Tuesday, August 4, 2009

A "Stormy" Anniversary Date

I'd like to thank everyone for the anniversary wishes. They were all so sweet! And to answer the question as to if we did something special to celebrate......I have an interesting story to share.

Thursday evening, the night before our anniversary, was our night to celebrate and I dressed up a little to go out to dinner to Outback Steakhouse. You know as a stay at home mom, you don't always get a chance to dress up, so it's kind of a treat! The second picture of us on the anniversary post was taken right before we left. Jason snapped this of us before we left and since it's the only picture I have to go with this post, I included it on here again today. :)



Well....on with the story....it was raining ALOT! We left around 4:30 p.m., hoping to allow plenty of time because of the weather. Traffic was backed way up on the interstate to a crawl. But in spite of the traffic and the pouring rain, Jason and I had such a great time just talking....remembering...really oblivious to the time....and the weather. When we did start getting close to Outback, we began hearing sirens. We were looking around trying to figure it out. We decided they must be testing the sirens because of the weather! When we turned into the parking lot of Outback, the manager came out to our car (in the rain) and told us their electricity was off. At that point, we figured, the tornado sirens must have been going off for a reason! Honestly, it just didn't look like tornado weather....just heavy rain. Then again, we had just been talking the time away. Anyway, we thought about our options as far as more Outback Steakhouses in the area. We decided on another one and set out in that direction....back out on the interstate....with traffic again. Meanwhile, it was still pouring and we were still talking. Colt texted us and asked where we were and if we were okay. Then my mom called (and then daddy got on the phone)and asked the same thing. We then learned that just an exit away from where we were, a tornado had hit and took off part of a Kohl's store and blew out all the windows of all the cars and the parking lot. There was a natural gas leak in the area as well, so by the time we got to that exit, the police had it blocked off because of the damage. After getting directions for a LONG detour to Outback Steakhouse, we arrived safely at around 7:00 p.m.!

I've thanked God for taking care of us through all of that bad weather, and for really giving us a memorable anniversary in the midst of it. Because honestly, we had a great time and I think it will be remembered as a special one for us for a long time.....talking and enjoying each other's company while the storms raged around us.

In the next few days, I'll share a few pictures from a mini family vacation that we took Friday and Saturday to the mountains. After time for just us, we then had some family time together! I know Joy will want to share some of those pictures on her blog too. And don't give up on me, please!

~ Tammy ~

34 comments:

Elle Bee said...

Wow, Tammy, that's an anniversary to remember! I would have been scared--it sounded like you've lived in tornado weather for a loooong time! Just another storm, right? :o) When we were in Kansas in April we had a similar thing happen to us--too close of an encounter with a tornado for me! Maybe I'll blog about that sometime. Have a great night!
Elle

Julie said...

Tammy--that's what true love does--keeps us safe, secure and grounded while the storms of life rage around us--great object lesson!! Thanks for sharing and glad you and your hubby were safe!! julie

arkie said...

So glad you all were safe during all that weather. My husband and I spent our 1st anniversary in a storm cellar because of a tornado warning in our area.

Marjorie (Molly) Smith said...

What a memorable way to spend your Anniversary. Congrats.
I will be celebrating my 48th Thurs. the 6th and DH is taking to back to AL. for the Longest Yard Sale....yah, what a way for a junkie to spend the week end.
Hope to get back to visiting my blog friends soon.
Molly

Kris said...

I'm glad you and your hubby were safe from the storm and had a great time!!

Take care,
~Kris~

carolyn@primitive~devotion said...

OMGosh Tammy! I'm so glad that y'all are okay! I think it is great that you both were so involved in your memories and being together that the weather or traffic bothered you. And praise God that the traffic kept you from getting any closer to the tornado area!

Carmen C. said...

Tammy, I'm so glad your both okay, what a scary time but one I'm sure neither of you will forget!Have a great day:)

Juanita said...

Tammy I am glad you two were safe.It feels so good to be back on the blog scene. I have missed visiting you.Have a blessed day and Happy Anniversary!
Juanita

Karen said...

Glad you and Jason had a wonderful anniversary and were safe during the storms. :)
Karen

UPON A HILL said...

Oh my gosh! It looks like the LORD had you underneath HIS wings the whole time!

Michele said...

Hi Tammy ~ I'm glad you guys are okay and got through the storms. What a great memory tho...

Hugz,
Michele

The Farmers Oldest Daughter said...

Glad you are both safe. I heard about that on the news. Coming from OK I know how tornadoes can be. Glad everything turned out great for you and your hubby.

Parsley said...

Glad you're safe.

Guess you can say "Our marriage can weather the storm!"

Tammy said...

Tammy, what an exciting anniversary! LOL
I have to say, it reminds me of a day long ago when I was visiting my husband= then fiance- while he was in A-school at the beginning of his Navy days.
In Tennesee...my first time ever in the south.
I was staying with some married friends of his and he picked me up and we were going to see some sights and just spend the day together. It turned out that we kept dodging a tornado the whole day but we were completely oblivious...just so in love and glad to be together after having months apart. We did hear sirens, but being native Oregonians, we had no idea at the time what they meant!
So glad that in both our cases, God was watching out for us!

Stop over and say hi again when you can...I just wrote a new post yesterday!
Hugs,
~Tammy

Susan said...

Glad all ended well and you had a nice time together.
Susan

Cat Nap Inn Primitives said...

glad you had a wonderful time and were safe as well..:)

Colleen said...

Now THAT'S a memorable anniversary, Tammy! I'm so glad you're both safe and sound...

Backwoodsprim said...

So glad y'all are alright!
Happy Anniversary to you two...even if it's a little late....sounds like you all had a special time walking down "memory lane" despite the weather....may you all be blessed with many, many more happy years together....loved what your husband said about commitment...
We really try to teach our kids that in this so-called "disposable world" that we live in...that you just don't call it quits when you get tired of trying...that the Lord blesses & honors faithfulness
in His children.

God is so good!
Backwoodsprim

wrcdgc said...

What a anniversary story! I am so glad you were safe and had a nice evening. I love the picture of you and Jason. Looking forward to vacation stories next.

Donna

WoolenSails said...

What an Anniversary to remember. Having someone you love,to share the good and the bad, is the best night you could have had.

Debbie

Shelley said...

Happy belated Anniversary! I'm sure you will remember this ONE for a long time! So glad you are safe!!

Nancy M. said...

Oh, my goodness! That's a lot of drama for one night! I'm glad y'all were safe and finally made it to the restaurant.

Happy late Anniversary!!!

Walking on Sunshine... said...

So in love you didn't notice the tornado! Great story. One to be remembered for quite awhile!

Glad you're both okay and you weren't involved in the tornado. You look beautiful in the picture!!!

Kath ~★The Olde Weeping Cedar ★~ said...

Oh wow, glad ya stayed safe...it will be a memorable anniversary, for sure!

Great pic of you two!!

Have a beautiful day, Tammy.

hugs-Kath

Mandy in Mayberry said...

What a night to remember! I'm so glad you two were safe.

Sharon said...

What a wonderful story and I am so glad that you are ok.
Glad that you got to spend some time together even with the bad weather all around you.
God bless

Blessed Beyond said...

Happy Belated Anniversary!!!!! And wow, what a night! So glad God kept yall safe and sound! Hugs and Blessings,

Paula said...

Hi Tammy - I clicked on your blog from Farm Chick! Living in Tornado Alley, that story sounds like home! Glad you had a good time and happy anniversary!!

Blessings~
Paula

Farm Chick Paula said...

Oh, how scary, Tammy! Thank goodness you were alright! I'm so glad you two had a wonderful time, even if the weather was crazy. I saw the Kohl's you're talking about on the news... I couldn't believe no one was hurt!

country gal said...

Wonderful mommy-who I'm glad is safe from scary tornados-

I love you!!!! I'm glad everything turned out alright. 8!!! I'm sure you will always remember THAT anniversary!!!!

Love, Joy =D

Grammy Linda / Behind My Red Door said...

Wow - what a night to remember. So glad you were safe and sound and having a great time!! hugs, Linda

momstheword said...

Well, happy anniversary but Wow, girl!!!!!

We don't have stuff like that over here, just earthquakes. I can't imagine hearing a tornado warning but I suppose you're used to it.

I am glad you were safe and oblivious!

momstheword said...

Well, happy anniversary but Wow, girl!!!!!

We don't have stuff like that over here, just earthquakes. I can't imagine hearing a tornado warning but I suppose you're used to it.

I am glad you were safe and oblivious!

Anonymous said...

Tammy, that was really pretty close I'd say!! Thank God that you and Jason wasn't right in the pathway of that tornado!! So glad you and Jason were kept safe!! Praise God!! You both will always have a 27th wedding anniversary that will be memborable forever, that's for sure!!

Have a wonderful day, and weekend too!!

Tammy, I sent you an email from on the CS forums yesterday...Hopefully you received it... I needed to ask a BIG favor of you...

Love & Blessings,

~Lynn/OKC