I just have to say a big, fat thank you to those of you who said such sweet words on my blog anniversary post. It was one of those posts where I was sure I would be standing there with my arm raised, waiting for a high-five (comment) and be left hanging. As the kind sentiments poured in this horribly insecure girl (who thrives on words of affirmation) found herself blushing again and again and shaking her head at it all. I am a self-proclaimed dork who is all sorts of clumsy and a little bit awkward. The fact that you think I am worthy of your time makes me wonder how I managed to fool you all.

I had every intention of replying to every comment and wanted to do so but life got in the way (as it is wont to do). Friday night was spent out with my besties in celebration of Tamara’s birthday.
Self-portrait

(Tamara, Jen, Me, Amanda)

Saturday morning was spent at the birthday party of one of Emily’s “best friends” (daughter to one of mybest friends“). (See above)

We all poured out of the van and within seconds Avelyn was running towards us. The two of them had the CUTEST CONVERSATION EVER, which made me drop all of our beach gear and try to capture it on “film.”

The Girls

There was talk of birthday parties, “best friend” status and whatnot. I wanted to smoosh them both so badly. Here are a few more photos from the morning.

Miss Emily

Three

Cupcakes!

Yum

The afternoon was spent at a different beach as a family. While there (and reading one of my new books) we saw a few sketchy smoke plumes behind the mountains across the lake. At the time we left the beach there was a huge cloud of smoke which left us feeling a little uneasy.

In 2003 there was a huge fire that wiped out 200 plus homes in the Kelowna area. I remember standing across the lake with Matthew and watching the damage with a little bit of awe…and a little bit of horror. A rampaging fire seems a little more “normal” when it occurs in the forest, but when it occurs amongst street lamps and cul-de-sacs it just wasn’t right.

In the summer of 2005 we had a house fire. Please read that post, because it documents the chaos of that night and the miracles that occurred.

When I tell the story to new friends who don’t know of it, I am brought right back to that place in time. The same thing happened last night. Our power is out due to the fires so I had to run back into town to get more gas for the generator. As I listened to the radio I became aware of how bad the fires really are. They have compared them to what happened in 2003. People are being evacuated and highways are shut down because the fire is leaping with wild abandon.

A good friend of ours (who we consider family) lives in the area being evacuated. I called her while at the gas station. She and her husband had managed to pack their kids all of their belongings and get out before the highways shut down.

I went into the ugly cry.

Fire scares me. Understandably.

For I know what it is like to see that glowing beast lick at all you have built and taunt you with its air of destruction. I also know the feeling of holding one of your babies on your left hip, with the other on the right hip as you stand in the yard and watch the fire try to destroy all of your possessions in one fell swoop.

I also know that as you hold those babies as tightly as you can, you honestly do not care if the beast demolishes the earthly goods you have acquired. You have won the battle, because the flesh of your flesh and bone of your bones is safe and secure, held tightly in your arms.

It really is all that matters.

*Sarah McLachlan. I have seen her live and it was unbelievable.

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  1. C @ Kid Things July 19, 2009 6:33 am edit

    Great pictures!

    I’m scared of fire, too. Although I don’t have a good reason like you do. That’s terrifying.

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  2. Elizabeth July 19, 2009 7:57 am edit

    We’re watching updates and praying, over here… ugh!

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  3. Amanda July 19, 2009 8:07 am edit

    First of all…I want a cupcake, they look awesome.

    Just reading about the evacuation on http://www.cknw.com/Channels/Reg/NewsLocal/Story.aspx?ID=1116421

    I truly can’t complain about our cold, damp summer here in Ontario compared to what you guys are going through.

    My thoughts are with you. Hope everyone you know stays safe and sound.

    Amanda’s last blog post..Just Because?

  4. Ashley July 19, 2009 8:11 am edit

    We are praying for everyone too. I was there in the Mission for the 2003 fires, fire smoke still makes me sick to my stomach.

    Ashley’s last blog post..Big Girl ‘Tone Live!

  5. Jen July 19, 2009 8:18 am edit

    And now you’ve made me cry tears of joy for your safety (and God’s miracle) back then, and fear for the people being evacuated. I just saw it on the news this morning that 15,000 have been evacuated. That’s just insane. Along with my dear Summerland friends, my sister-in-law lives in Kelowna. I’m holding all of you in my prayers.

    Jen’s last blog post..7 Days {Summer} :: Day 6

  6. witchypoo July 19, 2009 8:30 am edit

    I, too, know what it is like to watch your house burn to the ground. Terrifying. It revisits me at odd times as well.

    witchypoo’s last blog post..Mocking my Dead Mother

  7. SarahD July 19, 2009 8:40 am edit

    We have been thinking of our mutual friends as well! We were on evacuation here in Salmon Arm a few years back and I remember packing up our favorite pictures etc. We actually fled to Summerland. Then we were visiting Heather in Kelowna during the fires of 2003. That was scary! And now again…I really hope that everyone stays safe.

    SarahD’s last blog post..The “hounds”

  8. Jennifer W. July 19, 2009 9:34 am edit

    Looks like tons of fun. Those colors in your photos are GORGEOUS by the way. Praying for the safety of those involved in the fire. I can only imagine how terrifying it must be.

    Jennifer W.’s last blog post..Sheeeee’s in Sheeeee-cago!

  9. Sizzle July 19, 2009 11:01 am edit

    The frosting face licking is my favorite picture. :-)

    It’s understandable that hearing about fires would take you back there, especially when it hits SO CLOSE to home. My thoughts are with your friend and her family.

    Sizzle’s last blog post..Welcome to My Bad Mood

  10. Holli July 19, 2009 12:24 pm edit

    I am praying for everyone involved. My son is up there with his grandparents, on evacuation alert at this time. It’s times like this I wish I could fly…just want to hold him right now!

  11. hillary July 19, 2009 12:41 pm edit

    a friend and her babies were evacuated last night – I feel sick to my stomach today

    I hope you are all okay and the fire stays far from you

    hillary’s last blog post..I Said I Haven’t Been Eating Chicken Or Meat Or Anything And You Said Yes

  12. Michele July 19, 2009 1:54 pm edit

    I’m saddened to hear of the fires, we were watching it on the news last night. Fire is scary and so unpredictable. I can relate to the feeling of just watching it and praying it stays away, but not to the extent of you guys in the Okanagan. I’ll be praying the fire stays far away from Summerland.

    I have not seen a picture of Miss Emily and Avelyn together in a long time – That one is priceless. Could they be any cuter? I’d love to eavesdrop!

  13. Janssen July 19, 2009 4:33 pm edit

    Those cupcakes are DIVINE looking. Must try to copy them sometime.

    Hope everything with the fires dies down quickly – that’s so scary!

    Janssen’s last blog post..Fire by Kristin Cashore

  14. Sharon July 19, 2009 8:24 pm edit

    I heard of the fires today, as I have a family member who lives up in the Okanagan. His family is safe right now, but we couldn’t believe it when we heard about all the people being evacuated. I’m glad to hear you guys are still safe. Praying for your safety, and everyone else’s as well.

    Sharon’s last blog post..Friday Love List ? vacation edition

  15. Elaine July 19, 2009 8:55 pm edit

    First I have to say that I really want one of those cupcakes. They look SO good!!! I bet Emily could tell me they were! hee hee.

    SO sorry to hear about the fires. Fire scares the “you know what” outta me too. Prayers for everyone it is affecting…

    Elaine’s last blog post..I’ve Come to Depend on You

  16. K July 20, 2009 4:52 am edit

    Those fires sound awful! I hope everyone gets out ok. I will be praying!

    On a lighter note, it looks like Emily has picked up your hand-talking. :) That conversation picture is adorable.

  17. Andrea July 20, 2009 6:26 am edit

    LOve the frosting photo. Emily is just so sweet.

    Fire scares the bajeebers out of me. I am the one who has a plan for if there’s a fire … at all times.

    Glad you had a fun time out with your friends!

    -Andrea

    Andrea’s last blog post..I…

  18. Shelly July 20, 2009 7:13 am edit

    I was away this last weekend and hadn’t heard of the fires until late yesterday. One woman on the broadcast said it best, “We didn’t want to wait it out to see whether or not the fire would change course and come near our property. IT’S JUST A HOUSE.” So true, even as you put it, ” …because the flesh of your flesh and bone of your bones is safe and secure, held tightly in your arms.”

    Thinking of you and everyone being evacuated. This time even though the sunny days are favoured, I’m praying for some rain!

  19. Kristabella July 20, 2009 10:51 am edit

    I didn’t know about your house fire. I just read that old post. Wow.

    Fire scares me probably more than anything. I’m glad you guys are OK and that your friends evacuated in time.

    Kristabella’s last blog post..Hoedown Throwdown

  20. Momo Fali July 20, 2009 12:21 pm edit

    I had a charity function all weekend and was barely on my computer, but I did see a few of your tweets where you said you were without power. I had no idea why! Please stay safe!

    The post about your house fire made me cry. I can’t imagine the terror of those moments and what relief you must have felt holding your babies in your arms. The whole thing made my heart hurt.

  21. kelly July 20, 2009 3:43 pm edit

    HI Angella: Ed was the one who called in the fire. There hadnt even been a report of it yet. We were on our way back from Summerland when he spotted it jusrt a wisp of smoke. When we got home it had laready grown. It was just abiut 500 yards behind our home on Gates Rd. It grew so quickly we had 30 mins to pack and by the time the police came roaring up the drive yelling at us to get out, we were already on our way with the smoke billowing up behind us. I think 2 homes on our road just next to us are gone but ours is still there. What a scary time. Our kids have been traumatized.

  22. slynnro July 20, 2009 5:29 pm edit

    I need one of those cupcakes.

    And god, there has been a rash of fires here for some reason (excessive heat I presume). So scary.

  23. Amanda July 20, 2009 8:17 pm edit

    Is it getting any better? You guys are making local news here in Ontario (Barrie).
    Hope all is well soon.

    Amanda’s last blog post..Border Crossing 101

    1. angella July 20, 2009 8:24 pm edit

      We’re still safe, but the air quality is pretty poor. The original fire is getting contained, but there are two more.

      The highway is still closed as well.

      So far, there have been no injuries, which is pretty awesome.

  24. Carolyn Egerszegi July 23, 2009 12:30 am edit

    Hey Girl! I just left a comment on Buzz’s blog and noticed that you had also left a comment, so I thought I’d pop on by a say hi. I’ve been very absent from the blog world because of my crazy-busy photog biz, but I’ve missed you and hope you’re doing well. I was also thinking about you because of all these terrible fires. I hope the air clears soon! Take care, xo

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