Blessings....Counting my many blessings.

As the sun set on a tense day ... I felt an overwhelming sense of gratitude for my many blessing.
We were able to safely travel about 200 miles round trip to pick Spencer up at the evacuation site.
He was safe and sound, as were all the kids, staff, and bus drivers.
Everyone had to leave their stuff at camp, and district sent up a team to pick up everyones belongings; but as of now, they are not being allowed to go back into the area.
Spencer locked up the 'Tin Can Cottage', packed up most of his clothes and left everything else.
I recieved a phone call from one of our dear family friends, and she let me know that Spencer was with her husband.
 Her husband is a principle in the district and was up to Clear Creek for the week.
What a blessing!!
Spencer used Carl's phone the minute that they could get reception, and he let me know where they were being evacuated to.
I called Jenny back and let her know that they were safely out of the canyon, and where they would be going.
Then, I took off.
Brooke and I hit the freeway to go pick Spencer up.
When we got back home, we saw that the "Seely" fire was burning further and faster towards his camp, and towards town.
In the top right picture above, you can see the smoke plume rising on the mountain ridge just above town.

My heart felt thanks goes out to everyone that has offered prayers on our behalf.
No words could adequately describe the level of gratitude I feel for each and every one of you.
Thanks for your prayers, your emails, your comments, your phone calls.
I have felt the comfort of those prayers, and have felt bolstered up by your concern and compassion.
Thank you ....... thank you a million times over.
We are continuing our prayers and concern for everyone that is dealing with these devistating wildfires.
States across the West are suffering tradgedy from wildfires.
We are praying for the firefighters, and for their families in light of the sacrifices they have made, and continue to make to help the victims of wildfires.
Our hearts go out to the citizens in Colorado . Those folks are dealing with incredible loss and tragedy.

On a less tragic note... we are going to continue to work on the barn.
As you can see in the far left picture above.. we have made great progress on the roof.
The roof is about 90% finished.
We still need to repair some of the wood siding , that long ago was neglected and that someone once upon a time let their horses snack on.
Then, we will paint it, get the chicken wire back in the windows... etc.. etc..
Also, quite a few of my little seeds have germinated and are ready to be transplanted into the garden.
I also bought a huge lavender plant.
 I'm looking forward to getting it planted and established in the courtyard.

Attitude of gratitude:
~ On this day,I am most grateful for the blessings of safety.
~I am grateful for the prayers of safety and comfort that have been offered on our behalf.
~I'm grateful for the phone calls from friends, and emails, and offers of help.
~I'm so grateful to know that when everything gets down to the basics.. we really are all just sisters and brothers of a loving Heavenly Father.
Compassionate, and charitable... willing and able to help one another.


  1. Oh, I'm so glad your son is safe and all those campers up there. You will remain in my prayers as will all those involved in all the disasters going on.
    The barn is looking good! I noticed teeth marks on the bench I'm redoing. Some critter chewed on it while it was in my barn for years in IA. LOL! Horses will chew on wood if there is something missing in their diet or they have a behavioral issue. It's not normal for them to do that ordinarily.

  2. Kerin, I am so happy that Spencer and all the campers are safe. Those wildfires are so devastating and scary. I have a niece living in Colorado Springs. As of yesterday she was safe, living on the east side of town.

  3. Kerin, I am so relieved to know that Spencer and the others are safe. Thank you, Lord, for answered prayers.
    The barn is looking good and I know you are going to enjoy the new lavender plant! Take care and keep us posted.

  4. Glad to hear that your son is out of harms way. I know some people in CO. Sure are getting some terrible fires out there. Our prayers are with them.

  5. So scary! Glad Spencer is OK, and close to coming home.

    So sad what is happening. Oh, for some drenching rains!

  6. Oh for sure prayers the fires get doused and the people are all safe sad the whole thing ..home loss and all of it(:(

  7. I'm glad to hear your son is out of harm's way. It's all so scary.

  8. I'm glad he's ok! What devastating Aunt from Fort Collins CO is visiting here, and she said it's just awful. Praying for downpours!!

  9. This nation is going through a lot right now. Thank you LORD for keeping my sweet blogger friend/family SAFE. And may we all PRAY EARNESTLY for this NATION.....from one sweetie to another....Roxie

  10. Continuing to pray for all of those in harm's way from the fires.

  11. You must be so relieved that you son is safe and well.

  12. oh my goodness. that must have been horrific for you. so glad everyone is safe. God bless those in the fire's path...

  13. Glad you heard from Spencer and that he is safe!

    As I have said to you in emails--more prayers are on the way.

    The barn is looking good too.

    Take care and enjoy having your son home.

  14. Hi Kerin: Glad you are all safe and sound and hope that it gets better all over..Happy Thursday..Judy

  15. So happy to hear Spencer is safe! Will be continuing to pray! Looking forward to seeing the new roof! Have a great night! xo Heather

  16. So glad you and yours are alright, Kerin. Keeping so many others and in Colorado in out prayers.

    LOVE lavender!! I used to have such wonderful big ones. Not enough sun at our house now. :(

    blessings and hugs ~ tanna

  17. So thankful Kerin to hear Spencer and the camping kids are safe . . .

    Such a terror fire can raise . . . my thoughts, caring and prayers continue for all those in danger and for the brave, faithful firefighters and volunteers helping . . .

  18. So glad that Spencer is safe- I can't imagine the emotional roller coaster you have been on. Will keep you all in my prayers

  19. I'm so relieved for you to hear Spencer is safe. What an ordeal to live through. My thoughts and prayers go to everyone involved.
    Hugs Rosemary...

  20. Karen, I have been remiss in my reading for several nights, but am praying NOW for Spencer's safe return, for the rest of the staff, for the children and parents in harms way this week. I have prayed for everyone affected by the terrible fires raging across nine states!

  21. I am new to your site...I found you through Mari's blog...I am so thankful Spencer is safe. God Bless all of you all...

    When we lived in CA we were evacuated four months after moving into our new home. There were fires in the foothills above our home. Thanks to the San Manuel Indians, who lived in the foothills above us had their own fire trucks help all the homes below... We had smoke smell for several months, scorched stucco and a burned tree, but nothing compared to so many.

    What a wonderful blog you have. I love your music and your projects. I will return.

  22. I'm so far away...but I'll go on praying! We read about it on the news...that was terrible... frightening...I say!
    So many houses and forest destruction....
    I'll go on praying...from here...
    BlueShell (Portugal)

  23. The fires this year are just terrible. I'm sorry you are dealing with this, but so glad Spencer is safely home.

  24. Hi there! I just wanted to let you know that I've nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award.

    Here's the link so you can check it out :)

    Have a great day!

  25. I'm trying to catch up on blog reading. I'm so happy, Kerin, to read that you and yours are safe and sound!! I pray for continued safety for your family and for those affected by the terrible happenings around the country. Take care!

  26. It made my heart so happy to hear that your family is safe! You have really been on my mind these past few days. It is nice to see things are beginning to return to normal a little bit at least.


  27. I didn't realize that there were fires up in your neck of the woods. So happy to hear that everyone is safe.
    We've been praying for the safety of firefighters and for those who have lost homes or who are under the threat of losing homes all across this region of the country.
    A very, very difficult time and our hearts go out to every one.

  28. My MIL lives in Mt. Pleasant and I'm from Ephraim! Small world...your pics look just like home.


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