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.
This is basically an update. The aunt and uncle in Puerto Rico have since checked in and aside from needing supplies and being exhausted, they are okay. It appears that the communities are trying to come together and plan a relief of sorts. There are a lot of supplies in Puerto Rico, but due to the destroyed roads, a lot of stuff is just sitting and not being distributed. So definitely praying for the best.
In reference to the Vegas tragedy, my heart literally stopped as not only did I have many friends who attended the festival, but family wise, we had several who were in attendance. I tell ya, that drive from Arizona didn’t take quite as long as the last time I went to visit my sister. My sister, brother-in-law, niece and her boyfriend were all there during the incident, the emotional torture seeing it on the news as it unfolded was something that I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. The text messages we as a family received from my sister will forever remain on our phones, heartbreaking and Russ and I couldn’t get me there fast enough. My youngest brother also jumped on the road around the same time and for the first time since children, our race to get somewhere fast had nothing to do with a little competition between us, we just had to get to our family members. The first call came in about 1:30 am that they were okay, but were in a hospital. Aside from some cuts, scrapes and bruises, all of them are okay, physically… emotionally, completely different story. My brother-in-law was able to retrieve his truck but due to some holes in it, may have to relinquish it to the police. Not exactly sure how that all works out. Regardless, with a grateful heart I am glad that my family and friends are okay, but with a heavy heart my thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected.