Friday, 4 July 2014

An Update

It's hard to believe it's been a week and a half already. We still know very little about when we're able to move back in again, although at least we know that the building is safe to move back into. They've also ruled out technical fault as a cause and are suspecting arson, the thought of which makes me sick.



We've been back to our apartment a few times now to get things out or organise things. There's very little damage to our flat, since not much smoke actually got in. I think it helps that we and our neighbours exited through our balconies and didn't open the door to the stairwell so not too much smoke came in through there.






Our apartment, especially the kitchen, did get really hot though. The fire must have been pretty much directly under us, since the smoke came out the basement window at our balcony.

I'm not sure this hook is all that functional anymore?

this poor spoon was lying next to the sink.

We need to wear face-masks if we go in, since the smoke is still lingering. Again, our apartment isn't too full of smoke. I was really glad to have a mask when I was in the kitchen though, cleaning out the sink still standing will water in coffee mugs. There's no water so I wrapped them in newspaper and took them elsewhere to wash.


While they try to restore electricity, gas and water to the building and clean the walls, we're really thankful that the building is still structurally safe. We were also well aware that something good MUST come from the whole situation.

And we've seen it.

Like, I've learned to cycle with no hands. (For a few seconds at a time, at least) The cycle path to where we're living is quiet and flat and fairly straight, giving me the perfect chance to practice. Plus, Wehrda and the paths around here are just beautiful.


We've got to know our friends so much better. Living with them for over a week has been so much fun, sharing life and stress and uncertainty has been balanced by sharing laughter and meals and responsibility. Plus, I learned how to do a fish tail braid during the Germany-Algeria game half-time. Happens when there are 6 girls, I guess?


Our building has united, at least a little. Neighbours have become so much more important, and looking out for one another, sharing information and meeting for meals is becoming possible.


We've seen God's provision. I've sort of lost track of all the places we could live next - so many people have offered us place to live, given us their apartment or rooms, and we have no fear of tomorrow. It's good to be a part of God's family in Marburg!

With that said, tomorrow we move to our next place where we'll be for a week, until we know more information and are able to decide where we should go.

14 comments:

  1. Oh man, that spoon does not look too happy! It's so good that you guys have had your friends step up to help you guys and let you stay with them during this time! I hope the building gets fixed up soon!

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  2. The more you post about it the more unreal it seems and I am so glad you are safe and sound!

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  3. wowowow. im just now catching up - youuu're the one whos been busy! I'm so thankful y'all are safe and so many others. phew. really makes you take a step back. praying for you!

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  4. So glad you have friends to look after you. Arson though? Rather a sickening thought. If they suspect arson, that explains how long it's taking for them to clean the building up. Hope you're back in soon.

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  5. aww erica, i'm sorry this is still going on! it's awful to think about the arson, but hopefully they discover it was something else? it's just hard to imagine anyone doing something like that... but, on the positive side, times like these always make it easy to see your blessings (Each other, friends to help, etc)

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  6. I hope the building gets fixed soon so you can move back in. It's nice to know that you have friends who offered you a place to stay.

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  7. Erica, this is absolutely crazy! I am so sorry you guys have to go through this but I am glad that most of your apartment is still in tact. Arson--that is seriously terrible :( Sending you lots of virtual hugs!

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  8. The spoon has definitely seen better days! And definitely great to have friends right now!

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  9. It could have been much, much worse, really thankful that it wasn't! :)

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  10. I'm thankful too! ;)
    And yes, it does make the 'storing treasures in heaven' advice seen a lot more real when all earthy possessions are suddenly in danger of being lost so suddenly!

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  11. The thought of arson, and they're suspecting that it could be somebody from the building itself, makes my stomach turn... but you're right, it might not be a great idea to move in when it could happen again.

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  12. I really hope they do! They're questioning everybody in the building trying to find out, but since it was night time I doubt anybody saw anything.

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  13. Me too - things could've been so much worse and I'm so thankful that there was actually very little damage!

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