One minute i am replying to a message on facebook, and the very next minute i am standing outside watching my house burn down.
What i do remember is how it felt like an eternity before the fire trucks came, how i grabbed my computer, and a few other electronics that had been setting at the table because i was afraid of water damage when they put the fire out. Never in my mind did it occur to me that they wouldn't be able to put it out and that the fire would consume everything that we have spent the last 13 years building.
The support from the community, both local (Indian Valley) and online has been incredible. This has been the hardest thing i've ever been through, but also an incredibly important learning experience. It's funny how when you have a house full of stuff, there is always something you need. Yet when you find yourself with nothing, you realize you need very little. We are all safe, we are all okay. That is all that we need right now. i can't even begin to express the gratitude i have for the neighbors who showed up to help us, who donated clothing, and animal feed. For the online Art Glass community and Hippie Mama Craft communities that have come together and shown us more love and support than we ever could have imagined.
As you can imagine we are completely overwhelmed right now just trying to find temporary housing, dealing with the insurance company all while trying to create some sort of normalcy for our children.
Our family created a page with a list of immediate needs, clothing sizes, and contact info. The page has also become a place where the Art Glass community and Hippie Mama crafters communtiy have come together to list many fabulous auctions to help raise money for our family. https://www.facebook.com/groups/521865481179484/522348181131214/
There is also Chip In Fire Fund that was set up by my friend Kate Prejean.
Team Auction to raise money for Kenan and Tree was set up by Jenna Michelle Kidd. It is an online fundraiser event running from Jan. 23- Jan. 3. The page is hosting lots of fantastic handmade craft Auctions that were put together by some amazingly talented artists. https://www.facebook.com/events/145811905574451/
My good friend Jaime also created a page with information and support. https://www.facebook.com/TreeTiemeyerAndFamilyHouseFireDonationSite
It has been completely amazing and life changing to see so many people come together to help our family. i am truly at a loss of words, 'Thank you' just doesn't seem to express the amount of gratitude we feel. We have been forever changed by this experience. Once we are back on our feet, we will be making a very large effort to 'pay it forward'.
i will be blogging each step as we slowly begin to rebuild our lives again. Thank you all so much for your continued love and support.