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House Fire Saga Update #4 - June 22, 2019

Update May 2020 - I'm currently going back through my Facebook posts and deciding what I want to leave up for public consumption and what I want to leave private (mostly photos of family that I don't want to leave accessible forever). I thought posting the text of those posts, along with some of the photos I'm okay with leaving public, here on the blog and backdating the posts to the days they went up would be a good alternative.

If you've landed here in the midst of a difficult season (that is difficult for no fault of your own), I hope this helps. Leave a comment or send me a message (catpollockwrites @ gmail .com - remove the spaces) if you want someone to talk to, or even just someone to listen.


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Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 6:57AM

House fire saga update #4:

(Sorry for the lack of posts yesterday - I had some not-fire-related business to take care of in the afternoon before spending the evening with my parents, and it was pretty late when I got home.)

Truthfully, there's not much new as of this morning. One of the many things Mom and Dad are overwhelmed by (good, bad, or otherwise) is the continued love, support, and offers of help pouring in - Mom so much so that she just doesn't know what to do with it right now. They were able to cross off more on their list of things that need to be done yesterday than they expected, but it's a daunting list and the shock/numbness is starting to wear off for all of us.

Little victories in the last day or two include:
1) My youngest nephew (and the youngest to have escaped the fire) taking his first steps;
2) Dad getting replacements for all of the important medications that were lost in the fire (thanks to an awesome team including his doctors, his pharmacy and a nurse from the American Red Cross); and
3) the car insurance company providing a rental while they assess the condition of Dad's truck and decide what to do about it.

For those of you who have been posting on the various updates in the last few days letting us know you are praying, I've finally got the brain capacity to put together a list of more specific ways you can be praying for us. I'll be sending it out to you over the next few days via Facebook Messenger, so keep an eye out there. If you didn't specifically say that you're praying, but would like me to send the list, let me know in the comments so I can send them to you as well.

Lastly, to reiterate (and add an addendum) to yesterday's post:

- if you would like to help, contact Laveen Baptist Church to see what is needed. Addendum: I believe Bonnie Carroll (who works in the office) is the one coordinating for us there. Phone #: 602-237-4885
- If you are a part of our church family at New Life Baptist Church in west Phoenix and would like to help, contact Tony or Sarah Lineberger (although, let's be honest, even if you contact Tony about it, he'll probably refer you to Sarah)
- If you are a part of the River of Life Church community in southeast Phoenix, get in touch with Michelle Krick to see about clothing sizes and items needed
- If you are a part of the St. Peter's Lutheran Church community in Mesa, contact Christina Lobosco

Again, thank you all for your love, support, and help.

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