Sep 24 2014

The Lord was not in the fire.

Fire Sky

The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake.  After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. 1 Kings 19.11-13

Every year the Methow Valley deals with forest fires. Last September we traveled to Washington for my little sister’s wedding. As we were pulling onto Gold Creek Loop road we caught a helicopter dipping water out of the river. It was a site to behold. Everyone was praying that the fires would be put out. The morning of the wedding we woke up to rain which helped calm the fires but the wedding was outdoors. The bride was choosing to put her trust in God, even though emotions were high, that it would all work out. With the fog, the mood & lighting for the photography was perfect and just as the ceremony was about to start the sun popped out making it one of the most beautiful ceremonies ever in my parents front yard at Dove Mountain Ranch with the North Cascade Mountains as the backdrop and Jesus as the center.

This year when we got the call that there were fires in July, it came as no surprise. We had been through this before, no biggie. Well, it turned into a biggie. We kept in touch as the fires burned and last I heard they had to evacuate. Then we heard there were no lines of communication. Some of you may know the feeling when you know loved ones are in danger and you are half way across the country with no way to hear their voices. Thankfully we did have a couple very special friends that kept us in the loop with texts. My parents {Bob & Betty Gibson} were safe. But my parents’ neighbor, who was retired military and a Gold Creek angel, was fighting fires harder than most young men ended up having a heart attack and passed. His passing left a hole in many hearts around the neighborhood, he is missed. Amazingly enough this was the only fatality in fires that took over 200,000 acres, 300 homes, and who knows how many outbuildings and livestock.

After the fires came the floods. With everything burned up of course we all prayed for rain (without lightning). Well, it came and came and came. Flash flooding throughout the valley took what the fire left behind. God isn’t that enough? Being half way across the country and not able to help physically was a burden to carry, I had to hand it all to God and trust Him in all of this.

My parents and neighbors evacuated the Gold Creek area and stayed at their RV park in the town of Carlton. Next text I got was ‘Gibson house is miraculously saved. Wait til you see pics.’ Then we heard that the fire took my dad’s cabinet shop, an old barn, log chicken coop & their wood shed which sat right next to my parents’ house. Of course we are all so thankful that they still have their home and know that others were not so fortunate. But my dad did lose his cabinet shop, which is his way of living. He and my mom have said it is just strange. Mom brought a chair home for dad to fix… well, he no longer has tools or a shop to fix anything. He thinks about going out to the shop to use a tool or build something for the house and remembers it’s not there anymore. We can only imagine how those feel that lost everything.

This is a picture of my parents’ house, you can see the dark spots where the flames ‘kissed’ the house. By all natural explanations their house should have burned too. Not sure why it didn’t and why others did. But I trust God.Dove Mountain Ranch - house not burned

Not only did God carry my burden and give me peace that He still is God and I can trust Him, but we have so many people that love. They really love, like Jesus does. Nate Laun took off work and headed over the mountains to help fight fires. He headed back home only to get supplies and a cell phone that worked for my parents before heading back to the Methow. A family friend came over with a generator, gas and supplies. Friends from Camano Chapel came over as well with money and supplies. I don’t even know all the stories of how people showed up. But they did and helped in whatever way they could.

My parents own the Carlton RV park with a restaurant/bar that they use for The Local Church and in the midst of this disaster their building was used as a relief center. Little did they know when they bought the place a couple years ago that it would be used for this. But this is their heart. They both love people and will use anything they have to help and share Jesus. At one point I called the church and my dad answered the phone. He sounded excited, there were people coming in and out and I could hear the joy in his voice. This is what he was made for, to share his life and his Savior.

These are a couple pictures of where the shop and barn used to be. And that little log cabin that has sat there for over 100 years still sits there.
Where Bob's shop and barn once stood.
View from the hillside.

The dust has settled, reality sets in and people are cleaning up and rebuilding. The Lord was not in the fire, He is in the whisper. And He whispers to each and everyone one of us, you can trust Me. I love you.

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. John 10.10

People have come to help my parents clean up the mess, it is a lot of work and they are so appreciated. Our own angel here on earth, Nate, is so graciously heading up a group and raising funds to rebuild dad’s shop. He has plans ready and is working on getting a team together. You can check out all the info on the facebook page he set up {click here} and if you want to donate the the rebuilding you can do that securely through paypal via the secure donate button below or you can follow this link { Donate to the After the Fire Rebuild for Dove Mountain Ranch }


Thank you for taking the time to read this story and for donating to help rebuild. Thank you also for all your prayers. Even though the fires are gone the Methow Valley has a long road ahead, rebuilding and restarting. I don’t understand why all this happened, but I do know that we have a God who loves us so much and I do know that we can trust Him. He will bring beauty from the ashes, of this I am sure.

Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior. Habakkuk 3.17 & 18

Now this is my account being half way across the country. I haven’t even seen the effects of all this disaster with my own eyes yet. As I was writing this I had a hard time keeping my eyes dry. I cannot even imagine going through it all, I don’t think anyone can who hasn’t experienced it. There are so many stories to hear, I would love to hear yours.

photos by Nate Laun.


Dec 19 2013

Pop! Goes the Color Weasel

color-pop

Image source: Stellan Herner for Swedish ELLE Decor
Jonathon Ensor is a freelance design blogger writing on behalf of Empire Today. He thinks there needs to be a hip-hop song lyric featuring the rhyming of “puce” and “chartreuse”.

Lately, I’ve been feeling trapped by creams, taupes and oatmeals. Neutrals are timeless for a reason – they’re easy and elegant backdrops for getting creative. But when I noticed my living room was the same color scheme as my dentist’s waiting room…some flags went off in my brain and they were crimson, not ecru. › Continue reading


Jun 22 2013

Interior Design Defined & Re-Defined

Sometimes you have to take some time away from the daily grind and do something you love! I love love to design and make things beautiful whether it is a website, logo, wedding invitations or in and around my home. There are a lot of things I love, but today I am focusing on interior design. I think it takes years to make a home your home. We have lived in Biblegrove for 7 years in July. We are still making this home our home. Along the lines of Interior Design we have remodeled bathrooms, painted walls & then repainted, built furniture & signs, hunted {or haunted works too ;)} auctions, junk shops & antique stores, made memories {some great, some not so great}… and we still have some unfinished projects. But we have come a long way baby! We have also had a lot of help along the way.

This is the definition of Interior Design from dictionary.com

Interior Design: noun
1.the design and coordination of the decorative elements of the interior of a house, apartment, office, or other structural space, including color schemes, fittings, furnishings, and sometimes architectural features.
2.the art, business, or profession of executing this.

I think that kind of sums it up. But it sounds too stuffy. Interior Design to me is surrounding yourself with things you love, from the images I share you will probably get a good feel for the things that I & Justin love. I am very thankful to have a husband that has amazing taste and can build me anything we can dream up. › Continue reading


Sep 29 2011

Burrus Happenings in June 2011

Oh dear… it’s been too long since I have bloggity blogged. Summer happened… so thought I’d post a collage of some of the highlights – this one takes care of June. We took some time off & got to go to WA state to visit family and friends, fish, hike, shop… and headed down to a wedding that Branton and I had the privilege of being a ring bearer & bridesmaid for one of my dear friends. Our garden was amazing and started to produce really early this year. Branton, our little fish, is such an incredible swimmer, he is so much fun to watch and did so well on swimteam! These pictures represent our lives away from work. :) We all gotta have that balance… sometimes it’s hard to find, but it is definitely worth it.

I am so glad to get some pics as time just flies so it’s good to go back and remember some of the memories made. Enjoy the photos and check back soon for some fun project posts and more photo memories.