Bush-fire destroys our family home

$3,250 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 12 people in 60 months

I will never. ever. forget Sunday 12th January, 2014. It is the day of the Hills Parkerville-Stoneville bush fires. It is the day our house burned down. Our beloved family home of 35 years at Warm Fuzzy Hill and all the surrounding bushland. To make it worse it burned down on the 14th anniversary of the death of my last partner Russ of 25 years. The same day. Never will I ever forget this is a most significant day::..Never ever.

Unimaginable destruction........such devastation...... so so sad......so much loss....my heart keeps breaking wide open again as we daily remember more and more treasures that have been lost....that have burned to dust and rubble.....unbelievable...

It's been 2 whole weeks now!! Yikes!! Only 2 weeks, not 2 months, not 2 years, not 2 decades nor 2 whatever is bigger than that:.
Surely it has to be. Surely it's been that long. It is T-H-A-T big.
We feel like we have been through so much....so unreal and surreal.

A horrible, horrifying, horrendous heartbreak is what it is....shattered pieces of my heart strewn in the debris and devastation of the broken china and the twisted metal and the melted glass and so many stories lost in the ashes of all the pages of all the books, of all the photo albums.....now just white powdery ash and dust.....and mess...you have no idea the ♡LOVE and life those walls have held......a gigantic loss.....so much history and memories.....

There is a ginormous To Do List to clean up and Urgent Things Needing Doing that the hours in the day are too short.....We have been so blessed with A-M-A-Z-I-N-G "troops" of willing hands who have worked and worked some more.....sweating in the heat and blackened and dirty and dusty environment....

And as well we have been flooded with wonderful generous people who want to help yet are too far away or for other reasons are not physically able to do so. You have been requesting that we set up an ACCOUNT for donations.

Many thanks to ♡Vicky Ho for both your help in cleaning up at Warm Fuzzy Hill but also for giving us the gentle yet firm force and information to get this page and Account set up.

It is special and humbling to feel so supported and LOVED by you all♡ Thank you. Thank you. And Thank you again!!
All your prayers and ♡LOVE and messages of goodwill and generosity have and continue to make a difference.
It feels like we are not in this alone.
♡LOVE and gratitude, Susie and Shelton.

The picture below is of our home from the air. We were very unfortunately shocked to find this photo online and then it was blazoned across the front page of The Australian newspaper the next day. It is how we found out that our house had burned down:..we had to wait anxiously for 2 days after the fire to find out. We had been evacuated and with road blocks everywhere no one was allowed back in::..

Many thanks to ♡Vicky and ♡Adrian - for not only their help in cleaning up at Warm Fuzzy Hill but also for giving us the gentle yet firm force and info to get this page and Account set up. You sure make things happen!!

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$3,250 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 12 people in 60 months
Created January 28, 2014
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52 months ago
Mike Jones
59 months ago

I was so sorry to hear of your loss! You have given so much support to me and others over the years and it is a pleasure to be able to give you a little support when you need it xxx

Jenny Jaine
59 months ago

Your story has touched my heart, I hope this will help you a little to rebuild your beautiful land.

Craig Skelton
60 months ago

Love Light Peace

Deborah Thomson
60 months ago

Dear Susie and Shelton - we can within a whisker of losing our home in semi-rural Melbourne on Black Saturday 5 years ago. We understand how you must feel. As Miguel De Cervantes said "The phoenix hope, can wing her way through the desert skies, and still defying fortune's spite; revive from ashes and rise."

Dale Beaumont
60 months ago

Thinking of you and sending you our support

Kendall Hayes
60 months ago

Small change in the grand scheme of things. But I know it all adds up and I am sending this to you and Shelton with a huge warm hug, lots of love, and the knowledge that you will get through this and rebuild your beautiful life together xxx

liz Edgecombe
60 months ago

hi susie We havent met but as a blueprint member i would like to extend my heartfelt sorry at the loss of your family home. Please accept my small contribution towards the rebuilding. Memories are the greatest treasures.

Paul Johnson
60 months ago
Josie Thomson
60 months ago

My love, encouragement, hope and prayers are with you at this difficult time as you recover and start afresh.

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