Instead of my typical favorites from the week, this is just going to be a Friday post because it has been a crazy week to say the least.
Do you remember this post I did at the end of the year about super crazy things that happened in 2015? A big part of the craziness was the bad weather we had (and always seem to have) in Texas. We had some bad tornadoes and some record hail storms last week that left our new car completely totaled and a large retaining wall falling down from flooding. We picked up the pieces and moved on eventually, but since then, I have DREADED with all my heart the coming of spring storms.
I don’t know why we can’t just have rain in Texas. Rain always comes with horrible Texas storms including hail, wind, lightening, and tornadoes.
That is what happened on Tuesday morning, and to be honest with you, it was one of the scariest experiences in my life. I would gladly move back to California and deal with earthquakes versus this stuff. Do you follow me on snapchat (username @alexisroch)? If you do, I shared a little bit of the aftermath there.
Without going into too much detail, which I could totally write a book on now, I just wanted to share with you my experience a little!
Tuesday morning around 7:30am, without any type of warning, we had a tornado come through my neighborhood. I was about to take Ruger out to the bathroom, when I head a horrific boom and my house starting shaking. I immediately grabbed him by the collar and practically threw him into the bathroom that is in the middle of our home (the picture above is Ruger waiting out the storm, he was very sweet and calm!). I was still in my pajamas with my slippers on! We sat there as the house shook and kept hearing the ripping of wood and other unsettling sounds.
Then it ended, and I thought okay, we are fine! I started to get dressed when I heard sirens going off, my doorbell was ringing, and people yelling. I immediately looked out the living room window which typically has just a big tree branch blocking the view of everything like you see on the left side, and instead I saw straight to the road. My heart just stopped!
I walked out the front door and it was still raining. Honestly, I felt like I stepped in a twilight zone!
My truck had been moved all the way across the driveway into my yard, with the back window busted out. This 200 year old oak tree that typically blocks my entire view of the road was twisted into pieces with just one little limb left standing. I could see all the way to the road. There was debris all over my yard. Shingles, the vents from my roof, the street sign that was all the way down the road, and pieces of who knows what.
I just stood in the rain for a moment, completely dumbfounded at what occurred. Of course, my husband was at work, so I was alone. The house up the road from me was in bad shape, the entire front portion was ripped off. I went to my neighbors house and just started crying. Their poor yard was gone too.
Anyways, my roof was in bad shape with the plywood showing, so we got it covered with tarp. I spent awhile covering the back window of my truck with some tarp too to keep the rain out.
I wish I had a picture to show you how that tree took up the entire space and spilled into my yard a few feet! Here is a little perspective of how it used to be.
There will be a lot of repair and rebuilding, but I keep thanking God for keeping all of my neighborhood safe from injury, and I am grateful for a good community that pulls together!
The scary thing to thing about is the fact that it isn’t officially spring yet! That post I had up on Tuesday about my potted mini rose bush series? Well, that poor little bush is somewhere in a field, I saw the planter crushed into many pieces on the other side of the road. Most of my plants, patio furniture, and outside stuff scattered all over!
There were many more pictures, but I really just wanted to share the story with you! Tornadoes have always been my number one fear as a Texan, and after this, I think it has escalated!
On a lighter note, don’t forget to enter our $50 amazon gift card! And check out this post about our favorite summery activities, all I know is I could SURE go for one of those right about now 🙂 Thank you for all your sweet comments on instagram and snapchat this week too!
Enjoy the weekend and hopefully good weather! P.s – Monthly newsletter comes out this weekend too!