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Tornado Destruction and Gratefulness

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The past two weekends have been busy and my exercise routine vanished. My daughter keeps telling me I am doing exercise, just another form. Two tornadoes within a mile of one another went through our area (F1 & F2). Along with the tornadoes, we had microburst and straight-line winds over 80mph. There was and is so much storm cleanup but thankfully, no one was killed.

I feel for the neighbors whose houses were destroyed or damaged and unlivable. The Air Force Base we live by has between seven and ten million dollars in damage. The community of people stepped up and there were so many volunteers. I am impressed, feel blessed, and grateful to live in this area. The people who are out there each and every day helping with their time and skills is impressive and fills your heart with hopefulness. We spent the first two days cleaning up our yard/home, which had minor damage compared to our neighbors. We then volunteered in our neighborhood, thought I'd been strengthening my upper half but using loppers all day humbled me. We advanced to our golf course that has over four hundred trees damaged or down, learned I can squat more then I thought even after my knee surgery. After nine days of working, our old bodies needed a break for a couple days. Although, I can’t stop my brain from thinking of all those that are still out there working and trying to regain some form of normalcy.

Six months ago, if someone told me I would be volunteering to do physical labor every day for over a week, I would have told them my body isn’t capable of that type of work. Thanks to my return to Sparkpeople regularly and the inspiration that goes along with Sparkpeople my body did hold up, albeit sore and tired, I was capable. Thank You!!!!

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    Praying for all those who lost homes and grateful that no lives were lost. Glad to hear you were strong and able to help in your community. emoticon
    1383 days ago
  • LINDA!
    I am so sorry for the community.
    1383 days ago
    1383 days ago
  • BEBARB149
    Glad you make it through all that unscathed. Bless you for being a good neighbor! And your daughter's right, you definitely got your exercise in but I doubt you're going to find "tornado clean-up" in the SparkPeople list of exercises!
    1384 days ago
    God be with you and all those that are there.Just went threw that in VA 1.5 years ago.
    1384 days ago
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