Today for the first time since the Oso slide on March 22, my Grandma was able to really hear. Her hearing aids were lost in the slide at my parents home. Phonak Health/Medical Pharmaceuticals has generously donate new hearing aids. I called my Mom today when they were leaving The Hearing & Balance Lab, just to see how it was going. When I asked my Mom how is Grandma doing, I heard my Grandma say, " I can hear you and I'm seating in the back seat." I was so happy to hear the excitement from her voice. Grandma has been having some really hard, challenging moments with her confusion and health issues. Thank you so much Phonak for giving my Grandma the ability to hear our voices again.
It's offical Mom & Dad have put an offer on a house in Oso. We are at the beginning of this process, but hope to have them in their new home sometime in July. The house is located on Deer Creek behind the Oso Fire Station. I want to thank everyone for your continual prayers. Everyday we wake up and remember the events on the morning of March 22. We are forever changed, but know our job is to move forward. Our thoughts and prayers continue for all the families of Steelhead Dr.
Mom and Dad out by the fire :)
Today has been a great day. My husband and I worked on the back patio for my parents. We are far from done...but we are working on giving them back their Friday night dates. Every Friday they would hangout at their home on Steelhead drive drinking a glass of wine and just enjoying the view of the mountians out by the fire. We are putting in a dry river bed and they were given a cute propane firepit. We are trying to give them a small slice of their old home here in Arlington.
Today we celebrated Mother's Day, a day the holds even more meaning. We can't help but think of familes who no longer have their Mom to enjoy a hug or a conversation... We are a blessed family who will be forever changed. We no longer take family gatherings for granted... WE LOVE and appreciate every memory we get to share with each other.
My parents home on Steelhead Drive before the slide
30812 Steelhead Drive
Today after work I came home like I do everyday and saw my parents. This is a gift that I'm so incredibly grateful for :) My parents are so strong and I'm very proud of them. They have a dream of moving into a place back up in OSO. We will be starting the process and using these funds for the down payment.
Last week my Dad, Kelly and I went up to the slide... A drive we have done many, many times... It felt like a dream.... My heart was beating faster and faster the closer we got to mile post 37..... I remember looking over at my daughter as her tears fell.... for this was real....Our paradise was no longer visible.... In a blink of an eye Steelhead Drive has vanished... It's hard to believe so many happy faces are gone... Neighbors will no longer be with us on those warm summer days down at the swimming hole.... How can this be... Why did this happen???? I was given great advise last week at a workshop for handeling trama... STOP TRYING TO UNDERSTAND.... WE WILL NEVER UNDERSTAND WHAT HAPPENED ON MARCH 22... Our new journey is to go forward and help heal so many broken hearts... We will never forget.... but we will be strong for all of those who lost loved ones. We are not just OSO STRONG, but my Mom says WE ARE LOVE STRONG..... Thank you everyone for your generous donations and your continual prayers for my family.
Another week has passed..... the funerals have started with another wave of emotion... My parents are taking it day by day... moment by moment... They find healing and comfort when they unite with fellow surviors of Steelhead Drive. This Oso Strong community is so amazing. This week the Sheriff will be taking my Dad and I out to the site. It's time and they feel we need to do this before WSDOT moves in to work on 530. Mom wants to remember Steelhead Drive as it was.... So she will not be making the trip with us. Please continue to keep OSO, Washington in your prayers.
Today was the first time I made the drive back up to OSO. A drive that I have done thousands of times over the years... 4 weeks ago today I got the call that changed our hearts forever... Mom and Dad have good days and very hard moments.. Dad is back making stencils for signs and Mom is journaling every morning. They are wanting to find a place back in Oso. They LOVE this community and I understand why. Oso, Washington is their HOME. Please continue to pray for the recovery and for all the amazing volunteers.
Distruction and pain put OSO, Washington in the news headlines.
Our hearts ache for so many people and we will miss so many happy faces.
The generosity has been so AMAZING and you are making a difference. 30812 Steelhead Drive was my parents home....It was our paradise....
I have no answers nor will I ever understand why this slide happened. What I can tell you the outpouring of support for this community is changeing the distruction and pain headlines to communties gathering and supporting eachother. Strangers are no longer strangers. Oso is no longer just a place between Arlington and Darrington, OSO Washington is NOW a place of HOPE a PLACE of strength thanks to all of you.
Thank you everyone for all the LOVE and support you have showed my family. Today my parents went up to Darrington to bring my Dad's homemade chicken noodle soup to some of the volunteers. They introduced themselves to a few workers and found out more information in regards to the slide. They have such amazing strength and faith. Our hearts and prayers are with the families who lost loved ones.
Coffee Shack Co.
Thank you to everyone who purchased raffle tickets today to help support the Thompson Family from Oso.
For our friends at the Coffee Shack who do not yet know...today was the beginning of a raffle to help support one of our bakers...Jody Randall's Mom, Dad and Grandmother who thankfully had JUST left their home on Steelhead Ridge before the mudslide.
We will be selling $1 raffle tickets today through end of day Thursday April 3rd. You will have the chance to win 3 times.
Three businesses have generously donated to the raffle. Kelley's BBQ & Catering a $75 Gift Certificate, Conway Pub a $50 Gift Certificate and Lenz Enterprises in Stanwood 2 yards of beauty bark. All proceeds from this raffle will go directly to Ron and Gail Thompson. We thank you in advance for your amazing and generous hearts! We truly have some awesome customers
I want to say THANK YOU to everyone!!!! The support for this community and my parents is AMAZING!!! We are a TEAM!!! I couldn't do this without each and every one of you!!!! I LOVE OUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS!!!! This road will be hard... But we have to stay strong and help these families.
Here is a link to the newscast with Ron, Gail and Jen. http://www.king5.com/news/local/Survivors-of-2006-landslide-near-Oso-recalls--252396171.html
Thanks to everyone for your generous donations and thoughtful words. Many of you have asked about how to help with other items like housing, furniture, ect.. Once things get sorted a bit more Jen will post updates on this site on how Ron and Gail are doing and what additional help they may need. I am getting a computer set up for them now so they will be able to see this on their own as well and also be able to respond.
Keep all the families and victims in your hearts and prayers - Jim Pemberton
If interested, Ron and Gail's story will be on KONG Channel 6 @ 9pm this evening. Keep all the victims in your prayers - Jim
This is Jennifer, Ron & Gails daughter
I just showed my parents all your messages tonight. They are grateful for all your kind words and generous donations. Mom and Dad have been told insurance will not cover their loss of their home. They are deeply heartbroken for so many of their missing friends and neighbors. Please keep everyone in your prayers.
Thank you to everyone for your kind words, prayers and generosity. I saw Ron and Gail at Jen's house today and they were taken back by all this support. Jen was going to show them all the notes you have each left them on this site later tonight. I'm sure you will be hearing from them soon.
Help Ron and Gail Thompson after their total loss from the Oso 530 mudslide. They were lucky enough to have just left the house before it happened but they lost everything they had and are starting from nothing with their elderly mother. Their daughter Jennifer Johnson is collecting money to help them. They are currently being told there will be no insurance money to cover landslides of this nature and will be unable to recover the property lost.
30812 Stealhead Dr, Arlington, wa 98223
From Seattle Times Article on 3/25/2014
Ron and Gail Thompson moved into a one-bedroom cabin on five acres on Steelhead Drive in 2003, said their daughter, Jennifer Johnson, of Arlington.
When the 2006 mudslide hit the area, the Thompsons made soup and tater tots for Army Corps of Engineers officials and a TV news crew, Johnson said.
"I had conversations with the Army Corps of Engineers the last time this happened. They showed me a map and said Mom and Dad's house would be safe," she said Monday.
"When we moved them in there, I never in a million years, never in a billion years, thought about (a mudslide) ... Dad was like, "˜We're going to be fine,' and I just believed him."
Johnson's parents and 85-year-old grandmother left their house eight minutes before the slide hit on Saturday morning for a trip to Costco, Johnson said. The couple lost everything, including Ron's new John Deere tractor and Gail's Volkswagen.
"I don't regret them living there. ... I hurt for my parents, but that's where they wanted to be," Johnson said.
Johnson said she won't let her parents live on the water again.
"They are in mourning; they're in shock," she said. "They're heartbroken for their neighbors."
King5 Newscast with Ron, Gail and Jen http://www.king5.com/news/local/Survivors-of-2006-landslide-near-Oso-recalls--252396171.html
Q13Fox Article: http://q13fox.com/2014/03/26/how-to-help-mudslide-victims-families-and-surrounding-community/#umh4l7LgYPPg5VT1.01
**Jennifer Johnson of Arlington, WA is the daughter of Ron and Gail Thompson of 30812 Stealhead Dr, Arlington, WA 98223. Ron and Gail are staying with Jenninfer and the funds are collected by her and go to a joint account with Jennifer and her Mom. All proceeds go towards helping them get a new place to live and vital items to re-establish themselves. Jim Pemberton is also an adminstator on this site. All e-mail will go to Jim and be forwarded to the family.