The last week has been very stressful and emotional, but mostly it has been full of THANKFULNESS!! Last Monday the stars were lined up for us, as we had a fire here at our home and the Quonset and the Butcher House burned to the ground. The siding on the house was melted, but thanks to someone looking out for us, our house is still standing. Everything that burned is just stuff, stuff that can be replaced, but through all that bad we learned that the most important things like family, friends, and community are not replaceable. Our daughter-in-law said, here in the Hills we are all family and that is so true! To the Neu Muehl Colony, we are so proud to call you our friends. You are there for us whenever and whatever we need. Thanks for your quick response with your water truck and for the Rubbermaid tubs full of food, the goodies and coffee. You helped to save our house. Your hugs, words of support and visits in the days following were genuine and we will hold onto them forever. Thank you Day Lenfesty for always having that truck full of water and being such an important part of this wonderful community that we live in. To all the friends and neighbors who came to the fire, your thoughts, your help, the phone call with that familiar voice at the end of the line and the food you brought will never be forgotten. It definitely helped us get through that day. Special Areas and Homestead Coulee Firefighters, your timing and response was impeccable. We are so fortunate to live in rural Alberta and we know that we are as safe as we can be with your fire fighting capabilities. ATCO you put us on top of your list for that day and got our power pole replaced so that Derek Bramwell could work his magic and get power back to our house and to our cows. We realize that other customers were put on hold so we could have this great service. To Our Family… you will never know how lucky we feel to have you all so close. Knowing that you are just a phone call away, to come give us those all important hugs and to take over in situations like this fire is heartwarming. To everyone, please hug your family ever chance you get and stop for that cup of coffee with your neighbor; they are the ones that will be there when you need them most. Tony and I have a new appreciation for life and know that we are very lucky. We hope that we can Pay It Forward. Remember the only people with whom you should try to get even with are those who have helped you. Huge Hugs from the Hills!