Wednesday, May 25, 2011


Tornadoes criss-crossed parts of the country yesterday, leaving massive destruction in their wake. My friend Susie lost virtually everything. She lives in a suburb of Oklahoma City.  My sister (and her family) and my mom live about an hour from the city. Fortunately, they are all fine.

I met Susie through Babycenter years ago. We both have May 2005 kiddos.  We also have adoption in common, as her little "la princesa" (her second child) was adopted from Guatemala. Whenever I visit my family in Oklahoma, I also visit Susie and her clan.  In November, we all went to the science museum together. Susie not only brought snacks for her kids, she brought snacks for my daughter and my sister's offspring as well. That's just the kind of person she is.

I was shaken earlier today to learn that Susie and Mark have lost their home, Mark's truck, and, I would imagine, all sense of safety and peace.  In her typical "glass is half full" style, Susie sent me a text earlier today telling me not to worry.  They are just so relieved that they and their children made it out in time. I feel so far away and helpless. They are getting lots of help from their church and do have temporary lodging.

These images of their home have stuck with me all day. I've decided to stop bitching about my crashed hard drive now.


aliciajill said...

Oh my!!!! I am so sad to hear of a fellow May 05 mom going through something like that. My thoughts and prayers are with her and her family and my heart goes out to them. Please let me know if there's something we can do to help!

Susie said...

Didn't I tell you to stop worrying? :) You are such a sweet soul to be so concerned about us. It is unimaginable, honestly, but we know it will all be fine. And all the little things we wanted to change or didn't like about our home, well, guess what? We get to buy all new stuff! ;) I lost all of my makeup, but my fingernail polish was found behind my toilet and in my bathtub. Go figure. So, I got pampered at the makeup store this morning when I bought my new stuff. I think this will all be just fine . . . Love you girlie!

Anonymous said...

I am a fellow May 2005 mom from babycenter and follow along due to your awesome writing.

Perspective is all you needed to say, it really says it all.

Good luck to Susie and her family as they start their new journey.