It is so surreal. There are moments when I can't believe it's been a year. But mostly, I feel like the fire was lifetimes ago. Even though it's the 24th, today still seems like an anniversary. The fire happened on this Monday a year ago. At this time a year ago, I had no idea that my life was about to change dramatically (other than having a baby, which I knew would change my life).
We just finished an interview to be a part of a promotional DVD for a product that would help in wildfires. I don't know that it would have saved our house, but it's something. They asked what advice I would give to other people, and my biggest advice is to "HAVE A PLAN." I'm going to be talking a lot about planning for fire safety in the next couple of months. I think I have a unique ability to have a voice and make a difference in this area, and I want to be sure that I make that difference. If it helps one or two families, that will be enough... although I hope that it helps more people!
Another thing they mentioned is that people believe that this can't happen to them. I'm here to tell you that it can. I am a real person who lost everything (EVERYTHING) in a fire. And believe it or not, I would trade my beautiful new house for my old one.
Tomorrow- a look back on August 25th, a year later.