"Those three hours where I didn't hear anything, they were the longest three hours of my life," she said. "Knowing I'd never see them again. No mother should ever have to go through that."
But she did see them again, thanks to a teacher who covered her 3-year-old and 6-week-old with a mattress and her body.
Grayson Ketchie suffered a head wound and an ear injury. His baby brother? Unscathed.
"It's a miracle, an absolute miracle," said Rick Roberts, one of the boys' grandfathers.
A day after the 200-mph twister knocked down his building, Grayson was in a playful mood, happily reunited with his family.
When asked what happened to the day-care facility, he said, "Broke!"
No one at the center was killed, officials said.
An elementary school mourns
While Briarwood families found their children, it was far worse for parents with kids at Plaza Towers Elementary School. The building was reduced to just a few walls.
Monday night a father sat on a stool, tears in his eyes, as a firefighter tried to comfort him.
He awaited news of his son, a third-grader. At least seven children were killed at the school, police said.
Students who managed to escape said they hugged and clung to walls as the tornado passed through, according to CNN affiliate KFOR.
One teacher told KFOR that she lay on top of six students in the bathroom. They survived.
Norma Bautista told CNN that when she arrived, she found her child and nieces and nephews and took them away.
"I am speechless as [to] how this happened, why it happened," she said. "How do we explain it to the kids?"
Her son, Julio, said teachers told students to crouch and cover their heads.
What's left behind
A tornado leaves intact the most absurd things sometimes. A cardboard box of tax returns sat on a pile of wood that was once someone's home.
One woman's bathroom was the only room untouched in her house, she said.
Though their home was obliterated, Kristina Daniel and her husband Donovan told a London Telegraph reporter that the only thing untouched in their home appeared to be an empty water bottle.
"You just wanna break down and cry," Steve Wilkerson told CNN, holding a laundry basket that contained the belongings he could find.
"But you know, that's how it goes," Wilkerson said, his voice shaking. "You gotta be strong and keep going."
He's lived in Oklahoma his whole life. He's seen tornadoes before, but nothing like this one.
"I still can't believe this is happening," he said. "You work 20 years, and then it's gone in 15 minutes."
Not far away, another woman was joyous when she got a text from her son, Cody, who started walking down a major street in Moore and saw his grandmother walking dazed along the road with her Yorkie.