Inspirational Words from Forney, TX Tornado Victims of 4/3/2012

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What started out as a joyful new listing for me, turned into a Tornado Tragedy. Yet the people are amazing. They are strong. They are sending us a message. As I walked among the debris and what remains of Diamond Creek Subdivision, in the City of Forney, Texas I was uplifed by the voices that continued to be an inspiration. There was no anger, just a stronger sense of community spirit. The people that I talked to used simple words, block after block they echoed the same message. By the time I got to the last block, I couldn't believe my eyes. The last row of houses across the street from Crosby Elementary School, were severely damaged; yet the school appeared untouched, saved, respectfully passed over without damage. Look at what I saw and try to imagine the voices of the people who live there.  


"Wednesday, April 3 at approximately 3:42 p.m., the National Weather Service confirmed an EF-3, which had up to 150 mph wind struck Forney. Students from Crosby Elementary were transferred to Criswell Elementary until approximately 5:45 p.m. but not a hair on their heads were hurt."

“We are thankful for what we have left – each other.”

“Doors, colors, square footage – none of that matters compared to human life…"


“As long as we have each other, nothing else really matters, at all…”

"God bless the children, that's all that matters to me."

"It will take a lot to shatter the rest of my dreams, no matter what my family comes first."

"God created man, man created material things. My power comes from God. If man can build it, man can rebuild it."

"My dad is okay and that's all that counts!"

"The Forney ISD School Teachers did an excellent job protecting our children."

"My house across the street wasn't even touched. I feel guilty. I am thankful but I can't help but wonder why?"

"The only thing I'll every need again is my family."

"Not one human life was lost - this community was really blessed and the volunteers have been a blessing."

"Stuff, all of this is stuff, everything that counts is inside (man puts hand upon his heart)."

"I am so lucky, it could have been so much worse."

"About 95 homes were hit & 22 were completely destroyed but the good news is no was was killed isn't that a miracle!


"Flesh and Bone is all that really matters."


"I can smile because my girls are okay!!!"

 When life catches us off guard, we can still have a positive attitude. This community did not allow the storm to blow out the light in their eyes, or cause them to be bitter. They are remarkable people who help one another. The police were patroling the area. People were giving out bottles of water. Volunteers were pitching in and picking up trash. Their hearts were not damaged. They all say, it's because of the children in this community that keeps them going. They will not allow themselves to be beaten by this storm. They have weathered it without catastrophy to human life and for that they are truly blessed. I am also blessed because I got to meet them, up front and personal. There were no major injuries - just incredible humanitarian efforts to keep moving on, just as life has been intended.

Story and photos by Patricia Feager, April 7, 2012. Copyrighted and protected.

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Patricia Feager
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Easter Blessings to you and yours Cal. My listing was within a mile's radius and had no damage. Selfishly I am grateful because the owner was spared; yet I recognize I have so much more to learn about people and houses too. In my opinion we sustain more damage to ourselves if we don't do more to help others in time of need. Mother Nature leaves TRAILS OF OPPORTUNITIES!

Apr 07, 2012 11:16 PM #17
Patricia Feager
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Easter blessings to  you and yours Larry & Sheila. Happiness begins and ends with family, doesn't it? Fences make good neighbors, but sometimes we have to tear down the fence and let others in.

Apr 07, 2012 11:20 PM #18
Patricia Feager
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Many Easter Blessings to you and yours James. You've projected powerful words of wisdom. We go to schoool and we learn the basics - FAMILY teaches us what really counts. Here's the photo of the Elementary School where the children of this community learn the basic principals. Then they go back home to their families. Like little children, holidays reminds us to go back home. When I wrapped up my walking tour and interviewing the residents and volunteers I was blown away!

Apr 07, 2012 11:26 PM #19
Patricia Feager
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Many blessings to John & Debb,

No matter what happens we should never rob ourselves of happiness. These people in this community send out messages that ring loud and clear. Selfishness causes occupational hazzards.

Apr 07, 2012 11:30 PM #20
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Goodness, I came over to wish you a wonderful Easter and see this very poignant post about the people of Foley, Texas. You really captured it Patricia. Those who commented before me have said it so well, I can only concur. And, I especially love your comment X marks the spot - no more Greed. 

Blessings to you today and always. D

Apr 07, 2012 11:32 PM #21
Patricia Feager
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Easter blessings to you and yours Fernando,

It's also a testimonial that the only thing worse than a tornado or the destruction caused by Mother Nature is the destruction that's self-inflicted. Suffering is a way of life, but it doesn't have to go on forever... WE ARE CREATED TO HELP ONE ANOTHER.

Apr 07, 2012 11:36 PM #22
Patricia Feager
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Easter blessings to you and yours Toni. Isn't the human spirit awesome when attitude is positive! Even an EF-3 could not dampen their spirits. Why on earth would we allow ourselves to have a negative attitude on anything else that doesn't go OUR way. I guess this REALTOR'S listing will be put on hold longer than she thought!

Apr 07, 2012 11:42 PM #23
Patricia Feager
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Many blessings to you Debb and to your family too. We get so wrapped up in our daily routines then something like this stops us in our tracks. I had no intentions of writing this blog post, actually, I didn't even see it coming. I was just out and about doing my business, showing properties in Forney yesterday when I stumbled upon this subdivision. I knew it was close to my listing, but I didn't realize how close it really was. Time to take my head out of the sand Notice how the flowers from this garden weren't even touched!!!

Apr 07, 2012 11:47 PM #24
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

Thanks heaven there were no fatalities! I cannot even begin to imagine what these people are going through!

Apr 08, 2012 12:21 AM #25
Patricia Feager
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Happy Easter and blessings to you Barbara-Jo,

I think they are learning to be happy with what they have left and that's family. Possesions don't provide emotional support or comfort the same way people do. I think the greatest form of maturity comes from the realization that love begins and ends with family. Friends and volunteers support us, a house is a dwelling, but family is our foundation.


Apr 08, 2012 12:44 AM #26
Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities
Charlemagne International Properties - Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A.

Patricia - Surviving such a harrowing experience certainly deepens our appreciation and understanding of what really matters--and it's not the stuff.

Apr 08, 2012 12:46 AM #27
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Thanks, Patricia, for sharing your photographs.  I is amazing that there were no deaths.  Images like this make all of us wonder how we would react if our homes were instantly destroyed.

All are still alive and that makes it an Easter with much joy.


Apr 08, 2012 12:53 AM #28
Gloria Todor
Century 21 Absolute Realty - Media, PA
& Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA

Hi Patricia, Seeing this devastation up close and meeting with those who were hit hard by these storms must give you a different perspective on the power of nature.  It is amazing that no one was killed.   The warning systems must be helping even if it is a few more minutes to take cover.  Thank you for sharing the words of inspiration you heard.  And as many of them stated they are so thankful to have their loved ones unharmed.

May you have a wonderful Easter holiday.

Take care,


Apr 08, 2012 01:28 AM #29
Rob Thomas
Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954 - Bristol, TN
Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro

Patricia ....The devastation is amazing ....our prayers are always with those who go through things like this!  I hope you and your family have a very Happy Easter!

Apr 08, 2012 08:11 AM #30
Jerry Newman
Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, - San Antonio, TX
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation

Hi Patricia. No one likes to hear or see devastation like what happened to homes in Forney, TX, but I am glad to hear that the school house was spared. I pray that your community will pull through this crises, and be able to restore their homes soon. Wishing you and your Family a Blessed and Happy Easter.


Apr 08, 2012 12:20 PM #31
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Perry Wellington Realty, Adam Conrad, Broker - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Patricia, very say indeed, but a great miracle that no one was hurt. Thanks be to God!

Apr 08, 2012 01:30 PM #32
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Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Patricia, when these tornado warnings went off, I thought about my blogger friends and past clients that live near Dallas, and PRAYING no one would be hurt.   Homes can be replaced, human life cannot.    

Apr 09, 2012 12:11 AM #34
Joni Bailey
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services - Anderson Properties - Huntsville, TX
Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR®

This post is FEATURE WORTHY. What a great job you did reporting the aftermath. My ex-husband posted (on facebook) a photo of the tornado that he took with his cell phone at his daughter's school. VERY scary. Thankfully everyone is okay. The other STUFF can be replaced! God is GREAT!

Apr 09, 2012 12:35 AM #35
MeLisa Minter, Realtor
RE/MAX Space Center - Taylor Lake Village, TX
Taylor Lake Village Real Estate Broker

Great photos Patricia.  As I drove the area on last Thursday, it made me just realize how Blessed we all were that no one was seriously injured or killed. 

Apr 09, 2012 12:50 AM #36
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