Daughter arrived home very late. She is still sleeping so I haven't had a chance to check in and see how things are at the barn. But last I knew, it was only the hay barn that burned, and they were finally able to get all the horses back in their barn and stalls...That fire could have been so much worse. A Sunday afternoon. She was riding her last horse of the day, only one other person was at the barn, doing the same thing. She saw the smoke and said, Christina look, what is that? And Christina bolted! It was just the two of them for a long while calling the fire department and removing horses, others came back as they heard the news (borders to check on their horses, etc). Had it been later, everyone would have been gone, and everything would have burned....
daughter up, things happened as reported above...20 fire trucks to put it out, and some wonderful folks off the street who came to help, people who even knew what they were doing...daughter, who also works in retail and can be jaded about human nature said, "sometimes people can be amazing!"
23 horses saved, no humans hurt, even the cat that lives in the hay barn survived. Some smoke inhalation, but not serious enough to go to the hospital (daughter and Christina who removed all 23 horses with the help of those strangers off the street)....
So, thank God for small blessings: that daughter and Christina were still there, for strangers who run to help, for neighbors who come to help, for fire trucks and firefighters, and the BIG grace in this - for all the lives that lived.
Now, I can enjoy another real day off. Son is on Spring break, he and I will go out for lunch. Another beautiful day here in the Midwest, 70's, record breaking warm, and I'm not complaining...and although rain is predicated all week we had none yesterday and perhaps not today...yahoo!
Also, preparing for a search committee visit April 14-15, from "very cool church out west". And preparing to visit another church out west the end of April. Churches in the east are quiet until after Easter...very busy time ahead.