On the way home from the airport after landing in Los Angeles, our driver said to us at the end of a particular conversation, “Don’t worry, the reality and stress will soon set in”. Although said jokingly, he wasn’t far off base. It’s hard coming home to see news coverage about the devastating wildfires occurring in my state. There are fires burning in both Northern and Southern California with deadly, devastating results. “California is on fire”, is some something I made mention of yesterday to a colleague. While we are not in the path of any of the current fires, I came home to find layers of ash covering our property spread by the heavy Santa Ana winds. I had also being alerted by our city to stay indoors due to poor air quality. Having a home destroyed in a matter of minutes is a frightening thought but is the reality for so many living it in the moment. There are many who will deal with the aftermath of the destruction. Some will be rebuilding lives after the loss of life of friends and family; others will deal with construction efforts of rebuilding physical structures. This all reminded me of a post I did last year about a Santa Barbara home that was rebuilt after a fire. The owner took some extra precautions to design a new home with safety in mind. The results are lovely and in case you missed that post, you can check it out HERE.

When we rebuild a house, we are rebuilding a home. When we recover from disaster, we are rebuilding lives and livelihoods. –Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Economist

If you want to help with disaster relief aid, contact Red Cross.

3 thoughts on “Rebuilding.

  1. Karen B. says:

    I have a few friends that have had to evacuate. We lived through the threat of fire to our home once and I understand the fear and worry that is associated with packing up the car, knowing you barely scratched the surface of the memories and keepsakes you are leaving behind. I’m praying for rain and an end to the Santa Ana condition that challenges firefighters during this time of year.

    • Reviving Charm says:

      Hi Karen,
      Although inconvenient to evacuate, I do hope your friends worst fears don’t come true. I pray for their safety. We are fortunate to have so many heroes and bravery souls to fight the blazes and risk their own lives. I know some guys who were sent out in strike teams yesterday….they are angels!

  2. After Orange County says:

    Wildfire is a yearly threat here in Lake Arrowhead. In the 13 years we have called this mountain home, we have had to evacuate twice, each time for a full 2 weeks! I can’t tell you how difficult it is to sit and wait to hear if you still have a home. In the first fire 900 homes were lost and that fire came only a few yards from our home. Our security company was credited with saving our neighborhood, as he stayed behind, patrolling, and alerted the fire department as the fire approached. I have true empathy for those now in the path of fire.

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