Emotionally, our family, hell, hundreds of families have been having one hell of a time. Although I want to jump in the truck with Russ and head to Sonoma County to help out in any way we can, we wait. We have several people that have been invited to our home, so for now, we will wait and prepare in case we are taken up on our offer. As Russ kept his house whom his daughter and her family are living in, there are 2 rooms available, our house has 2 rooms and my mom’s house also has 2 rooms. I understand that AZ is quite a ways from Santa Rosa, but if needed, we are here to help. We also have the word out among friends and have a few who have rooms available to help.
Love is thicker than the smoke in the air.. My heart continues to break for the numerous people affected by this raging inferno. To date, several of my friends have lost their homes, several are missing and 2 are now confirmed dead. Everyone is pulling together, communities are opening their doors to strangers, people are donating both supplies and their time, it is just so surreal. As I sit here safe in Arizona, the anxiety of what to do, how to do it, and where to start is just overwhelming.
My mind wanders back and forth to the ex, he lived just a block or so away from where our corporate house once stood off of Hopper Avenue in Santa Rosa. There are 2 employees that lost their homes in Larkfield and are currently put up with their manager who lives in Petaluma. My brother and his family have a home still but due to all the smoke, they are currently staying in Petaluma with relatives. My grandparents who lived in Oakmont are currently with relatives in Sacramento. My pastor and his wife have had to evacuate, not sure if their house continues to stand. All in all, it’s just a horrific time.
My thoughts and prayers go out to all affected and I am praying for the best outcome and for full containment.
In the wake of the fires in Sonoma County, my heart just breaks. My brother and his family in Santa Rosa woke in the early hours to flames surrounding their home, thankfully they made it out safely and currently are bunking with relatives in Petaluma. I have so many friends that have been affected by these fires, there are no words. Our corporate house has been completely destroyed, it was just on the other side of Hopper Avenue in Santa Rosa. We are still waiting to hear on the office in Windsor, it is off of Conde Lane. We have advised all of our employees to just stay home, don’t try to make it to the office to check on it’s condition, as far as we are concerned, it is just a building and they don’t need to put themselves in harms way or interfere in any emergency actions being taken. But it is still so surreal to think that most of the places I am very familiar with, places that I personally have walked into at one time or another are gone.