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!