As I laid my head down last year on June 14 after a long day of finishing up working at the new house, I had no idea I'd be waking up to getting the phone call that dropped me to my knees.
Tomorrow June 15 will mark the 1 year anniversary that our house caught on fire. I still to this day can't even begin to tell you how blessed I feel that we were not there and our lives were spared. I also will say that I still will forever hold our family & friends very near & dear to my heart for the outpouring of love, support, compassion and overall just plain awesomeness! I don't think we would have moved through this last year as strong as we did without them.
We also will forever be thankful to Uncle Dave for stepping up and rebuilding our beautiful home for us!! As my Katie said.. "this house is so much more special because it was built by Uncle Dave and there is a piece of him here"!!! I agree...
I've never written about our experience with the insurance company. I do believe we were as fortunate as you can get when the adjuster was assigned to us. We have State Farm and the adjuster called us around 11 a.m. and was meeting us at the house at 1:30 p.m. David Chandler was our adjuster, he's from New Jersey. I don't even know if I could find the words to give him the credit and praise he so deserves. His compassion was remarkable. I will never forget sitting on the side of the house on a rock wall. David, my husband and I sat there chatting about the details when David looked up at me and said... "you look like you are in shock"....and then said how sorry he was, but he was going to do everything to get us back up and going as soon as possible. As I write this tears are streaming. Not because I am not grateful for what we have, but because I am so very grateful for what we have!
David did not once waiver in doing exactly what he said he'd do.
This was a very busy time for Kacey's business so I was pretty much the go to person to get us moving forward. Kacey & I met with the fire detective directly to walk through and give him details...hard day. But, the hardest of days was when Michael Benjamin and David came back to do a full assessment to get a building estimate. I was alone to walk them through and give all the details. Let me explain a little about this process.. I had to tell them what every room was, what the flooring was (carpet, hardwood, tile, etc), light fixtures, closets, bathroom details, etc. It involves going over every little detail so they know how to accurately put in for your rebuilding estimate. As Mike walked through taking measurements after we went through all the details, I sat with David to start working on the inventory...hardest day of my life recounting what the house looked like just a few days before and sitting to tell our adjuster that I had more shoes than I cared to admit to, and how many kitchen towels we had. I held strong...no tears all day long....they were there, but I knew if I broke once I'd be a lost cause the rest of the day. I needed to stay strong to get this done. But, then a nasty storm cloud was approaching and we needed to move on out asap. As I drove away I lost my breath. I no longer could hold my tears back...I lost it. That day remains crystal clear to me...
With the fact that Mike and David moved us right along and we were able to start the process of rebuilding at the end of July amazed us.
We are and will always be very thankful that we had Mike and David working with us from State Farm.
I still think about the man that his random act of kindness will never be forgotten. I've yet to see that man in this small town. I'd like to say thank you to him...I'd like for him to know how much he touched my heart!
I started blogging because of the fire and I've met some really amazing people...
I still have my days of....hmmm not sure how to explain the feeling, but I never forget that it could've been much worse and I know that there was someone watching over us that night.
And, I do believe things happen for a reason.
If you haven't read the story and you want to you can find the story here.
I hope everyone has a wonderful day!
Do you know what tomorrow is?
Friday, June 14, 2013
Posted by Lynn Fern at 8:54 AM
All things DIY, home improvement, tutorial, decorating, furniture painter, furniture refinisher. Lynn Fern simply living life and enjoying the journey as I create the destination. I have a love for design, DIY, travel and making our house a home. Most importantly, I love my family and enjoy creating a place to discover & create memories for our journey.