Holy Hail, Batman!

We got some pretty serious rain through here last night, but nothing like what my sister and her husband, Chris, got down in Austin.

On her picture blog, she sez this:

Quite a storm blew through Austin at 1 am on May 15, 2008. Everything facing west got the brunt of the wind and hail as it moved W to E across town. That includes the kitchen window, the wooden siding, the garage A/C unit, a roof vent, and the car. The garden and vegetation were shredded. Anyone for bruised peaches or tomatoes? Hail was 2-3 in., or racquetball size, with 55 mph wind gusts. But all are fine, and we are still waiting for Theo…

This was some serious hail. Here’s a few of those pics. Check out the size of the hail stones next to a quarter, and the pockmarks in the AC unit:





She doesn’t mention it here, but their car, newly back from the shop after a pretty serious accident, got pelted by the hail and will, most likely, be headed back to the shop again. Incredible. Here’s the whole photo album.

And as I write things, I am remembering that the six-year-old me took hail stones to Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, to give to Dianne on the day she was born. Didn’t understand for years why they wouldn’t let me give them to her.

I mention this because “Theo”is the new nephew…due any time the next couple of weeks.

Everybody’s pretty dang excited.


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Eric Folkerth is a minister, musician, author and blogger. He has been Senior Pastor of Northaven United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas since 2001. During his tenure, church membership has grown almost 30 percent, and a completely new church facility (sanctuary and education building) has been constructed. Northaven is a leading progressive Christian congregation in the Southwest. Northaven is an eclectic collection of gay and straight families, artists, musicians, theater folks, academic theologians, lawyers and judges (go figure), socially conscious community activists, people who don't "check their brain at the door," and a wide array of others who either see it as their "last chance" inside the "institutional church," or their first trip back in decades. Eric is an avid blogger and published author.  Eric is also an award-winning singer-songwriter, who performs throughout Texas and the Southwest. He's an engaging live performer whose first CD was released in 2000. His songs have won honorable mention in both the Billboard and Great American song contests; and he's been a finalist in the 5th Street Festival and South Florida Folk Festival songwriter competitions. Eric is also a leader of Connections, a unique band comprised of United Methodist clergy and layfolk from throughout North Texas. Connections performs "cover shows" of artists like Dan Fogelberg, Chicago, Eagles, Doobie Brothers, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, James Taylor and others. Their shows draw crowds of between 300 and 1,000 fans, and they have raised more than $240,000 dollars for worthy charities. Eric has led or co-led hundreds of persons on mission trips around the globe, to places such as Mexico, Haiti, Russia, and Nepal. He has worked with lay persons to build ten homes, and one Community Center, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Dallas. He's a popular preacher, and often tackles challenging issues of social justice in his writings and sermons. His wife, Judge Dennise Garcia, is a State District Judge for Dallas, County. As judge of the 303rd Family District Court, she consistently gets high ratings from area lawyers, and was named "best judge" by The Dallas Observer. First elected in 2004, she was the first Latina ever elected to a county-wide bench in Dallas County. She was re-elected for a third term in 2010. They have the world's best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy. (As always, if you like this post, then "like" this on Facebook by clicking the box below, so others can see too...)

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