Friday, June 29, 2012

A Self-Appointed Guest Post

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)


Kathy T. said...

God bless you, J, for what you do to ease the pain of others.

-stephanie- said...

Many thanks for what you do for others, and many prayers for strength, hope and encouragement for you. May God keep you in His care.

Tiff said...

I sure do admire you!!!

Baby Sister said...

Very sweet, hermana. J, I think you're amazing and I'm sure there are billions of people that have been blessed because of you. Thank you for what you do.

walden said...

I love you guys both! hang in there, J, I'll pray for rest where there is no rest. love, Alison

Kristyn Monaghan said...

J, you are amazing! Praying for you that God will give you strength to make it through all this and praying for all those in Utah, Colorado and Idaho

Endo_Life said...

A great post. Thank you for updating us. I hope everyone stays safe. Keep up your fantastic work J!

ADSchill said...

How incredible! I am so glad there are such kind and decent souls out there to take care of those who need it. I have family in Colorado and it is scary to hear about how close the fires are to them. J - thank you for what you do and for putting in countless hours of your time to assist in this disaster!

Anonymous said...

You both amaze me! xoxo ~Lewie

TortugaRachel said...

The world is a better place because of people like you, J. May God keep you safe and allow you at least a nap or two.

pauline said...


Thanks for your hard work and dedication, you are certainly in my prayers.

Love to you and all those who are working tireless to help those who are unable to help themself.

Blessings coming your way!

rplatt said...

J - hang in there.... I sure do love you and appreciate all that you are doing for us. Praying for you and for rain :)

Brek said...

I could not have said it better myself! J has always been good at taking care of people - I should know, she took care of me when she was my roomie! Everytime I watch the news and hear of another fire with another shelter, I know those people are in the BEST hands possible. I'm so very proud to call J my friend. LOVE YA!

AO said...

Oh, I have just been wondering how things were going with you..... and I knew you were going to be involved 24/7 with these fires. Praying for you and the firefighters and everyone involved. Hang in there. You are hosting miracles :)

Shan said...

Dropping in because Noelle made me. She seems to have a way with people, doesn't she? Here's hoping that the fire season is a short one this year. Thank you for what you do.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for all you do. Noelle is my hero and she recommended us visit this blog. Prayers for you and all the firefighters. You are everyone's hero.

Coleen said...

J, Love and prayers to all you Emergency Responders. You deserve blessings by the boatload. God bless you, girl. You are amazing. Coleen Toone

Nessa said...

How scary. J sounds like an amazing person. Praying for you!

Anonymous said...

You sound lie a great step-mother. Letting your husband spend so much time with his daughter, who needs him so much.

It is so hard to be a nice stepmother and to share your husband with someone else.

That was so wonderful of you.

Dazee Dreamer said...

Thank you J. I was in the evacuation area of Herriman for both the Machine Gun fire two years ago, and the Rosecrest one this past weekend. People like you are my extreme heros.

Susan said...

I cannot imagine the crisis that the families you assist are facing. I am adding you to my prayer list and those that assist YOU in making whatever comfort you can for the victims of the fires.
May God richly bless your efforts and YOU.

Emily @ablanket2keep said...

Thank you J and God bless you for what you do. The Red Cross is very dear to my heart. They did amazing things for my family when they lost houses to the flooding from Irene in the north east in august/september.

Keeping you and all those families in my thoughts and prayers.

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