My Mom, Dad and Aunt are visiting
my Oma, other Aunts and Uncles.
I just talked to my Mom
and she said that my Aunt
was just telling her Mom
who will God willing be 102 years old this Christmas Eve (December 24)
that a lot of her photos,
boxes of them,
have been spared
as the fire did not destroy all of the main floor.
My Aunts friends are helping her dry out the pictures
(it took 5 firetrucks worth of water to overcome the fire
that raged most of the night / early morning hours).
I asked my Mom what the house looked like -
devastation she said;
outside walls still standing.
But I am so hearted by what was spared.
My Uncle's work clothes, my Aunt's dishes,
tea pot, silverware,
their new wood stove,
many of the doilies my Oma made
my Opa's Martinitoren!!
(His cross stitch I mentioned in the September post)
Just that my Aunt has her dishes, many of her pictures
(we do not know about the wedding pictures),
my Uncle's work clothes.
That is very heartening.
Though losing everything else
is understandably still significant.
But I am so thankful that in God's mercy that
He preserved some of what my Aunt and Uncle had.
I am still so happy about one of my loved one's getting
a full time job
after years of trying to scramble enough money to live
by doing various part time jobs.