September 29, 2016

Fall is everywhere!!!

Last year by this time, fire season was slowing down and most resources were home.  I don't like to say anything like that just yet, because So Cal has seen some of it's worst large fires in mid to late October.  But we've been having cooler weather, most fires have been picked up and it's nice having hubby home in the evenings to eat dinner with us, help put the kids to bed and catch up on DVR shows!!!

I know that from the East Coast to the Southwest, fire season has ended.  Thankful for those crews who had a good and busy season, who are now able to enjoy some quiet time with families.

On the West Coast there's about a month and a half of the season left.  Again, thankful that it's been a safe and busy season for those crews, too.

What was your season like?  Busy or slow?

September 8, 2016

Eric Marsh Foundation

Eric Marsh was the Superintendent of the Granite Mountain Hotshots.  I had the honor of meeting Eric's wife and other fantastic ladies who created this foundation when I went to Prescott, AZ for the memorial of the Fallen 19.  Please check it out and get your shirt to show support for our guys!! ( I ordered mine today )

The Eric Marsh Foundation for Wildland Firefighters stands apart from other Non-profits similar to us, in that the people involved with our Foundation have first-hand experience in loss of a Wildland Firefighter in the line of duty. We understand heartbreak at its deepest level, and we have the ability and resources to help others dealing with the same loss and trauma. 
Please support us, 100% of your donations are distributed to the next of kin of a Wildland Firefighter killed in the line of duty.  

Every dollar donated to Eric Marsh Foundation for Wildland Firefighters will be directly used to aid a wildland firefighter or family member in need.

Also check out these great shirts that support the foundation and show our Firefighter Wife support.  

They also have a FACEBOOK page!!

August 22, 2016

Gone more than home

This season has been very busy for my husband and his crew.  He's been gone more this summer than home.  The kiddos spent most of their summer with me and some of their friends.  I spoke with another firefighter friend today, who reminded me that we are half way "hopefully" through fire season!!!  The bummer part of it, is he'll miss our daughter's first day of preschool tomorrow, and our son's first day of 2nd grade.  Just another part of the job, is they miss out on fun moments like that. Thankfully with the technology we have, I plan on taking a video and some pictures of her going to school.  Praying that your guys are all safe and just to remind you "for most of us" that fire season is half way through.

August 12, 2016

And when you are away.........

 I couldn't have put it so nicely as this woman who shared this letter.  After 20 years of being married to a WFF, these words basically sum up every part I feel about being a WFFW.  Thanks for putting into words what our hearts want to say, Christina Rico.

And when you are away...
To love a wild land firefighter means much more than accepting the life style and obstacles. It is more than just being patient while he is away. It extends further than just yourself. Because while you twiddle your thumbs at home with the kids, whether you are sick, sad, or trying to balance the household responsibilities, he is just as lost in solitude as you are. One thing to understand as the wife of a firefighter is that this is who he is. And I mean this in the sense that it sure takes a special heart to be in his place, just as it takes a special woman to stand by his side. A man that is loyal to his crew and is as hard working as him is someone I will forever deem my hero no matter how many times he denies being one. Digging line for hours, working more over time than one deems possible, and smoking more cigarettes and putting in yet another dip than cancer allows… they live for those moments. Lost in the peak of heat with a soot, snot layered face while they laugh and complain about the 60lb+ pack they carry all day long, they chose this because they love it. The way his eyes light up when he tells me about a roll is a feeling that warms me to my core. The exhaustion they go through is inevitable to complain about, but so is the passion that they carry with them when they are called out of state for another 14 days. Knowing that he is living an adventure that I cannot grant him is a reward that makes it all worth while. Missing him results in tears I cannot contain. Endless moments waiting by the phone. Nights staring at the same stars I know he sleeps under. It is not easy being away from him, but I know that he feels the same way.
So my love while you are away I promise to not only be patient, but love you even deeper. When you are away I will be the support I know you so deeply need. For when you get home I will ensure that you are caught up to speed of what you missed.
Holidays, birthdays, and anything the rest of the world categorizes as a special day will never be just that for the family of a fire fighter. For our time with you are our holidays, our special days. When you are home, our heart has again embraced the warmth it has been missing. My phone will flood with pictures and videos of any first’s of the kids you may have missed. And the kids will fill the palms of your hands with the drawings they worked so hard on the night they couldn’t sleep because we missed you. And my lips will warm your skin with the radiance that has been calling for you since you walked out of the door. I will be the family’s pillar while you are our foundation. When you are away I promise to remind our family of how much you love them, how much you wish them a good day at school. I will be the representation of our family no matter the event, regardless if I am missing you wrapped around my arm. When you are away…know that there are souls that are filled with anticipation, that will unleash with such love the second you are done hibernating.
I admire you for the blisters you come home with. The smoky residue you leave glued to our home. I admire you for busting your ass with that one crew member that annoys the hell out of you. And even on days you literally sit on your ass for hours and wait on the sidelines, I admire you. It takes such an incredible man to be in your place. We chose each other knowing there were circumstances that needed more strength than we ever thought emotionally possible. And from that moment forward I realized that loving you was so easy, so natural, just meant to be. And so loving a fire fighter I feel i can speak for most women, is the most rewarding. strength that we endure as a couple makes every second count. Makes every moment with you the most special. Being away from you will never become easy. And my well of tears behind every good bye will never dry out.
Like I said before, being away from him is not just about me. It extends further. But after every roll, every moment I dwell in boredom without my best friend, my heart is overwhelmed with a bitter sweet joy. He is doing what he loves, being who he is, and being damn good at it! And those two weeks of sacrifice are not just to fulfill his dreams, they are to support ours too. So I say this, being with a man of his type is the biggest reward life has granted me. For I have found strength I never knew I had, emotions I never knew existed, and growth I needed. The mountains he hikes, the ferocity of the flames he faces, and the time he is away will never be the equivalent to how much I simply adore him for being the man he is building himself to be.

August 11, 2016

A little selfish

I know this time of year is his BUSY SEASON!!  But after 20 years, I still feel a bit selfish when he's not home with us on his days off.  Yes, we all know the fire and overtime checks are a bonus for them being gone.  I can't help to feel like "gosh, I want him home with me" plus I feel like the few days he's been home weren't long enough.

Also, what do you prefer?

I would rather him go to work and leave for a fire than come home and leave early for an assignment. I guess it makes it harder, getting a kiss good-bye, watching him walk out the door and knowing that he'll be gone for a few days.  At least when he leaves straight from work, you've already seen him leave after he's given a kiss good-bye and you don't see him drive away.

August 9, 2016

Firefighters' Families

Firefighters' Families Weather Long California Wildfire Seasons

News article on Hotshot families left behind to hold the fort.

The summer months can be an anxious time for those of us living in places that are prone to wildfires. But imagine being the spouse of an elite, specially trained firefighter. Hotshots they call them: the men and women who take the fight to the front lines of wildfires in some of the most inaccessible terrain imaginable. Reporter:Annie Gilbertson

August 5, 2016

You go first....

I love getting phone calls from hubby when he's gone on assignments.  He thinks it's funny that I wait for him to hang up.  The other night he was on FaceTime with us, and he "pretended" to end the call and hang up.  I told him to hang up first.  I don't like to be the one to hang up first!!!  

How about you?