Monday, May 16, 2011

You Won't Believe This, at Heart and Home


Hello everyone, I realize it's been a long time...
I will admit,
since my Dad passed away in September
working on Heart and Home had become
difficult for me.
I felt like I had run out of things to write about,
and lost interest in  DIY projects.
I was down in the dumps,
depressed and uninspired. 


After my trip to Austria and Hungary things started looking up.
I was feeling a little better,
ready to start working on projects again,
ready to begin fresh with new ideas.
I was getting excited to plunge in, and pull out the spray paint!

BUT NO...
INSTEAD,
I'm still processing what happened to us near the end of March.
Daily, I remind myself
to stop and count my lucky stars.
Because, it really could have been much worse.
.
 STILL...
This has been really difficult.
We are all shook up.
And sometimes, we are still in disbelief.



During a particularly nasty rain storm,
while I was in the kitchen
 preparing my first cup of tea
(you know how I love my tea!)
determined to do nothing on that stormy day but
nurse my very sore back
and read
and relax,
and take it very easy all day,
suddenly out of nowhere
I heard a very loud crash of thunder.
Which was weird,
because we don't get thunder around here.

So, I was a bit puzzled.
Turns out, the sound I heard was the sound of
one of the trees on our property,
a 100' tall,
 5' diameter, giant Douglas fir, 
as it came crashing down into our house,
just missing me by a few teeny, tiny feet.

This is what happened to our home:



The entire thing was split in two.
Right down the middle,
all the way from end to end.

 Our outdoor patio,
which we used for entertaining and dining,
and reading and relaxing,
no longer exists.
It was smashed to smithereens.
Almost everything on it was smashed flat.
Demolished.


The living room, dining room, entry, hall,
guest bath, family room, office, stairs
 and the entire downstairs
where our bedrooms, sewing room and bathrooms are located
(including my "favorite spot")
were either structurally destroyed,
 or severely water damaged.

 This is a view from the side door,
looking back through the hall into the entry.

The wood planks used to be part of our cathedral ceiling.
That is the roof on the floor of my dining room.

Almost every piece of furniture,
and a great number of our books,
and the pretty decorative items,
 and many of my favorite things
were destroyed.

Projects I had worked hard on over the years,
many that I shared with you here,
(including my favorite bookcase, and the slipcovered chair)
are gone now,
thrown away in a big dumpster.

Within minutes after the tree fell,
Local firefighters and officers from the sheriff's department 
were on the scene.
They are amazing heroes,
and quickly rescued a very frightened Maggie,
who had been hiding beneath some furniture.
There was a very joyful reunion between the two of us.



The firefighters rescued all my photo albums,
and many of our cherished framed photographs,
 and the important files.
All without me uttering a word to them,
or even knowing what they were doing.
They found my purse, and my keys,
and they knew just the right things to say to me.
 Brave, calm, and kind,
they worked in the dark, in the pouring rain
to save what they could.
I will be forever grateful to them.

Immediately, three media vans descended onto our property.
Reporters and photographers
prowled the grounds,
looking for the best angle,
peering in the windows,
and interviewing the neighbors,
while I sat at the house next door,
shaking and in shocked disbelief.
The destruction of our home was big news that night, and the next day.
Photographs were in the newspaper again, just last week.

When this happened, my husband was out of town, on a business trip.
He Googled "downed tree house storm"
 and, not even ten minutes after I called him,
he saw the pictures of our mangled house on his I-pad,
on his way to the airport in Budapest.


After a few days, the weather changed dramatically,
and we began the long process of accessing the damage,
determining the losses,
and getting ready to rebuild.

Things are moving very slowly.
The tree is gone, and so are two others that scared us.
A giant tarp on a temporary frame
protects the interior from further water damage.
There is a lot of paper work to complete.
It's a lot to take in, and at times hard to comprehend.




We are thinking this through carefully,
and, after living almost a month in a hotel
we are getting settled temporarily,
into a rented house that is not our home.
But it will become one to us in time.



The Cecil Brunner roses on the front arbor
 were just starting to bloom when this happened.
They will bloom again next year around this time,
when we move back into our rebuilt house.

In the meantime,
I'm thankful to still be here,
to have celebrated another birthday with my family,
to have been given the chance to live my life the best that I can,
and to be able to see the beauty amidst the destruction,
in what was once our home,
 and will be again.

Thank you for stopping by today,
I appreciate your visit!!
I will keep you updated on any new developments.
I hope you will check back in with me now and then.
Until next time,
XO
Heidi

linked to Susan's A Southern Daydreamer, for Outdoor Wednesday,
and at the Wednesday party at A Beach Cottage. Thanks!

83 comments:

Elsina said...

I don't know what to say :( This is such an incredible horrible experience. I am glad nobody was hurt and I wish you so much strength to get trough all this. I wish you you"ll get your new home soon! All the best!

Mumzie said...

Actually, I don't know what to say...this is just too much. You are so fortunate that no one was hurt, and that the house can be rebuilt. I'm so sorry for your loss, first your dad and then your house. I enjoy stopping by your blog and pray that everything goes well for you this spring. Hugs,Mumzie

Deb said...

Heidi, so glad no one was hurt. I agree with Mumzie re: don't know what to say. I always watch for your posts and will continue to do so. Prayers going out...

suzyq said...

Heidi, I can't even begin to imagine how you have managed to get through the last few months. How sad to see your beautiful home looking like that - I send my best wishes and prayers to you from Australia.
Suzyq

Glenda/MidSouth said...

WOW ! :(I don't know what to say - I am so sorry. Thankfully, you were not harmed.

Rose H (UK) said...

Oh Heidi, I'm so sorry about your beautiful home - I've a lump in my throat as I write. I really cannot imagine how devastated you must feel, but you are right no one was hurt. I know that sending you my love isn't going to help with the fixing of things, I just hope it helps you a little.
It's a huge thing to loose you dear father - I know I've lost mine too. In time things will get easier for you and all the really happy times will come to the front of your thoughts.
{{hugs}}
Rose H
xx

Annie Louise said...

Oh my goodness, that is what I kept saying over and over again as I read your post. So glad no one was hurt, but what terrible destruction. Keeping you close in my heart, thoughts and prayers.
Jeanette

Teresa said...

Wow, what can I say, I'm so very sorry for what happened to you. You are alive and safe and that above all else is the most important thing. You will rebuild your home and your life. I suffered a great loss such as yours and please believe me when I tell you, it will get better, the time will come when you will sit in a beautiful home in your favorite spot and have that cup of tea. God Bless you and take care of yourself sweetie.

Sonia said...

Heidi,
So glad to see a post from you...but what a shock and I am so sorry about your beautiful home.!! Just can't believe a tree could do so much damage!! So glad that you are okay along with your precious dog. I am putting you on my prayer list! It's so hard to go through this after the loss of your precious father. I truly hope and pray that each day you will find comfort and more peace through this time. Your roses and lavender are beautiful....just as you are~ Take care!!!

Miss Bloomers/Sonia

Jemsmom said...

Heidi, I can't even begin to tell you how sorry I am about your home. I can't imagine what you are going through and have been through seeing your precious things destroyed that way. Thank the LORD that you are ok, safe and sound. Bless your heart. I am praying for you and sending good thoughts your way. Please keep us posted. I miss you!

cjvierow said...

Oh my goodness Heidi!!! I am sooo sorry, but so thankful you and your precious little dog are ok. With your husband away it must have been even more traumatic. I'm glad you will be able to rebuild--and on the bright (?) side, you can change the things you've maybe thought about changing. It's a lot of work, but the Lord doesn't give us more than we can handle--even though I'll admit to wondering if He's sure I'm as strong as He says. Your family will be in our prayers. Hugs, CJ

Queen Bee said...

I cannot wrap my head around your nightmare. Very thankful no one was injured. How terrifying! I am sure there's not much in the way of words to fix what your are experiencing but know that I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers as you rebuild your world.

Jennifer

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

I am so so sorry for all that you have been through. You will be forever in my prayers. I think sometimes when things like this happen it makes us stronger. I know you can't feel it now, BUT take one day at a time and don't look back, Look ahead to what good things are to come!
I'm so happy your little Miss Maggie is OK and with you...
Prayers coming your way Sweetie,
BIG HUGS,
Donna

Cindy said...

Bless your heart! I cannot imagine going through all of this! I am so sorry your heart is aching...I do know that God is faithful and I am praying for you!
Keep looking up...
Cindy

Carol said...

Oh, Heidi!
I am so glad you are all right, as is Maggie and that no one was hurt.
The rental house is cute, but it will be so wonderful to have your beautiful home restored, and probably, in the end, even improved!
I know when we went through a big flood a few years ago in our last home, the end result was a restored and improved home. I believe that's at the end of the road for you.

Sherry said...

I was thinking about you and your blog today and thought I would check back and see how things are going. I was so surprised to hear about what happened to your home. I am thankful that you came through safely and pray for your peace and comfort as you go through this time of rebuilding.

Designs By Pinky said...

I am so happy you are OK but so very sad that this has happened to you.The loss is unimaginable. I know you will have the strength to get through this but you will be in my thoughts and prayers. Between you and all the peole who are losing their homes to the flooding it is all too much. XO, Pinky

abeachcottage said...

Oh my! So sorry for the things you've been through. So glad you are ok! I'm sure everyone at Beach Cottage Good Life Wednesdays have you in our prayers.

Curtains In My Tree said...

OMG and so glad Maggie was Ok .

How horrible however as people remind us it could have been worst but we don't want to hear that in a time like this when something ruins our beautiful house.

so glad you ware Ok and not harmed

Janice

vignette design said...

How Heidi!
I finally see what you have only told me about. It is unbelievable. You are so lucky to be alive.
I know it's going to be a slow process rebuilding your home, but it just might be better than it was. Just think, now you don't have to paint the windows. I know, not funny. Let's put something on the calendar and get together. Hang in there! xo Delores

Allison said...

I was just thinking about you a couple days ago, Heidi. I noticed you had not posted in awhile and I always looked forward to your posts. I am so very sorry for all you have been going through. My heart goes out to you. I am so glad you were not hurt. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers as you rebuild your home. Take good care of yourself. A big hug to you.

Light and Voices said...

You are blessed to be alive. So happy that the firefighters found your dog. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Joyce M

Kathysue said...

Omgosh Heidi, this is unbelieveable. you are truly blessed to be alive, how frightening for you. It really shows how quickly one's life can change. Hang in there sweetie, Kathysue

PS Delores sent me over to see this amazing story, I am glad she did!! KS

Beth said...

OMG! I have been thinking of you this week as I prepare to head to the Bay Area for a weekend getaway with my husband. I think of you because you are my connection to the CA Coast, which I love! I am so shocked by your post. These photos are unbelievable. This is such a loss but I know you will find the purpose in all this. Crazy what God allows us to go through! Thanks for sharing and I will be looking forward to your updates.

Heidi said...

Holy Cow!!! I'm so happy you were safe! And your puppy too! What a scary event! You still manage to take amazing pictures of the dainty, beautiful flowers. You are awsome! Keep the positive attitude.

Karen said...

Oh, Heidi! Am praying that God will guide all of the reconstruction of your home and that, as you wait for its completion, your temporary lodging will indeed feel like home to you and your family. Can't even begin to imagine how you felt when it happened. Please let me know what specifically I can pray for you. **hugs**

Emily said...

I cannot even imagine what you are going through with all of this. I hope you find your inner strength through out this journey to rebuild. I will be thinking of you and hope all is well in the coming months. Take good care of yourself and remember all the things you should be thankful for.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Heidi, wow, so sorry that you are having to go through this. Sorry I haven't been by. I thought you had quit blogging long time ago. Hope you get to start rebuilding soon. Take care.

Marlis said...

We lost our entire home to a fire in 1999. I know the loss you are feeling. Very glad that you escaped physically unharmed, and your cute baby too. Can't wait to see your new old home and how lovely it will be when the mess is over! Be blessed and prayers lifted up for strength.

once in a blue moon said...

thank heavens you are safe... i can't imagine all the sadness you must feel, but i hope when its all done you heart will soar being back in your home. may your journey be swift and joyful.

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Thanks to the heavens above and your guardian angel you are safe. I can't imagine your feelings each day. I'm so glad to hear your little baby is safe and sound. Such heroes you had on the scene. Ironically enough I had just gotten off the phone with our contractor about the roof we lost in our last storm, it is NOTHING in comparison to your loss. My thoughts and prayers will be with you during this process. I'm now following you, hoping to give you any and all encouragement. (3 years ago we had a lot of water damage, the paper process is long and tough, remember to take your time darling the smallest things need to listed-I'm not meaning to sound bossy or interfering, just speaking from experience, settling with insurance companies take time even though they like to push you.) Many many hugs ~lynne~

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Oh my! Your story is incredible. It's hard to know what to say. So glad that you are okay. You have a long haul ahead of you, but God protected you and your little Maggie. And how wonderful that the firefighters were able to do what you were not able to do - search and find some of your irreplaceable memories. I pray that the rebuilding will be quick and complete.

Jocelyn @
http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com/

Etta said...

I came here from "vignette design" I'm so sorry for what happened.. I'm with you with my heart...
a big hug from Italy!!
Etta

Marydon said...

Oh, Heidi, what a time you have been thru. I am grateful you & your darling pooch are safe. There are days that life itself just seems overwhelming & then tragic situation like this arise.

The beautiful memories of all your treasures will be held close to your heart & in your memory ... God had His precious hands holding you closely. Thank you God for protecting Heidi.

Your Cecil Brunner is the same as mine, blooming away, the aroma lifting my soul. Isn't it wonderful to find such blessed joys in the beauty of the world that God shares with us daily.

How may I help you ... is there something I can send to you to lift your spirits even more? I'd love to share with you ... what are your favorite colors?

Here is my email, write me please.
blushing_rose_boutique@yahoo.com

I am going to be your newest follower, sweetie.

Have a lifting day ~
TTFN ~
Hugs,
Marydon

Liz- said...

Oh my goodness (I've come here because of Vignette Design)! I'm so shocked to see this. It's a fear I have everytime a big storm kicks in by us with the tall stand of woods next to our home. What a miracle you weren't hurt or your Maggie. It seems like bad luck/news comes in lumps, I am sorry for you aout the loss of your father as I now this grief. The same year my 4 year old daughter was diagnosed with cancer my father died suddenly. I didn't think things could get any worse. Things turned out fine, my daughter is 24 now, but of course I forever miss my Dad, so I know your pain. My Dad always said "time heals all wounds". I don't know why we are tested, but I do know we come out stronger afterwards. It's just hard getting there. Hugs...

Sarah said...

Heidi, obviously it is wonderful that you and sweet Maggie were not harmed during this disaster. I can't begin to imagine totally frightened you were, not to mention that your husband was on another continent. I'm sorry for you loss of your beautiful home and its contents. Thought these things can be replaced, it doesn't soften the pain of the loss. Years of building up the things we live with day to day. They become like friends in a way. You will have a new structure soon and can rebuild the life you once had to make it your home again. My heart goes out to you. ~ Sarah

Priscilla said...

I believe what the emergency personnel told you is the best advice anyone could have given you. Hold on to that.

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

I am so so sorry that this horendous thing has happened to your home. But thankful that no one was hurt. You will be in my prayers. I hope that the rebuilding of you home goes quickly and smoothly.

Amy @ Homestead Revival said...

Hi Heidi, I'm visiting from Vignette Design and amazed that you escaped unharmed! Wonderful news indeed! But so sorry that your house was destroyed! I'm sure it will be "home" again in time. Thankfulness for the small everyday things in life brings a lot of joy! You might appreciate Ann Voskamp's book right now and find some comfort for your heart in "One Thousand Gifts".

http://onethousandgifts.com/

Blessings as you rebuild!

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

All my best to you. I'm so sorry for your trouble. Best wishes through your recovery process.

Dianne said...

I came from Vignette Design. I am so sorry for your loss. It is amazing that you are safe. Blessings abound in all disaster...lok for them.

Emily said...

OMG, your guardian angel was watching over you! These photos leave me speechless. Your safe, the most important thing..........

~Emily
The French Hutch

24 Corners said...

Dear Heidi, I'm so very sorry! We lost the home we'd been building for two years to a fire and had to start all over again only to have a flood (nail in a pipe) ruin the 'second' home. We were never in danger though as you and Maggie were and I'm so thankful that you both are alright, physically anyway. The displacement and shock take a while to get over but you will...and I pray that once you settle into your rental you will enjoy a sence of peace and stability again to help you through the rebuild, which I pray goes flawlessly!
Blessings to your heart, take care...
xo Jessica

Lila said...

I am so unbelievably sorry. That is absolutely traumatic. You are very lucky to be alive! It's a good thing the firemen were so considerate. I think I would have crawled into the fetal position and bawled in your case. Maybe they knew you couldn't handle one more thing to think about! You're in my prayers!
xoxo
Lila Ferraro

Entertaining Women said...

I'm visiting with encouragement from Vignette Designs. I give praise to the Lord that He placed a hedge of angels between the tree and you...that He provided furniture to protect your sweet puppy...that He brought the rescue people who knew what to save without being told...that He provided a temporary shelter for you while your home is rebuilt...that you have insurance that will allow you to eventually return to your home. One of my favorite scriptures says that God will comfort us and in turn use us to comfort others. I trust that this will be true for you, too. We had a home burn to the ground in 1995. I still periodically look for things and then realize...oh, we lost it in the fire...and then I move on. You'll move on, too. I hope that you will give yourself the grace to allow yourself to be sad when you need to be. I'll remember you in my prayers. Cherry Kay

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

Dear Heidi,
So sorry to hear and see this.
You will be in my thoughts and prayers.
God bless you and your family.
xx
Alison

cge4211 said...

Delores asked that we check in on you. So, so sorry about this terrible act of nature. Your surroundings are so beautiful with all those gorgeous mature trees. Sometimes we are asked to pay a very high price for such beauty. I will pray for you as you rebuild, for the strength and patience you will need. I hope you will get your new stair railing ans those wood floors you want.
Be strong. Carolyn in NC

Carol S. said...

Hi Heidi,
I'm another blog friend of Delores' and am lifting prayers for you as you rebuild your home and life, praying that you find some calm during these most difficult times. I'm reminded of another blog friend that recently lost her home to a fire. You are both amazing women that deserve the very best, and it will come to you. Edie's story is at http://www.lifeingraceblog.com

Ginny said...

No words except I am grateful you are safe. I can't even imagine what you are going through. Prayers and hugs are being sent right now!

for the love of a house said...

I am so so very sorry for this horrible loss. But, so grateful that you and your precious pup are alright and safe. I can not even begin to appreciate all that this must be like to live through... I am so sorry for your loss. Sending you a big hug.
joan

(I found you through sweet Delores)

Sharon Kauerz said...

I have just discovered your blog through your friend, Delores, who I have been reading online. I know you are devastated. A "nest" is such a grounding thing. No pun intended. I live in Memphis, TN. Have lost a 43' sailboat to hurricane in Destin, FL. In Memphis we have storms that upturn huge oaks like mushrooms, during ice storms, spring rain/wind storms. In the past 10 years 6 houses on my street have had trees go through the houses like yours did. I am lucky. I am so sorry for your loss.

ButterYum said...

Oh my goodness... I linked over from another blog... couldn't imagine the full devastation until I read your post. Unbelievable. So glad you and your pet were spared. Praying for your quick return to normalcy.

Gypsy Heart said...

Heidi, I tried to imagine what this would look like after you told me what happened early on. Actually seeing the devastation, it is truly a miracle that you were not hurt and that Maggie was ok too. Thank God for His tender mercies.

You WILL come out of this...we are here to support you my friend. Just take it slow, breathe in/out deeply and rest when you can. Sending you peace, strength and love.

Pat

Tricia Rose said...

That is such a big thing to happen! Concentrates the mind wonderfully~ so glad even little Maggie is safe.

lanakwaustin@att.net said...

Oh my heavens......I am so, so, so, SOOOOOOOOOOO sorry. I am truly sorry for the loss of your father followed by the loss of your home. I'm so thankful you and that adorable dog of yours were okay, but I know there's a real trauma that takes time to heal from when something so catastrophic like this happens. And then there are the endless practical details that need to be attended to. I will keep you in my happy thoughts and prayers!!!! You are very gifted and I know that you will do something amazing as you re-do your home!!!

Hugs,
Lana

Lisha said...

Heidi, so sorry for your losses; your father and your home. It will get better. I have always been a "count your blessings" kind of girl, and I would say this is one of those times when it really does apply. You were very fortunate like you say, it could have been much worse. Hugs and prayers coming your way...

Anonymous said...

Heidi, just found your blog and read about the tree.we have been through a similar experience. A huge hickory tree fell in the middle of our house during the night. We were asleep in the bedroom only. about ten feet away. It came from the back and went all the way across and hung over the front. We had to move out for 4 months. Know what you are going through. We still have plenty more trees in our yard and every .time it storms or strong windsI am scared to death.

Whimsey Creations said...

I discovered your blog through another one and am so glad to hear that you and your dog are safe. I'm so sorry this happened to you but glad you are as OK as you can be. Big hugs!

Lori E said...

There were a bunch of swear words coming out of my mouth as I read this.
I think you will win hands down in a Metamorphosis Monday post.
So glad you are safe. Wow.

Low Tide High Style said...

Hi Heidi, I found you through Vignette Design. I'm so very sorry to see the complete devastation caused by the tree that fell on your home...it's truly unbelievable! We have a large dead tree in our backyard and your post has convinced me that we really do need to have it taken down before it falls and hurts us or one of our pets. I'm so happy you and your dog were both ok, and I wish you all the best as your rebuild your beautiful home!

Kat

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜ said...

Oh my goodness! What a blessing that nothing happened to you or your sweet dog. We had a horrible storm here a few weeks ago, and trees came down everywhere. Some missed our home by just an inch. We had a tree service come out and take down all the surrounding trees, for fear next time we would not be so lucky. I am so sorry this happened to you. I wish you well in the process of rebuilding.

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

I'm Still praying every day for you Sweet Lady! I'm hoping that one of these visits will find you rebuilding and letting everyone share with you. I have two great shoulders if you need one!
Big Super Hugs of comfort to you,
Donna

Elizabeth and Gary said...

Hi Heidi,
Oh my goodness...what a fright you had. Thank God you and Maggie were not harmed. I can just imagine how your husband must have felt so far away.
The fireman and sheriffs department were so wonderful to you I'm sure that was a blessing..
All material things that were lost are just that material belongings and the most precious of all are you and Maggie and thank god you were not harmed.I think your guarding angel was looking after you that day.
Big hugs, Elizabeth

Gail said...

What a blow to your house and all your projects.
Thank God, you and Maggie are unhurt.

Bonnie@Creative Decorating said...

It has to hurt to see such destruction of something you loved so much. You may be safe and have many blessings to count but it doesn't stop the grief. I am new to your blog and I am sorry to see this happen to anyone. Be strong and you will make it through!

Carol DeMumbrum said...

Just discovered your beautiful blog when I googled painting a sisal rug. So sorry about your home! Praying for a quick recovery. I became a follower of your blog, and look forward to following your beautiful posts. Lovely photos! I hope you will visit my painting blog and it will in some way brighten your day.

The Dragonfly On Iron Gate said...

Rebuilding. What an incredible amount of strength you much have to be able to write the above. I am truly sorry for all that you have been through. I'm following you and will keep up on your journey ahead. When you get to the point you are back in the house I would love to send you a little box of happy things. I am going to start it and add to it till you move in, just some little new memories. I too had to rebuild. It wasn't a house but from a disease. Hugs ! Jules ♥

kelee Katillac said...

Heidi!

Greta, you are a powerful spiritual being! That is some manifestation.

Allow this time to be YOUR time to take it in and ponder all it means and brings to you...

I am so glad you are still here on the earth plain with us....

love you!

Kelee

Kifus said...

Oh, sweetie, so glad you are ok.

Hugs to you and, take care.

self hypnosis script said...

Trials and challenges are made to be overcome. Keep your faith up and I know you're about to conquer them all.

Anonymous said...

Thank god you guys are safe, best wishes!

M said...

I am absolutely sickened by what happened to your home. But so thankful that you and your puppy were unharmed. So thankful for the wonderful firefighters who knew just what to find. So thankful for a nice neighbor who took you in that day. You'll be in my thoughts and prayers as you rebuild, cope with living away from home, and put your life back together.

Hugs,
Mary @ Redo 101

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry, I have not been here in a long while. Sorry for the loss of your dad and now your beautiful home. But thank heaven you are OKAY. I'll promise to check in soon. Mary

Apron Senorita said...

Sending best wishes and prayers. Hope you're doing as well as possible during this time.

God Bless!
Yoli :)
Apron Senorita

Karena said...

Heidi my name is Karena...I just found your beautiful blog...my heart goes out to you on so many levels...I just wanted to let you know you have a new follower that will be praying for you...the name of my blog is "A Loblolly Life"...the Lord will meet your needs in ways you can't imagine...hang in there sweetie...it is going to be okay...you are in for some WONDERFUL SURPRISES...Hugs..Karena

Karen said...

Hi, Heidi
Just checking up on you. Noticed you haven't posted since this post. Still praying that God will give you sufficient courage to get through this difficult time. blessings, k

Stacey said...

Heidi, it has been awhile since we heard from you. Just came by to check on ya. Hope the rebuilding of your home is proceeding like it should. Keep us posted if you can.

Stacey

Anonymous said...

Good thoughts and prayers!

Yoli :)
Apron Senorita

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Hi Heidi,
I just saw your comment at So. Hosp. and came by to tell you how sorry I am that all this has happened recently. I'm so thankful you and your sweet dog were okay...I know you must have been terrified to go through such a thing. I'm so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing...what a year you've had. God Bless you and your family as your home is rebuilt. I hope when it's complete, it's better than ever. I'm so glad the fireman saved your photos...had no idea they were so sensitive and caring...what a wonderful team you had.
Love to you and your family!

Anonymous said...

I check here once in awhile to see if you've posted. Hope all is well with you. Let us know you're okay.

Aptos Grandma

Bella Vista Cottage said...

Heidi, I am just seeing this...you came to me this morning.

I am stunned. How awful this must be for you and your family. Please know that I will keep you in my prayers for God's comfort and strength. I cannot imagine what you are going through.

Sending you my good thoughts.

Hugs, Barb

Villa Maire said...

Dear Heidi,
Oh my gosh, is what I kept saying as I saw the pictures . Thank God
you are alive and your little dog !
May you rebuild your home soon. You
have such lovely taste. Thinking of you a offering a prayer for restoration.
Blessings,
Maire

Sonia said...

Heidi,
Hope you are well ...just stopped by to check on you ...hope your home is being rebuilt and your holidays are blessed. Praying all is progressing for you!
Miss Bloomers