Well, it's almost sunny here in southern Missouri now.
Last night, though, we got some tornados. Some BIG tornados - about 17 of them, by this morning's count.
Newton County Sheriff Ken Copeland will probably not make it to Calvary Baptist for Mother's Day services this morning, since a fair chunk of his jurisdiction is flattened. Ken's a really good man. He's dealt with too much the last year or so.
Talking Jesus and I live an hour away now. We got straight line winds and a little power outage. But TJ's hometown of Seneca got hit hard. My parents live in Newton County, and they got hit - not as hard as lot of places, but my mother said it looked like someone had smashed bags of ice everywhere.
The house TJ's family lived in from the time he was twelve is gone. He proposed to me in that house. We raised Elder Spawn in that house for several years. It's a half mile from the Spook Light in Seneca, and it's gone. Our old neighbors' houses, gone. TJ's high school girlfriend's parents are now homeless. TJ's grandmother's home is heavily damaged - I'm glad she agreed to move into assisted living last year. His best friend is okay - he's out helping, to see if there's anyone still trapped. Some people have been dug out from the rubble of their houses overnight and this morning.
So I won't be writing up much, if anything, for the front page today. Last we heard from Ken Copeland, he had ten dead in his county. News reports now say there may be more, and over 100 hurt in a swath tornados cut between Picher, Oklahoma and us.
We were lucky last night, our parents and children are safe. A lot of our friends weren't.
I am so moving to the Carolinas.
Happy Mother's Day!