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a difference a week makes! This has truly been the longest week of my life. As we speak the Thomas fire has burned 235,000 acres and destroyed 800 structures. We were given the ok to come back home over the weekend. Here what happened. the fires burned, our sheep, Linen, Paisley and Cashmere, were safely hanging out at the Earl Warren Show Grounds in Santa Barbara. They were well cared for by the selfless team of volunteers from the Santa Barbara Equine Evac. I had never heard of this organization before now, but they are going to be getting a whole bunch of love (and a fat donation) from me and Steve for the holidays!

packed our goats, Thelma, Louise,
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and Dottie, into the back of the wagon. Daisy, Buttercup, Blossom, and Huckleberry weathered the fire just a few blocks from our home at the Ventura County Humane Society. Steve and I have always been supporters of this amazing non profit organization, knowing that they have provided wonderful animal programs for our community over the last 85 years. We never imagined that we would need them to care for our donkeys during such a devastating disaster. they made some friends along the way!

are so blessed to live Ojai.

had to have faith in them as they did a controlled burn of the mountains behind our home.

spent the weekend watching and praying.

is now Wednesday morning, and there are still fires to be contained. The air quality is terrible. We wear masks when outside and try to stay inside as much as possible. We pray that the animals will be ok. have a new perspective on the holiday season this year. Steve and I have decided that this year we will be donating to a variety of charities connected to the firefighting effort. Several charities have been suggested on my Instagram account by people who have firefighters in their family. These include:

Our local Ojai Fire Station

Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation

And the animal support:

The Ventura County Humane Society

Santa Barbara Equine EvacHelp of Ojai

you are local and have a charity to add, please do so in the comment section of this post.

you to all of you who have sent prayers our way. I have read every single email and comment on my posts as well as on Instagram. know that our home is still standing because of your love and prayers!I begin this post I wanted to inform those of you who were planning to join us tomorrow in the store for our First Thursday Event that we have decided to postpone the event due to the terrible fires. hope that you all are safe!

Those of you who follow me on instagram may already know some of this information,
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so my apologies for the repetition.

I wanted to give all of my Velvet and Linen readers an update on the Thomas fire here in Ventura County. The fire started on Monday night near the beautiful Thomas Aquinas College.