Friends started calling me “Cabin Mama” after I bought my dream home – a little log cabin in the Ponderosa pines.
I’d always wanted to live in a log cabin in the woods. As kids, we spent our summers at Camp Pinehurst, the cabin grandpa built in Upstate New York near Canandaigua Lake. We loved running through the trees on our stick ponies, going on snipe hunts, picking wild strawberries and roasting marshmallows in the fireplace at the end of the great room. Three generations of family had clam bakes, deer hunts, reunions, poker games, work parties and other gatherings there. We were really lucky to have it!
Here’s the cabin Grandpa built…
Decades later, I was stationed with the Air Force in Colorado and fell in love with the mountains. This New Yorker swore to return and find a little log under the pines. It took a few years, but after a “life changing event,” the kids and I moved back to Colorado. Almost two decades went by before my dream came true and I found a cabin not far from the city. It was tiny, full of holes and very old, but it was all mine! And it was a constant vacation to live there. We had great fun at that cabin. That is, until the wildfire.
On June 11, 2013 and for nine days after, Colorado’s most destructive wildfire burned over 14,000 acres and 507 homes, including mine. Two of my neighbors died. It was surreal. It took a while to rebuild and recover. It also took some time before I felt like I could write anything funny again. You can read my posts on the wildfire on this blog.
I grew up in a very happy home and am blessed with a wonderful family, all of whom now live in Colorado too. I joined the Air Force right after high school. What a ride that was! There’s nothing like joining the military to grow you up fast. After seven years active duty, I rejoined the civilian world and had three great children, two boys and a daughter. Both my sons served in the Air Force. One son and his wife have given me two beautiful grandchildren.
JOBS: I was a paralegal in the Air Force. I’ve been a phone rep, a sales and service team manager, a professional speaker, facilitator, trainer, consultant and coach. I’ve tweeted for the Mayor of Colorado Springs and I’ve mucked out horse stalls on a 400-head trotter farm. With every job, I learned something important. No job was ever a waste of time. And I’ve been self-employed since 1997. You can check out my business website at CommunicateColorado.com.
Life has been a blessing, but it hasn’t always been easy. I’ve been divorced, broke, struggled to help my kids through trying times, lost a job due to illness and then lost our home to the wildfire. But I have what’s most precious – faith, family, friends, work I love and my handsome husband.
(I waited 23 years for that wonderful guy! We married in 2017.) Through it all though, God has been good to us.
I hope you too have survived struggles and are on the brighter side of life. Thank you for becoming a new friend and I hope you’ll share comments or send me a note to say hello.
Warmest regards, Laura Lollar (Cabin Mama)