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Fire, Fire, Everywhere

October 22, 2007

Things are a leetle bit crazy around here at the moment…

If you’ve turned on or read the news at all today, you’ve certainly heard about these major fires here in Southern California.

The ones nearest to us are putting our city in a “pocket” of clear area, with fire burning in every direction around us. People are being evacuated from nearly every city nearby… we have a few friends who have been evacuated and several of John’s coworkers on base are stuck at work, unable to go home. One of them even lost her home today. The base housing itself is on “evacuation standby,” with a concern being that if the fire closest to us hits the dense brush-filled training ground, it would be a straight and quick shot to the housing areas.

Further north, more fires are burning–apparently there are at least 14 total right now. Many of you know that my Daddy is a fire captain… he was called out last night, first to cover for the first strike team his department sent out… and now he’s been called out on a strike team of his own. He’s currently fighting the Lake Arrowhead fire–they lost nearly 130 homes there just this afternoon.

Please pray for my dad… for his safety… for success in fighting these fires… and for our family, especially my mom, being that it can be quite frightening and nerve-wracking having him out there, not usually knowing where he is, what he’s doing, or how things are going. It can be hard for those who haven’t lived the firefighter’s life to understand, but it truly is like he’s a soldier sent off to war–only the enemy, in this case, is billowing flames. We’d greatly appreciate your prayers while he fights and leads his guys against this fire.

Also, if you happened to be praying that we’d have our baby soon–you can stop now. :smile: Due to all the road closures, it isn’t certain that, if labor began, we’d be able to get down to the birth center. Delivering in the ER of a hospital I’ve never been to with a doctor I’ve never met doesn’t really appeal to me for some reason, so it would probably be a good idea if this little guy holds out a few more days until all of this has died down.

Promise to update if and when there’s anything to tell… thanks for praying, peeps.

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  1. Katie says:

    Sounds awfully scary – praying for you and your family’s safety. And blessing God that there are brave men like your father and husband who go out to fight. And praying that your little one sits tight until things clear up!


    October 23rd, 2007 at 4:07 am

  2. Robin says:



    October 23rd, 2007 at 6:12 am

  3. Julie Fink says:

    I’m praying and will continue to pray!


    October 23rd, 2007 at 6:32 am

  4. Miranda says:

    Hi Ashleigh,

    I came across your blog through a link from somewhere on livejournal. Just wanted to say that I’m praying for your dad’s safety, your mom’s peace of mind and the security of your home. And that your little one decides to stay put for the moment!



    October 23rd, 2007 at 7:12 am

  5. Debbie says:

    I will pray for you and your family. As my husband was a firefighter, I do understand how you and your Mom feel.


    October 23rd, 2007 at 8:36 am

  6. Lara says:

    I will pray for you and your family. Hang in there!


    October 23rd, 2007 at 9:06 am

  7. Elizabeth says:

    I’m praying for you, all, Ashleigh!


    October 23rd, 2007 at 9:15 am

  8. Robin says:

    I’ll be praying for you, your dad, and your littlest man that he will wait until all the excitement is over!


    October 23rd, 2007 at 11:28 am

  9. Jen says:

    Oh Ashleigh, I will be praying for you and your family. May He keep you in perfect peace and safety.


    October 23rd, 2007 at 2:36 pm

  10. Elizabeth in Alaska says:

    Praying, dear friend… I hadn’t heard about these fires. I am so sad that so many homes are being lost. :( Praying especially for safety for your family, and that Merritt will come at just the right time…


    October 23rd, 2007 at 2:50 pm

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