As far as the flooding, well, Praise God, that missed my area.  We sit up a little higher.  Yay!

There is supposed to be more bad weather later this week but I am PRAYING it’s nothing major.  I think we are DONE and our nerves can take no more.  I must say, everyone is really in good spirits and plugging away.  I am so excited to have Stamp Club next week so I can have some time with my friends and customers.  I love Stamp Club week!!!

Thanks so much for all the emails, comments, and especially your prayers.  You guys have been an amazing help to me!!!!  I go back and re-read your comments whenever I start feeling sorry for my community or myself.  THANK YOU ALL FOR BEING THERE FOR ME!!!

Can’t wait for it all to be back to normal and I can share some stamping projects with you.  I have several videos made (just needed power so I could edit them) so you’ll be seeing a lot of new products soon!


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29 Responses to “Could Oklahoma just catch a break?”

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  1. Vicki Keyzer says:

    I also love to watch a storm come in as long as I am in no immediate danger. I am so glad you are all safe!!! Every time I hear of another storm by you, I start saying prayers to keep you all safe.

  2. Theresa Minchew says:

    Oh Connie, I am so thankful you are fine. My son rode this storm out on a friends storm shelter. I was beside myself again. I just don’t know how you do it over and over. Keeping all of Oklahoma in my prayers.

  3. Ditto Vicki’s reply, Connie! We are all praying incessantly for y’all! I love to feel the cool wind of the hurricane’s, but don’t like to have to evacuate and come back to destruction and no power {of course}. God bless OK. ;D

  4. Cheryl McAskill says:

    So have been praying for you and your family. Have been prayingly waiting for this e-mail to know you and your family have survived this last bout of storms. Wow, I know deep in my heart that I couldn’t live where you are. However I live in hurricane threatened area. At least with hurricanes, you have plenty of time to get safe. I have always been fearing of tornandos, hurricanes can birth tornados before hand. when the wind is whipping, the biggest fear I have is possible tornados. Still am and will be praying for you and your community and the surrounding communities too. Stay smart and safe.

  5. NINA HANSEN says:

    Connie. Happy you and your family are safe. A shed and fence can be replaced any time. Now, hopefully Oklahoma is done with bad news!!!
    Looking forward to new videos and stamping ideas.

  6. Kim P says:

    Thank goodness our prayers were answered and you and your family survived another tornado threat. I agree with Cheryl. I couldn’t live where you are. My husband and I also live where hurricanes have hit but thankfully God kept us safe. Being without electricity for ten days seems so trivial compared to what those in Moore are going through. Thank you for the updates and prayers will continue for you and your Okhahoma neighbors. God Bless.

  7. Every time I hear about a tornado in Oklahoma I think of you right away. Thank goodness it was only a fence and a shed. I feel so sorry for your family and your neighbors for having to go through such nerve wracking stress. Thank goodness you are all well.

  8. Sue says:

    Thanks for the update….that all sounds too close for comfort. You and your family have been in my thoughts, can’t wait to see some of your new videos.
    Hugz for Texas!!!!!

  9. Tanya Butler says:

    Thank you for keeping all of us updated. I will continue to pray for your family’s safety in this difficult weather. I hope things improve there for you. I pray that your town can recover well. I am always happy to see your email pop into my inbox. I read them ALL! I love all my Stampin up family. I wish you all well. Stamping is a wonderful thing to bring us all together. Prayers to you all. -Tanya

  10. Sandi Idar says:

    I feel so bad that you had to go through this again. I am so very glad that you and your family are okay. Be safe and remember that you and your family and everyone going through this are in my thoughts and prayers.

  11. Marti Petro says:

    Hi Connie,
    I visit your website often and always leave with a smile and a great new idea. thank you for all the great support and beautiful projects. And may God bless and keep all you good people from OK.

  12. Janene Smith says:

    Dear Connie,
    So relieved to hear that you and your family dodged the bullet again. I know you have deep compassion for all of your Okla neighbors…..there but for the grace of God……sort of thing. I have been praying and will continue to do so for you and all in Okla. You bring such joy to my day and delight to my card making that I LOVE it when your e-mail pops up in my in box. You make my day with GREAT ideas and such a joyful spirit. Much love to you and your family……Janene

  13. Scrappy Geri says:

    Well this sounds really scary to me (from France) I wouldn’t just sit and watch the tornado… Good luck to yall in Oklahoma!

  14. Sending Hugs Connie. Glad it was only a shed/fence that got hurt.

  15. scoobyandmom says:

    Glad to hear everyone is safe. Take care.

  16. Beverly Lausen says:

    You were one of the first people I thought of when I heard where the new tornadoes were…started praying…so glad you only lost a shed and not your house or lives…

  17. Jeanette Duke says:

    My goodness, Connie. I just don’t think I want to hear anymore bad news about your area. How sad! No more bad weather for you guys!! You all there sound like very strong and bonded friends and neighbors with all you have been through. I hope and pray for all you people that the major part of your bad season is GONE!!! I love coming to your website and enjoy all of your posts and certainly your creativity. I am keeping my fingers crossed that you and your neighbors have much calmer seas to endure.
    Thinking of you,
    Jeanette from Georgia

  18. D Sparks says:

    Connie, I am so sorry that you are in the midst of all this miserable weather. I have been and will continue to be praying for you. Stay safe.

  19. Theresa says:

    Glad you made it through with just the fence and shed down (or up?). It has been awful just watching this from a distance. I can’t imagine being in the middle of it. Stay safe!

  20. Anne Giblin says:

    So glad to know you are safe.

  21. Carol Haffner says:

    Connie, sorry you lost your ” shed”, but so happy you and your family are safe…I love your blog, and follow EVERYTHING you do…I live in Joplin, so I completely understand the ” watch the storm” mentality, I have always done that as well, but now its just a little scarier….so looking forward to these stormy days to pass, and to get back to normal..Can’t wait for your next video or anything that you do…Thanks so much for sharing all your wonderful ideas with the rest of us…Love you,,and many Hugs from Joplin….

    • Connie says:

      The folks of Joplin were QUCICK to arrive in Moore right after the first tornado hit. You guys are the BEST! Yep, you know what we’re dealing with here but you also know how people come together and help each other. It is one thing to watch the storm but I also know when to take cover! 🙂 NOT taking any chances!

  22. Cindy says:

    Connie, I love your flash cards and all your ideas. They so inspire me. Praying for you and all the folks in Ok. May your days ahead be sunny
    and calm.

  23. Sandy Rodney says:

    Blessings on you and your family and friends, Connie. I’m claiming you for my Okie sister, so you will always be in my good thoughts and prayers. Silly me, I go to the basement when the sirens go off. of course, that’s where the paper and ink are!) St Louis had some damage and power loss, but no one hurt. Thanks for the post. You Okies are a tough lot! XXX

    • Connie says:

      I wish we had basements in Oklahoma. The soil isn’t right for basements. Glad you guys are okay in St. Louis! Take care!

  24. Vikkii says:

    So glad to know you and your family are safe. I pray that the bad weather will be over for your area very soon.. The whole state is in my thoughts and prayers. I hope no one else will loose their lives and homes… Thinking of you in Pennsylvania…….

  25. Molly says:

    Connie, what an ordeal this season has been for your community. Thank you for letting us all know you and your family are safe but I’m sorry to hear you have the expense of a shed and fence now. Even though it is better than a whole home or heaven forbid, a loss of life…it is still an expense. You were in my prayers too as soon as I heard the news of the last storm and I’ll keep up those prayers that no more bad weather comes your way.

  26. Hi Connie, so glad you are all fine. Thank you for sharing your talent with us. Your post mentioned you have a craft week. Can you offer details (how many projects-cost-time-what do you supply-do they bring anything)This sounds interesting to me.

    • Connie says:

      Cathy, I do Stamp Clubs and I do them all in the same week. I typically do 3 projects and they vary. I choose a theme for the month so it depends on the theme what type of projects I will do. This month, it’s “Let’s Hear It For the Boy” and we are making 3 masculine cards. Next month, my theme is BUNDLE UP and my project will focus on the new Bundles in the catalog because they are such a great deal. I know that one of the projects will be a card, one will be a cookie bag or box, and the last project might be a fancy fold card. I like variety in my classes. I supply everything and they pay a supply fee each month (this varies based on what projects we’re making but it’s typically $3.00-$3.50)

      Hope this helps!

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