THANK YOU…for your prayers.

“ You’re hardest times often lead to the greatest moments of your life, keep the faith. It will be worth it in the end.”

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Thank you God, Firefighters, forest service, friends and family who prayed and sent well wishes when I posted a prayer request to all of you and that includes my blogger friends out there as well.

We had a scare here at Our Little Red House for the month of June. Arizona would experience one of it’s largest fires in history. Burning over 190.000 acres, the Bush fire, named after starting on the roadside when a driver’s vehicle caught on fire, was headed in the direction where Our Little Red House is. This fire was big, ugly, an angry one.

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An old Wingback chair I bought for $5 second hand sits up in the back bedroom in Our Little Red House. It is right next to the old cookstove. Perfect place to curl up and read a book.

We were first given the notice to get “Ready” which is code to prepare your home and those areas that surround your home, just in case the fire reached it. The winds were picking up daily and the temps here in our state were in the double digits. Our temps in the summer run over 100 degrees. Those are hard conditions for the fire fighters out there battling these fires.

They also had the pandemic to worry about. All firefighters had their temps taken daily and they were tested as well. Only one person tested positive and he was put into quarantine along with his crew when that happened.

Shelters were done a little differently this time as well. Only opened during the day for short visits, masks were worn and hand sanitizing stations where set up along with snacks and water. Anyone who needed a place to sleep for the night was given a hotel room to sleep in so as not to have people close together. The fires started  during record numbers of cases in our state showing up daily.

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We looked all over the city for a screen door that would fit Our Little Red House. We finally  found this old screen door at a Habitat for humanity salvage center. We stopped off to get groceries in the small town on the way to our place and an older woman came up to my husband while he was checking the load in our truck bed. She saw the screen door tied in and smiled then told my husband she remembers being a little girl and having an old screen door like this. Took her back to happy days long ago. She stayed there for awhile staring and smiling at this old screen door.

Each morning we woke up the fire grew and more acres burned. We thought about our friends up north. There are people who live up there full time, mostly retired people. Then there are the ones who own summer homes up there, living full time here in the city. Some own just raw land that they park trailers on or tents to camp out on.

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Many old buildings and their structures still exist up there way off in the valleys.

It is such a beautiful area. Such a sad thing to think of any of it burning.

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As the fire grew and more and more towns had to evacuate our town was given another notice, this time they stepped it up to “Set” which is to start getting those things you may need with you in case you are given the “Go” notice. A notice given to residents to evacuate because the danger in your area is imminent and life threatening.   DSC_6892

When you are in the “Set” stage you have to think about the 5 P’s of evacuations which are:

 

  1. People, pets and other livestock.

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There are several ranchers and horse owners up north. Some of the cattle are roaming out freely and would be impossible to round up during emergency situations.

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Lots of furry family members that our friends up north love and need to protect.

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  1. Prescriptions- since we are now in a pandemic you have to add face coverings, hand sanitizers and sanitizing wipes to this part.

 

3.Papers- important documents

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Our friends and neighbors own a museum up north. There are so many items in it,. There would be so many important pieces of papers to pack up.
  1. Personal needs- baby supplies like diapers, clothes, and credit cards.
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We only have a few warm clothes and snow gear stored up in Our Little Red House. Most items including furniture were either given to us, we salvaged and repurposed them, or we bought items second hand. Nothing really of value. This cabinet that is inside the wall in our kitchen was being thrown away here in the city. It opens up from both sides so you can see into the second room. I just painted it white inside and out to match the color theme of the kitchen.
  1. Priceless- all those items that are sentimental to us like family photos.
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This vintage quilt was donated to one of the many museums up north.

When I think of the five P’s during wildfire season I always look around when we are up there in that small town with so much history. I mean where do you begin, what do you decide is important and then how do you pack it all up. Such tragedies happen when fires go through an area.

They had to close some roads, so we couldn’t get up north this month to Our Little Red House without driving through dangerous situations. The whole state was surrounded by fires.

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We thought about Our Little Red House up there and even though we did not really have anything of value there, we did have a few things that could have been put under the priceless category.

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A table set my husband’s Aunt gave us, It was beat up from being stored in a hot shed for years, nothing a little TLC couldn’t help though.

Like the little pillows my daughter and I made together, just some mom and daughter time when she was a little girl.

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Or the window curtains we bought second hand for .50 cents down at the country thrift store. We even sewed up some window valances with bits of fabric from that store. Found little bits of lace to add to the edges. We put our love into making Our Little Red House a home. I did not want to think about any fire coming in and destroying it all.

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We even made shower curtains for the bathroom and I drew a bunny picture and framed it for the wall. It was a pencil drawing of a wild cotton tail surrounded by Arizona wildflowers.

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Or my little boys IKEA bed that he used to have in his bedroom here in the city. I turned it into a rustic loft bed for the big room, even added chalk paint to the sides.

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My husband has his father’s old toy tractor up there. We have some family photos and some items family members have given us. Just sentimental things we hold close to our hearts. But to drive up in the middle of several fires to get there was not only a very stupid idea but also extremely dangerous. Material items are just that. If something happened to Our Little Red House, we would start over and build another. It would not be the same of course since Our Little Red House was built in the 1940’s and comes with it’s own history. But lives are more important then things.

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DSC_9631  Even the old Hoghland store is a landmark in town. Some people call that store the heart of the town. It sits up there on it’s hill looking down at us all. People over the decades would stop there to talk to each other, collect packages during the different wars our country experienced. Always up there on the hill providing food, clothes and medicine during the Spanish Flu pandemic. Now here we are so many decades later and it sits up there having survived so much and a fire was headed it’s way. That was a scary thought, and so sad to even think about.

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Everyone was on edge up there. It was a rough time for all. So many prayers, so many people to think about. We have many friends up north who could have lost so much if the Bush fire would have reached our town. Not to mention all that beauty up in that area.

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So much beauty.

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In all the acres the Bush fire burned and all the towns who did have to evacuate, there were no lives lost, no animals that died and no buildings lost either. I was so surprised to hear that no buildings were effected. Several towns were at one point evacuated. Now everyone is back to their homes. This was a Huge prayer that was answered.

There have been many lives lost over the years here in Arizona to forest fires.

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The damage the fire did will grow back. It will be green again with wildflowers everywhere. Ar first shocking, being all black, it will be back to green again by next Spring.

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We are not completely out of the woods yet. New fires are starting up in that area. The last time I was up there I shared a photo of the lake we visited and there was a fire that started not too far from that area that was able to burn 2 acres. They got that fire put out fast, as soon as it happened. So continue to send out well wishes and prayers that these fires are put out and everyone remains safe this summer.

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My daughter and son off exploring out in nature last year around this time. We usually spend more time up north during the summer but too many fires all around the state created lots of road closures this year.

THANK YOU, all of you. Thank you to God, to all those firefighters who worked so hard day after day and to all of you who kept everyone in your prayers. At one point they were worried the Bush fire would continue  burning in one particular area but one of our man made lake stopped it in it’s path. It was the path that lead to the town where Our Little Red House is. It is also one of the most scenic drives in all of Arizona and home to the largest Ponderosa pine forest in the world. We all could have lost so much.

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Out foraging one day I came across this dear in the distance. I love seeing wild animals out there in nature.

I know there are some out there that do not believe in the power of prayer, that is not my place to push anyone to believe, it has to come from ones own heart. I am just sharing another prayer that was answered. So very important to acknowledge the prayers that do get answered, being grateful and thankful in that process. Sometimes prayers don’t get answered, that is okay too, because there are life lessons in those unanswered ones. Life lessons that are much more powerful as teaching moments. Again, this was a gift. No one was harmed, no loss of life and no loss of buildings. I tried to research more on that and could not find anything that brought up any loss of buildings. I had been told this but for some reason this was hard for me to believe considering how huge the fire was. When I heard there was no loss of homes and animals, I was so happy. because that was part of my prayer as well. Stay safe out there everyone, God bless you all from all of us at Our Little Red House.

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“ God answers prayers and sometimes he goes so far beyond anything we ever believed could happen.”

 

22 Comments Add yours

  1. So glad everybody is safe

    On Fri, Jul 3, 2020, 11:30 AM Our Little Red House wrote:

    > ourlittleredhouseblog posted: ““ You’re hardest times often lead to the > greatest moments of your life, keep the faith. It will be worth it in the > end.” Thank you God, Firefighters, forest service, friends and family who > prayed and sent well wishes when I posted a prayer request to a” >

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  2. You have a beautiful home. I am so happy to hear you are all OK. GREAT NEWS!

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      1. You are very welcome. 🙂

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  3. oh good! I’m glad the fires missed you. And thank you for the 5 P’s. I’ve often wondered what I would grab if the forest caught fire. It’s good to have a notion of what to grab first.

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    1. You’re welcome and thank you. The fire seasons all over the world are always so stressful. We are all very happy here that our firefighters are keeping up with this difficult time and doing such an amazing job.

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  4. ekurie says:

    Prayer works. In this case it sounds like miracles happened.

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    1. Yes, so many miracles I have witnessed in my life. So much to be thankful for. Have a great weekend and God bless you and yours.

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  5. Praying that the fires die all the way down and the area is spared. Sounds like a scary time for sure! I’m at my parents for a short visit (we only live ten minutes away from them now) and their internet seems to have gone down because some of your photos won’t load but I’m going to try to load them again later so I can see them. I know they are beautiful.

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    1. Thank you Lisa, that is so kind of you. Keep my cousin and her family in your prayers too. She is nit feeling well and the whole family was exposed to someone with the virus. She was tested Tuesday and waiting for her results. There was a radio guy here that we listen to that got the virus and he is fine now. He is an older man with other health issues. Was really sick for a few days and even went to the hospital but now he is better and he said he is starting to be able to taste things again. Maybe it isn’t as extreme as some would have us believe, we are still being extra careful though. Hope the photos come through, I actually have some Arizona green to share with you all. Have fun at your parents home, so nice that you are close to them now.

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      1. I was able to see the photos when I got home! They are so nice! Thanks for sharing them. Love that little house or yours too.

        I think the virus can be bad for some and not for others. It could be that as herd immunity starts to build it may not be as bad for most. I have no idea but I’m praying the worst is behind us or is almost behind us. The numbers will go up as people get tested more but I saw a couple reports that said the hospitalizations are at least not going up with the numbers and deaths are decreasing overall as well. If this is true, it still doesn’t make the losses suffered already any less heartbreaking.

        Hang in there!

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  6. Glad to hear the Little Red House is fine for now! Thank you for the lovely tour. It is absolutely beautiful. ❤

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  7. faithfamilyweaving says:

    I’m glad you’re safe!

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    1. Thank you, we are in the city so we were away when the fire started but we have been up north when fires have started out in the woods. It is scary how fast they can take over when the wind picks up. There is smoke everywhere and it can be scary driving through that. One time there were flames on both side of a road we had to drive through but they were very small flames .

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      1. faithfamilyweaving says:

        It’s very scary. I’m glad you were away from the fire when it broke out. Especially having driven through previous fires and knowing how quickly they spread.

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  8. Librarylady says:

    So glad all is well. I can’t imagine how scary that must be to have to leave your little house to fend for itself. As for your possessions, of course it’s just stuff, but it matters. (Also, you have really cute stuff.) Glad all is well. Take a deep breath and try to relax now.

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    1. Oh yes, it is so nice to just relax now. I have to stop by your site later. It has been awhile since I visited you. I have had a lot on my plate this month. I hope you are well and getting out for fun walks with your friends. We all need to get out more and see each other, even if from a distance wearing masks. Lets hope things start turning around .

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  9. The fires must have been terrifying, what a huge relief everyone and houses are now safe. One day you’ll also see off the brunt of the Red Monster. I don’t pray as much as I used to although I’m a spiritual person, I’ve prayed for your family’s safety and continue to send you sell wishes during these crazy, frightening times. Here’s wishing and praying your cousin’s family to better health free from that virus. Love Faith xo

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    1. My cousin, the last I heard was doing better and she is still resting at home with the rest of the family. Everyone is in quarantine now. Thank you for the prayers and well wishes, we all need that now.

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