It’s now been a little over 5 months since our much loved A-frame cabin burned down. The owners of the neighboring cabin went up to spend some time at their own place and sent us some pictures. And though I try to remember it like this:
The fact is, this is what it looks like now:
We’ve tried to be as open as we felt appropriate in sharing our experience with all of you. How our plans for the cabin have changed, changed again, changed back, and changed to something else entirely. But at the heart of our message we hope has been the mantra, “Don’t Wait.” Start making memories now, and enjoy every phase.
But there’s another side to to tragedy that is more difficult to express–which is the sudden loss of that easy comfort most people have by just assuming today will be like any other day. By unconsciously feeling that everything will continue on as it always has. I lost that feeling over the years, and after the fire, I wasn’t sure there was anything that was going to allow me be comfortable and not anxious in my own home again.
We’ve experienced some of the most disconcerting events one can experience with their home. We had a break-in while living in Utah; a carbon monoxide leak at our previous home, and a fire resulting in a complete loss of structure and property at our cabin in February of this year. And though we’ve taken steps over the years to secure our homes here and there, with the move into this new home we knew it was time for something more comprehensive and easy-to-manage that could actually help us retrieve that feeling of safety we’ve been living without for months now.
We approached some friends of ours who work with ADT® Home Security and began telling them our concerns. They listened and understood and then educated us on so many things that are available, and on how simple it is to manage and how affordable it can be. After putting together a plan, they scheduled an installer who came to our home and set everything up for us.
When it comes to home security, ADT is tops. They’re known for great customer service and after being walked through their technology and monitoring options and using the system for the past month, we feel so confident in the safety they provide our family. We have integrated fire/smoke/carbon detection; video monitoring outside and inside our home; motion detection; monitors on all access points; video doorbell, and even lighting and thermostat control.
And even though the ADT Panel is so user-friendly and easy to navigate, we really love using the ADT App! We can monitor and control every aspect of our home’s security and automation right from our phones. We can even check the locks around the house and set them to automatically engage whenever the system is armed. And after spending the first few weeks here walking around the entire house every night flipping switches and locking doors, I can tell you that Chris is in heaven with how much simpler it is to do it all with one touch while lying in bed.
We honestly love this system and feel so much safer knowing we can keep an eye on everything no matter where we are. I can’t tell you how many sleepless nights I’ve had since February. Nightmares and anxiousness. We try not to think of the many horrible what-ifs that have to do with the fire because the most important thing is we are all safe, but it would have been so amazing to be alerted on our phones when smoke or heat or fire was first detected. But now I honestly feel safe and confident and at peace. I feel at home.
We’ve partnered with ADT and SafeStreetsUSA to make this same sense of security accessible to and affordable for our followers, as well.
All of our followers can receive free equipment and free installation for their home, valued well over $1000. We preach a lot about paint colors and textiles and furnishings making a house feel like a home, but none of that competes with the importance of feeling SAFE in your home. Find out how by simply requesting a quote at chrislovesjuliasecurity.com. Take advantage of having your home secured by one of the most experienced security companies in the world without any money out of pocket; just the monthly monitoring fee once it has been installed (fee varies based on the monitoring and equipment packages you choose but start at under $30!).
There’s no obligation to sign up, so if you’ve been thinking about a security system for your home, or would like to learn more about how to monitor and control the safety of your home no matter where you are, visit chrislovesjuliasecurity.com and fill out the brief form to request a quote. We think you’ll be so happy at just how affordable your peace of mind can be.
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