My heart is heavy and my thoughts are uncertain.
We were in Mexico City over the weekend for my brother-in-law's wedding.
It was a wonderful trip and celebration.
On Sunday as we were on a layover in Dallas we first heard about the fire raging and consuming forest just west of Colorado Springs.
The pictures were crazy that we saw online but it seemed so surreal and still so far away.
We arrived home to record temps. It was 100 on Sunday, 99 yesterday and I think 98 today. It is hot.
We don't have air conditioning. We have a whole house fan which is normally really helpful at cooling things off but it is not really nice when you're pulling a bunch of smoke into your house.
Right now it is 89 on the main floor of our house (cooler downstairs by a bit and warmer upstairs where the bedrooms are) and smells like a campfire. I don't say this to complain, afterall, we are in our house, we have not been evacuated. We are alive. I am thankful. I only describe it to paint a picture.
The fire is growing and spreading closer and closer to the city. The highway has been shut down. Many people have been evacuated. Where before they were reporting that no structures had burned, only forest, now I have heard that a major tourist attraction as well as homes have burned.
It is so very sad to think about.
One of my friends here and her family have been evacuated. They were emergently evacuated. I don't know how long they had to get out but what a very unsettling thing!
I am praying and beginning to pack up a few things like our wedding album and some of David's favorite books just in case. I don't know if it's what I should be doing or not but it feels like doing something.
My perspective has changed.
A few short hours ago I was trying to think what I could do tomorrow on my birthday to have fun and stay cool. I was just thinking of myself.
Now I'm thinking more of others and things feel a lot different.
Please pray for our city, for my friends, for us.
Just as the clouds of smoke billow overhead, a cloud of stress seems to have settled over the city.
Please pray for protection and peace and also for faith and willingness to share it and be unselfish with our time, homes, etc.