So what do you do when you look out your front door and you see this?
After about 12:30 I was exhausted from the worry and wondering and decided it was time to go to bed. I woke up about 2 hours later and all I can say is a miracle happened. In that short amount of time the wind died and it was like someone put a big lid over the fire- it simply wasn't there anymore. You couldn't make out the hill at all, all you could see were a few glowing spots on the mountain a considerable distance away.
It was astounding to me. I went back to bed and slept peacefully until the morning. (well, a few more hours anyway.) And that was pretty much it. Even when the heat of the day came on Saturday and the winds picked up, we never had any reason to worry about our home again.
And now, Monday, the fire is 100% contained, there were no structures lost and everyone got to go back home.
I love where we live, and even with the proximity to the mountain and the concerns about fires and the wildlife that goes with it, I wouldn't change it for anything. I'm grateful that even though we had a pretty good scare, everything turned out just fine. But, I'm also grateful to know that if the worst had happened, and we lost our home, we would have been just fine because we were all safe and together and our stuff is just that, stuff.
It makes me wonder why we put so much energy into "getting" when it can all be taken away in an instant. After a weekend filled with choices and realizing what really matters and what doesn't, I'm holding my kids a bit closer, letting go of the rat race a little bit more and choosing family and choosing happiness (or at least really trying to) every day.
Hope your Monday feels just as blessed as mine does. And since we're on the subject- please send your prayers for all those who are still in harms' way- as there are many major fires still burning in our state. And any time you have the chance to thank a firefighter, or police officer or anyone else who sacrifices their time and safety for the well-being of others- please take it. We are so lucky to have them.