Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Whirlwind anniversary

Three years ago today I married my best friend! Happy Anniversary to my awesome husband! Here's a photo from our wedding day many moons ago...the time sure does fly by...
As a special anniversary gift this evening, we were granted with severe thunderstorms and tornadoes instead of cake and dinner. After leaving early from work, I rushed home and converted the hall closet under the staircase (computer graveyard at the moment) into our storm shelter/fraidy hole. I frantically lugged vacuums and about five broken computers out of the closet (yes, five and no, none of them work - the joys of being married to a software developer), gathered all our important documents and grabbed some bottled water and whatever food I could find (which happened to be bananas, baked chips, FiberOne bars and dog food for our pup - um yeah, those were our survival foods...not so sure a banana would fare too well in a tornado). 

The hubs was still not home yet when the sirens started wailing, and the tornado looked like it was on a clear path headed our way. Growing up in Oklahoma, you become somewhat accustomed to the tornado sirens, but it is still a little unnerving when the local weathermen start to become overly animated and throw out words like "supercell", "deadly" and "hook echo". Finally, my husband made it home with a few minutes to spare before the tornado was projected to tear through our area. He decided we needed a few more supplies for our storm closet, so he scurried around in the garage and comes inside with a saw, crowbar, bicycle helmets and a Maglite. Hmmm, obviously I don't think like a man...he naturally thought about protecting us and digging us out if he had to. I feel so grateful and blessed to have a husband who is concerned about our physical safety and well-being on this anniversary day. Today was not exactly what I had in mind for our three-year anniversary, but we will try to make up for it this weekend. More details and photos to come in future posts next week. 

A verse that really spoke to me earlier today was Romans 12:10-12, which appeared in a couple of devotionals I received in my e-mail inbox today. It was very appropriate for today and is the next memory verse. "Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer." Download the free 4x6 printable here or click one the image to the right to save it as your iPhone wallpaper or click here if you have the iPhone 4.

Well, thankfully the tornado headed more north and missed us altogether. However, some parts of our state were hit hard and a few people have even lost their lives. Please be in prayer for all those affected by the storms and for those picking up the pieces after losing their homes. Also, continue to pray for the all the other tornado-stricken areas across the country. 

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