Hi, I'm Chris!
On February 10, 2017, we (myself, my husband Bill, and our daughter Issa) 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 borrowed my mom’s computer (mine was nothing but ash) and started writing. I’m still writing. I’m in awe of this story and what has happened to our family in the wake of tragedy. I'm dumbfounded by God's hand and the kindness and gentleness of humans. It’s important that I write it, it’s important that I share it. It's important because this tragic experience has reframed how we do and see life and I believe it can help others.
Today I am a writer, artist, marketing consultant, and adventurer; working from the home we rebuilt or from the woods with my family in our self-renovated camper. We've picked up our pre-fire goal of visiting every state park in Texas. I stand up paddle board and I'm fascinated by American history and how the government works. I also admin the Facebook group Houston Women's Hiking.
I'm writing a manuscript of our house fire story and practicing living brazenly.
If you go back through our blog you'll read about Bill's perspective of the fire. You'll read about how Hurricane Harvey hit our area mere months after our fire. You'll read about the rawness of panic attacks, PTSD, when our builder walked off the job, and what life looks like post trauma: LIVING life and not just existing. We love the outdoors, we love experiencing the world, we love authentic relationships. This is what you'll find here.
Stronger Than Podcast
Our podcast Stronger Than is about real people telling their stories of hard stuff, their journey, and the beauty that was birthed out of it, and how they became Stronger Than.
You can find our podcast Stronger Than pretty much wherever you get your podcasts (links below).
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.
You'll also find our shop. In the before (what we refer to as before the fire) we had different career paths. The fire really forced us to look at all aspects of our lives, it cleared everything, and we used it as an opportunity to truly curate what we wanted to let back in. The shop is a collection of my art illustrations and stronger than fire gear.