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Charred House Update

We’re going on 9 months since the 2008 Christmas Blaze.  Here’s the link to the “fire” blog post in case you want to reminisce, ha!  There hasn’t been any update because up until about 2 weeks ago, movement towards rebuilding was at a standstill.  Many of whom I tell that to automatically think it’s because of insurance issues– not at all.  Our insurance company has taken excellent care of us from the very beginning and continue to do so to this day.  The issue was in trying to find a contractor we’re able to work with and I’ll leave it at that.

Most of the burden in dealing with the fire Matt has shouldered and thank the good Lord for His strength for he could not have done it without Him.  As for me, He has continually kept my perspective straight and gently reminds me that compared to what could have been, this is nothing. The girls have been nothing but superb troopers.  This whole ordeal has not been lacking in frustration but I am truly amazed how God has held all of us up– His provision has been incredible.  From the minute details to the large, HE has taken care of it all.

Sincere thanks to all who’ve prayed and continue to pray for us. God Bless You and Happy Fall!

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"A Room With A View"

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The patio has to be rebuilt as well because apparently it was not to code when it was built.

The patio has to be rebuilt as well because apparently it was not to code when it was built.

It's as if a tornado had hit instead of a fire.

It's as if a tornado had hit instead of a fire.

View from the entrance.

View from the entrance.

White doors led into my office that I had just closed off about a month prior to the inferno :)

White doors led into my office that I had just closed off about a month prior to the inferno :)

View through the sunroof.

View through the sunroof.

Matt's beautiful travertine work on the fireplace is in tact.

My poor kitchen that we rebuilt in 2003.

My poor kitchen that we rebuilt in 2003.

Hallway towards the girl's rooms.

Hallway towards the girl's rooms– See the white box... they are going to try to save the tub. Yeah, right.

Our Bedroom. I sure hope rains don't come any time soon.

Our Bedroom. I sure hope rains don't come any time soon.

Geez, where is this? Oh a toilet, must be near the bathroom, lol.

Geez, where is this? Oh a toilet, must be near the bathroom, lol.

Girl's bedrooms. Note the charred remains.

Girl's bedrooms. Note what's left of the wall, charred remains.

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I joke in my comments but fires are really no laughing matter.  Lives are lost, homes devastated, and people are displaced.  You can’t really know what it’s like to go through a disaster such as a fire unless you experience it first hand and I hope you never will– As I’m posting this there is a fire right now in the town next to ours, I’m praying.