It has been a very long 7 months for my DH and I. For those that do not know me or my story, here is a link to my last post on KP.https://www.knittingparadise.com/t-573591-1.html
It was all I could do, during those 6 long months of living in the RV, to keep myself functioning on a level that allowed me to get the necessary tasks done. My DH and I have shed many tears and had moments of despair. We have prayed, as always. One of the hardest parts through all of this was the battle with the insurance company. My DH was ready to give up and take a fraction of what we were entitled to, he was so tired of them. That is when I took over, they met their match! When I was done with them, they paid us every penny we were entitled to and they were responding to my calls promptly and courteously. I actually think this helped my mental state, it distracted me from my depression and gave me somewhere else to put my energy.
I am happy to say, we have used our money to purchase a new home for ourselves.....and quite appropriately, it is in the town of Linda. That is approximately 1 hour+ from our lost town of Paradise. It is in the valley, versus the beautiful
foothills, so there will be some adjustments. The best part is that it is much closer to our kids and grandkids.
Although I tried to crochet while we were living in the RV, I did not get far. I made one hat. I just could not seem to
concentrate, which was a common symptom among us survivors. I appreciate the yarn and hooks I received from my
fellow KPers. I picked up a hook for the first time last night and began a small project....a family of minions for my
Here are a few pics of the Fire aftermath and our new home, with my new craft/sewing room. I am letting my DH have one corner for his computer.
Having lived through this has restored my faith in the goodness of humanity. We have received so much help from, not only family and friends, but from people we do not know. It truly touches my heart and soul. I thank God every day for them. That includes my friends on KP!
One section of our burned property
DH among the ruins
In memory of those lost in the fire
Our new home
Setting up of craft/sewing room
Sewing corner, beautiful sewing machine given to me by a dear friend.
Thank you for sharing the beauty and happiness that has come out of a season of despair. We live south of Paradise and watched with horror the relentless fire. May the joy of life fill you in Linda (which means beautiful.)!
I wish you much love and happiness in new home!
I am happy for you and know it will still be a long road back. I also know the devistation (Butte fire) and the long road back. If you need someone to talk to I am here.
Thank you for sharing this difficult journey with us. The help of friends, family and compassionate strangers is a wonderful blessing.
I am so happy for you, after living through so much sorrow and tragedy. Your beautiful home and your family closer, will make you both content. Indeed, people are mostly kind and generous, and am glad you both were able to come through this so well.
Oh Linda, you and you DH have been through the wringer, such a devastating loss, but you are troopers and have come through, your new house looks fabulous and a bonus to be nearer to your family.
I know that in the coming months, you both will enjoy your new craft/office space, we look forward to seeing pics of your projects to come.
So glad to hear that you are doing well!
Linda I don't know how you came through all of that but you did and I am so pleased that it has turned out well for you. I love your new home and I hope you both have many more years ahead of you of great happiness. A new place to build new memories. Sending you love and hugs. xx
This is super good news. You have literally risen like the phoenix from the ashes. You have a strong spirit and have overcome an extreme situation - and you have a beautiful new craft room to boot! I hope some of your neighbors have also returned so you can regrow your community close to what is was before.
That fire was devastating and a horrific event watched by the entire country. Good for you for insisting that the insurance company do the right thing! I know how difficult it can be to fight for your rights; it's one more misery during an already emotionally draining time.
Your new space looks lovely. I hope you're able to put that nightmare behind you and get your crafting mojo back.
Bless you and your Dh,can't even imagine the stress and anxiety..Lots of good wishes for many happy years in your new home.
Good for you! Keep going, day by day. You and your hubby have each other and like you said, you’re closer to your kids and grandkids. God bless you!
Nice home, great craft room and quite the sewing machine! Glad you are on the other side. My Mom and Dad survived a bad flood - though they didn't lose the house but everything in it and to clean every square inch with 3 young boys (I came later). She often said she had wished the house had been taken completely soo much work
It is good to hear that you are getting re-established in what looks like a lovely home. I was just, on a Sunday bike ride) looking at a burnt out little ravine that is now full of beautiful green ferns. So, good to see your strength.
I am so happy you are recovering. Your new home looks beautiful and so happy you can be closer to your family. Best of luck to you 😊