The past few days, I got dressed and ate food and blow-dried my hair. I slept mostly without nightmares. In summary, we’re all doing much better after the fire and loss of our cabin 10 days ago. There has been such an out-pouring of love and support over the past week and a half and it has lifted us up. My mom noted, “everyone is doing their thing, whatever they can, to show they love you.” And it’s so true. We’ve received so many comments, emails and DMs from you. We’ve had so many flowers, plants, and gift boxes delivered. Meals and treats dropped off. Texts coming in from friends we’ve known since we were 12! Friends and family took our kids and some dropped off toys for them, which sincerely helped brighten their day (our younger girls don’t quite grasp what happened, but our oldest has struggled as a fire has been her worst nightmare for years.) My sister took over my email and sent notes to all of our sponsors that were lined up or provided product that was lost in the fire. Jordan, our nephew/videographer, put together this tribute video about the A-frame.
Note: The first few scenes are really raw and emotional. We didn’t know Jordan was filming and although it was hard to watch at first, I’m grateful we have this to remind us of what was, what happened, and how it felt because it really has allowed us to deeply feel how lucky we are. The clips of us working together on the cabin and spending time together there as a family–don’t. wait.–warm my broken heart. We have so many happy memories there (and thousands of photos!) that will live on and be cherished forever.
Understandably, the #1 question we’re getting right now is if we’re going to re-build. There’s a lot to figure out before we can decide that for certain, (multiple fire investigators and insurance adjustors are on the case and it will likely take months) but we’re working through all of that and are hopeful for the options we have ahead of us. We’ll definitely share as we know more and decisions are made.
While I don’t wish a tragedy like a house fire on anyone, and even though we lost our cabin completely, we’re still one of the lucky ones. Earlier this week, a Syrian family in Canada lost their home and all seven of their children in a fire. That possibility is the reason I haven’t been able to eat or sleep since our fire and it is their devastating reality. My mom’s words about others doing whatever they can to show love and support to us has already come full circle. We made a donation to the GoFundMe set up for them and it’s all I can do to pass it along to our community, you, who have mourned with us the past week and a half. If you have felt you wanted to do something for us during this difficult time, I encourage you to pay it forward to this family, whose pain I can’t imagine.