Monday, October 22, 2007

Southern CA Fires: We're Okay



This "firestorm" is bringing back memories from our first year of marriage, when we had to leave our apartment during the Cedar fire near Escondido. I still remember packing up the car with a few precious items--our Bible, my journals, our wedding album, and Brad's saxophone. And like a true CFer, my first thought was not "what shall we pack" but rather "I need to pack a lunch." Brad loaded up the car and I prepared sack lunches for us. Not that I didn't think my in-laws would forget to feed us, mind you. I suppose it was more of a comfort mechanism.

Some of you are undoubtedly hearing reports about the wild fires in Southern CA, particularly in the San Diego area. Thank you to all of you who called or emailed to check on us and make sure we're safe. Here's what's going on with us and how you can be praying.

1. Many of our church friends live in areas that are being evacuated. Pray for safety and a sense of calm as they evacuate.

2. The air quality is HORRIBLE. I and many of my CF friends in the area are going to have to be very careful not to go outside too much. Fires tend to dislodge spores, such as aspergillus, which is one of the things I'm severely allergic too. Pray that my allergy medication will do its job, and that I won't experience a set-back as a result of poor air quality.

3. Please pray for the volunteers from our church who are headed out to Qualcomm stadium tonight to assist in the relief effort of evacuees. Pray that their generosity and strength of spirit will minister to those who are frightened, hurting, and on the verge of losing things they hold dear.

I'll update again as necessary. Thanks again for your concerns and prayers.

Comments:
I have been thinking about you as we too are in the middle of this storm. Last time I was in Riverside and watched from the tv. However this time we woke up to not knowing if our condo was burnt to the ground or not. Thankfully so far so good. However once they started mentioning air quality I immediately thought of you. I am praying for you, for the air quality and for the medicine to do its job. If you ever need to come a little further north (even though we are not out of the woods either) you know where you can call!
 
Hi, Lauren,
It is good to hear from you and to know that you are safe. I pray that it continues so.
Ella's last throat culture came back free of the PA.
 
Lauren, we're just north of you in LA. The air is horrible here, but I heard SD was hit the hardest. We're leaving the area, and flying to the midwest to be with family, until things improve. Stay safe. And breathe only when you really have to. :)
 
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