Saturday, August 18, 2012

As Summer Comes to a Close...

As Summer winds to a sweet simmery close, I am thankful for a bit more time to relish in the long hot days before a regular routine and school starts.

Time to enjoy a drippy popsicle, pick warm raspberries off the vine,

and enjoy a crisp, fresh picked carrot from the garden.

I have just started to freeze a few things from the garden and will have a tutorial tomorrow for green beans.
Freezing is such a fast way to preserve:).

This past week, I didn't get a lot done because we have been consumed by the Taylor Bridge Fire in our area.
This has been one of the biggest fires in state history. 
Right now, they are at 40% containment and 23,000 acres still burning.
The wind is holding, but tomorrow is suppose to exceed 100 degrees and we are expecting dry lightning.
Wednesday night, they evacuated the road above us and we had our bags packed to leave at any moment.
The wind was blowing at 30 mph and the air was think with smoke.

We are so grateful that we are out of danger now, but our hearts break for those who have been evacuated...

It really makes you think about what is truly important in life...
All of this is just "stuff"...and yes, I would miss my pictures, momentos, and treasures.
But I could live without them.
Life is precious.
Our community, I am proud to say, is amazing and pulls together when there is need.
From my 90 year old neighbors hitching their horse trailer to go rescue horses and other stock, to the vets volunteering countless hours caring for animal victims at the Fairgrounds, to people donating so many food and household items they had to put a stop to it because the warehouse is overflowing...our community is a shining example of the body of Christ.
One veterinarian said, "I think I saw all 35,000 residents come offer to help this week."
Over 70 homes have been burned to the ground and countless families are displaced.
It is so sad and we continue to pray for the safety of our amazing 900 firefighters, the countless volunteers, and other homes in the line of fire.
{The smoky haze over the valley today.}

Out of all of this tragedy, though, there has been so much good!
So many people have opened their homes and farms to people in need.
It makes me proud to be a part of this community!



A Baker's Dozen Barnhouse News said...


Your end-of-summer pictures are just beautiful, and I love the colorful flowers and vegetables you're growing there. And the picture of the home grown carrot being enjoyed is adorable.:)

I had no idea about the fire being in your area. We will be PRAYING for your family and those in your community and state. It's so good to hear the testimony of everyone pulling together during this time of need. God bless you all...


Amanda said...

Oh Julia.

I'm saturating myself in prayer over your family right now.

I'm humbled to read how your community is coming through. In the end...this is what it's all about.
In a time like this, you really get to see the hearts of folks.

Your garden is so vibrant and green and I'll be looking forward to hear how you preserve those beans frozen.


Cheyenne said...

It is inspirational to hear the words about your community pulling together and acting just as that, "community", during this time. Will be praying for the safety of all involved and the dear families who have lost their homes. It is good to be reminded of what truly is important.

Thank you for sharing.

Keeping It Cozy said...

Oh Julia, I am thinking of you and all those that have lost so much. How wonderful to read of all those that have been such a help though.

Your photos are so gorgeous and represent wonderful summer moments.

Lisa said...

Oh my! Prayers going your way that you see protection from that fire.

Bevy @ Treasured Up and Pondered said...

Oh - this makes me sad. Praying for you and that wherever you are and wherever you go - you can be a "breath of fresh air" to someone within your locale.

Please stay safe and am grateful with you that you are out of immenent danger.

CW said...

So wonderful to see our community coming together and helping each other ... but it isn't just our community, but our STATE is pulling together for our beautiful Valley! That is so amazing to see!:)
I am so glad to call this valley home!

Mina said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you and others near Cle Elem. I live in Seattle and have been reading you for quite some time and never realized you were based in WA! I wish your community a speedy recovery.

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