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Fiery Update

October 24, 2007

Well, peeps, things are heating up around here.

As far as we know, our home is not in any grave immediate danger, but we’re pretty much surrounded by fire on all sides. Not, like, our house all alone in the middle of a clearing with walls of fire billowing toward us in every direction, though. More like miles away in every direction, except that of the beach, of course.

We’ve just found out that there is a new fire aboard our base… directly by the gate we use to get on base. There are now three housing areas evacuated, and some barracks that definitely need to be… but they can be a little slow getting those orders out when it’s in the military’s hands to do so. (Like, uh, last night. When, at almost midnight, John’s command started calling once they got official word that their training area was about to burn… beginning a bit of chaos as the guys realized they had a ton of classified, official and important stuff out there that needed to be “rescued.” Instead of, you know, being prepared and getting it earlier in the day when they knew the fire was very close. But, anyway…)

We just talked to a good friend in the barracks, who said that he and the hundreds of other young guys are packed up and ready to leave just as soon as they are allowed to go. But, they have to be allowed to go first. Even if they can see the flames from their barracks. Ahem. Such is life in the Marine Corps. And yet we do love it tenderly. Ooh Rah. :smile:

Our main interstate was closed for a while today, but is thankfully reopened for now, which is good in that it gives us a way OUT of here, if need be, that doesn’t lead us directly into the southern fires. It also gives us a way to get to the birth center if this baby suddenly decides that smack dab in the middle of chaos is the best time to make his appearance. Thankfully I have a copy of all my charts if we aren’t able to get down there and need to head to the nearest hospital instead. But we’re just hoping he stays put. There are lots of little details that would be involved with leaving here that would kinda add some stress (like, where does Troy go if our friends who are planning to watch him are evacuated or if we can’t get down to them? And, with the fire so close right now, we’d have to leave praying that our area doesn’t get evacuated while I’m at the hospital, with our animals and all important stuff here… but, you know, I’m trying not to borrow worry at the moment. Blocking that right out of my mind. Or not.) We’re just hoping the baby keeps cooking for at least a few more days.

We’re hearing from my dad for quick minutes when he’s able to call. They got a few hours of sleep last night in a house that was under construction, taking turns keeping watch. I saw one of the pictures he’d sent (how I love phones with internet access!) and John said, “Yep, there’s his bed.”

I told him, “No, silly, those are his turn outs and all his gear.”

“Exactly. His bed.”

Oh. Yeah.

So he’s tired, working hard, hard, hard, and covered in black soot, but he’s safe… being our brave fireman!

That’s about it from under the smokey skies for now. Thanks so much for your prayers…. seriously, there is just something so… neat… about having bloggie friends praying in times like this. To see the body of Christ come together through internet lines… it just shows that no matter what, our Jesus is BIG–bigger than power and computer cords, uniting us together through miles and miles–and certainly bigger than any fire. How thankful I am for that!

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10 Comments »

  1. Mrs. T says:

    Praying for you and yours…

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    October 24th, 2007 at 5:03 pm

  2. Chantel Harding says:

    Still praying and praying… so much loss and worry.

    Yesterday some of our close family friends nearly lost everything. I was afraid they were not going to make it themselves, and when I saw them fighting that 100 ft wall of fire right up by their house… I knew that it was only God’s hands who had held back those flames and kept it from sweeping it all alway and injuring them…or worse. You probably saw it on the news, for all I know. I guess someone was reporting on it while they were fighting. :)

    But… they are safe, and the house was saved. I am thankful… but can’t stop praying till I’m sure YOU are not going to be next, and Bethy’s ok, and… no one else gets hurt. :)

    *hugs* And yes, we’re all praying here that Merritt doesn’t decide that it’s a good time to be born for a week or something. ;)

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    October 24th, 2007 at 5:08 pm

  3. Mayhem And Miracles says:

    I rarely comment anymore, but I thought of you immediately upon hearing the news of the fires. I have been and will continue to pray for safety and strength, physical and emotional. What strange timing for you. You have such a wonderful attitude!

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    October 24th, 2007 at 5:23 pm

  4. Becky K. says:

    I prayed for you on my blog this morning and put a link over here.
    Get ready for the masses…not! I’m new to the blogworld and don’t have a heavy following but I know that people are reading it and are praying for all of you.
    Becky K.

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    October 24th, 2007 at 6:23 pm

  5. Elizabeth in Alaska says:

    Oh, Ashleigh, is the air quality really bad? I’m still praying…

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    October 24th, 2007 at 6:51 pm

  6. Happymama says:

    Ashleigh, we’re keeping your dad and your family in our prayers. I’m thankful for men like your dad, who have the courage to fight those fires, trying to save the homes and lives they touch so vehemently!

    ~Kristi

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    October 24th, 2007 at 7:27 pm

  7. Elizabeth says:

    I’m still praying …

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    October 25th, 2007 at 8:35 am

  8. Meghan G. from PA. says:

    My whole family is praying, Ashleigh….for your baby and your family!

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    October 25th, 2007 at 12:04 pm

  9. Debbie says:

    Thank you for the update. I am glad you are able to get word from your Dad. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

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    October 25th, 2007 at 1:39 pm

  10. Tiffany says:

    Im going to need all those routes to different hospitals too! We are praying for everyone! Make sure your stress level stays normal please. Try and get as much sleep as possible! Put those doodle boops on and NO cleaning! I will do it all! You know the hard stuff like windows (which I didnt do oppps) and stuff mommies shouldnt be doing while theres somehting cooking in her tummy.
    Love you!

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    October 25th, 2007 at 2:57 pm

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