Thursday, August 24, 2006

Our unique and smokey evening

Well... Last night we had to evacuate our house. We had a small thunder and lightening storm and it caught someone's land on fire nearby. We saw it smoking for a while in the distance but it got way big and there was tons of wind. That's never good. We've got it on video tape, so that's good. It was quite a strange feeling needing to take into account what we should take with us. I thought we were going to have time to pack a few sets of clothing for everybody but that wasn't the case. I ended up grabbing an extra pair of undies for myself and a set of clothes for each of the kids, toiletries which were still kind of packed up already and I managed to remember shoes for everyone. We grabbed all our pictures and our important documents, blankies and some random pillows along with Ben's laptop. That was it. Unfortunately, for Aaron and Chelan, we forgot about our bird who would have been fried, so that's sad. Anyways, we loaded into the car and started driving. Emma asked us where we were going to go and we had no clue. We thought about folks in Abilene we could stay with but was that overkill driving an hour away? We ended up pulling up to Jack and Johnnie's and knocked on the door... "We can't stay at our house...", We said. They invited us in and we hung out for a little while. Jack felt confident that it wouldn't get close to our house because the wind had died down so Ben felt like going back to the house until we really, really needed to leave. One of our neighbors were the one's who advised us to head out and Ben thought maybe we could just wait for the policemen to kick us out... we loaded into the car and back towards our house only to be stopped by a police road block which answered our questions! We stayed the night at the Lusk's and prayed for the best. We took the kids to school in the morning and headed back to our humble abode. It looked just as we left it, thankfully, and there was no remnant of fire anywhere hear our house. The crazy thing is that I drove around to see exactly where it spread and it is so much further away than it looked. We could see so much firey blazes that I can't understand how it was where it was. There is probably fire areas that I can't see from the road which might explain something... That was a first for all of us and I hope we get some rain soon...( Nobone elses houses were damaged. Emma did say that one of her friend's cows got burned up... That's sad) I cleaned a lot at the house today and put back all our picture so that's good...

9 comments:

Rizzle said...

I'm glad you all are alright. We were praying for you. I think, though, that we should have been praying for that poor cow.

tara said...

poor sweet, fat cow....god rest his soul. we prayed for you all- tons. praise jahovah jirah lord god almighty, lord of heaven and earth and all the heavenly hosts, we join together and raise our voices and sing- glad youre all ok!

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Kyle, Marta and Darby said...

What craziness!! I'm so glad that y'all are okay! I would have been absolutely terrified... how do you decide what is not so important that you can leave it behind? Thank goodness nothing was damaged! Poor cow though!

dodyb said...

We are glad that all is well. It had to be scary though.
WE will be praying for rain for ya'll.

arwen said...

mmm... popcorn beef

marmme said...

That was so scary. I think that right about the time a bunch were praying - is right when the wind stopped. Hmmm.
I'm very happy that your bird is still alive and well and hissing at you.

Robby and Lynsey said...

Okay - I know that this was not a funny post. I'm sure it really was very scary. In which case, PLEASE don't think I am a mean and aweful, hateful person when you read this...

I just can't help but be humored (sp?) by the thought of you guys living in the country in Texas. Especially after the time when you said you hated it there. Maybe you don't loathe it quite as much as you used to ... but I can't help but picture you all cursing the state everytime something like this happens there! Anyway ... just humorous to me in my own sick and twisted way! :) Good luck out there! You never know what will 'come after you' next out there ...

Nana Lesa said...

Sorry I'm late with my comment, but we heard after the fact about the fire (your mom was over picking blackberries the next morning). We of course are thrilled that everything is okay - God is really GOOD! Now for the twisted comment - my first thought in hearing about the cow was: Barbeque!!!! Hey, this is Texas after all. Love you all!