Friday, November 21, 2008

Trip to California ended in Wildfires....

I went to California to spend some time with one of my good friends and do a little shopping with my mom. We went to the park, the zoo, watched the CMA's and ate lots of food. That weekend my mom and I went to the Swap Meet to do some SERIOUS Christmas shopping on Saturday. While at the swap meet we got a call from my little sister saying that the fire looked like it was getting close. We thought at first she might have been over reacting. So, we continued to shop for a few more things. About 20 minutes later we got another call from her again, this time crying say she was scared and the whole sky was black. As we rushed to our cars to get home we realized that we were going to have to take side streets home because the freeways were all closed due to the fires. I called my in-laws that live right up the street from my mom and they went and picked up my brothers and sisters and took them to a safe haven. Thanks again to them for all of their help. The closer we got the more crazy it was. We turned onto my moms street and looked up to see the house right across from my moms completely engulfed in flames. We rushed into the house grabbed a few things and were off to meet up with my brother and sister and my girls. It was like some thing out of a movie. People were running in to houses crying and yelling. It was pure craziness.

Two days later we returned to the house. It was still standing but had alot of smoke damage. We were all counting our blessings seeing how many people lost their homes. We want them all to know that we pray for them every day. Thanks to all the firefighter and police offices for all they did.

On a sad note: Many homes were lost and one of those homes was a very good friend of mine from high school. Her parents lost there beautiful home in Hidden Hills. Please pray for the Flake Family. They were all ok but EVERYTHING is gone.

7 comments:

Elise said...

I didn't know the fire got so close to your mom's house. Crazy! I'm glad to hear everyone and everything was ok. It was great to see you the other night. We miss you guys a lot!

Kara said...

Glad no one was hurt and your Mom's house was ok. I hope she can return home soon and you can not stress out about this too much. Thanks for all you do for me! I'm glad you're back!

Christi said...

That does sound like it was out of a movie!!! I am so glad the house was ok. I feel so bad for people who lost everything.

Lauren said...

Wow, what a crazy thing to be in the middle of! I am so sorry for your friend and everyone else who lost everything in the fires, we will be praying for all of them!

Bringhursts said...

How horrible! I can't even begin to imagine how scary that must have been. Glad you guys are safe.

Robin said...

Long lost friend, glad to hear all is well or at least ok! Your pics are cute!

The Randall Family said...

I'm so glad that you guys are OK and I'm so sad to hear that the Flake's lost their home. We were just sitting on pins and needles hoping that everyone would be all right out there. I hope that all is going well for you guys. You have such a beautiful family!