House Fire Saga Update #16 - August 17, 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.


Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 9:07PM

House Fire Saga Update #16

It's been awhile, hasn't it? Well, it feels like a good thing to be able to say that part of the reason for the lack of updates is that things are settling down some. My sister and her husband are still on the hunt for a permanent home, so continue to keep them in your prayers. When they've found something, I'll post a list of items they are looking for.

The other part is because I was busy planning and executing an anniversary party for my parents, who celebrated 43 years earlier this week. Here are some pictures from the party for those who missed it. Yes, Dad is missing from them. He was sick the day of the party. It's a little weird, I know, but life happens. (Thanks to Sarah Lineberger for taking the photos for us)

Because so much of the list from Mom is taken care of and so much of my sister's list is waiting for permanent housing, it seemed like a good time to get started on another kind of list - this time for my youngest sister specifically.

If you know my youngest sister at all, you know she is a bibliophile. Between the fire itself and the process of putting out hotspots, she lost her entire collection of books. We sat down a couple of weeks after the fire to create a list of books she's most interested in seeing replaced at this point, but there's just been so much going on that I haven't had a chance to post this list until now. She's not quite ready for them, but I will be holding onto them until she is.

The List (in no particular order):
- Bless Me, Ultima - Rudolfo Anaya
- Speak - Laurie Halse Anderson
- Beloved - Toni Morrison
- The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
- Going Bovine - Libba Bray
- Chronicles of Narnia (entire series) - C.S. Lewis
- Mercy Thompson series (entire series EXCEPT Silence Fallen and Frost Burned) - Patricia Briggs
- Alpha and Omega series - Patricia Briggs
- Kushiel's Avatar/Kushiel's Chosen/Kushiel's Dart - Jacqueline Carey
- Finishing School series - Gail Carriger
- The Parasol Protectorate series - Gail Carriger
- Competence (book) - Gail Carriger
- The House on Mango Street - Sandra Cisneros
- David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
- The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
- Vampire Academy series - Richelle Mead
- Bloodlines series - Richelle Mead
- The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath

If you happen to have a spare copy of any of the books on this list (or be going through your collection of books to give some away) to give away, please post here so I can contact you about the best way to get them to me.

If you don't have anything on this list, but do have something you think fits in based on the list, please post it here as well.

I think that's about it for this time around. If you still want to help, gift cards are still appreciated and are a great way to do so financially. If you have a preference as far as who you would like them to go to, please include that with the card. You can send them to:

New Life Baptist Church
8701 W. Encanto Blvd
Phoenix, AZ 85037

List of Contacts:
- Bonnie Carroll at Laveen Baptist Church
- Sarah Lineberger at New Life Baptist Church
- Christina Lobosco at St. Peter's Lutheran Church (east Mesa)
- Patty Brooks Suttill at Arcadia Gospel Fellowship
- Michelle Krick at River of Life Church