Monday, February 09, 2009

Words could never describe the past two days...........NEVER!!

A VIEW FROM ABOVE OF OUR STATE VICTORIA BURNING

108 confirmed dead - many more missing
(NOW ITS 131 CONFIRMED DEAD)
NOW 173 DEAD............
over 230++ lost...........
we are all so sad.
750 houses lost - many more yet unknown
1300 homes lost now.
2800 homes were lost.
31 fires still burning
Many towns GONE! - nothing left
Bushfire disaster - many fires lit by firebugs.




There are too many stories too sad to put words to!!!
but I keep thinking about the young man, skin falling from his body holding his little baby child and looking for help telling the story his older child and wife have been killed in the fire.
May the fire bug Rot in hell!!!
Or the father and husband this morning asking if anyone has seen his family. His wife and three children still missing.
The television shows nothing but town after town now gone!! home after home destroyed!! family after family missing!!
In Bendigo our son's home missed the fire by just one street. He cannot believe all that beautiful bush around him and 65 homes and a life lost and his home still stands.

37 comments:

Susie said...

My dear friend,
I've been so worried! Thank you for this post which relieved me that you were safe, but just brought tears to my eyes for what has happened.
It is horrific beyond words.
Such a senseless loss of life due to arson.
with love and ((hugs))

Flip Flop Floozie said...

Gracious..I guess that I have not been paying attention to the TV..Mike says that he knew about it...wow!! I am so glad that you two are safe and your son and his family too...These stupid people that start fires...Awful!!

Susan said...

Oh my word, Lee Ann!!!! How horrible. Please be safe. I have heard NOTHING on the news about this. We are too embroiled in our "economic crises" for the news networks to take time for anything else I guess. We ALL better stay under the protection of His wings. Psalm 91!!!!!
Susan

Susan said...

P.S. Lee Ann, We are just watching the evening Sunday news here and ABC did report about the fires. I wanted to correct myself.
Susan

Gina E. said...

Been trying to call you but without success - just get the answering machines. It's been awful. One of my friends works for the Bendigo Bank in Hurstbridge, and she said today many of their customers who lived in Kinglake and St Andrews have lost everything, and have been coming into the bank for the government hand out. She said it has been heart breaking.

Puss-in-Boots said...

I am so glad you're safe, Lee-ann. As for the arsonists, it's not just arson any more...it's murder.

Lark said...

Oh Lee-Ann,you are right that words can't describe it, I am so glad you are ok, it could so easily have been one of our little towns, how lucky are we? I am just in shock today, everyone here is walking around silently and there are no tourists, it is strange.

Much love (and stay safe),

Allison xxx

Crown of Beauty said...

Hi Lee-Ann, I have thought of you, as I know you are from Australia, and Ipray all will be normalized soon. May God keep you and your loved ones safe in HIs loveing arms.

Annie said...

Mother of God, LeeAnn. I'm just sick for all of you and this terrible tragedy playing out throughout your country. Unbelievable. I'm so glad the fire missed your town. Close it was, but, a miss is a miss. I'm staying more closely tuned in this week to see how things are going. Love, Annie

Armelle said...

Lee Ann, my heart goes to you and the people around you. Please keep safe.

Millie said...

We have been seeing reports of the terrible fires, and it is mind-boggling. And we complain about our cold weather!
A big hug to you from a Canadian

Mary said...

Lee Ann,

I saw the pictures on the news. What a horrific experience to go through. I can't believe someone did this deliberately. I hope they catch him and put him in prison for life.

I am praying for you and your family, your neighbour and the others that are facing this terrible ordeal. May God keep you safe in His hand.

Blessings,
Mary

Alice said...

Oh, Lee Ann, such a terrible, heartbreaking thing to happen. I can't imagine how bad it is. I saw your PM on tv this morning and he looked just sick. I'm so glad you and your family are safe. I hope you won't mind a prayer going up for you.

Marilyn Miller said...

Definitely, so sad! I also hope the fires soon stop and people can heal. I did see it in the news here. Love and prayers are sent your way.

Kerri said...

Hello dear Lee-ann, I'm so glad to know you're safe! How terrifying to have the fire come so close to your little town. My heart breaks for all those who've endured the misery of these horrific events. It's impossible to imagine such dreadful happenings! I thank God you and your family are safe and pray for the families who've lost so much. My prayers are with you all. Thanks for letting us know you're OK. Sending love and a big hug, my friend.

Winifred said...

It's so tragic seeing this on the news all the time. The BBC is carrying the story and there's lots of information on the website to help people see what's happening.

Hard to believe that anyone could have done this deliberately.

It's hard enough to see your home go up in flames but families and firemen losing their lives, it's awful.

Take care Lee-Ann

Diane@Diane's Place said...

My heart aches for all the lives and property lost in the fires. Please be safe and take care, my friend.

Love and hugs,

Diane

Linda said...

We watched the news in horror! What a terrible, terrible tragedy. You are all in our prayers - absolutely.

Mrs. Mac said...

This is most terrible, the news about all of the fires in Australia! I do pray that you will be spared from harms way dear friend. Not so for many of your neighboring towns and people. May God keep you and your family safe.

The Vintage Rose said...

Its so sad and almost surreal! Glad you are safe! Good to see "the Aussie Spirit" in action.

PEA said...

Dearest Lee-ann, my heart goes out to you and all those who are being affected by these horrible fires. We've been seeing on our news the total devastation and to think that some of those fires were started by someone just makes me ill. Please stay safe and know that I'm thinking of you. xoxo

Dyane said...

I'm just sitting here crying while reading this. You are all in my thoughts & prayers.

Jeanette said...

Hi dear Lee-Ann.. What can I say .Im totally devastated and shed a tear every time i watch the new. I hope they catch the arsonist and he rots in hell.
Im normally a very placid person .but this is the most despicable act so many lives and wordly possessions gone forever..

Daisy said...

Such a senseless and horrible tragedy! You and those in your area are in my thoughts and prayers.

Tammy said...

I watched, in horror, on CNN as even more fires have been set. My prayer's are with you and your countrymen. Stay safe! HUG

Brenda said...

OMG I haven't even had time for the news. It is so sad,but glad your safe.

Maggie Ann said...

Oh Lee-Ann how horrible...what an awlful nightmare. To think that someone would deliberately set some of these fires...unthinkable! I cannot imagine the suffering even one person/family has gone through, let alone so many and at such a horrible cost. Thank God no one can harm or destroy the eternal security of our souls. The devil would do it if he could. Sin is so wicked and such a destroyer. I too am thankful you are alright.

Mountain Mama said...

I have been following the news and am apalled at the devastation. God help all the people who have been injured or have lost loved ones from this henious act.
There is no punishment great enough for someone who would do this.
I have seen pictures of the animals running in terror from the flames and to know that humans were doing the same makes me furious at the one who caused it.
I pray for the Lord's comfort and healing to all who were affected.

Jess said...

Praying hard for you and for all the other victims as well.

Glad you are safe.


Lots of love
Jess

Barbara said...

I found your blog today by chance. I want to say how sorry I am for all the losses. It's just terrible!

I am now one of your followers. Please come to visit me at The Serenity Gate. Blessings to you.

Mrs. Mac said...

Praying you are safe dear friend.

Gina E. said...

Just checking in to see how you and Rob are, Lee-ann. I got your email about the accident; sorry I haven't replied to it. I'd intended to try and phone you again, but time just got away. Ken said he could see the fire flames from Eastlink today. This is getting worse, not better. We finally got our rainwater tank installed, but it's far too late of course. Everything is dead or dying, and we just spent $260 having the front yard cleared.

Gina said...

Be safe dear! My heart goes out...

Flip Flop Floozie said...

Lee-ann...are you okay? I have not heard from you in a long time now..Please let me know..Sandy

A Brit in Tennessee said...

Be safe dear friend,
My heart goes out to you and all the victims...
It is so horrific, I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

racheld said...

OH, My Dear,

I just discovered this site, and the dismay and sorrow I feel for you and your beautiful country---to sad for words.

I hope you'll check back in soon, and let us hear how you and your countrymen are faring. Please be safe and well, and remember you have countless strangers who are friends thinking of you.

rachel

Libby Murphy said...

I'm so sorry for the tragedy that so many of you have endured. What a heat wrenching story of this father and child. On another note, I love your Mom's Poppy painting - really delightful! My prayers will be with your community that faith, strength and determination will slowly bring some normalcy back to your lives.

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