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famograham
01-30-2006, 12:49 AM
Hi friends,

I just want to let you know that everybody is OK..but very shaken up. But..my Mom's house is not.

Friday night the kids were having their usual Friday night sleepover and after they were in bed, it started to get windy.
Mom was getting nervous and decided to leave the livingroom and go to bed because she can't hear the wind as well from her bedroom.
About ten minutes later, she heard a massive BOOM (neighbours said it sounded like an explosion)
She checked it out only enough to see that the ceiling in the livingroom was low and that the cabinet in the kitchen above the counter was hanging down..then decided to call 911 from her bedroom. She called, they told her to get the kids out. She had to shake them awake...they miraculously hadn't woken up. They climbed out of Mom's bedroom, went next door and the firefighters showed up. They made sure everyone was OK. The kids were so brave..the firefighter's were watching them all for shock, the kids were shaking from head to toe. While the firefighters were in the house turning off power and water etc. another tree fell and too out the railing on the front deck. I'm so proud of Mom and the kids for being so brave and doing everything right.

Mom called me and off we went at 1:00am..Mom tried to get us not to drive, but we had to be there.We went and got the kids..called Sam and took Mom to her house. We couldn't see anything in the dark...and the wind was insane.

We came home and everyone slept but me (well maybe 2 hours)
We spent the day today dealing with stuff at the house. Mom' is too afraid to go inside. Restoration guys were everywhere. Rudy and I gathered all kinds of stuff for the immediate future, clothes, paperwork etc.. and John and Marylin Newall had been there and moved the freezer next door and plugged it in. So many people helped us so much.

The tree took out the livingroom, ceiling's all caved in . The floors are buckled and sunken, and huge branches pierced the roof into the kitchen...one of them straight into Julie's highchair. The divider wall between kitchen and livingroom driven down into the floor and the cabinets from that same wall on the kitchen floor glass everywhere.
The house is destroyed.... I'll attach pictures.

Mom could only get market value insurance for the house because of it's age, starting last September.This means she will not have her home replaced but will be given the amount of cash that the insurance company decides her house was worth...this is really bad news, because it means that she will need to get a new home...continue to pay the 52,000 she had on her mortgage and only receive about 50,000 (very big ballpark) This is the part that kills me, I'm so worried. I'm hoping that something very good will come of this whole mess. We will be appealing to the community through the local paper for help...we spent a little over an hour with a very kind reporter today.

Please send your prayers for her, and that our kids can put this behind them.

All our love,
A VERY lucky
Linda and Rudy, Liam and Talia

Here is the link to all the pics

http://members.shaw.ca/famograham/Ruths/


cagirlygirl
01-30-2006, 01:16 AM
Hi Linda,

I don't know you very well since I'm a new-ish face on this board, but all I've seen from you are kind words and encouragement for everyone.

So. Here's some back atcha, girl...

What a huge blessing that your family is safe! Please hang onto that thought as you go through the craziness that's bound to come up over the next few weeks. You guys will definitely be in my prayers, along with those of all your friends here, I'm sure.

Have you thought about setting up a paypal account where you can accept donations electronically? Never underestimate the power of word of mouth on the internet... just a thought.

Please let your mom know that folks are thinking of her, and be sure to let us know what happens.

hugs, :hug:
paula

glynne
01-30-2006, 01:22 AM
OMG ~ that is awful. I'm glad your mom and kids are ok. Thoughts and prayers for your mom and your family.


famograham
01-30-2006, 01:23 AM
Wow Paula, I hadn't thought of that yet..that is such an amazing idea!
I do have a Paypal account, but would it be better to put it in her name?
I would never want anyone to think I was dishonest.

Do you think that anyone would donate to someone they don't even know?

Thanks so much for your support :hug:
Linda

famograham
01-30-2006, 01:24 AM
Thank you, Gayle..I will pass them on (and keep some for myself too:) )

Could either of you see the pictures in the link?

:hug:
Linda

cagirlygirl
01-30-2006, 02:05 AM
Yep. The picture link is working.

As for the paypal thing, I'm not super experienced. I've seen links on journals and whatnot for folks who were raising money for different causes (animal rescue, kids with medical problems). That's what made me think of it.

Also, if you have some local press coverage, the paypal thing might make it easier for folks who are inclined to donate. Maybe you could open a special account for your mom and link it that way?

...maybe someone who really knows how it works will come along and take pity on me and explain it correctly? ;)

Here's hoping!

Have a restful night,
paula

famograham
01-30-2006, 02:18 AM
That would be great,

Thanks,
:hug:
Linda

Jillegal
01-30-2006, 02:19 AM
Reading your account of the event was frightening enough, but the pictures truly bring home the immense damage and how tragic it could have been! :eek: How thankful you all must be that nobody was seriously injured!

I'm sure the community will rally around your mum once the story gets out (who knows, a media blitz could put pressure on the insurance company to make a better payout). I think setting up a PayPal account is a wonderful idea. Don't forget to provide a link here. ;)

I'm sending out positive thoughts to the whole family that everyone gets over the shock quickly and your mum receives all the support she needs right now. Take care. :hug:

famograham
01-30-2006, 02:48 AM
Jilly, I think I will do that.
Thank you so much.

I need to get some sleep..it's off to the bank tomorrow, and I'll be talking to Paypal in the morning. I'll need to get these done early as the paper comes out on Tuesday.

Love
Linda

Tammy32
01-30-2006, 03:23 AM
Linda, you would be surprised how many people will reach out in a time of need. Especially strangers. I think we can all put ourselves in the shoes of someone else who is going through a terrifying experience and in our minds know that that did not not happen to us, but could of. It's just amazing that no one was hurt. Your babies will bounce back from this, kids are just so strong and resiliant. After awhile they will be the ones trying to make everyone else feel better :)

You are very much in my thoughts as well as your mother and your children. I wish I had a gazillion dollars to send you cause I would if I could. Please let me know the info on the account. I can't give much, but I sure can give something. :)

Remember that while you are trying to take care of everyone and everything right now to take even just one minute for yourself. Your sanity is an important thing. :):)

God was certainly looking out for your family. Many prayers coming your way. I hope that your mom is holding up ok.

boiaby
01-30-2006, 08:08 AM
OMG Linda, how terribly frightening and unnerving! Thank goodness everyone is safe and unharmed. Those pics are just devastating, and I can only imagine what your poor mother must be going through right now. Please know that you are all in my thoughts and will continue to be throughout this ordeal. I think setting up a donation acct. is a wonderful idea and it certainly couldn't hurt to try, y'know? Take care Linda and give your loved ones and extra :hug: from all of us fat chicks, k?

Beverly

DollyR
01-30-2006, 08:10 AM
Linda,

I am glad everyone is ok. Thank God they were in the other rooms. I hope all works out for your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

ChocLabLover
01-30-2006, 09:59 AM
Linda, I am glad everything is okay with you and your family! :goodvibes:

newfiedarling
01-30-2006, 10:17 AM
Linda - what a truly frightening experience. I'm happy that all of the family is unharmed and doing ok. You're all in my thoughts.

~Dee

glynne
01-30-2006, 10:19 AM
Yes Linda, I was able to see the pictures. As Jill said reading about it was frightening ~ but seeing those pictures..... Makes you remember not to take the forces of nature lightly.

~~Sunshine~~
01-30-2006, 11:20 AM
Oh my!! Glad everyone was ok!!

ScarlettDrawl
01-30-2006, 12:17 PM
Glad to hear that everyone is ok. I hope everything works out for you all.

famograham
01-30-2006, 12:38 PM
Thank you so much for all you wonderful responses :)
It really helps to know there is support out there.
We are, above all else...thankful that everyone is safe and healthy.

I am understandably not allowed to post a link to a place where people can help if they wish. But if you would like to help, or pass on the story and links to the pictures to others who you think may want to help...please contact me privately and I will send you links and information on how to do that. My Mom needs all the help she can get right now.

Thank you all so much again :hug:,
All my love,
Linda

barbygirl43
01-30-2006, 12:44 PM
that is scary. I'm glad to hear everyone is okay.

rysmommy
01-30-2006, 12:54 PM
Oh my, I saw the pictures and got goosebumps, Im so sorry for what happened i hope everyone will be okay in the long run, and im really glad everyone is okay. {hugs}

Gardenwife
01-30-2006, 01:41 PM
Linda, I just saw this. Wow, thank God everyone is safe after all that damage to their home! She had that kitchen fixed up so cute, too. I can't imagine seeing your home damaged like that. :(

I know PayPal has a way to set up donation buttons - there's a tab on their site for that kind of thing once you're logged in.

heather_dw
01-30-2006, 02:40 PM
Linda,

How terrifying that must have been for your mother! It is just such a blessing that nobody was hurt especially seeing the damage that was done!

I do think the paypal is a great idea. It can't hurt to try, right?

Sandi
01-30-2006, 04:12 PM
:hug: I am also very glad that everyone is ok. How scary.

Jenniffer
01-30-2006, 06:26 PM
How scary! Those pics are horrible...Your Mom and family are in my thoughts..

famograham
01-30-2006, 06:38 PM
Thank you so much, everyone :hug:

xoxo
Linda

Please feel free to contact me via PM if you'd like to help :)

Gardenwife
01-30-2006, 06:49 PM
We have a *very* tall sycamore in our back yard, along with two tall fir trees. Every time there's a bad windstorm, I think about those big house-pounders waving in the gale. Fortunately, the winds usually come through from a direction which would send the trees plowing into an empty parking lot rather than our house!

howie6267
01-30-2006, 07:49 PM
So glad everyone is all right. I sure hope all works out well for your mom.

famograham
01-30-2006, 09:22 PM
Thanks so much, guys :)

:hug:
Linda

SwimGirl
01-30-2006, 10:43 PM
Linda - wowsers!! Thats pretty crazy, glad to her everyone is okay! Gotta love insurance... I remember when my car was stolen, they gave me 2000, well, that doesn't buy you a car with a new engine and new stereo! Gotta make you wonder whats the point in getting it in the first place! Hope everything works out for your mom...

-Aimee

famograham
01-30-2006, 11:47 PM
Aimee...exactly!!

Sorry about your car.

:hug:
Linda

SwimGirl
01-31-2006, 01:33 AM
Oh Linda... you are too sweet! It happened years ago.. but ICBC tends to scar anyone ;)

-Aimee

Charbar
01-31-2006, 01:01 PM
Linda! Holy cow! I'd be scared to death. Thank God everyone is safe! Will your mom be staying with you for a while?

famograham
01-31-2006, 01:27 PM
Yesterday I found her a nice little fully equipped vacation condo type thing at a beach resort about halfway between her house and ours. It's got everything she needs for now and is rather posh, but she does have insurance coverage for that part approx. $13,000 is the limit. However at $1,300 per month we won't have that much time to get a new home built or bought (hopefully it will be MUCH faster than that!)

I wish she was staying with us...but we don't have an extra bedroom, and I really don't want her to sleep on our old couch when the insurance will pay for a nice place.

All my love
:hug:
Linda

Sheila53
01-31-2006, 02:51 PM
How scary for everyone! It's been raining so much here in the Pac NW that downed trees and landslides are really a problem. Glad she's got insurance coverage for a rental, and hopefully she can find a new place soon.

newfiedarling
01-31-2006, 03:45 PM
Sounds like the temporary living arrangements are quite nice and that the insurance company is on their toes. Hopefully everything else will fall into place just as smoothly.

~Dee

famograham
01-31-2006, 08:08 PM
Me too, Dee! :)

I need some rest...phone's ringing off the hook now.

:hug:
Linda

SuchAPrettyFace
02-01-2006, 01:00 AM
Linda, just now seeing this! I'm so sorry about your mom's house! I'm glad everyone is safe & sound. :hug:

famograham
02-01-2006, 02:31 AM
Thank you, Aimee :hug:

Linda