Location: Sonoma County, CA
You don’t suppose you’ll come home to the most deadly fire in California’s recorded history, but that’s what happened. What was supposed to be a stopover suddenly turned into a shocking struggle of survival and bureaucracy. Our family and loved ones are safe, but not all were so fortunate. It was traumatizing for the entire commuity. Mom and Dad lost everything. At one point all I had was the clothes on my back. Well, they say everything happens for a reason..
The main purpose for our return was a joyful celebration of the highly anticipated union of our dear cousin Lilli and Brad. But the Universe had something more sinister in store. A massive firestorm. 90,000 people were evacuated. We lost all of our vital records, jewelry, travel gear and documents (i.e. Passports). Now, over four months later, we finally continue on with our travels.
So much happened during our return, from tragic to wonderful. Almost too much, and yet it was all somehow meant to be. Arelia learned to ride her bike. We camped out in Grandma Carol’s backyard for 2 weeks. The best part was reuniting with family and friends. Our nieces, Zoe and Kira, and our nephews, Louis and Theo, are so very dear to our hearts. Sonoma County is ridiculously beautiful. And yet, as we spread our wings and head off to Finland, there is a comforting sense of excitement among the four of us. Traveling is just so darn fun (and sort of addicting)!