Hi friends..... Dec. 4th, 2016
I can't believe 2016 is almost over. It's been a whirlwind year, filled with highs and lows... both of which have been to the extreme for our family in the past two weeks. On the "high" end, our oldest son, Derek got married on Nov. 25th to an amazing young lady named Emily and we were so blessed to see them have a perfect wedding day. As they drove off from their wedding reception we had no idea that we were all about to experience a big low.... in the form of the Gatlinburg Fires.
We own a cabin in Gatlinburg. Derek and Emily chose to spend their honeymoon in that sweet little mountain town, tucked away in our family cabin for a few days. Little did we know that they would literally be running for their lives before the trip was over. NewsChannel 5 did a little story on it, for those that are interested, here is the link: http://www.newschannel5.com/news/couple-escape-gatlinburg-fire-during-their-honeymoon
Also, I am documenting the story on my blog: www.marciaramirez.blogspot.com
So, although we are so sad to lose our place in the mountains, we are INCREDIBLY GRATEFUL that the kids got out, and for me, that is our Christmas MIRACLE!! As we navigate through this holiday season, juggling all the emotions of the fire trauma, we will choose to focus on those that weren't as lucky as us. Lives were lost. People lost their main residences and everything they own with it. Most of the stories coming out of G'burg are heartbreaking, but there are a few that are heartwarming as well. The people of East TN are strong and committed to one another. They will continue to help each other through these losses and they will band together and rebuild. Please keep them all in your prayers for awhile. They will need it. THANK YOU.
In other news.... I am still excited about going in the studio at the end of this month to FINALLY start working on my new CD. This one is a long-time in the making and I can't wait to share these new songs with you all! The CC schedule is starting to fill up for 2017 and I hope to see some of your sweet faces out on the road next year... either at some of MY shows, or at CC shows. (You can go to www.christophercross.com for all info about CC and his 2017 schedule.)
In closing, I wish all of you a beautiful holiday season. May you all be safe and secure, and be able to count your blessings. We are certainly counting each one of ours. Traumas have a way of refocusing your priorities and ours just got re-aligned in a big way. Thank you to all who have reached out to us. We know we are being lifted up and carried through this storm. We feel it.
Happy Holidays to you all....
Be good to yourselves and those around you....
Love and Blessings,