Thank You Seems Insufficient

But they are the only words I can say.  To ALL of you who have worked so hard to save not only our lives and homes, but also our community.

Thank You Fire Fighters! 

Thanks to all of you, my family and I moved home yesterday after a week of evacuation.  We slept in our own beds.  I had my first warm shower in over a week.  We moved the goats home last night from their evacuation site at Venetucci Farm.  We moved the chickens and the dogs and the rabbits home from their evacuation site at Pinello Ranch.  I got to cuddle with my kids on our couch this morning.  We are home.  We have a home.  Thank you.

You saved my parent’s neighborhood.

You saved Aunt Audrey and Uncle Randy’s house.

You are ALL amazing, and I’m fortunate to know some of you.  Tim, Marvin and Travis, thank you for everything you have done to protect people, homes and communities.  I am in awe of your strength, passion, determination and dedication.

A sign hung at the intersection of Fontanero and 31st Streets.

Thank you to the police, sheriff and National Guard:  My policeman friend Vern has spent long hours away from his wife and daughter to keep so many other people safe during the fire.

Thank you to all of the Colorado Springs Utilities employees for working long hours to help people get safely back into their homes.  Our friend Sandy, an environmental scientist for the Utilities, has been testing hundreds of water samples to ensure that the fire affected water is safe for all of the people who are going to drink it.

Thank you KRDO radio.  Many times, our only source of information was on the radio.  105.5 fm and 1240 am were our lifelines.

Thank you Rich Harvey and Jerri Marr.  You have earned the respect and adoration of an entire community.  Thank you for communicating the status of the fire with us so clearly and effectively. 

Thank you.  Thank you.  Thank you.

–  The Goat Cheese Lady

About The Goat Cheese Lady

I am Lindsey. At first I was a city girl. Growing up, the closest thing I had to farm animals were a cat and a cockatiel. In 2009, Herbert (my husband) and I bought our first milk goat and I instantly became an urban farmgirl, attempting to balance city and farm life..before I knew “urban homesteading” was a thing. That’s when we began The Goat Cheese Lady Farm, hence The Goat Cheese Lady blog you’re visiting now. After moving to the country in 2014, I embarked on life as a rural farmgirl. We continued teaching farm and cheesemaking classes, raising more goats and began construction on our cheese creamery. But life had other plans and in 2017, we decided that, due to financial and health issues, we had to close the farm for business. No more classes, no more creamery, a lot less milking. We went back to off farm jobs, I as an Occupational Therapist, Herbert in construction with his business, D&A Home Remodeling. At that point, I made a silent promise to myself that I would corral my entrepreneurial mind and focus on a job for a year. Well, it has been a year and I am back. Not to classes, cheese, soap or lotion, but back to writing. I love it. I’m not sure where it will lead me, but that’s where I’m starting. I’ll continue to write as The Goat Cheese Lady for now, and whatever the future holds, I’ll let you know. Our two boys are 14 and 11 and continue to be louder than my sister and I ever were. We have two dogs, Montaña and Flash, a cat, Jumpy, a flock of chickens and three goats. Yes, we still have Lucy, the goat who helped us start it all and was milked by over 1,000 people. She’s retired but still the boss. Chocolate provides enough milk for our family with some to spare for the dogs. Soccer friends, school friends, coyotes and mice are frequent visitors. There are way too many flies and every so often we see an owl. I’m glad you’re here. Sometimes you’ll laugh out loud, other times you’ll be inspired to appreciate the small things. My hope is that, over your morning cup of coffee or your afternoon work break, you’ll enjoy the antics and inspiration that are my daily life. Lindsey
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2 Responses to Thank You Seems Insufficient

  1. Lori says:

    SO glad to hear that all is well, at least with your family. Still praying for others not as fortunate.

  2. Shawni says:

    I am so glad everyone is ok. What a blessing to be back home. I know the community has a lot of healing to do and I am said that our hometown community lost so much.

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