Since the largest wildfire in Texas history, an affected Bastrop County couple has worked to harvest, transport, mill, and are currently rebuilding their home from the timber on their Lost Pines property. With a creative and pioneering spirit to construct their home from the scorched trees, they are personally rebuilding from the ashes. Blessed by the relationship with a local sawmill, they are maximizing the wood resources in as many ways possible for construction and finishes.
One evening it's carousel and pony rides at the county fair-
the next, it's a fiery inferno engulfing life as we knew it.
It was that next day that we lost our home- and the years of
energy and work we placed in it... we lost investments of time and money- and the
beautiful forest sanctuary we prepared for our family…we lost the cute cabin we
built for guests, the studio space we always wanted, and the nursery for our
child- lovingly created just 22 months prior…we lost our baby books, childhood
mementos, family heirlooms, treasured love letters, irreplaceable photos, souvenirs
from travels, wedding keepsakes, and an inventory of our artwork that developed.
Fifteen years of building a life together were reduced to charred remnants that
barely filled a plastic tote- we lost part of ourselves that day and with it comes
a residual pain that will never go away.
Since that day, we’ve lost friends along the way- whether we
are to blame or not, we all had to find our own ways to cope with the situation…even
with the best intentions, perhaps this type of life-transforming event changes
us too much to take things back to the way they were…so, grief remains there, and
we’ve found out a lot about ourselves- the hard way.
Through all the loss we have found other things too… we
found our bootstraps- and we continue to pull ourselves up by them…we found strengths
in ourselves we wouldn’t have otherwise known…and we found weaknesses that we
hope to improve. We found silver linings, unusual passions, creative solutions
and new skills... we found different dreams to work toward. We found that we are unique in an
uncomfortable, yet liberating way.
We found that no matter how hard you plan and work at it-
the future you expect is not guaranteed…so for today- grab the reigns, hold
onto your ponies, enjoy the ups and downs of the carousel, and savor the
merry-go-round…’cause, after all, it’s just a ride.