We’re Bill, Chris and Issa.
On February 10, 2017, we watched our house burn. We said goodbye to our dog on the front lawn while people watched. We almost lost Bill, who was asleep in the house at the time. Day two after the fire, I (Chris) borrowed my mom’s computer and I started writing. I’m still writing. I’m in awe of this story and what is happening to our family in the wake of tragedy. It’s important that I write it, it’s important that I share it and that is very very hard for me to do both.
Day 12, after working through a panic attack I handed the computer to Bill and told him to start writing.
On September 2, 2017 Hurricane Harvey devastated our city. In October 2017 we started rebuilding our home. In June 2018 our builder walked off the job, stealing money and supplies.
We cried a lot. We felt lost. Then we said, this is not where our story ends. We picked ourselves up and finished our house ourselves.
In 2020 the pandemic hit the world. While everyone was hunkering down we decided to buy a camper from some friends, gut it, redo the entire thing and continue our dream we had before the fire to visit every state park in Texas.
We promise to be honest in this space.
We promise that it will not always be ‘politically correct’ or PG13.
We promise that we will share our hearts and what God is doing within them.
Thank you for reading our story, for loving us, for supporting us and for walking this road of live with us. It is the love of family, friends and oddly enough strangers that kept us going when it is so much easier to let ourselves spiral. This experience has propelled us forward to live a life that brings us joy and meaning.
Today, hearing from the people who are uplifted and encouraged by our story brings us more joy than anything. We hope to encourage others to do the thing, to reach out, to make the move. It makes all the hard work worth it. We see you. We know you. You are stronger than fire.