It is amazing how life as we know it can quickly change. One minute you at Sam’s Club
with the in-laws, watching them buy Folgers coffee and cherry turnovers, and then
you’re zooming home because your neighbor called and said, “Your house is on fire”!
It’s been 2 1/2 months since I rounded the corner, ran a block to see our sweet little
house. Surrounded by a sea of fire trucks and rescue vehicles, Coach and I stood on the
front lawn, in shock. Listening to the first responders explain what had happened. As
God would have it, Josh Taube, driving by and admiring the neighborhood, called 911.
He also notified my lovely neighbor Becca (5 months pregnant) who was the first
to call me and together, they ran over to our burning house to find our dogs. Becca
unlocked the front door (which saved it from the fireman’s axe and Josh rescued our
two miniature Schnauzers, Mitzy and Abbey, from the backyard.
The aftermath is a bit hazy. Neighbors came to console and offering lodging. Some,
rolled up their sleeves and went to work. Amazing Lori, ran home and returned
with her son Blake and his college room mate, broom and trashbags. Quickly they
uncovered soggy debris from the wood floors and moved antique furniture out from
under the dripping ceiling.
Debbie and Bobby Moore, stopped by and joined in on the clean up …..they even
gave me a flashlight. Since the electrical service was quickly removed, the house
grew dark as the sun set. Just as I was leaving, a truck pulled into the driveway and
out jumped Mary Nash and Steve Walker. They had heard the news and drove 30
minutes back into town to check on us and insist we stay at their barndiminium.
Though the damage could have been far worse (there was no irreplaceable loss) we
were left feeling a bit shocked yet, at the same time so grateful and protected. Thank
God for good insurance that will rebuild and replace everything.
For six weeks, we lived at a Residence Inn. Which was a nice place to stay but the
walls began to close in on us, so we finally and oh, so gladly accepted the Walkers
offer to live at Reklaw Ranch.
Ahhhh! Reklaw Ranch!!! To be out in the open, surrounded by big skies and gentle
breezes was good medicine!
Sitting on the huge front porch, drinking coffee and soaking up the beauty has become
a daily ritual. We love the silence… and our neighbors, Pearcy and Pearl.
Best of all, however, is living next door to these amazing people. Dr. Steve and
Mary Nash Walker!
There aren’t enough good words to describe this warm, inviting, fun, clever, talented,
hard working, compassionate, loving, encouraging and generous couple. Living
near them on their beautiful ranch has truly been a breath of fresh air! Coach and I
will be forever grateful for the kindness they have displayed. May we never forget.
Next up: Rebuilding Camp Contentment!