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Looking to the Future

Sunday, July 14, 2013

I've gotten over the shock of losing our summer home. The devastation we witnessed and the loss of 19 young firemen was a blow to our community, and to Prescott, as that is where those young men came from. They came to our community to help save our forests and our homes and they gave their lives in the effort. Firefighters have to be some of the bravest men alive. And as many areas were burned around our home I do hope the deer we used to see on our walks managed to escape.

Now it's time to go forward and think of what the future will hold. We are one of the families who will rebuild. True, our lot will not be quite as beautiful as it once was, for we lost three hugh oak trees and all of our landscaping. But we have already seen a contractor and the ball has started rolling. Here is what our new home will look like, with some minor changes inside.

The happy side of all this is that everything in the home will need to be replaced. I love to shop for furniture and do interior decorating, so this will keep me occupied and happy for the rest of the summer. As for my weight and the reason I am an active member on SP -- I'm maintaining! That's due to eating right and getting more exercise -- and with all the work ahead of us I should have plenty of that.

Since all this is very exhausting I think I'll close for now
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  • LAC936
    Your proposed home looks wonderful. That was a great photo of the deer and fawn; just hope they escaped the wrath of the fire.
    1673 days ago
    The new summer home looks really cute! We used to have a cabin in Groom Creek (which is a tinder box area but so far so good) and it's a lot of fun to decorate the doll house and play. Unfortunatly your circumstances are not fun.
    I so admire that you're making the best of all of this~ and staying positive. emoticon on maintaining your weight loss instead of using stress as an excuse to gain~ a good example for all of us here! You're so right about our Firefighters, they gave their all and would never give any less. So much heartache for so many people for so many reasons~ but all are rising above the ashes. (literally) God bless as you go forward dear friend~ emoticon
    1677 days ago
  • JACK714
    Moving forward. Good for you. Know it will work out okay.
    1678 days ago
  • SKATER787
    White roof is not easy to come by as people cling on to traditions. But it is at least 10 degree cooler and that makes a big different in states like AZ. I thought I threw the idea out there anyway just in case you're a rebel :) The home picture looks great.
    1680 days ago
    Hi Eve! Have to say your reselience during such a sad time and words of wisdom too are fantastic. Both something to hold onto and learn from!
    Your new home to come looks beautiful. Hope you find great joy in the project of designing and creating a new and lovely home. True...the old can never be completely recreated but I have a feeling you will put lots o love and thought into the new place and memories to be created there. :)
    Congrats too on maintaining the easy feat with all you've got going on there.
    Best wishes to you!
    Thoughts and prayers to the firefighters families of Prescott. Indeed very brave souls! To all public servants ( firefighters, police, military everywhere..Thank you and prayers!)
    1680 days ago
    Your new home looks lovely and I am sure you will have a ball decorating, I too love to do that.

    I don't know if they do it in Arizona but here in Cali we have a flame retardant roof that looks like reddish/burgundy concrete tile and it doesn't burn. It is very popular on the newer homes here and is maintenance free as well.

    Way to go on maintaining your weight in the difficult time!

    1681 days ago

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  • MELLY3183
    so sorry to hear that you were part of the Yarnell tragedy!! Those men will never be forgotten. Glad your plans are starting to roll. much love
    1681 days ago
    It sounds like some of your stress has lessened, and that's good. emoticon
    The plans for your new home look wonderful, and it will be fun furnishing and decorating. I'm glad you can look forward to the future. emoticon

    You will do fine with your maintaining too !!
    1681 days ago
    Eve, your new home plans look beautiful! I will continue to keep you all in prayer. I am still so grateful that you and your family (including furbabies) got out safely! God bless you, Eve. Love & hugs, Karen
    1681 days ago
    Your new home looks lovely. I'm sure you will enjoy putting it all together. Sometimes things happen for the better in our lives. You are a strong girl and will make the best of everything. Wishing you happiness in the months to come. (((Hugs)))
    1681 days ago
    So sorry you lost your home and so very sorry the 19 firefighters lost their lifes that has to be the hardest thing for your community but so glad your going to rebuild there and make new memories - the wild life will return - have fun shopping for the new place
    God's Blessings on everyone
    1681 days ago
    I love your attitude in all this and I pray god blesses you with insight and open doors! emoticon
    1682 days ago
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  • 4_MY_LIFE
    I'm glad you are able to rebuild. Enjoy shopping for the new house. Good for you for maintaining during all of this.
    1682 days ago
  • DALID414
    Stay positive Eve.
    1682 days ago
    Just home from our month of vacation and finally had a few minutes to read some blogs from my Spark Friends. Sad to hear about the loss of 19 brave firefighters and the loss of so many homes. You are so right that you saved the important people (pets) in your life. Happy to hear that and that you will rebuild.
    Hugs to you.
    1682 days ago
    Your new house looks like it will be really nice. You're right, it is fun to shop for new things, especially when insurance is paying for them. I got to do that last summer when our deck was destroyed, not to the same extent obviously but we sure had a lot of stuff out there and it was all destroyed. Your lot won't be the same but I think you'll be amazed at the relatively short time it will take for the vegetation in the area to begin to recover. Since the other side of your street wasn't affected as much it won't be as hard as it would be to look out your front window and see more destruction. I'm glad you took the time to write today, I've been thinking about you and wondering how it's been going.
    1682 days ago
    Sounds as if you are in for an exciting time. It's good to look forward and look for the positives. emoticon
    1682 days ago
    I'm glad you decided to rebuild. I know you really cared for that community! I'm sure the deer got to safety. They seem to be good at it and you never hear about them needing to be put on the endangered list! hehe I love your pic of the family group of them!
    Which of your kitties is this? What a beauty and for sure getting the message across that it's time to rest!!
    Hope you ALL have a wonderful, peaceful day! ((HUGS))
    1682 days ago
  • MJRVIC2000
    Remember that the future is always before us and never behind us! God Bless YOU! Vic.
    1682 days ago
    Wishing you and DH the best. Ooops, almost forgot Amber and the cats. emoticon emoticon
    1682 days ago
  • SKATER787
    Go white roof Eve. It'll be much cooler.
    1682 days ago
    We live in the PHX area and I was associated with a fire department prior to moving here from WA state To say that I have been really depressed over the loss of these 19 brave souls would be the understatement of the year.

    I pray for their souls and for their families and firefighters everywhere.
    1682 days ago
    Sending thoughts/prayers emoticon along with GREAT BIG virtual emoticon
    1682 days ago
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