January’s tornado outbreak tore through a couple’s home in Iona. The damage was so severe that the owners had to move, fearing they would never be able to rebuild. Fortunately, a helping hand intervened to bring their house back to life.
Robert and Lois Norris never thought they would come home.
January 16 is a day they will never forget. That’s when a tornado with winds of 118 miles per hour destroyed their home and almost everything in it.
“He was falling apart quickly when we left,” Lois said.
The couple went to live with their family in North Carolina.
This gave Larry Norris and his wife Renee time to rebuild his brother’s house.
“We were able to rebuild this thing from the ground up,” Larry said.
Rebuilding was not an easy task, but now the house is a home again.
“I love Robert and Lois, they are my family. We have been married for over 30 years and it makes me so happy and I feel blessed that we were able to do this for them,” Renee said.
“Everything is brand new. Except you and me, Lois said. “Larry said he was going to fix it, you know how to fix it, but I didn’t know it was going to be like this.”
It’s not just the walls that make it home, it’s the people inside and the memories that save us.
The couple have been married for nearly 68 years. Not even a tornado could break this sacred bond.
Lois was outside walking their dog Buttons when the winds whipped her head. “They couldn’t believe it, that I survived being there,” Lois said.
This family believes that every day is a blessing and they matter to everyone.
“I think God was behind it all, I give him credit,” Lois said.
Larry Norris said he still had a list to go through before declaring the repairs complete.
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