I could sit here and recap in great detail what the past 4 days have been like, but I won’t. If you’ve seen the news or been on Facebook, you know. You know the depths of the fires that surround us, you know how many lives have been affected, you know how hard the rescue teams have been working.
But what you don’t see on the news….it’s unbelievable. The amount of support, the volunteers, the donations, the hugs, the caring phone calls and emails,the community that serves each other and gives the clothes off their back, and the prayers, oh the prayers! Friends, that is some amazing GRACE. .
We are home today. We are safe. We are thankful. We will do what we can to help this community move forward.
Tomorrow I will take the hubs to the airport. He’s off to race World Champs in Vegas. A little tired but oh so grateful.
Our lives will be back to normal soon. But for our friends who lost everything, it will take more time. Nonetheless, they will be covered in prayer.
Thank you for praying. Never underestimate the power of prayer!
glad you’re safe its incredible to see how much people will help one another in crisis!
so true. It makes me heart smile in a time of sadness.
God is good! <3
so so good! youre right shannon!
Kath (My Funny Little Life)
I’m so happy that the hardest times can still get the best out of people!
really amazing Kath. The best of people and the best of our state! <3
I am so sorry this has happened and I have been GLUED to the news lately & praying everything shapes up soon.
Take care 🙂
thank you allie! i can feel those prayers! <3
Christine @ Merf In Progress
I can’t imagine what it would be like to lose everything — in a fire, a hurricane, a tornado, whatever. Just that feeling of being robbed, but no one to blame. It must be terribly painful.
i’ve been thinking about you & i’m so glad you’re safe & sound!
Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear. Isaiah 65:24
beautiful Jenny. Thank you for this verse!
hey lady! let me know if you need anything. lots of love to you <3
ahh, youre awesome! just being you is enough. Thanks Julie! <3
It’s times like this that you see the best in people, you get to see God’s kindness through humanity. Good luck to your hubby, I’m sure he will rock it! Texas is in my prayers for sure 🙂
so true! God has show great love through people kindness. Its breath-taking!
I love Brazil. Today, I had lunch with my gym friend, and as we went back to our gym (which is above the supermarket), we ran into her hairdresser. We stopped to chat with him, and through his broken English and my non-existent Portuguese, we started having a spiritual discussion. He has a bunch of tattoos that he says are about the way that God and his family make him a better person. I said, “I believe in myself, and I believe that my soul is better off when I put positive energy into the universe.” He said that he knows God’s love exists because you can see it whenever he’s kind to people. I said, “I’m kind to people because everyone is, at root, a human being, and the cause of humanity is furthered by kindness, not malice.” And we just laughed and hugged it out because, essentially, our philosophies are different and yet completely the same. It was fun. So I feel ya, even without feeling ya, if you know what I mean. Glad you’ve come through these trying times (mostly) unscathed!
aw steph, i love this story. Did you get a picture with this guy? I sure hope so! I want to see the tatoos. And yes, i feel ya without feeling ya. Much love friend!
Jess @Blonde Ponytail
Praying for you and the surrounding area. So terribly sad to see the ravages of the TX fires.
Sending you virtual hugs from WA.
i’ll take that virtual hug! Can I get a real one too? maybe one day?!
Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner)
PRAYING FOR YOU always!! “And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.” ~ Matthew 21:22 <—Love that verse!! Through prayer we can achieve ANYTHING 🙂
And as always, I am cheering for Team Cotter wooo!! <3
i love that verse! thatnk you Emma. You always have the right words to say, a god given gift!
Glad you are ok—I’ve been thinking about you. It’s one thing to hear about things like this on the news, and another to picture what it’s really like!
yes, an eye opening experience to say the least. Makes you value the little things. thanks for checking in lisa!
I hope that rain doesn’t affect you too much. be safe!
[email protected] In Sweetness and In Health
I’ve been thinking about you and everyone else in that situation! Glad you are back and safe 🙂
thanks Linz. Safe and pretty darn lucky!
Holly @ The Runny Egg
I’m glad things are moving towards being back to normal. You are 100% right about prayer — it is powerful!
Amen to everything you said. The power of prayer is so so strong.
Good luck to your hubs this weekend!
thank you friend. NOw if only you could have come to Austin with Megan!! next time!
Sabrina @ Radioactive Runner
So glad to hear you guys are okay and home. The sense of a community really coming together for one another can be so overwhelming… it’s nice you are surrounded by one.
very overwhelming but in a good way. Almost in awe, ya know? Thanks Sabrina for checking in.
I’m so glad you are safe, and everything is ok! These disasters are so heartbreaking. If it’s not one thing lately, it seems to be another. I guess the one thing it does do is bring out the best in humanity. I will ocntinue to pray for those affected!
I was just thinking that Katy. So many natural disasters lately. Sad. Hope to see an end soon.
I’m so glad you’re back home Lindsay! I’ve been praying for you every time you come to mind. God is good! How wonderful to live in a community that is so supportive.
God is good. His grace really does cover all. thanks for the prayers Nicole.
been thinking of you kids lots! glad you are back home and okay.
yes, thank you! Home feels good. Now we just have to get James a little more rest. Hope you guys are well!
Jen from http://runforanna.blogspot.com/
Continuing to pray for all those affected by the horrible fires. Glad you are home and safe!
The bastrop fires have been the worst. 1,000 of homes gone. so sad! your prayers are so appreciate Jen!
Have been thinking of you both and following along with the news – glad you are OK!!!
Yes, and good thing I had a few GF brownies left you gave us!! A family here needed GF snacks! you are awesome!
i am so glad that you and “the hubs” made it through.
i feel for your community and friends that weren’t so lucky.
sounds like you have a strong network and support to help you and yours!
I think it gets stronger by the hour. Amazing, isn’t it?! Thank God.
so thankful you are okay! so sorry for people affected by the tragedy……give my luck to the hubs!
thank you Kalli. That luck will be needed.
Been thinking and praying for you all!! The power of prayer is quite simply amazing. Xoxo
amen to that! i could feels yours miles away!
Glad that everything is ok for you and your family.
Praying for those who lost their homes, the firemen still fighting out there, and that these horrible fires will come to an end and we will finally see rain!
i know, they are continuing to fight those fire. Such strength! Praying for rain and relief.
Love you Lindsay. You have such a wonderful heart! Praying for your community AND your husband!
thank you friend. i think you heart rubbed off on me.
Sarah @ Feeeding Brain and Body
It’s so good to hear that your safely back home! I will continue to pray for those that were affected by the fires 🙂
awesome sarah. You are my prayer warrior! love it!
You know I’m a HUGE believer in the power of prayer – I’ve seen God work miracles right before my eyes just because I asked Him for help. And He always comes through – it might not be exactly when you want Him to, but He does, all in due time. So glad you two are safe, have been praying away up here in Boston for you and everyone impacted by the fires.
you know I wish we were neighbors. I could talk to you for hours about this. Your stories and how God has answered prayers in his own way! just amazing! thank you for always being a blessings in my life!
Yolie @ Practising Wellness
Sending you much love and support, Lindsay…I understand how hard it is when a commnuity is in upheaval and there is danger all around – the Kiwi and I experienced the same kind of thing in the Chrsitchurch earthquake this February, we were there from February – April. It is so intense and exhausting, but it is absoultely incredible and amazing and heartwarming to witness and be a part of people coming together, supporting one another through thick and thin, it is truly a gift of challenging times. Think of you and wishing you well. <3 xyx
you were there! wow! my mother in law livves there and when we go to NZ in november, thats where we will be staying. We hope to help restore christchuch as much as we can too. So scary! And yes exhasting, but so powerful to witness the kindness of others.
Thank you Yolie for sharing this.
Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen)
Your community is in my thoughts and prayers Lindsay. I’m thankful that you guys are safe and I wish James safe travels.
thank you Sarena. Feeling back to normal. Just wish we could do more!
so glad you are safe!!! safe travels for your hubs! thinking and praying for you guys
Heather (Where's the Beach)
Girl I am soooo glad you guys are ok. It’s so sad how many people lost everything though. Take care my friend.
i feel like there has been one disaster after another these days. Just glad we are all safe. thanks for always checking in!
I’m so glad you guys are okay Lindsay. I too am sad for those who were deeply affected by the fire but you are right, good positive thoughts and spirit sent in that direction can only do good!
thanks susan. Yes, trying to make them feel “normal” again after a grieving time. Its the least we can do, right? You are appreciated, thank you!
Heather @ Dietitian on the Run
So so happy to hear that you guys are safe and sound, and at home! Good luck to J in Vegas!!!
yes, thank you heather! And glad you are home…in your new home! James is tired so vegas will be interesting but at least he’s going! We are excited for that! Now enjoy some DC life for us!
Aaaw I’m still praying for ya’ll!!!!! Hope everything ends up ok!
love that. thanks Gen!
Stay safe friend. My cousins just got evacuated yesterday from outside of Houston from the fires. Lots of love and prayers…We’ve had rain everyday since Saturday and I keep praying that it will head down to you guys. Lots of love, and you know I’ll be cheering for James in Vegas!
its crazy! Magnolia (near houston) had it bad too. Ugh, praying for RAIN! As for James, he’s not planning on going to kill himself in vegas. He’s tired, his knee hurts, and the poor guy is just ready for NZ. Send him lots of cheer. WIsh we could cheer together!
I’m so glad you’re ok! I’ve been thinking of you often & praying for your safety… now my thoughts turn to your friends who’ve been affected. Thankfully your community sounds like its pulling together and healing…ours did the same after the bush fires in Melbourne. All the very best wishes for the future xxx
Claire, thank you! I know you can relate to this situation. You have a heart of gold, keep that open!
Oh thank goodness everything turned out ok for you! Your friends/neighbors who weren’t so blessed will continue to be in my thoughts. xo
thanks Meg. You are wonderful!
Been thinking about y’all all week! Glad we got to talk briefly the other day. I know it’s been a long, tiring week for you and James, and I hope y’all get a good night’s sleep tonight at home in your own bed! Love you.
its been a long week. I feel like we’ve been tossed all over the place. But really, God has left us in his hands. So glad we talked and I can’t wait to see you soon….hopefully!