cobblet update

Thanks so much to all of you who have called, tweeted, Facebooked, blogged or emailed to check on our family. Knowing there are so many of you keeping little ol’ us in your prayers is so powerful. Our family is fine. Our neighborhood is relatively unscathed. But our state is broken. The images and videos coming out of the Huntsville area, Cullman, Birmingham, Tuscaloosa and countless other small towns is just unimaginable. I can’t believe this is happening where we live. It’s nuts.

The TVA power plant that supplies electricity for all of our county took a direct hit from a tornado yesterday. Estimates have been anywhere from 3-7 days before our power is restored. When we saw that writing on the wall this morning (or the tweet on the feed as the 21st century would have it) we loaded up our car and headed north to my mom and stepdad’s house in Nashville. The normally 2 1/2 hour drive took us almost 6. Traffic was at a standstill on I-65 as thousands of people had the same idea we did, either heading north looking for power or gas or food or all of the above.

When I realized that the interstate had become a parking lot I started to panic. It had been hours since we had eaten breakfast (dry cereal and peanut butter on bread) or the kids had had water. We cleaned out our refrigerator in anticipation of the great meltdown that would happen over the next several days so we had a few staple food items in the car. But water we did not. I immediately went into mommy mode and hopped out of the car, emptied out the two jars of maraschino cherries we had in the cooler (an easy sacrifice) and grabbed the two very small handfuls of melting ice left. I shoved those into the jars, and set them in the sun. Ten minutes later – instant cherry water, happy children, and relieved mama.

We spent the next two hours strolling up and down the interstate making friend with other travelers. I scored the kiddos a tour of a big rig (thanks Mathew…wherever you are!) but then twisted my ankle on the way back out. I have it wrapped in a heating pad right now, hoping to salvage my half marathon on Saturday. But no matter. My family is safe, we’re unharmed, we have a roof over our heads and we’re together. That, my friends, is all I need.

Please pray for my neighbors all over this state who cannot say the same tonight. For the neighbors that endured the terrifying likes of this…

StephanieApril 28, 2011 - 6:01 pm

Just a blog lurker here who’s been wondering if y’all are okay…I didn’t even think to post something on your business fb page! Glad to hear that y’all are okay and you made it safe to your mom’s house!

AmandaApril 28, 2011 - 6:38 pm

So glad to hear you are all ok, I have been wondering about you. We are a few hours north of you, so we were spared the really bad storms. We are keeping all the victims of this disaster in our prayers.

nickiApril 28, 2011 - 6:55 pm

So relieved you are all safe! Was Sarah a nervous wreck? That video is C-R-A-Z-Y!!! Who was that person???

val from down underApril 28, 2011 - 7:07 pm

Thank you for posting to let us know you are all safe! Thank God! I will keep you and your neighbours in my prayers. Take care xxxx

Sandy BApril 28, 2011 - 7:14 pm

I am so glad you are all okay. The damage to your state is just unbelievable. Today, in Baton Rouge, I saw a caravan of trucks from an energy company in Texas, surely headed your way to help in the recovery. Stay safe — you are all in our prayers.

Kristi KellyApril 28, 2011 - 7:37 pm

We were in that same traffic! It was literally a parking lot! An oil rig had turned over and they had to get it out of the way, took forever! We were so thankful once it started moving, didn’t have enough gas for it to last much longer. We’ve seen a lot of marathoners here. Good luck, hope your ankle heals super fast! So glad you are safe. xoxo

TracyApril 28, 2011 - 8:21 pm

Hey Erin…I just got on here to check your blog to see if you had posted anything. I was so happy to see that you had…you and your family have been in my thoughts and prayers all day. I’m so glad you are all well. We will pray for the people of your state who weren’t so lucky…may God bless them all. Big hugs…Tracy

AmyApril 28, 2011 - 8:33 pm

So glad for the update and that you’re okay and in good hands for the next several days. The devastation is just unreal. . . prayers for all those affected!

Amy CApril 28, 2011 - 8:47 pm

So happy you all are ok. Been thinking about you and just now got the chance to check. My heart aches for everyone affected!!

Lacey RApril 28, 2011 - 8:58 pm

Thanks for the update–so glad you guys are safe! I get chills when I think about the devastation in Alabama & neighboring states. I’ll keep praying for all!!

Lorena MoraApril 28, 2011 - 10:18 pm

So glad to hear you are all ok. It’s always scary to see that happening. I will continue praying for all those affected and for those not affected that it doesn’t happen in their area.

laurenApril 28, 2011 - 10:28 pm

i wondered how you all were erin! glad to hear you and your family and home are all safe! we only got some wind and a little rain here in troy. i can’t believe all of this devastation to our north!! and when i saw this video on facebook last night, i got chills! you are right – this is nuts – that all of this happened in our great state of alabama!!! my heart goes out to everyone that was affected by this… and our state as we pick up the pieces. so glad that you all headed north for electricity and food and water! good luck with your ankle and your run on saturday!

donyaApril 29, 2011 - 6:13 am

So, so you were safe during the tornado outbreak. I was at work (doing my meteorologist thing – we actually provide forecasts for your power company!), and we were all watching the live videos come in from news stations, and tweets from people in the area and I couldn’t help but be so worried about the people down there. It still amazes me what mother nature is capable of sometimes.

Jessica WApril 29, 2011 - 6:42 am

So glad you guys are safe! Keep us updated.

AllisonApril 29, 2011 - 8:44 am

So glad you are all safe! Thanks for the update!

Stephanie @ La Dolce VitaApril 29, 2011 - 8:52 am

I’m glad you’re OK – and hope the ankle is soon 100%!! – and am keeping everyone in my prayers!

Joyce EnsleyApril 29, 2011 - 9:11 am

Erin, I am so happy to hear you all are safe. Mother nature has a way showing us all what she can do.
Love to all……

JenniferApril 29, 2011 - 9:38 am

That video is insane! What was that guy thinking?! Glad you’re all safe and together and prayers to all those affected. Hope the rest of the Cobb family are all well too…

carolApril 29, 2011 - 11:35 am

It’s amazing how much we feel we need “stuff” until there are times like this – we are thankful your family is safe. I bet the kids lover the cherry juice.

Jennifer FantoniApril 29, 2011 - 11:56 am

So glad that you and your family are OK; devastated for the people who are not. We’ll keep all of you in our prayers!

JulieApril 29, 2011 - 12:09 pm

Glad you are safe. Hope you are able to run tomorrow. My kids are running the kids portion of the race tonight in Nashville. Just finished watching clean color for the third time. It’s so good. Thanks for creating it!!! Praying for your neighbors.

MarileeApril 29, 2011 - 2:21 pm

So glad you are all safe – how scary. Praying.

KelliApril 29, 2011 - 3:14 pm

I kept thinking the video guy was going to crash into something. Crazy. Thinking of you!

NoraApril 29, 2011 - 3:56 pm

Oh my goodness that video was terrifying. So glad you guys are safe and sound…and we’ll say prayers that you’re back at home soon. Good luck with the half-marathon!

annieApril 30, 2011 - 12:16 am

so happy you’re ok. the devastation is heart wrenching… p.s. as a 3 time ankle sprainer…you should ice it if you can. it helps to reduce swelling where as heat has the opposite effect.

heather mayberryApril 30, 2011 - 7:23 am

good luck today! rock it out!

Jeannie WApril 30, 2011 - 6:00 pm

So glad you are all ok!

Sarah FMay 2, 2011 - 7:28 am

That video is heartbreaking. Glad you’re ok.

NancyMay 2, 2011 - 7:35 am

Amazing how things can change overnight. I am praying for you and all people in the world that have been affected by such disaster and hoping that we can manage well when our time comes. Peace.

Tanya A.May 2, 2011 - 11:05 am

So glad you’re all ok. So so glad! That video breaks my heart.

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