The state of Utah is on fire, and has been for nearly two weeks.
Sometime early this morning I realized that my friend J, who most of you know as Mr. Thompson and Me, hasn't had time to blog...and it's because of the fires.
I emailed J and asked for permission to post for her.
Amazingly, she trusts me and gave me her login information.
If you were to Google 'fire' in Utah or Colorado, and now even in Idaho, you would see image after image of flames, and the men fighting those flames.
I have a love for firefighters. Several years ago an arsonist set fire to my family's cabin and while it couldn't be saved, the firefighters worked hard to save the rest of our property from burning.
I have been incredibly emotional as I think about all of the men and women risking their lives to protect our neighbors and loved ones.
But there are others, behind the scenes, working just as hard.
Our friend J is one of those.
J doesn't make a big deal out of what she does...but what she does is huge.
J works for the American Red Cross as the disaster coordinator for the state of Utah.
(I wish I knew her exact title.)
Before Utah, J worked on the front lines in the aftermath of 9/11 and spent weeks and weeks helping with the aftermath of hurricane Katrina.
The fires that have burned across our state are more than a minor disaster.
In the last two weeks the Red Cross has had eight evacuation centers, five shelters, and three service centers, and if I understand it right, J has been in charge of facilitating all of those.
She hasn't slept.
She probably hasn't eaten well.
She is on call pretty much 24 hours a day.
Just this morning she was in a briefing at 6 am.
J lives her life to bless the lives of those around her, and in my book that makes her the best kind of hero.
I love you lady and I'm so proud to call you my friend!
-Noelle (blogging at Because Nice Matters)
1 day ago