Saturday, April 16, 2011


Weather is bipolar in Wisconsin. One day it can be 50 degrees with snow on the ground. The next day it may be 73 degrees, all the snow melts, and there are 5 tornadoes that take over the state. Days later it is cold and snows more.

It's true, this past week we did have 5 tornadoes. Praise God, there were no fatalities like there were further south. The county I live in was in a tornado "warning" (meaning tordadoes were spotted), but luckily they did not venture into the city I live in. I saw the devastating damage the next day on tv. Houses torn apart, trees uprooted and covering cars, and messes I wouldn't know how to begin to clean up.

Truth be told, I LOVE storms. I am in awe of the power of God as I watch for lightning, listen to thunder, and smell the rain that is pouring down. I like watching the changing colors of the sky and hearing the birds chirping with relief afterwards.

SOMETIMES, my life feels like one big tornado warning.

Warning: Infertility to continue for 4+ years.
Warning: Hormones to affect emotions and cause flooding and thunder.
Warning: Damage to be done with possibility to weaken faith.
Warning: Storms to affect households and places of employment.

These warnings can go on and on and on. We HAVE to see the beauty in it.

We have to take a moment to smell the rain...

watch the beauty in the unfolding sky...

and listen for chirping relief from birds.

We CAN feel relief from the storms. We must look to the Sky. We have to climb and climb and climb, exhausted from ducking for safety to avoid flying debris. But through faith and determination, we can reach that point of true trust and surrender. We CAN feel safe. We CAN survive the storms.


  1. It must be sort of scary to have such crazy storms around you! So glad you and your hubby are safe. As an army wife I have yet to live at a post yet...that has carzy storm weather thankfully. I always think people who are storm chasers must be so brave! lol Have a great weekend!!

  2. I love this post because storms do crazy things to me. And I was in Madison one time, working at a half-way house, when the sirens went off. Me, 15 women, several children, and a radio crammed in the basement, LOL. Fun night!

  3. I am glad we don't really have a lot of tornadoes here. We are lucky and I am so glad you are safe and that no one was hurt. But I hear what you are saying, I love thunderstorms too. I found them scary when I was younger, but now I love to watching the lightning and count how many seconds until the thunder claps...can't wait for that this summer. And you're right, we can survive the storms. Lovely post, Jess. :)

  4. Hi! Thanks for stopping by! I haven't read all your posts but my heart goes out to anyone struggling with infertility since it took us 3 years to get Westin. I'd love to email with you if you ever want to talk about it! I'll be praying!

  5. Beautiful and so very true! Thanks for the reminder!

  6. Love your post... all so true. Love to you always xoxo

  7. Amazing post, and so true. There is a rainbow at the end of every storm :)