Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Wild Fires in Texas

It saddens me to say that the wild fire here in Texas has really taken a toll on the land and the people. Saturday’s newspaper read;

EASTLAND, Texas — A 21-year veteran volunteer firefighter gave his life Friday trying to halt flames that were racing toward the community of Gorman. Gregory M. Simmons, 50, was a volunteer with the Eastland Fire Department for the past 11 years after serving for 10 years in the Sachse Fire Department. A DPS report indicates that as Simmons was trying to escape from the fire he ran into or near a smoke-obscured road and was hit by an unknown vehicle.

I went to high school with Greg and for a time lived next door to him and his parents. Greg was one of the sweetest guys I knew. He will be missed by many

Today’s newspaper read;

The dangerous situation continued near Possum Kingdom Lake late Monday night as the massive wildfire west of Fort Worth burned out of control. Four large fires linked, burning an estimated 63,000 acres. The Texas Forest Service says 32 homes and one church have been destroyed since the fires began last week.

The winds don’t seem to be letting up. We are approximately 140 miles away from the wild fires and the skies are a Smokey haze here.

A long time family friend (Darla) was hospitalized last week with a brain aneurysm. She’s 49. She was at work when she suddenly fell to the floor. She had surgery Friday morning and is in critical condition in ICU.

Our prayer go out to the Simmons Family for their lose and we are praying that Darla will have a quick recovery and be back on her feet very soon.

These are just a couple more reminders that life can change in an instant.

On a lighter note, We are recovering! Last night we opted to go out for dinner with a friend instead of packing and moving. We are still both a little sore from last weekend. Dawn spent yesterday in the wind doing some more lawn trimming. She wasn’t in the mood for moving any boxes. Can’t say that I blame her. The yard looks really nice too.

We can’t spend all our time moving because we still have 2 acres that has to be mowed and trimmed. We still have things around the house that need to be addressed.

It funny how we thought we would never get to this point of having the house sold and needing to move our STUFF to storage. Now it seems the time is flying by and I’m starting to wonder if we’ll get it all done by June 1st.

I know we’ll get it done. Where there is a Will, there is a Way. We both have very strong Wills.

Travel Safe Dawn and Denise


  1. Sad times, indeed, in Texas. I think you'll make it by June 1. :)

  2. I hope your friend recovers completely!!

    Looks nasty back there with all those fires.

  3. Every once in a while, something tragic touches our lives and gives us a wake up call..like you said..life is soooo precious, and we are only here for a very short time..We must NOT waste it!!! My son, my husband and his Dad were firefighters..a very dangerous business...Hope your friend recovers...she is so young.

  4. i tell you what we were moving 50 mph until the very moment we hit the road... would probably made sure we had a down day before leaving if we could have a redo....

  5. That's a lot of sorrow to have to write about. I hope that the fires continue to stay away from where you live. You two have made quite a lot of progress since you started this journey. Good work!!

  6. Keeping you both in my thoughts along with other friends near the fires in Texas. The Lone Star State will always be "home" but I can say I am glad we are not there right now. Yes, it's busy time making the transition but I bet you'll make the June 1 deadline!

  7. What a sacrifice Greg made. I know he is resting in heaven. I will keep Darla in my prayers. Love, Becky Reed

  8. I'm so sorry about your two friends. I count my blessings every day, we just never know what's going to happen. Best wishes to Darla.
    You guys are making fantastic progress. (Don't hurt yourselves, though.) You still have almost six weeks to complete everything, and you'll make it just fine.
    Hope they get a handle on those fires soon.

  9. So sorry for the loss of your friend. The wild fires were occurring in Texas and Oklahoma when we passed through a few weeks ago. I hope you get some rain soon and the winds calm.

  10. Reading about those fires and the devastation they cause truly makes one realize that we must grab each day like there is no tomorrow.

  11. I had heard about Greg on the news, but knowing he was a friend of yours, brings it closer to home. I'm sorry about the loss of your friend.

    I had a friend that had an aneurysm many years ago. She was rushed to the hospital and was waiting for the swelling to go down before she could have surgery. They told her if she had another one before the surgery, that she would die. She had another aneurysm before the surgery and did NOT die. She is alive and well to this day. I hope your friend has the same outcome!

  12. Sorry to hear about your friend. It is truly devastating in terms of the property and lives that have been lost.

  13. That is a lot of blows to have to report. I'm so sorry for your firefighting friend, and I hope for Darla's full recovery. My ex-husband died at 49 of a brain aneurysm (two years ago), and it reminded us that we're not guaranteed anything beyond this moment.

    I'd rather be HERE now,
    Roxanne (one of the Ducks)