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A graduation picture, lost in this week's storms, has been returned

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David's daughter, Susan O'Mary, posted the picture on line. It wound up on MsNewsNow.com and our Face Book Page. It was shared several hundred times, and made its way up to Phyllis in Illinois. David's daughter, Susan O'Mary, posted the picture on line. It wound up on MsNewsNow.com and our Face Book Page. It was shared several hundred times, and made its way up to Phyllis in Illinois.
Her graduation picture was popping up on line. It had blown away from a scrapbook in her mother's house in Louisville, and had wound up in David Sextant's yard, over 100 miles away, in Brilliant, Alabama. Her graduation picture was popping up on line. It had blown away from a scrapbook in her mother's house in Louisville, and had wound up in David Sextant's yard, over 100 miles away, in Brilliant, Alabama.
And two total strangers became BFFs. Susan said it was a no brainer coming to Mississippi to return Phyllis graduation photo. And two total strangers became BFFs. Susan said it was a no brainer coming to Mississippi to return Phyllis graduation photo.
LOUISVILLE, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

In the middle of all of the devastation of this week's severe weather there are silver linings, little miracles. Friday, we went to Louisville to follow up on a story that began on our web page, with a graduation photo that wound up far, far from home.  

Not only did the photo wind up far, far from home, but so was the person it belonged to at the time it was found.

Phyllis Haynes was at her home in Illinois when she got word that her mother's home in Louisville had been totally destroyed by a tornado. With her 82 year old mother inside.

Her mother is fine, just bumped up a bit with a cut on her leg.  

It rolled me from, back up this way, back that way, up and down and a limb fell across me, said Mattie Haynes. "And I recall that's what stopped me from rolling and what saved my life."

Phyllis' brother's house, just across the way, is a total loss. The only room left standing with four walls is the one where the family took shelter. And when he looked out and saw his mom's house flattened, he said:  

"My brother's coming out of the closet and they looked over here and they said Mama's gone," said Phyllis Haynes.

But she wasn't. She was walking up the road to their house waving. But something was gone. And Phyllis Haynes discovered it while checking Face Book and checking emails.

Her graduation picture was popping up on line. It had blown away from a scrapbook in her mother's house in Louisville, and had wound up in David Sextant's yard, over 100 miles away, in Brilliant, Alabama.  

"And when I found it, my first thought is this picture's important to somebody," said Sextrant.

David's daughter, Susan O'Mary, posted the picture on line. It wound up on MsNewsNow.com and our Face Book Page. It was shared several hundred times, and made its way up to Phyllis in Illinois.

Friday, as Phyllis came back to Mississippi to check on her mom and mourn the loss of the old home place, she got a surprise visit from a family from Alabama who had a present for her. Her graduation picture.  

"It's my rainbow. It was my rainbow after the storm," said Phyllis.

And two total strangers became BFFs. Susan said it was a no brainer coming to Mississippi to return Phyllis graduation photo. 

"Because I know what my pictures mean to me," said Susan.

You know, it's kind of amazing in the midst of all this devastation to have people walking around talking about miracles.  It's kind of like Albert Einstein once said, Either everything in life is a miracle or nothing is.

Well, there sure were some here today.

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