What used to look like this:

See the barn raising here

now looks like this:

On Saturday some of my 4H girls, their families, and friends from my trail riding group came to help clean up. We moved bent metal, picked up burned and melted junk, and pulled up the brick floor in the workshop corner. The youngest helper was 8 years old, but she worked hard carrying found tools and bricks to one pile or another, and picking up nails and screws.

It was amazing to realize that plastic melts into nothingness. There were a few hunks of solidified plastic goo, but so many buckets and other items were just gone without a trace.

Random, unidentifiable, melted metal objects.

Hubby's aluminum extension ladder is now a few hunks of shiny melted metal:

This piece is less than a foot long; there is a matching piece, both found where the ladder should have been, so I am sure they are all that's left of the ladder. I couldn't help it, I had to look it up: aluminum melts at 1,220°F.

I think these two buckles were from the horse blankets that were stored in a bin.

I had one very tough moment, but for the most part I was able to work alongside everyone else. Having people to talk to really helped. It kept my mind occupied.

I told my 4H girls that I now have a barn safety list and I will be inspecting their horse barns.

The relatively flat and straight metal siding will go to the home of one of the 4Hers to fix up their horse barn. Her mom says it needs some serious help, such as "new" metal on the roof to cover the holes. The bent and warped metal will hopefully be recycled as scrap, once our flatbed trailer is up and running again or we find someone who will haul the scrap away for us.

Thank you to all who helped; I am so grateful for your help.



  1. Dear Kathi, I am so sorry for this.

    I know that the burden is so heavy... trust the Lord. He is Good. He is Near, and His plan is always perfect.

    I am praying for you. Thank you for sharing this with us... I know how difficult it must be for you.

    Oh I'm so sorry for this.
    May the Lord Jesus bless you and keep you, and encourage you.

    I'm so thankful you had some help on Saturday.
    In Him, Carra

  2. Dearest Kathi;

    These photographs certainly do bring the horrors of your situation more home to me. :( It is so sad and my heart goes out to you very much.

    I am praying for you with all my heart. The Lord knows all things, dear Kathi, and everything He ordains for you is to be, like this terribly hot fire that melted the metal objects in your barn, a fire in your own life to melt you and purge you into a vessel more able to suit His Work.

    May Jesus be with you Kathi, and keep going! Don't give up!

    With much love in Him;

  3. So nice to have such good help. It is amazing to find little bits and pieces of familiar things. Do you know what started the fire? I have missed it if you have already mentioned it. Again, I am so sorry!

  4. Kathi, I just read about the fire; I am so sorry! When you're ready to get goats again, say the word. You know I have Alpines and Lamanchas, but I can help you locate Nubians.

  5. Dear Kathi, I am so sorry for,your great loss! There are no words sufficient to express how I wish I could help you through this...

    Your grief surely looms above mine, though for me the realization of all you have lost has stifled my words, and emptied the tears from my heart.

    Yet we know... Yes, KNOW... that "God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose."
    Kathi, I will continue to pray, as God shows us He can bring GOOD from what you are going through.
    All glory to Him!


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