Praying for family & friends in Colorado

My husband’s cousin sent us this e-mail and photo. I asked her if I could post it and ask for prayers for her family and all the rest suffering from the impact of the largest fire in Colorado’s history. It is with her permission I am posting this. I believe in the power of prayer and good energy.


Sally left the gate to her corral open so her horses could get free. Someone shot this photo and posted it to facebook to help her connect with her horse, Frosty. Their family is still missing a cat.

Good morning:
Yes,  Bill and I are doing okay. Shock, stress, guilt, tired, grateful – so many emotions.  Our daughter, Jennifer, was allowed to return to her home for three hours yesterday and found that it is safe, but the entire street behind her has burned.  The picture above is our horse running from the fire.  We did not have a trailer so we opened the gates so she could get away if needed.  We do not know who took this but it was posted on Facebook.  I got my refrigerator and freezers cleaned out yesterday and started the cleaning process of our home.  Sort of a late spring cleaning!  When we went to pick up our cat from Becca’s home, he got away from Bill and is now lost in the city.  For a country cat, that must be frightening.  Only hoping that some will find him and take him to the humane society.  I am headed down there again today and have posters to hang.  Just what I needed, one more challenge.   Very sad and hopefull for his return!
All in all, we are so very lucky compared to many.  The forest is terribly burned in so many places, our street is reported to be the among worst hit.  We have destroyed homes on both sides of us – not next doors, but on our street.  Black Forest is a strong community and I know that we will rebuilt our little town. Our craft guild had about ten members out of 100 lose their homes so that will be our first opportunity to help.   Total loss is up to 509 homes as of last night and there is a news conference at 9:00 this morning with any updates and further information.  They say about 3,500 homes were spared and about 28 partially damaged.
Will keep you all posted.  Please pass this note along to the family and let everyone know that I so appreciate your prayers and good wishes.  Talk soon,

About The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap

The year 1895 was filled with memorable historical events: the Dreyfus Affair divided France; Booker T. Washington gave his Atlanta address; Richard Olney, United States Secretary of State, expanded the effects of the Monroe Doctrine in settling a boundary dispute between the United Kingdom and Venezuela; and Oscar Wilde was tried and convicted for "gross indecency" under Britian's recently passed law that made sex between males a criminal offense. When the news of Wilde's conviction went out over telegraphs worldwide, it threw a small Nevada town into chaos. This is the story of what happened when the lives of its citizens were impacted by the news of Oscar Wildes' imprisonment. It is chronicle of hatred and prejudice with all its unintended and devastating consequences, and how love and friendship bring strength and healing. Paulette Mahurin, the author, is a Nurse Practitioner who lives in Ojai, California with her husband Terry and their two dogs--- Max and Bella. She practices women's health in a rural clinic and writes in her spare time. All profits from her book are going to animal rescue, Santa Paula Animal Shelter, the first and only no-kill shelter in Ventura County, CA, where she lives. (see links below on Ventura County Star Article & Shelter) To find out more please go the The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap on facebook or Amazon or e-mail us at the gavatar addresses. Thank you. (photos: of Paulette, her family, and a reading at The Ojai Art Center, July 2012)
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37 Responses to Praying for family & friends in Colorado

  1. tazzielove says:

    Prayers for Sally, her family, and hope they find their cat. Prayers for all impacted by this tragedy and suffering around the world from other tragedies.

  2. seeker says:

    Lord hear our prayers.

  3. FlaHam says:

    Paulette, My heart goes out to your extended family, and all the other folks in CO. I have many friends in the Denver area, and have contacted some and while they are safe, they speak 1st hand of the destruction, of seeing and smellin the smoke. My prayers go to all affected even in the smallest of ways. — Take care, Bill

  4. Deb says:

    Sending up my prayers.

  5. fournier0917 says:

    Hey Paulette,

    I can but echo all those caring sentiments and hope that beautiful animal, no doubt extremely frighten will find safe haven, and eventually reunite with your family. If the energy of good wishes is on side, that horse is at the very least half way there. JJ

  6. It is good to hear of some good news. But tragic to hear of grief and heartache. I pray always for people around the world suffering and dealing with horrific tragities.
    And the poor animals. I’d be so depressed.
    Ora Pro Nobis latin for I pray for you

  7. I am sorry for all of the loss and heartache Colorado is dealing with. And those who love all of those in Colorado. I pray for their well being and their strength and courage to rebuild. May blessings rain down upon them.

  8. My finger cross for all the people in Colorado ….

  9. 68ghia says:

    All my good wishes go out to these people!!!

  10. lgyslaine says:

    God bless you 🙂

  11. The frightened animals. The poor things. Awful. Homes can be replaced but the suffering of those who cannot speak for themselves…
    I’m glad people or okay. Forest fires are terrible. I have two fears: fire and water. My heart goes out to all the townspeople.

    • Fire and water are very scary. I never had a fear of earthquakes until we got caught in the 89 (magnitude 7.2) one in the Bay Area and had 4 big garbage bags of glass that broke spewing and splattering everywhere. It was like a war zone. I have a very healthy respect for all things natural that can take control. My heart is with all impacted by this recent one and all others suffering from happenings all over the world. Too many and it’s overwhelming but maybe a few of our good thoughts will get through. Thanks, Tess!

  12. feelingjoy says:

    Sending prayers. Thank you for sharing the email from your family. Pam

  13. Teepee12 says:

    I can’t even imagine how awful this is for humans and their animals. Prayers and best wishes to all … and may the rains come soon.

  14. Misaki says:

    That’s so awful, paws crossed for them all xx

  15. Oh how sad. I hope they all be reunited soon. We’ll be purraying for them.

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