Monday, September 20, 2010

Herriman fire

We've had many people emailing to ask if we are ok and just wanted to take a few minutes to say "yes!" It was surreal to stand on the front porch and watch the flames creep down the mountain. We evacuated around 10 p.m.-- at that time our home was not in a "mandatory evacuation" area, but we had been told it would likely change through the night. As we left, we drove closer to the fire and watched homes go up in flames. It was so very sad. The smoke was awful and Graci was coughing up a lung. The kids were pretty concerned, and so we decided to use our free hotel night so we could take them swimming today and turn it into a fun adventure.

When we drove back today, we were AMAZED at the miracles that had occurred. The fire lines were within yards of many, many homes. It was truly a miracle that more were not destroyed. Almost the entire mountain in front of our home is black, and yet everyone is safe. So although we are very sad for those who did lose their homes, I think as a whole, our community is counting its blessings. Our home reeks of smoke, but nothing was damaged. Thanks for your concern!

On a happier note, Graci's "Star Raising Celebration" is this Thursday at 7:00 at the Wishing Place. They will be showing a DVD of Graci's wish, serving refreshments, and raising her permanent star. You can also take a tour of the Wishing Place-- it's a very special building. Anyone is invited to attend, but if you do plan on coming, please email me so I can get an idea as far as numbers go. Thanks!


  1. Crazy about the fire! So glad everyone is o.k.! know we're coming to Graci's star raising. A few questions: Is it Sunday dress? Can we bring our boys? And then of course I need the location... Maybe will you call or email me tomorrow? THANKS!
    Love you guys!

  2. Thanks for update - I've been so busy after an incident on Saturday night involving the Iron Horsemen OMG and Cincy PD that I missed the story about the oh man the worry must have been intense - and with Graci's health the smoke couldn't have helped....relieved ya'll are OK!

    Of course we won't be at the star raising - but if schedules permit I'm thinking "road trip" this summer!

    hugs - aus and co.

  3. Glad everything worked out. Those aren't the best times...and yet they are! You're kids will remember that hotel stay forever!

  4. i was thinking about your family when i heard about the fire. so glad all is well and you, your family, and home were safe.

  5. Wow. Had no glad everyone is okay. We need to talk soon!

  6. We have been thinking about your family since we saw the fire on the news. Grandma told us about the evacuation etc, but glad to know that you are all okay.