We have been stumbling around like zombies for the past couple of days, gathering up the essentials for living, after hearing from a neighbor that his friend went out to confirm our house is completely gone. And so many others as well. As far as we know the fire is STILL burning. We are incredibly fortunate to have a "home" still, even if it is 24 feet long and about 8 feet wide. And as so many others have said, we are incredibly fortunate to be alive, and to have each other.
David and I (and Jacob, 6, who is fine, by the way, and has been a real trooper through this whole thing) have been blown away - more than words can express - by the emails and comments and phone calls and offers of support, and not to mention the generous and completely unexpected fundraiser ... I have tears in my eyes just writing this. It means more to us than I could EVER express. We feel so incredibly loved.
As of now we have a place to live, and all the essentials. I will be teaching in Massachusetts next week and then we will begin figuring out what "next" means for us. We are seriously considering abandoning this tinder box we call Texas. I will keep you posted.
Again, thank you all SO SO SO much. Words cannot express how much your support means to us through this hard time.