Monday, May 5, 2008

We are so thankful......

Yesterday afternoon we went to the cottage to do some spring cleaning. I left a few minutes before Craig. As Craig was leaving he heard the fire sirens going off. What was going on? But it was soon forgotten as you never think it's someone you know. As we were returning home late afternoon we got word from Caleb that Huffman's house had burned. My heart stopped. Caleb was already there and we rushed over. I was relieved to see Josh and the whole family outside. For those of you that don't know Josh he is our son's best friend. At times Josh is like a member of our family. And we all know the rest of the family well too.

Josh was the only one home and he was sound asleep from being up all night at the after prom party. The fire started in his closet from an electrical malfunction. There were no smoke detectors in the house because they had recently been taken down for a major remodeling project and had not been put back up yet. Josh's mother returned home from grocery shopping to find the house full of smoke and woke Josh up just in time to get him outside before the house was fully engulfed. If she had returned home 5 minutes later..... we are trying not to think about that. We are thanking God!!!

Josh and Ty are staying with us for an undetermined amount of time. Craig and I are trying to set up beds and dressers for them. The few clothes that Ty and Josh managed to round up are so penetrated with smoke that I have had to wash them 5 or 6 times to get the smell out. Many people are bringing clothes over for them and today Josh did go clothes shopping with his Dad.

We are trying to make this transition smooth for them and we don't want them to feel like they are burdening us. Tonight Josh made the comment that he feels like the whole community is being so supportive. That's one nice thing about living in a small town.

Caleb and Josh


74WIXYgrad said...

Wow! I'm shaking just thinking about it.

I will be praying for them and may God bless you for your family's assistance.

Ruby Bleu said...

Thank goodness everyone is OK. It must be so comforting to Josh and his family that your family is there to help!


Shellmo said...

Many prayers! They are lucky to have a "family friend" like yours!

Margaret said...

How fortunate for the family to have not lost any lives, and that they have such good friends as you.