Hey everyone – first off, I can't even begin to tell you how much your thoughts and prayers have meant to The Beloved and me during this whole event — its really been a remarkable couple of days. The one thing that has become so clear is the willingness of people to help one another. Despite all the fear and all the devastation, this has actually re-affirmed my faith in people.
Evacuating last night was really strange — when we heard our area was under evacuation, we got moving — there was purpose, but no panic. We made sure our neighbors had all heard the news and we got going (we went to a friend's home that was out of
the path of things). Driving away and not knowing I was tense, but I knew that everything I really cared about was in one of our cars — actually, really all I cared about was that The Beloved and Eutaw were safe — anything else could be replaced with enough time, money and hassle. The good news is that we were allowed to return
The devastation is truly awful — probably >1000 homes lost already,
and the different fires aren't even a little contained yet. Fortunately, the winds
have died off considerably today, so the fire-authorities think they
might be able to fight them more effectively today.
We still have the cars packed and ready to go should we need to get out of harm's way again.
Again, thank you so so much for your thoughts and prayers. I'd say that you guys have also re-affirmed my faith in humanity, but I already knew you guys rock. I seriously owe you all a beer (except for you Joie, I'm afraid you'll have to wait for yours….).