Thank You Firefighters and First Responders!

A huge thank you to all the men and women who risked and are still risking their lives to protect life and property fighting the Thomas fire.  It was a roller coaster of emotions around our house these past few weeks.  The fire is still being contained on the northern edge, but the immediate threat to populated areas appears to be gone and the process of recovery can begin.  For most of us this means cleaning up and preparing for our holiday traditions that have been put on hold.   However their are quite a few of our friends and neighbors who are not so lucky.  Homes have been burned, precious items have been lost and these holidays.  I’m sure that many of you know of someone who has lost their home, or are only 6 degrees separated from someone who has lost their home.   Take the true spirit of giving this season and pass it along to those affected.

My children, having experienced this very same loss right before Thanksgiving 2008, found out about a few families with younger children who all lost their homes.  They helped to gather presents and boxes of Holiday cheer for them, they wrapped them and as we were gathering the final items they all ran to their rooms and grabbed some special stuffed animals.  They remembered the special animals that were given to them immediately after losing our home and wanted to share that experience with these children.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you and for those who have lost their homes a special prayer of peace.  This is a very difficult time, but know that with the help of friends, family and the kindness of strangers, you will get through this.

As you begin the process of rebuilding and wading through all of the “what to do next?” questions here is a checklist that helped us and a few things we learned along the way as we relocated after our fire Hopefully it will help someone.

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