Thinking Out Loud

May 5, 2016

This wasn’t the post I had planned today, I was supposed to be talking about what I’m loving this month. I’m really struggling to find my words with the devastation happening in our province so instead, I’m thinking out loud about the fires in Northern Alberta.


  • I’ve spent the last three days scrolling through these horrific images of an entire city being evacuated in near tears. 88,000 people were successfully evacuated from Fort McMurray, and to my knowledge, there have been no deaths from this fire. That is a lot of people to move when there is only one way out. It’s hard to formulate just how terrifying it would have been leaving everything behind and fleeing with flames literally nipping at your heels. This series of 6 dashcam videos is just unbelievable.

  • To put in perspective, this fire is the size of Calgary, which is the same physical size of New York City.
  • I’ve been filling pages upon pages of my gratitude journal the last couple evenings because I really am truly grateful for everything when so many people have lost everything. I feel like everything else ‘normal’ happening is so useless and unimportant. It’s hard scrolling through social media not just seeing the images and videos of the fire and it’s destruction, but for all the trivial bullshit that fill some people’s feeds. It’s hard to talk about weekend plans when thousands of people’s weekend will be spent in chaos.
  • Why Helping Hurts: Why You Should Never Donate Physical Goods During a Disaster.
  • I wish there was more that I could do to help because donating to the Red Cross from my smartphone just doesn’t feel like enough. On top of financial contributions, I will be hoping for rain. It’s dry throughout the entire province, which means the threat of fire is everywhere.
  • Fort McMurray isn’t just that controversial place where we get our oil. It’s home to thousands of families. Rachel shares her memories growing up there. 

I’ve been staring at this screen for over an hour now trying to find more words, but this is all I can muster.


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  • Reply
    Brie @ A Slice of Brie
    May 5, 2016 at 9:22 pm

    Hugs my friend. I burst into tears every time I read another article or hear another news bit on this. It’s so heartbreaking and it’s hard to feel helpless. Donating money doesn’t seem like it’s doing much, but it is and we have to remember that. For a lot of us, it’s the most and best we can do. And it’s better than doing nothing at all. It rained here today and all I could think was, why is it raining here and not up there?!?! Of course, all of Alberta is at risk for wildfires and we all need rain, but it seemed like a cruel joke by mother nature today.

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    May 5, 2016 at 9:29 pm

    I can’t watch anything of it, I just end up in tears. And I’m not usually like that. Though I do find its happy tears for the amazing generosity people are showing. I also wish I could do more!

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    May 5, 2016 at 10:13 pm

    Ugh – so freaking devastating. I have been glued to my screen watching the photos and stories coming out of Fort Mac. As if that city wasn’t going through enough with the recession… Hard to watch some of those videos and see some of those photos for sure. There are several fires raging like crazy in northeastern BC right now too, some a little too close for comfort. Praying so hard for rain as well.

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    Rachel @ Betty LIVIN
    May 6, 2016 at 8:01 am

    Thank you for your kinds words and support! I feel exactly like you, that I want to do more than donate to the Red Cross, and I’m trying to find another way to help. Keep sending love and positivity out because our world needs lots of it!

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