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Monday, March 29, 2021


Happy Monday, My Lovelies!  I will be taking a blog break for a couple of weeks as we clean-up from the EF-3 tornado that ripped through our neighborhood.  The winds were up to 140 miles per hour, and it was truly the most frightening experience of my life.

Over 100 homes in our neighborhood were damaged, and about 30 or so are uninhabitable.  We were fortunate.  We lost many trees, and two cars: The damage to our home is minor compared to most (windows and painting).  Trees covered our driveway, and several were blown down in the back of our property, too.  Our patio and other outdoor areas sustained damage due to falling trees and debris. We will be dealing with the insurance agents, tree and landscape professionals, and other contractors for the next several days.  Our neighborhood looks like a war zone, and it will never be the same.  

I have to give kudos to our city.  Crews were out within the hour to clear streets for first responders.  Miraculously, no one was killed nor seriously injured (it's a miracle).  Our police have been patrolling nonstop and are not letting people in our neighborhood unless they are residents or vendors.  Truly, our first responders are the best!  The city also brought in a charging station for medical devices, phones, and iPads.  We have been overwhelmed with volunteers bringing water, snacks, and other needed items. 
Alabama Power worked day and night getting our power back on, and Thursday night (the tornado hit Thursday afternoon) we could hear chainsaws all night long.  We didn't get much sleep, but we were only without power for about three days.  Spectrum also worked to get us back online. 

We are expecting more strong storms Wednesday, and I'm praying that the storms won't be severe.  I'm concerned about leaning trees everywhere that might fall and cause even more damage to homes and other property.

I want to wish you and your family a Blessed Holy Week and Easter.  I will be posting everyday on my devotional blog because that's one of the few things keeping me grounded right now!  

Take care, and hopefully I will be back sooner than later!

Until next time...

Happy Easter!
Ricki Jill


  1. Oh Ricki Jill! My heart goes out to you. I've wondered if you had damage from the terrible tornadoes that went that area. I'm glad that you were not injured of course but I'm very sorry you lost so much and have so much to do to clean up and repair things. Take care of yourself my friend. I'm keeping you in my prayers. Sweet hugs, Diane

  2. Oh goodness!! How scary. SO glad that your house is ok and you're safe, but I'm so sorry to hear about all the destruction. I will be thinking about you and your neighbors and hope you can enjoy your Easter.

  3. I am really glad to read your neighborhood is being patrolled so looting doesn't happen. Best wishes for speedy resolution to your damage, and I'll keep your community in prayer for their recovery and protection.

  4. I have been worrying about you so much, I'm so sorry for your devastation and the terrifying experience you went a hurricane victim, I know how overwhelmed you must feel at this time, but please know things will get better, it's most important right now for you to keep your stress level down as best you can. That is wonderful the police are protecting your neighborhood, I know there must be many that want to drive around to see the damages. I am praying for you and everyone constantly...

  5. Ricki, I have been praying for you. I am so sorry for the terrifying experience.
    I am glad to hear a first hand report and so glad you have had great help from so many. Thankful you are unharmed but sad for your losses. Thinking of you.

  6. Ricki Jill;
    We are sorry for all the damage to your town. Glad that you and yours are safe and you received minimum damage. Will keep you and the town in our thoughts and prayers that the storms that are coming will spare you.
    Joan.Marilyn and Marion

  7. I have been thinking about you a lot RJ and paying attention to any news from your neighborhood. As much as we've all been through these storms, we are never prepared for the destruction and devastation they cause. I am thankful you still have a house! I know it must have been terrifying to go through what you did. I hope the clean-up and dealing with all the insurance won't be overwhelming. I'm so happy Alabama Power Company had you back on in record time considering all the damage and thankful for the police patrolling so you feel safe. Understandable you need to take a break but hopefully it will be a short break. Glad you are able to post on your devotional blog. Thinking about you this Holy Week and keeping you in my prayers. Stay in touch when you can.......

  8. Praying my dear friend! Love you! Carla

  9. I'm so very grateful you are all safe and terribly sorry about the damage. It's all in perspective, isn't it. I'd never say losing tons of trees, house damage and cars is "lucky" until you realize how much worse it could have been in both lives lost and property. Then it is very "lucky" indeed. Hang tight, my friend. I am so glad you are safe.

  10. Awww Ricki, I am so sorry you had to experience this tragic storm. Sounds like lots of devastation. I am relieve you are safe. So sorry to read about some damage and also the cars. Such a scary situation. I hope the clean up goes well. Thinking about you. Big hugs and blessings.

  11. Oh Ricki Jill, I am so sorry to hear about the devastation to your neighborhood, but thankfully everyone survived! God bless you and your family and Easter blessings are sent to you....✝️🙏🏻✝️

  12. Ricki Jill, I'm so sorry to hear about hurricane damage. So glad no one was injured and the damage wasn't worse. Thoughts and prayer for you and your community. Take care ♥

  13. I meant *tornado* damage, I was reading Jenna's comment above. ♥


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