Pioneer women...wha?


Evacuate.... you dont need to tell me twice. We loaded what we could and followed my sister and her family to Southern Mississippi where they have a camp. I dont think we made it north enough because we ended up huddled together in the center of the house praying like crazy. Tornado's... just what we needed. Thanks Gus! We made it through that night with a lot of prayers and tears and some laughter believe it or not. I fell deeper in love with my husband my children. I saw a strength in my sisters eyes I had never seen before. I looked at her two kids and knew I loved them like my own. Her husband no longer felt like an in law but a brother. The mother came out in me and I just wanted to look into my kids eyes and tell them it would be ok and really mean it.... Thank you Lord... for your grace

The morning after we headed for home and passed this all the way

It only got worse the closer we got to our home

We passed a convoy of these. Some where all the way from Maryland

Our old church lost it's steeple

When we made it home this is what we saw... Maddy's playhouse was still standing

This was in our backyard... Where do you start?

My poor trees... We went ahead and just cut them on down....

Now after the storm we have to watch the back water.... It's getting closer and closer. I think we will be fine because it is going to crest this evening.

On to the fun part... Remember that tub? I use to fill it with bubbles and surround myself with candles and relax. Now I use it for washing our clothes.

What? No dryer?.....Nothing a broom and two chairs cant fix.

We lost all of our food but that's ok. I need to clean out my fridge anyway.

I hung sheets to help keep the cool in... not that it was cool by all means, smile

This is a house behind me through the woods. look at how that tree just snapped in two.

Here is another behind me... See the pretty blue tarp. They are all the rage this year. I thought I was cool with a blue ceiling, smile.
Humor... It's all I have left. All kidding aside... Im so very blessed! My family is all safe and had a home to come home to. So many people in my area were not as lucky. We were one of the hardest hit areas. It has made me look at life in a whole new way. I love my family even more and I can say that those pioneer ladies years ago... Had it going on. As we now have power we can watch the news... another headed our way? I dont know how much more we can take. Please, once again... pray. I cant wait till all of this is over and I can show yall some neat stuff I was up to before the storm. I miss all of you so very much and Im so touched by each and everyone of you. You are my true friends...in "real life"....smile!

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  1. Oh, I am so glad you and your family are safe and back home and your power is back on and your home is fine....I could just go on and on....WELCOME BACK HOME!!

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  2. Oh my gosh...the pictures! I can't even imagine! Glad that you all are safe. Pray, you ask? Will do!

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  3. I have missed you!!! I have been calling over and over and spoke with Marc once. When you get situated give me a ring. I knew you were fine, but have missed hearing your sweet voice. The pictures speak volumes. Next time head west...to me!
    misty

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  4. Susie,

    I'm glad to hear that your family is safe and sound back at home. I'll keep you in my prayers!

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  5. Your attitude is amazing! Thank you for the update!! Prayers and blessings to you and your family!!

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  6. I'm so glad you all are okay. Sending many prayers your way, and hoping that Ike and Josephine head the other way. Can't wait till you're back.

    Debbie

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  7. How amazing is it that in just a few months of blogging I have come to care about the lives of so many women I have never met? Y'all need to come to NORTH Mississippi next time! No, wait...there's not going to be a next time! We're going to pray Ike AWAY!

    All kidding aside, I'm so grateful that your family is okay.

    Much love to you!

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  8. Wow! I'm so glad that you and your family were safe. I can't even imagine. I'll keep you in my prayers.

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  9. Hi Susie,
    Your post made me a little teary eyed. It's times like what you went through that draw us closer to each other and to God.

    I hope Ike doesn't come your way....I think LA has had enough (not that I wish him on anyone else)

    Diane

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  10. I'm SO GLAD that your family is ok. I knew when I kept checking and there was no update on your blog that it was storm related but I thought "no power"....I never thought you would have all that damage. I'm thankful that your power is back on and at least you were with family during this time. I, too, pray that Ike will not come your way.

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  11. As I read your post, I said a prayer, Ike is headed for the gulf and once it gets there, as you know there is no telling where it will end up making land fall.

    I pray for all those along the gulf coast, your family, mine and all...

    I am so happy that your home was in one piece...And I am so happy that ya'll faired well!

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  12. So glad you're okay! Looks like a lot of wind damage where you live. My sister evacuated from Alexandria, La. She was not so worried since Alexandria is in Central La. She went home Tuesday to a house full of water. The storm basically stalled over them and dropped 10+ inches! Still thankful everyone is fine! Take care! Ike MUST find somewhere else to play!

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  13. I'm so glad your home was spared damage and that your adorable playhouse is okay. I know seeing something like a beloved playhouse damaged would have upset my children a great deal.

    ~ Sarah

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  14. That is the scariest thing. I am from earthquake country. Tornadoes and storms like that might start me into tears. We missed you and are so glad you are back, safe and sound with your loved ones. Praying that the next one just passes by another direction without a peep!

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  15. Wow...I'm new to your blog but YOU'VE got such powerful and positive spirit. Our thoughts and prayers will go your way.

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  16. I've so missed you, dear one~sending prayers and hugs, Nancy

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  17. You have a very strong and positive spirit. I really admire you!
    I pray the storms pass by and all will be back to normal soon.

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  18. I'm so glad you and your family is ok and that the damage isn't too bad. You have a great attitude about the whole thing. I would be ready to move!

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  19. Mabry's gammaSeptember 07, 2008

    Susie,

    I heard that blue tarp is all the rage too but glad you did not have to use it. So glad to hear that you and your family are OK and we'll keep praying for all of you.

    Cheri

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  20. Wow it's amazing the power of Mother Nature when she's going through Menopause! That's what I always say about bad weather. It's Menopausal Mother Nature at it again. So glad you all okay and your home survived the storm. Good luck with all the clean up. Our thoughts are with all of you.

    :)Rachel

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  21. Oh Susie, I'm so glad you're back and that you and your family are safe and sound. I'm glad that the damage wasn't worse than it was, but still, you must feel so overwhelmed! Good for you for keeping a good attitude. I hope that life gets back to normal for you soon, and that Ike (is it Ike?) leaves you alone!
    Oh, and by the way, I got my new tassle in the mail and she is so beautiful!
    Hugs, Mrs. B

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  22. Oh my goodness. hannah is raining down on us as I speak but she has seriously calmed down since she was your way. I'm glad to hear that everyone in your family is O.K. Nothing like seeing danger to get your love flowing.

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  23. Wow, those pictures were frightening to look at...I can't imagine being there in it!! Electricity and Communication such beautiful words. Your so right, humor can calm the inner storm. I'm so glad your dry and safe!! I hope you return back to normal soon.
    I'll be back to check in on you again.
    Sara

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  24. Wow. Really puts it into perspective for those of us who don't live near there. So glad you are OK. If I were closer, I'd help you work!!

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  25. I am so glad you and your home are safe. Trees and work you can do. Food you can replace. Look how clean that refrige is!

    Living in Mobile and Destin area my whole life I have been through many storms. It is so discouraging to lose all your food and have to clean and repair again. And now having to watch Ike. Don't lose your strength. One day at a time.

    In Frederick we were in Mobile and I was 11 years old. It was my mom, brother and me. We had 32 pine trees down in the yard. 7 on the house and 3 coming all the way through where the limbs were hanging down from the ceiling. We sat in the hall all night hearing trees snap, and the wall we were resting our backs on swayed. When the eye came( for non Hurricane survivors when the eye comes over it is calm then when the other side of the storm comes the winds have changed directions)okay, when the eye came we opened the door to my brothers room and there was a tree laying on his bed. My mom and brother freaked, I told them to get all his clothes and stereo out and we covered some furniture with plastic. We then went through the other half of the storm feeling the walls move as the hurricane winds were in the room. I really believe God kept the roof from blowing off. I have never been so terrified in my life just feeling the walls sucked and hearing the trees fall. The next morning when it stopped the tree was gone.

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  26. Well, Susie, you put a pretty face on a terrifying situation...that is a sign of a very strong woman, you would have been one hell of a pioneer woman!!!

    We have a snapped tree (much smaller though) in our front yard from some spring winds that blew in here this year. I thought my dh was going to chop it down with the chain saw, but in a way, it is a reminder of nature's wrath and how vulnerable we really are.

    Stay strong, Susie, you are an inspiration to us all :) And have fun going grocery shopping and filling up that fridge!

    Bella

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  27. What a wonderful attitude in the midst of all the devastation...praise God that you and your family made it through safely! Hopefully, Ike will just decide to fizzle out...I'll continue to keep you in my prayers!

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  28. So thankful that all you lost was a few trees and some food but get ready because Ike is on his way & he looks stronger.
    Be Safe!

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  29. Good Morning Miz Susie,
    My prayers have been answered! Ya'll are safe and sound! I've been so worried about you and I'm thankful you're back home with a home still standing. You've been missed dearly my friend. *big hugs*

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  30. Susie, wow, just WoW. Those pictures tell it all and I'm sure they are just a small part of the devestation that a storm can do. So very glad you and yours are safe. Will be keeping you in my prayers. God is with you. LindaSonia

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  31. Your attitude is amazing! I guess it has to be when life has thrown you a curve ball. I'm glad your family is home and everyone is safe!!

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  32. It's all so terrifying isn't it? Man, I was up in Arkansas and was so afraid I'd come back to nothing. I am glad that you and your family came back to an intact home. A hot one, but a home nonetheless.

    Now let's just hope this other one does not come this way.

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  33. Hi there. Just recently found your blog and enjoy catching up with you. So glad your home and family are well. I live north of Houston and feel like your area has gotten too much of the horrible storms. Having been through some...I understand the powerless feeling. Happy you have power again and are safe. Can't wait to see what you have been up to before....

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  34. So glad your family is safe and sound! Scary, scary. We'll keep praying for your area, and pray that Ike doesn't hit!
    Welcome home.

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  35. Great pictures! I'm glad y'all are ok! What city in Mississippi was the camp in? I want to make sure we go far enough away if Ike comes!

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  36. WOW! I've been thinking about you and hoping you were okay...those pics are wild. We had Hanna come through here yesterday and dump 5 inches of rain. That's nothing compared to what you got. Can't wait to hear more about your "adventure."

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  37. OH, I am so glad all is okay! You all have been in my thoughts and prayers! You have been missed. Blessings,Nancy

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  38. Oh, Susie, I am so glad your and your family are safe!! Next time if you need to come further North, all of you can come stay with us!! I don't know where the camp was but we are Central Ms.
    Anyway, as for the next set of storms, all of the evacuees from Gustaw have not left our area and here they are calling for another. I guess my husband will just stay on Stand By this whole season.
    Oh, and by the way, aren't you the inovative one with your sheets and broomsticks.
    Again,
    I am so glad you are all safe!!!

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  39. You poor things! I knew it was pretty bad from the reports from hubby's 2 in Baton Rouge. Yikes, those pics say it all. Glad you all were safe & sound. Yes, God is truly good!

    Rhoda

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  40. Very moving post Susie. SOOOO glad you and your family are safe!

    Hugs-
    Layla
    The Lettered Cottage

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  41. Susie those pics are just scary so glad you guys are all safe and well I'll be watching the news and keeping an eye on ike stay safe:)
    Julie

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  42. So glad that you and your family were safe and escaped with little damage.

    While Gustav was no fun, I think I'm more afraid of the uncertainty of Ike. He just can't seem to make up his mind where he wants to go. And, just like a man, will not stop to ask for directions...

    I'll continue to pray for you and the others that were effected and those in the path of Ike.

    -- Brandi

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  43. I am glad that you are safe and sound. Sounds like you are having quite an adventure. Continue to be safe.

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  44. Susie,
    So glad you are safe and sound. I'm sorry to see what has happened to your city and houses around you.

    Thank you for your sweet and kind comment on my blog about my daughters. Your words are so appreciated as are your prayers
    Sarh

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  45. Wow, I'm so glad that everyone and everything is okay with you guys! How scary!

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  46. Susie, I HAVE BEEN WORRIED about you and your family. Everyday seeing the same post wondering "where is she and where is her family?" SO GLAD to hear from you and that you are ok. Those pictures are something else, wow. We don't get weather like that here obviously in Calif. I am amazed at all we have seen on the t.v. and now your pic's. Thank God you are home. Electricity comes and goes but home is here to stay!
    Bless you,
    Debbie

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  47. POPPED over to say I am glad your home is OK and YOU all are safe! HUMOR is good! Hang in there!
    We were blessed this week here in Savannah that Hanna did not come here. We all were on alert and it was crazy here with getting ready for Evacuation but we were really just plain lucky.

    Take care and lots of prayers are being sent to YOU guys!

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  48. I'm so glad you are safe and sound! I will definitely be praying for the one headed your way again!

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  49. The photos are amazing, Susie! So happy to find you and your family are okay and your home didn't sustain damage.

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  50. I can't even imagine how scary that must be! I've never lived anything remotely like a hurricane.

    I am so happy you are all OK and that all that was lost is replaceable. Know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers as you clean up and things return to normal. (((HUGS))))

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  51. You have a great attitude. Best wishes getting everything back together. I'm sorry you lost your trees. Glad the playhouse is still standing.

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  52. I'm so happy you and your family are safe! I've been worried sick. It looks like you have a lot of work ahead of you. If I was closer, I'd love to give you a hand. If there is anything I can do long distance, please don't hesitate to let me know.

    It's funny - we get a LOT of snow where I live and everyone always asks "How can you live with all that snow?" But, I'll take mountains of snow over hurricanes, tornados, earthquakes, etc. We almost always have plenty of notice and can just sit safely inside until it's over. I don't know how you and others make it through Mother Nature's worst.

    Smiles and hugs, JoAnne

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  53. Hey Sweetie...I'm so glad to see your post. I so know what you are going through. Stay strong, I'll be praying that IKE goes way, way west to Mexico for all of us.
    Hope you can still make the DHead craft fair.

    My heart goes out to everyone in LA for the hard times that ya'll are suffering!
    XOXO

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  54. Susie, glad you are all safe and home. I'm so sorry it turned at the last minute and hit all of you---we were fully prepared for it as you were. Joyce said she didn't even think of taking a short video like I did and posted on my blog.So gals, if you want to hear what it's like, but probably 3 times scarier for Susie and Joyce, stop by my blog. The winds sounded horrible, so I can just imagine what it was like in Baton Rouge and your area. There was a tornado here, but it didn't touch down---thank God. Depending on where Ike heads, we are prepared to leave this time. Big Hugs, Pat

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  55. It looks horrible, but I'm just glad you and your family are alright! Prayers have been answered! Now....you have some catching up to do! ;-)

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  56. Susie, I'm really new to your blog, but wanted to tell you I'll pray for & your family as you try and get back to normal. So glad you're safe and sound. :)

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  57. you are one tough, smart,amazing woman! You are right, pioneer women, pishaw! The pics are amazing! Great attitude.

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  58. Oh, Susie, I've been coming over to you blog to check and see if you were back! Oh, I'm so glad you and your family are safe. I'm so sorry for all the distruction around you! I'm praying for you and maybe asking you to pray for me! We don't know where that ole Ike is headed exactly.
    Be a safe and sound sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  59. I am so glad that all are safe. It is amazing how tragedy brings us close as a family and how we realize how strong we really are. Welcome Home. You will definitely be in my thoughts and prayers with all that could occur in the weeks to come.

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  60. Oh, wow. I can't imagine dealing with all of that. Glad you're all safe. Hang in there!! -Julia

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  61. I'm so glad you are back safe and sound!! I thought of you during that whole hurricane a lot. I wondered how close you were to the whole mess. Thank goodness you are okay! Sorry about the mess you came home to though!

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  62. Your post made me want to take my little ones and wrap my arms around and just spend time on things that matter - thanks.

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  63. Oh my goodness. I did not realize you were in the path of this. I am glad you and your family are okay.

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  64. ok I am trying to think of something to say that not everyone else has said.
    How about-wow your fridge is super clean! i wish that mine looked that good.
    So-you didn't have any major damage to your house. No tarp on your house? No water came in? I will be praying for all of the coast-hopefull this one will skip you all. I am with you, do you have to put up with more?
    those pioneer women, yep they were pretty great, but I think, now I know that you should be proud of yourself for your pioneer womaness that you showed. how great for you to have had your love strengthened-just like you to see the positive outllok on a hard situation!
    Keep us posted on the storm and your famiy! We will pray!

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  65. I am so glad that you and your family are okay!

    I hope everything gets sorted out at home soon!

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  66. I am so glad that you made it! Thank goodness that you got out of there in time and that your house is still standing. You will definately be in my prayers...

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  67. I am so happy to hear that you are safe.

    I went on a mission trip last year down to Biluxi to work on building homes still down from Katrina. My heart sinks every time I think of them and another storm.

    What a scary, yet special moment huddled with your family. I still remember my parents wrapping themselves around me during tornadoes. You have never felt closer to your husband, and trust me, your children have never felt so loved. I still remember that feeling.

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  68. So glad you and your family are safe. You will def be in my prayers.

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  69. I'm glad to know you are back and all in one piece, minus some trees.

    Gretchen

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  70. Susie....Yea! So glad you are back, safe and sound! Now I'll be praying Ike stays away from your back door! :) ~Rhonda

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  71. Susie, I am glad that you and your family are all safe and sound. It looks like all of our prayers were answered. Hugs to you and your family, Paula

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  72. So glad to hear you're safe & sound. And those photos...wow!

    You're fridge looks brand new! I think I need to do me some cleaning! We've missed you here in blogland. Glad you're back.

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  73. Susie,

    I have missed you dearly. I'm glad your doing well! Hate that you have to do the laundry in the tub. It will be over soon. Keep smiling!

    Brandee :-)

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  74. Wow! So glad you and your family and your home are standing strong! Julie

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  75. Oh, wow, Susie. I am glad you are all okay. I definitely will pray that the next storm will steer away from y'all.
    Elise

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  76. I will pray for you and your family. I am glad everyone is safe.

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  77. I'm so glad that you all are safe and sound. Next time you just keep on driving north until you hit PA. You can help me paint! :-)

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  78. so gla du are fine...and way to go with the positive attitude!

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  79. Praying for you and the family. What a disaster! I'm glad you are all ok.

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  80. WOW


    Bless you and your family! You've brought me to tears. How Deeply you've let us peer into your Heart.

    Keep your God Sheild around you!
    I've been Reading Doreen Virtue and she talks about Angels it sound like you have them and you can call on them anytime!

    Warmly,
    Stacy~Creativemuse
    http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5023227
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/52895107@N00/

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  81. OMG!! I can't imagine. I'm so happy you and yours are safe and back home. Take care Susie and welcome home.

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  82. Oh my! I couldn't imagine going through that. I'm glad that you were family. That always makes the difference!

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  83. We are so glad that HE covered you with His protection...we miss you!

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  84. I'm so glad you made it back safely. I can't even begin to imagine how terrifying that must have been. You'll be in our prayers.

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