Spring, or should I say summer, is finally here. The temp got to 94 yesterday. And today there is a chance of severe thunderstorms. I love the warmer weather but I don’t like the storms that usually come with it. Here in Iowa the weather can go from beautiful and sunny to cloudy and stormy in no time at all.
Back in June of 1968, I was pregnant and very due with our fourth child. It was a beautiful late spring day. Sunny and a nice day to be outside. But by evening that all changed. Thunderstorms moved in by bedtime. After being outside most the day, very tired and very pregnant, I was sound asleep when hubby woke me up with” do you hear that?” I remember saying, “It is just thunder, go back to sleep.” I had just got the words out of my mouth with the slamming of doors and breaking of windows had both of us out of bed in a flash. The wind was so strong it blew our 2 ½ year old girl’s door shut. Over the sound of wind and glass breaking, we could hear screaming. Hubby had trouble getting her door open to rescue her. The foot of her bed was in front of the window and there she stood with glass all around her but not a scratch on her. But hubby cut his foot getting her out. We got the other two girls and headed down stairs. By then the storm had passed. Apparently a tornado had dipped down but had not touched ground. All the windows on the south and west side of the house were broke and water was everywhere. A huge, very old tree was uprooted right on top of Hubby’s car. And Hubby just kept saying “Don’t decide to have that baby tonight.” God was with us that night. Yes, we had some damage but we still had a house and our lives. It definitely was a night to remember.