What we gained when we lost everything

"I kept thinking that this couldn't possibly be happening to us."

"Our Family Lost Everything" was the headline in a Vancouver newspaper. It caught my attention because of an experience we had some years back. We were building a house in a small town in the Colorado mountains. The whole family was taking part in hammering, plastering, and painting. The children, ranging from ages eight to seventeen, had worked hard through the summer while living in a very small trailer.

Then one morning I was wakened by the feeling of great heat and the smell of smoke. When I opened the door of the trailer, I saw our home was in flames. The house burned to the ground along with the small barn-like building we had erected first to hold most of our appliances, furniture, and clothing.

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