I saw a card like this on the Paperlicious blog a while back, and Joan had used her Nestabilities to emboss the front of the card before stamping it. I LOVED the idea and every time I make a card like this I'm thrilled with the results.
We've had an exciting week around these parts. As I mentioned, school started. That's mostly exciting for me, but the kids have had a fun week as well. We also started soccer practice last week, which means we're back to the super-busy-crazy schedule. AND this happened on Monday:
Monday night a big storm blew in. Mostly just wind, but it was blowing about 50 mph when I left soccer practice at 6:45. When my husband got home at 7:15 he asked me if I had seen the fire. I had no idea what he was talking about, so he took me outside where the sky was filled with smoke. He told me there was a fire about 2 miles from our house and that there were probably homes on fire. We turned on the news and they had 5 hours of continuous coverage of one of the biggest fires Boise has ever seen. Just to give you some perspective (if you care), here's a map.
The circle with the "x" is where I live and the arrow is pointing to where the fire was. For me to drive to the fire location is 3.8 miles according to Google Maps, but as the crow flies it's closer to about 2 miles from our house. The bluff that the fire burned up runs from the location of the fire all the way through my neighborhood and behind the homes across the street from me. So it seems possible that this could have reached my neighborhood if the conditions had been right. Some of the homes on the west end of my neighborhood were among the 50+ homes evacuated that night.
In all, 10 homes were completely destroyed (burned down to the foundation) and 8-10 more were heavily damaged and one person lost her life. The fire fighters are my heroes. It is an absolute miracle that they kept the rest of the houses safe and that there wasn't more damage. If you'd like to see more info about the fire, you can click here, or here, or you can see some pictures my girlfriend took herself here. Anyway, as I'm sure you can imagine, we're spending a little more time this week thinking about the things in our lives that are really important, and taking the time to make those a priority (and making sure our homeowner's insurance is up to date!) Please say a prayer for those who were affected by this terrible tragedy. One of the teachers at my sons' school lost her home in the fire. This was her first week teaching and she's 33 weeks pregnant with her first child (a boy) and they lost everything.
Sending cyber-hugs to all of my blog friends. Go tell someone you love them.