Checking In

As I’m sure you’re aware if you’ve been online at all, Southern California is in crisis. A little over a week ago a fire started in the hills of Santa Paula that has since burned 236,000 acres, including landmarks, structures, homes — including my home, and my parents’ home. We’ve been displaced since last Monday.

Although this has been stressful and sad in many different ways, the most important thing is that we are all safe, and even better, we’re all together. We’ve been staying with my grandma, and have experienced a torrential outpouring of love from everyone around us. The number of people who have reached out to offer us a place to stay, bring us food, donate money, and share supplies is staggering. In fact, this tragedy seems to have brought out the very best in my hometown. The evacuation center here has had to ask people to stop donating — so many people wanted to help that they reached their limit.

My unbelievably generous friends have set up a YouCaring account for my husband and I. If you feel like donating to help get us back on our feet, you can click here. However, there are many people worse off than we are – who don’t have family nearby to take them in, who didn’t have insurance, so on and so forth. You can donate to fire victims on the United Way of Ventura County’s website, over the phone at 805-485-6288, or by texting UWVC to 41444Ventura County Animal Services is also requesting donations.

Also, my friend Carly of lttlwlf art has designed these gorgeous and uplifting stickers, the proceeds of which will benefit victims of the fire.


I’m trying to focus on the many positive and beautiful things in my life and the multitude of blessings, but I’ll admit I’m feeling more than a little unsettled right now, and I haven’t felt much like writing. The ATFS sequel is on hold until I get my bearings back, and though I’d like to promise that I’ll be back for my usual Five Things Friday, I’m just not sure if I will be.

I know that God has us in His hands and that He is guiding us to something great. I’ll be back soon to report on it.



Published by clairelaminen

I am a Ventura, California native with a compulsion to create. I'm a storyteller, through writing, photography, and occasionally music. Weekends are for camping with my husband, reading, and hunting for vintage treasures, which I sell in my Etsy shop, Peace & Goodwill. My favorite things include lavender lattes, swimming in the ocean, true crime podcasts, The X-Files, and Peaky Blinders. I hope to become a full-time writer, bestselling novelist, and a continually improving reflection of God's grace. Proverbs 16:24

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