Tuesday, October 23, 2007

De Ja Vu......

It was only four years ago when the fires in California were blazing like they are now & we were evacuated from our home.

One minute we were watching the fire whipping through the foothills behind us, the next minute we were in the house trying to pack anything & everyhting that we could, to take with us. It's an experience I never want to have to go through again. We were fortunate enough to only suffer minor damage to our yard, thanks to some quick thinking neighbors, who were adamant about staying behind. Others on our street weren't so lucky.
I believe there were 7 homes lost in all on our street alone. But just up & around the corner there were whole neighborhoods that were lost.
We have family & friends that are being effected by the fires that are blazing. My brother Darren,
is a Betallion Chief with the California Department of Forestry & is out there like many others, doing what he can to help. I often worry about Darren being on the "frontlines", but he is doing what he loves & has always wanted to do. From the time we were little, I can remember him wanting to be a firefighter! He has now been living his dream for 20 plus years & is GOOD at what he does!!! So I just try & keep that in mind at times like these. We also have some lifelong family friends that are being effected by the fires burning in Lake Arrowhead.
My heart goes out to ALL those effected by the fires. You are most definitely in our thoughts & prayers!!!!