Well, it certainly was an unexpected day… with unexpected love! After another night of strong winds, we woke-up yesterday to find this: (Notice the kids hair blowing in the lower left-hand corner!)
Eery. Ominous. And smoky.
In the picture below, you can see our neighbor’s house with the line of blue.
In case of evacuation, I packed… sort of. I grabbed photo albums, important documents, hard drives, and clothes/ toiletries for one night. I was a little shaky while packing, but for no reason… I didn’t actually expect to be in harm’s way, or evacuated. All morning the phone rang off the hook. I felt so incredibly loved! By noon, the kids sat down at the table for some yogurt — they still were feeling crummy so we didn’t have lunch. The next thing I know, the police were out front with a megaphone letting us know to evacuate immediately.
Again, my nerves kicked-in; for no reason, though. I felt at peace, just shaky. We hopped in the car and drove to a friend’s house who graciously took us in despite having 4 sickies. My husband called and said he was coming home. Thankfully, he was in a class and driving a fire vehicle, so he was able to come back for the dog and whatever else I may have forgotten. We spent a relaxing day with friends and then Daniel’s aunt and were able to return home about 7:30pm. I was so happy to be heading back to my bed! Daniel and I drove a little ways up the hill and actually got a look at flames. We also saw several news vans leaving as we drove home.
What an experience! Not that I’d like to do it again, but I truly felt so grateful for my friends and blessings. God is good.