Friends started calling me a “Cabin Mama” after I bought my dream home — a little log cabin under the pines in Colorado.
I’d always wanted to live in a log cabin in the woods. As kids, we spent our summers at a 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, fell in love with the mountains and swore to return. 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 town. It was tiny, full of holes, dirty and very old, but we loved it just the same! And it had history. It was built in 1924 and once belonged to one of the first schoolteachers in our community.
It was like a constant vacation living in that cabin and we had great fun with family and friends. 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 ours. 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. The photo below shows what our home looked like after they allowed us back onto our property. What a mess!
Our Wildfire Stories
It’s a New Day!
Overall, life has been a blessing despite the ups and downs. We have what’s most precious – God’s love, family, friends, rewarding work and a sweet, smart, handsome husband. The picture below was taken at our wedding. (Some say we should model for dentist commercials!)
I hope you too have survived struggles and are on the brighter side of life. Thank you for becoming a new friend. I hope you’ll share your comments or send a note and say hello!
Warm regards, Laura Lollar (the Cabin Mama)