Hello friends, and welcome to French Country Fridays! This week is extra gorgeous, I must say 😉 So many are sharing their gorgeous French-inspired holiday decor, so if you’re looking for ideas, you definitely won’t be disappointed!
I’ve recently shared a few snippets of my own Christmas decor (kitchen here and entry way here), but I have much more coming! Also, today I’m sharing something that’s been on my heart, so if you are a regular reader and want to know more, scroll to the bottom of the post. And now, let’s see what my friends are sharing….
As you may or may not know, I am in Southern California and my town was one of the first ones hit when the fire started here last week. We evacuated, taking not only our son and our dog, but my friend’s two children and two dogs with us, as they were out of town. We spent two hours looking for a hotel that could take us, and finally found one at 2:00 in the morning, 40 miles away. It was scary, of course, but we were lucky. We came back to a house. A sooty, smoky, ashy house, but our house was here. So many others have not been so lucky. Forty children in just my little town have lost their homes, and many more in Malibu and other areas.
I’m not even sure I can put into words how many emotions I have felt over the past week. The tears I have shed for neighbors and friends, and strangers, who’ve lost everything. I know that a house is “just a structure” and that “things are just things.” That what’s important is the people inside. But what’s difficult for those who’ve lost them is not the house, but the home. A home is the place that moors us, that keeps us safe and provides comfort more than anywhere else in the world. My tears are for those who don’t have that security anymore, and my heart goes out to them.
I am immensely aware of how lucky we are, that it could easily have been my home as well as any other. So in the spirit of Thanksgiving, I am giving thanks for all that I have. My wonderful husband, my children who are the heart of who I am, and yes, this “house” that really is a home. And a special thank you to the firefighters, heroes who continue to fight for the homes still standing.
May you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving spent with those you love. And may we all give thanks for all we have, especially when so many don’t. ❤️