Last week I received an email from Stephanie Turner, a tornado survivor from Harvest, Alabama. I was so moved by her story and the kindness that she extended to us to take the time to share her extraordinary experience and her sweet reaction to this little miracle in the midst of a catastrophe. I’ve included photos from Stephanie of her neighborhood, family, and the serviving angels. Take a look at the Statesmen Journal, the newspaper here in Salem, for their story on the family.
I wanted to share our email exchanges. They follow:
I have been purchasing your angel ornaments for my two daughters since they were born (minus the few years that Ms. Furlong did not design them). For my oldest daughter, born in 1990, I purchased a 3” Angel each and every year. For my youngest daughter, born in 1995, I purchased a 2” angel each and every year. I always wanted them to have a special ornament collection, so that when they were older, and left home to start their own family, they would have something to put on their trees.
Unfortunately, the tornados on April 27, 2011 took our home that was located in Harvest, AL. Amazingly, we found 3 of the 2” angels, laying in the dirt where our home used to sit, out of their box, and out of the storage container, but UNBROKEN! I was truly amazed and felt that God placed them there to remind us of how blessed we really are. Even though we lost our home, we still have each other. We have washed them off, and now have them displayed in our temporary home.
I just wanted to take a moment and share our story with you, and what these angels mean to us.
Thank you so much for emailing us. I read your email aloud to my employees and we were all deeply touched.
I am glad to hear that this was encouraging to you and your family. It most certainly encouraged us! It is difficult to imagine losing your home and everything in it. I’m so glad you shared your story with us; we will hold you up in prayer in a personal and specific way. May the Lord give you peace and assurance of His work to restore to you what has been lost and continue to encourage you.
Please let us know which angels were lost; we would like to fill in the missing angels for you and your daughters. You can find the angel styles with the year they were published on our website. Click the link at the bottom of the page and it will take you to the home page. Just write us back with the angels missing and when you would like us to ship them to you.
Sweet regards and tender love to you and your family.
Thank you Ms. Furlong.
I appreciate your kind words and prayers. My family are already encouraged so much by all the people and their good deeds in this catastrophe. The outpouring of support from family, friends, and complete strangers has been such a blessing and just shows how God works through His people.
Yes, you have my permission to use my email on your blog/website. I have printed off the listing of angels so that I can go home and match up with the three that I have remaining. I will email you back tomorrow with the list we are missing.
May God continue to bless you and your staff, as you are such a blessing to others.