Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Waldo Canyon Fire

Anyone who knows me, has ever talked to me or even read my blog for that matter, knows that Colorado holds a special place in my heart. My Dad & Step Mom live there, all of my siblings are there, John's parents, most of his siblings, most of our nieces and nephews, life long friends, new friends, young friends, old friends - you get the picture.  

Earlier this month our family was supposed to have a family reunion in Colorado Springs. This event had been in the works for a year. Extended family was going to drive and fly in from all over the country. Then came the Waldo Canyon Fire.

My dad was having coffee with a friend and looked up to see the fire coming over the mountain. He knew that it was time to cancel the reunion. We were expecting to have a large number of elderly family members there and he knew that with the amount of smoke they had, in addition to the altitude, that wasn't a healthy mix.

{Taken from my parents' backyard}

We watched daily as the fire spread. We prayed continuously for the people who were losing their homes and businesses. We prayed for the firefighters, the first responders, the police, the military, anyone who was going in to help.

When I arrived on July 3rd, I stepped off of the plane and into the rain! Praise God for rain!!! It rained nearly every day that I was there. You'll see some of that in the pictures below. We toured around some of the areas that were effected. It was heartbreaking to see the devastation. Home after home burned to the ground. 

Thankfully none of our family was evacuated; although it did come within 10 miles of them. As you look at the pictures below, I urge you to consider the needs in your own communities and giving through through a monetary donation, volunteer hours or through prayer.

We are all grateful for the work that these men & women put forth! Take a look at some of the
words of thanks....

We all know of a local or national charity that could use assistance. Take a moment to see how you can get involved. If you already volunteer, I'd love to hear your story!

one way my family gets involved.

1 comment:

  1. I love your blogs. You make me want to do more.