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