If you follow me on social media or Youtube you have probably seen that on September 8th in the wee hours of the morning we woke up to smoke filling our house. My wife got me up because of the smell and as I opened the bedroom door I was overwhelmed by thick black smoke. We both went into emergency mode. As we ducked under the choking black smoke rolling over us I opened the doors to the kids rooms. We ducked and crawled down to the floor to head to the front door. As I watched Samantha and the kids go out the front I realized Jayden wasn’t with us. As I turned around to see him he wasn’t there. After finding the hallway I found Jayden standing in the hall with his hand over his nose and lips clinched tightly. We crawled out the front door & after getting the pets out the fire department arrived. We watched from the cold front lawn, covered in blankets from our neighbors, as they worked to put out the flames eating our home of the last 5 years.
About 5 and a half years ago we were out of town for our wedding anniversary only to arrive back to a burned out shell of a house so this hits us very hard. I don’t know if it was the roar of the flames, the exploding glass, kids crying, or hearing Samantha’s sobbing “not again, how could this happen again”. All of those things jumbled me. I pride myself on being put together in times of hardship or emergencies but I was broken at that moment. I could do nothing but hold my youngest, cry with him, & watch the fire do what fire does.
Its been a couple of weeks now. We are staying with my parents. Never did I think I would be back in the room I grew up in at 35 with my kids just down the hall. That said, things are okay. Not great but I can go with okay. We are waiting to find out what we can get from our renters insurance & crossing our fingers its enough to get our family into somewhere new all the while working to keep business going. Life moves on. It begs the question still though…Who’s house burns down twice!?! Freakin’ twice y’all!
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