Paradise Lost… & Found

It’s been 5 months since we lost our home in Paradise, California to the Camp Fire. I said I’d write a blog about our RV adventure in the wake of the catastrophe. I have only recently felt up to the task. So here goes nothing… Let me try and sum up the past 5 months in a nutshell. Like thousands of other families, our home and nearly all of our worldly possessions were destroyed in the Camp Fire which struck Paradise, California on November 8, 2018.

(Photo by J.N. of my parents’ home.)

We were very lucky. We are alive, we got out early, we had insurance, and my husband, Eric, didn’t lose his job.

We were able to purchase a 35 foot pre-owned Winnebago as our new home on wheels. Eric was already working via telecommute for a company based in North Carolina. I was already homeschooling. It seems like were already set up to hit the road and decided to seize the opportunity as our least bad option.

In the wake of the loss we have had some high highs and some low lows. We have spent the past few months in Desert Hot Springs, CA soaking in mineral pools, hiking in the gorgeous winter desert, praying, crying, arguing, breaking stuff as fast as Eric can fix it, laughing, reading, sightseeing, and meeting some wonderful people who were truly answered prayers. It feels like it’s about time to trek North and see how this adventure continues to play out. It’s starting to get hot down here!

Isaiah 61:1-3

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