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Sunday, January 30, 2011

What Really Matters...



It had been done a hundred times before.
This time it turned out different.






My husband took some trash out to burn in our fire pit.
Just some cardboard and some magazines.

I even had him check this morning
to make sure the burn ban was not in effect.

And a short time later I heard him yell from outside for help...





The flames had jumped the pit and were out of control.

The medical person in me reacted in a triage fashion:

Call 911...


 Make sure the animals are okay....

Move the cars so the fire trucks could get inside the gate...

Rush back outside to help him put out the flames.





 We are still in our "old" house way out in the country.
It took the volunteer fire trucks almost 20 minutes to arrive.
Twenty long minutes, and I thought for sure our home
would be engulfed before they got there.

But arrive they did.
All four of them.




 Our siding on the back side of our home was burned,
and the flames came right up to the house.
We both inhaled a fair amount of smoke,
and I have some burns on my feet.

However....



 we are safe.





 Winnie is safe inside.



Havok and Belle are safe around to the side of the house.

And we still have a home.
And our lives.

I am shaken beyond belief, but so grateful, 
as I know that we came very. very close to losing everything today.
Everything materially, that is.

I'll be away for a bit as I process what happened today.

Giving thanks to God above....




157 comments:

Rachel Noelle said...

Oh Anne!! I am sooo thankful you are all safe. I am so sorry that happened to you. God was definitely watching out for you. Hugs,Rachel

French Farmhouse 425

sissie said...

Anne, this is so terrible but yet a blessing that no one was harmed or hurt! I'm so glad that your house didn't catch fire or that your Mr. Twigs was injured. Fire can spread so rapidly.

Thank God you are safe.

hugs
Sissie

bunny said...

OH Wow!!! Glad everyone is OK....actually this happened to my brother. He lives in Kaui Hawaii and they too burn their trash when everything went outta control..Luckily everything turned out ok....

You guys be careful.

bunny

gina3 said...

Oh my goodness! Glad to hear everyone and every thing is safe and unharmed. Take care.

cottageprims said...

So glad you and the animals are ok.It only takes a second.Blessings!~Amy

Sherri B. said...

Oh Anne, how horrifying for you! I have thanked the Lord that you all are safe and your home was spared. Things like this can and do happen so fast. Hopefully you can get your breath and regroup before long.

Audra said...

Had something like this happen when we lived in the country. God had his hand on your family and kept you from harm.

Take time to take it all in and know we will be here when you get back.

mariondee-designs said...

So glad to hear you are all safe and sound! I know how easy it is for a fire to get out of control and we do a lot of burning ourselves. Living on property there is always lots of trees that need triming etc. but we mainly collect it all in summer then burn in winter, as no one is allowed to burn in summer where I live in Australia. take care,Maryann

Ruby’s Upcycle Designs™ said...

Oh, Anne, thank God up above that you and your family are safe! Thank you for sharing this story as it could happen to any of us! Be safe. xoxo Beth

Sue said...

Anne,
So thankful you and yours are all safe. Someone was surely watching out for you.

Hugs and prayers,

Sue

It's me said...

I am so glad that you your husband and all the animals where okee......o my ......thanks to the Lord......lovely week darling......love Ria....xxx...

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

Oh Anne, I am so glad it wasn't worse! I shared this with my young teen who enjoys our little suburban fire pit, with fences and neighbours so very close by. Thinking of you!

Michelle May said...

Oh my gosh...indeed, what really counts is still right there waiting for your hugs and glad for them.
So happy all of you are safe. Thank God.
xx, shell

time worn interiors said...

Girl! I thought all of Texas had a Burn Ban? Those things happen so quick! Glad all turned out well and no one was hurt and nothing lost!
Theresa
aka:tot

Michele said...

Hugs and thanks that you and those you hold dear are safe.

Shelia said...

Hi Anne! Oh, how frightening! Praise God you're all safe and your house is safe too! God's hedge of protection was surrounding you and your family! Bless your heart! I'll be praying for peace for you.
Blessings,
Shelia ;)

www.MaisonStGermain.com said...

Oh Anne, I am so glad everyone is ok. That is the most important. That must have been so scary for you and your husband. I am happy that your home was saved too. Sounds like you two work well and quick together. Now go give each other a big hug and try to relax.
~Debra xxx
Capers of the vintage vixens

Stitchfork said...

So thankful you are all safe. Deep breaths, and come back with a fresh perspective. xo...Cathy

Dolly said...

Thank God you are ok!
Oh my gosh I can't even begin to imagine what you are going through right now!

Hugs, Dolly

Theresa said...

In the blink of an eye, things can go terribly wrong:( Happy you and Mr. Twig are OK! Hope all of the damages are not too expensive to fix! Love you bunches, BIG HUGS and prayers coming your way!

Jeanine Burkhardt said...

OMG!!! Soooooo thankful it's only the landscape that got Charred & replaceable siding!!! Close Call... Happy to know everything that's important is SAFE and SOUND...
Hugs...
Jeanine, ChiPPy!-SHaBBy!

Sue (Vintage Rescue) said...

Oh, how horrifying. So glad you're OK, and that it's not your new house. Be careful.

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

Grateful with you.

Fondly,
Glenda

Whimsey Creations said...

As you said the important thing is that everyone is safe. Hugs!

Daphne Nicole & Lynda Cade said...

Anne, I'm so glad that you, your husband and animals are all ok... and your home didn't suffer to much damage!!! I know that was very scary!
Big hugs~~ Daphne

Farmgirl Paints said...

Oh my goodness girl! That's so not good. My folks burn all their trash. Probably farther out than yours was. I'm so glad you are all safe and that beautiful house of yours is okay! I can't imagine how long that 20 minutes felt.

NicNacManiac said...

Glad to hear you are all safe!! You are in my thoughts!! Big Hugs xOxO

sweetpea said...

oh anne how terrible! i am so grateful that all of you are safe and relatively unharmed. what a scary experience! you must be so shaken.

hugs,

shelley

Anne Marie... said...

praise God you are okay and husband too...fires are super scary for me since the barn burned - I am paranoid beyond belief!

Megan Chamberlain said...

Thank heavens you are all okay. There is nothing scarier than an out of control fire. Look after yourselves and I hope that you don't have to much damage to your home.

Linda said...

I am thanking God that you are all okay, too, Anne...must have been so scary! XOXO

debsea said...

so so glad you and yours are safe. this has happened out at our cabin with nothing to help but our buckets of sea water...it's terrifying. the upside is everything grows back so green and lush. put your feet up and catch your breath. and let me know if you would like some of the sideways pelting rain i am watching out my windows...

awal.ny said...

I am very glad you are all ok. Be so careful even when just burning a small burn pile, my husband is a volunteer fireman and he has seen to many fires that have gotten out of control.

Lara from air kiss said...

Yikes! Thank goodness you all are okay! What a scary thing. When I was growing up, a house we lived in got struck by lightning and we had to move due to horrible fire damage. What are the chances of that.. you just never know. Makes you put everything into perspective. Take care, Anne.
Hugs,
Lara

FRENCH LAUNDRY said...

OH Anne, I'm so sorry you had such a scare, but thank God you are all alright and your home was spared.

Hugs,
Judy

judi said...

when i read your blog post title, i had that sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach. SO glad that you are ok physically. the shock i am sure will take some time to process but glad that you're focus is on thankfulness to the Lord. We may not understand why this happened but we CAN trust Him. He will see you through this difficulty.
judi

Brynwood Needleworks said...

Anne:
I'm so glad that you, your husband, and your animals are all safe. God saved your home, too, and for that I'm sure you're grateful. Fire is such a fickle thing. One minute, friend - the next, foe. Glad that this fire was stopped before it did more damage or harm. Prayers answered.
xoxo
Donna

Miss Gracie's House said...

thanking God with you...

MARY PERNULA said...

Safe is what matters, hope it all works out, HUGS MARY

LuLu Kellogg said...

Anne....I am so thankful you, your husband and your fur babies are ok and that your house survived also.

Love,
LuLu~*xoxo

DustyLu said...

OHMYGOSH! I am so glad you and the animals are safe! God bless! Be safe! lulu

Never Enough Thyme Creations said...

My neighbors had a similar experience this week. I walked outside to lots of white smoke in the pasture and a horse next door going wild. I jumped into action to help and was so relieved when the fire department arrived! Thankfully, all livestock and barns are safe and the firemen stopped it just as it arrived at the hay bales. Yes, prayers and blessing abound this week!

Aaron said...

So glad that you and your family is safe! Wow, I'm sure that was the scare of a lifetime.
-Aaron

Zita - Mlle Magpie said...

Oh, Anne, that's just a little bit too much excitement for one weekend. So glad you are all ok and that the damage was minor. Just need some time to calm your nerves now is all. Take it easy, dear Anne...

ludmil said...

I lost most of a home, and many of our possessions about 30 years ago on a Feb. night,and know what you are feeling, I will tell you that the good news is you will have a renewed realization of how very precious life,love,your loved ones,including those sweet pets, mean to you. Sometimes this is just a big shout out from the Universe, only you know what it may be shouting, for me it was SLOW down, and I did, I moved to S.L.O. in CA. it is even called SLOW town, the rest is history. Much love and thoughts sent your way.. sorry for the long comment. Love Linda

Joey said...

Having just gone through a fire 8 days ago, I can totally relate. I am so glad you are all ok.

" SHABBY JUNK" said...

Glad all is well, I know how long you waited to get this house. Be careful! judy

Raised In Cotton said...

Oh Anne, My heart just about sank reading this. I am so Thankful that you're family is ok but like you said it will take some time just to get over it all. Blessings Sweet Friend.

xoxo, Carol

June said...

So, so thankful to hear you are all safe. It's amazing how routine things can become very un-routine in an instant.
sending you a big hug from here...

Vintage Gal said...

Thank God everyone is safe ~ It's amazing how in the blink of an eye something like that happens ~ (((Hugs))) to you and your family

Garden Antqs Vintage said...

Close call Anne, glad you are all okay!

Granny Lyn's Garden said...

So thankful that everyone is safe. God Bless you and your family .

Janet- OPEN MARKET STYLE said...

I CAN NOT IMAGINE HOW SCARY THAT MUST OF BEEN BLESS YOUR HEARTS I AM SO VERY GLAD YOUR HOME IS SAFE AND NO ONE WAS BADLY HURT !
HUGS YOUR WAY !!
WARMLY
JANET

Vintage Junky said...

oh my gosh!!! I am so glad you all are okay! Big hugs!!
xoxo~

Gypsy Brocante said...

Wow ... I'm glad you and your whole family are okay ... keeping you close in thought.
xo
Jill

north pal said...

this all looks so familiar,with the exception we out buildings. an old barn mainly for storage and garage and other small buildings and two silos. we also cleaning up old grass and everything was ready to go,wind,etc. we called 911 immediately and all we could do is stand there with our eyes and our mouths hanging open. nothing we could do. we lost various things,but got the dogs out and the cats were in the house. the neighbors across the field said they never had had entertainment while having supper..:( it was hard for nights when i would shut my eyes, all i could see were flames. most happy that you both did not have too many injuries. you were blessed as we were and those things can happen so instantly. Bestest,Denise

Alice said...

Oh goodness I'm so glad everyone is OK. How frightening!!!!

When I was young we lived on a farm and the pasture just behind our house was rented out. Every year the renter burned off the pasture, and I've lost count of how many times the flames licked at our house. Of course, the fire department always arrived just in time.

BearShe Cottage said...

That's scary. I'm glad everyone and your animals are okay. God bless!

Denise said...

Oh my gosh! I am so glad that you are all okay! Yes.......relax if you can.....my gosh.....so so thankful everyone is okay!

Tammy said...

So much for your perfect weekend. Men! No really, so much to be thankful for.

vintageculler said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your scare! Hopefully you and your husband will find some peace and calm.

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

So glad that you are all fine and that your house is intact. Take a deep breath...
Sending a big hug... Laura

Brayton Homestead Interiors said...

so close Anne! I know I speak for everyone that we are glad you are all safe, take care dear...

Karen

Cheryl @ Vintage Serenity said...

so sorry Annie but so thankful too! Hugs and Blessings!!! ~cheryl

Polly said...

Thank goodness you are all safe! It sounds like it has been a bumpy few weeks for you friend. Please take care, take a breather, get your wits about you.....and know you are thought of by your faraway friend.

I am just so glad you are all ok. So glad.

Hugs from me,

Polly

Wendy said...

I was so glad to get to the end of the post and read everyone was safe. Prayers for you and your husband as you process today and God keeping you safe.
Hugs~
Wendy

Creative Ambitions said...

Annnnneeeee!!! How scary! I know that feeling... we had a kitchen fire once in an old home of ours... just like you... 911 then animals... in the car. Everybody was fine and the house didn't burn down... ha! But scary ...yes!! So happy you guys are alright and all is well!!

cityfarmer said...

oh my darlin
oh my darlin,

all that matter is what matters.
you are safe
the critters are safe.

breathe in
breathe in again
God is good
all the time.

check in when you feel all better.
How is the darling Mr Twig?

Thespa said...

Oh my gosh, you poor thing. I know exactly how you feel. Some years ago my father in law was burning trash and it got away from him. Way out in the boonies and it slowly krept up the valley towards our home.It was the worst day, terrifying in the extreme, seeing it come closer and knowing you couldn't do anything about it. Our story turned out pretty much the way yours did. The volunteer fire dept came and buldozed the hillsides and men with shovels and rakes came to our recue. A great bunch of people. It really puts things into perspective and makes you appreciate what you do have instead of worrying over what you don't. Prayers go outo you guys. Take it easy and take care.

Jamie Thompson said...

Oh my goodness Anne!!! I am so glad you are all safe and ok! I can't imagine how scary that was, my heart was racing as I read your post.
Praying for you and hoping that your feeling better. I would be totally rocked by such a close call too. <3

Susanne said...

Glad you and yours are safe and loses were only material.
Susanne.

Southern Queen Bee said...

So glad everyone is ok. Your kitty looks so unfazed by it all. LOL
That happened to us a few summers ago, I was not home and when I drove up my husband was screaming for me to call 911. Thank goodness it turned out ok for us too.

The Flying Bee said...

Thank God that yall are okay. Wow...I can't even imagine. I'll be thinking of you.

Hugs,
Adrienne

Becky C said...

Anne! This is two scary moments for you in the few months I've known you! Thanks to our Good Lord you are all okay. I'm so sorry. I'm sure you are shaken up. Please know I'm praying.
Sending hugs
Becky C

Beth Leintz said...

Thank God you and Mr Twig and your animals are ok- I can't even imagine how scared and shaken you must be. Thinking of you...

Susan said...

We had a bedroom fire 6/6/10...our son left a floor fan on straight for 3 days, the motor burned out and down it's cord it went to the outlet. it was the only room in our 14 room house that was completely renovated. so somewhat materially we were upset (also because it could have been prevented) There were some items in the room that were irreplaceable, so that was also upsetting. BUT...it stayed contained to the one room, no one was hurt, all the cats (3) were out. That is where we were blessed and lucky! the rest of the upstairs had smoke and soot damage, but overall the loss was minimal.

we also live out in the boonies, and in the 25 years we have lived here, forest fires have come within a mile of our home, and the police had our "little village" on voluntary evac. It never became mandatory, but we all had a bag and some irreplaceables, ready to go, just in case.

We burn leaves occasionally (5 acres heavily wooded in the pack and heavily treed in the front) but we burn them in an old metal drum that Ron drilled holes in.

I am soooo very glad you,hubby and the furbabies are ok, and that your house is in tact. You surely had a guardian angel with you that day!
much love and gently hugs,
Susan

Blue Creek Home said...

How horrible. I can't imagine how scared you were.
So thankful that you and yours are okay. Take care of your burned feet.

Anji Johnston said...

I am so very, very sorry to hear what happened to you today Anne, but so happy to hear that you are okay. I lost my nephew in a fire last year and my house also burned down when I lived in Greece. We lost everything but not our lives. It is awful to feel that helpless- no words can ever describe how you must have felt at the time and are feeling now. But god was watching over you, making sure that you would be protected. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Please take care of yourself. Much love Anji

Theresa said...

Thank you God... I'm glad to hear that none of you were injured to badly. Take care Anne xoxo

stefanie said...

whew!!! I am so glad this had a happy ending!!!

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Oh Anne, so happy to hear that everyone is safe and sound! Hugs to you girlfriend!

Jemsmom said...

Thank the Lord above it wasn't any worse and you are all safe. Bless your heart! God was watching out over you! Take care!

Sue said...

I totally agree, God was really watching over you today. Fire scares the crap out of me anyway, I know NOTHING about country living whatsoever. I'm just happy everything turned out okay for all!!

Take care, Sue

Rosemary said...

OMG! I'm so glad that you are all safe!!!
Take care!!
Rosemary

Marcy said...

It is amazing how quick the situation changes from safe to being out-of-control. I'm so glad you are okay, but ohh... your poor feet! Take care.

Lori Katies Rose Cottage said...

Wow that is so scary!!
Isn't it amazing sometimes
that life can change
at a blink of an eye ~
What a blessing that nobody got hurt
and your home was okay ~

xoxo
Lori

Lisa said...

SO glad to hear you and yours are all ok.

mzzterry said...

Bles you dear one. And Thanks to God above for your safety.....

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Anne I am so thankful you and Mr Twig are OK and the furry children also. Things can change in a blink of an eye. I am thanking God. hugs, Linda

T's Daily Treasures said...

Dear Anne, I have goosebumps as I am reading this. So glad to know that you are all well. Sending all good wishes your way, many blessings and lots of hugs. Tammy

pamq said...

Oh dear.

Take your time and process...it will take a bit.

In 2002, my entire town was evacuated because of a raging forest fire. As I was loading my Kitty in the car, I saw a wall of flames coming over the hill behind the house. As I drove away, I assumed I would never see my house and stuff again. That night, staying with a friend about ten miles away, the sky glowed orange and I thought all was gone....

Three days later, they let everyone return home. Everything was safe! The fire had gotten SO close, but those Hot Shot Fire Crews from all over the country, and local firemen from all over the state had done an amazing job!

I certainly thanked God for them, that everything was safe, and no people had lost their lives.

So anyway, to make a long comment short---so glad you all are safe and please spend some time working through everything. It really does something to you....shocks the system to put it mildly.

Kate said...

Dear Anne
Thank God all of you are alright and not too badly injured. Keeping you all close in prayers.

Much love
Kate
xoxo

Fresh Linen said...

I feel the pain and stress you both are feeling. It will take time to process the fright you’ve both experienced. You are so darling to remember all the important things to do in a crisis! Checking to make sure all pets were accounted for and to think of moving the cars so as to let the firemen through. I want you with me in any crisis situation. I only hope to have my wits about me as you did. Bless you both, your pets and your world. Be very good to each other right now as your nerves need more care than usual. Warm regards, Carol

Joanna said...

Oh Anne, how frightening. I'm so relieved you and Mr Twig and your animals are safe. Your poor feet. Take care of yourself, my friend.

You are safe.

xxx

Tracy Suzanne said...

Poor things. I'm so glad things turned out okay and no worse than they were. Thank you Lord for taking care of our sweet Anne and hubby.

Take care of your poor feet Sweetie. Hugs...Tracy :)

Jem said...

Crikey, Anne!!

I am so pleased yourself, your husband and all your animals are safe and well! What a frightening experience, I hope you're feeling a little better now and you're so right. Things like that really do make you think about what is important.

Hugs and a good, strong cup of tea (our national coping method!) winging their way from Blighty,

Jem xXx

Low Tide High Style said...

Anne, I'm so very sorry to hear this, and so very thankful it turned out as well as it did!

Kat

Belinda @ Wild Acre said...

What a shocking event - so glad it wasn't worse. xx

WinnibriggsHouse said...

Your title is so true, what really matters is that you are all safe.
Take care, take time out and we will all hear from you soon.
Jenny x

A Cottage Muse said...

So happy your little family is safe. I hope your burns heal quickly. Hugs to you all and hope to see you back soon.

I am so thankful you are all ok! Thank You God!

xo
Sandi

Tarnished and Tattered said...

Anne,
Get the F out of that house! Why aren't you in the twig cottage yet? I am worried for you my Lurd. First the other incident, now this~ Please no #3, I can't take it! I'm so grateful you, the Mr & the critters are safe, did you go to the ER & get checked? Thinking of you! L

MosaicMagpie said...

I am sure those 20 minutes of waiting for help to arrive seemed like hours. All the work you have done on your lovely new home, that thankfully was spared. I am sorry for your burned feet and all the smoke you inhaled. In the big picture...you were being watched over, things could have been much worse. I hope the grass regrows quickly and the siding is replaced soon so there will be no reminders of all this.
Deb

the gypsy chick said...

Oh no!!! I am so happy that everything is ok! it is so dry here & we really need the rain... things can just happen in an instant!!!
will keep you in my prayers!
XoXo
amy

Miss Sandy said...

Anne,

Praise be to God that you, your husband, nor your beloved pets were not harmed. Material possessions can always be replaced or repaired but precious life cannot. Take all the time you need to process what has happened, we will all be here ,praying for you and lending support.

Gracie's Cottage said...

How frightening...so glad that everyone is okay.

SHERRY HART said...

Hoe ironic that "The Perfect Weekend" post was followed by this one.....unfortunately tragedy is always around the corner....so that made the perfect weekend even better. Thankfully all ended well....and small lessons were learned.....

Morning T said...

So scary Anne but I'm so relieved that you're all OK!!! Yikes.
Sending you a big hug~
T

paprika rose said...

Yikes...by the grace of God! So glad to know there was a happy outcome to a scary scary situation.
Big warm hugs to you and your family...Agnes

Rene Foust said...

Oh My Gosh!!!! I am so sorry to hear that news it makes my heart beat faster just hearing of it. But I am so happy to hear that everything is OK.

she dreams big! said...

YIKES! So glad your drama wasn't more of a tragedy! Take care!

trash talk said...

Glad there was a happy ending to this post...everybody ok.
Debbie
P.S. If that was a picture of what you were fixing for dinner...it's just a tad over cooked. (Some frivolity to lighten up your mood!)

paige said...

oh sweetie, i am so sorry. i am thankful you are ok but i'm certain you are completely shook up.
praying your feet heal as does your little heart

xo

Valerie@chateaualamode.typepad.com said...

Oh Anne, so sorry to hear what happened to you and your family. That had to have been so scary. Fire is something that is so powerful and you have no control over and that's frighening. I will keep you in my prayers as you heal physically and emotionally. Take care my bloggy friend.

Pam said...

Anne,

Thank God everything turned out okay! Your week has got to get better from starting out so badly! We'll say an extra prayer for you and the Mr.; stay off your feet as much as possible and don't over exert yourself 'til all the smokes clears out of your lungs. XO Pam

Jane @ Jane's Junk and Treasures said...

OHHHHHHH
Big huge hug!!!!!!!
I am so glad you guys are OK and your wonderful house!!!!

red.neck chic said...

i'm only a phonecall and a few miles away - and i'm there in a heartbeat if you need me! i can do clean-up, i can bring goodies, i can bring duct tape... i can just sit and listen to you - i have a twist off lid on the wine bottle...

your red.neck friend
xoxoxoxo
robelyn
i am SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO thankful you are all okay!!!

Mikey said...

So glad you are okay! How scary! When I was little my babysitter's oldest son was playing matches in another room--I and his little brother were taking a nap--the smoke woke me up. . .you can imagine the rest. Thankfully it was contained to just the one room--but the whole home was smoke damaged. That was scary!

Itchin' Stitchin' said...

So glad everyone is safe!!! That must have been scary and I do know what it is like to wait for people to arrive after calling 911 - nerve racking. Think about how grateful you are and that everything is ok. :::HUG:::

Sheli said...

Sitting here covered in chill bumps with tears in my eyes ~ I am SOOOOO glad you are all ok! I know that helpless feeling of watching and waiting and not being able to do anything about it. Breathe Anne. Everyone is ok.

E. Charlotte said...

Oh my goodness! That sounds terrifying! I am sooo glad to hear that you are all safe and that your house remains. At least you both acted smartly and quickly!

julie said...

oh my goodness! how scary! i am so glad that everyone is ok! take a deep breath and take care of yourself!

Andi's English Attic said...

Thank goodness you're all safe and sound. xx

HRH Sarah said...

Anne~
I thank God that y'all are all right. I'll be praying for your peace of mind right now, as I know that such an event is really devastating emotionally. Take care, and I look forward to seeing you back in (blog) business when you feel up to it.

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

I'm so sorry Anne, how scary, I can't imagine...I'm glad you the hubs, the pups and kitty are ok....Your in my prayers sweet friend!
XO
Kristin
PS it's strange, yesterday I had the dryer going and smelled smoke, it had a little fire going on inside. I thought to myslef thank GOd we were home....
Lots of love to you!
XO

Jensamom23 said...

Thank God you are all safe!

fairfieldhousenj.com said...

In my own grief, lifting you up in prayer and thanking God you nor your home were lost.

Your Friend,
Deborah

Chateau Chic Boutique said...

Oh Anne, My heart goes out to you both. Praise Him that both of you and your pets are safe. Find rest at His feet. My prayers are with you dear.
Blessings to you,
Missy

Claudia said...

Dear Anne, Thank God you and your loved ones are safe! How terrifying for all of you. Take a deep breath, hug your husband and pets - bless you all.

xo
Claudia

Lili said...

So scary Anne. So glad everyone and everything is safe, and I'm glad you posted this even though you are still shaken up by it. A reminder to us all to be thankful for God's blessings and mercies. xoxo ~Lili

Cathy~Mille Fleur said...

Oh my goodness! I am so sorry to hear this! You must have been so scared! It is such a relief to hear that things did not get completely out of control. Wow! I will say a prayer for you all!

Take care and stay safe!

ImagiMeri said...

Hey Sweetie,

Take all the time you need. We are all so blessed that you and yours are safe. Take time, breathe the fresh air, hug and cuddle the heck out of your husband, heal. We'll all still be here for you.

Love,
Meri

Kathy said...

thank God.... It is so scary to see flames so close and so fast...gratitude...for sure!

Urban Farmgirl said...

Oh Anne, I just saw this post!

Saying a little prayer for you...and your feet! I am just so thankful you guys and the fur babies are ok!

Mary

Robyn said...

Anne, I'm so thankful that all that matters is okay. Please know I'm thinking of you and your family and saying a prayer for you.

Michele said...

I don't have any words. I just am so thankful you and all of the things that sre so important are safe from harm. How very scary!

Karena said...

Anne I am so sorry,

I know it is such a frightening experience. However yes, that you and the family and your babies( pets) are okay is most important!

xoxo
Karena
Art by Karena

Heaven's Walk - said...

Oh, Anne....I can just feel the fright and the gratefulness in your writing, friend. ♥ Thanks to God that you and your family are all right. What a scary experience for you both. {BIG HUG} for you, girly.

xoxo laurie

Riki Schumacher said...

I am so glad you are all okay. What a scare, whew. I've never experienced fire, so many of my friends have. So glad you shared about this. Hang in there, breathe! Hugs, Riki

Cindy said...

Oh my, I'm so sorry you had such a scare! Thankful also that you are all ok! I am thanking God also!

Privet and Holly said...

Good Lord, I
can't believe
this. Thankfully
everyone is OK,
but like you, I'd
still be shaking
in my boots. Sending
you virtual hugs
and smoke removal.
Take it easy and
remember to breathe.
I'll be thinking
of you!!
xx Suzanne

leslie said...

Everything has been said already. I don't know you but I can feel how terrifying that must have been. Giving thanks for your safety.
leslie

Tricia Rose said...

So glad you are all safe - what a sobering thing to happen. Look after your feet!

leah mari said...

oh im so glad you guys and your belongings are ok!!! thats scary!

Petite Michelle Louise said...

what?? i am just now catching up on my reading list as i have been in Maine visiting my mum..oh my! my heart just jumped right OUT OF MY CHEST when i read this! I am so very relieved that you are all ok! Wow...how very scary for you all. please know that i am thinking of you. take heart mon amie. that you are all ok is really ALL that matters!

clustres said...

So sorry for your scare. Fires can be devastating experiences. Glad the damage was limited.

Sharon said...

So terribly frightening for you all. Thank heaven you are all safe. Take care and time to heal.

Tricia - A Rosy Note said...

Oh scary...glad to hear you are all okay ♥

Sandy said...

Day-um!

So happy it wasn't catasrophic. WHEW.

Thanks for calling me a 'rock star', that was cute! And doesn't Tracey wrap her French Larkspur stuff up so nicely!? I'm ashamed I haven't blogged about it myself.

So nice to catch up on your blog, dear.

xo

Sandy @ My Shabby Streamside Studio
http://myshabbystreamsidestudio.blogspot.com/

Queenie said...

So sorry you all went through all of that Anne, that's really scary...thank the Lord you all were safe..."He" was definately on the scene with you. God Bless you, the hubby and those sweet fur babies of yours....
Big Hugs,
Queenie

Sunny said...

Anne, Oh my goodness! Thanking God for his graces that he was there with you in your ordeal and that He continues to surround you, Mr. Twig, Belle, Havoc and Winnie with a Hedge of Protection. Please by easy on yourselves with TLC and time to get through this. Your loved ones, your home and thank goodness your beloved camera equipment were spared. Blessings and hugs, Sunny

Kare said...

Thank God, I am so very thankful you are all okay & that the flames stopped just short of heart-breaking destruction! Blessings to you...

Sherry said...

Wow, what an experience! I am glad that everyone is safe and that you still have your lovely home.

Jennifer Rizzo said...

I am so glad you are okay.

Sarah said...

Anne, I see now that i did miss a post. So glad no one was injured. Such a traumatic experience. I'm sad you had to go through this pain.
Glad you have water now! ~ Sarah

The Rustic Victorian said...

Oh my gosh,, I am glad you are all safe.
Love
Marcie

Chez Zizi said...

OMG, I hope you are okay now. I was just catching up on my reading and saw this. PLease take care and I am happy to hear it was not worse.
Zizette

Lululiz said...

Oh Anne, what a terrible experience! You must have been so scared. I am so glad everybody is alright.

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