So THIS just happened We were out in Atlanta most of the day. We got home tonight around 9:30. As we pulled in the garage, I smelled something burning. My first thought is that I needed to have the brakes checked. We came inside, put the baby to bed, and watched a show in the living room. After a few hours, we still smelled something. We didn’t see any smoke, but the smell definitely hadn’t gone anywhere. Neither one of felt great about going to bed without knowing what was going on. Several years ago, the thermostat box caught fire in our living room. Luckily, someone was sleeping on our couch at the time, and reacted quickly. We looked online tonight, and read advice to check all electrical plates in the area to see if they were warm. They all checked out. Just to make sure, I called the fire department to ask advice. I didn’t get anyone. Just to make sure, I called 911. I began to explain the situation. After a few questions, the operator told us to get the baby out of the crib, and for the whole family to go and wait in the car in the driveway. She said she would send someone to check it out. Within minutes, our road was filled with flashing lights and our house was flooded with heroes. I think about 4-5 emergency vehicles, and what had to be at least 10-15 members of the fire department. They did a thorough check, and determined that the smell is probably coming from somewhere outside. We are very humbled by the overwhelming response, but so grateful for those who fight for our safety everyday. I was apologizing to one of the fire fighters as they were leaving. I said, “I’m sorry you came all the way out here. I really just meant to get advice.” He said, “no problem. That’s our job.” What a cool job. On the plus side, my daughter found the experiencing thrilling. Maybe her bday theme will change from Cinderella to Fireman.

So THIS just happened

We were out in Atlanta most of the day. We got home tonight around 9:30. As we pulled in the garage, I smelled something burning. My first thought is that I needed to have the brakes checked. We came inside, put the baby to bed, and watched a show in the living room. After a few hours, we still smelled something. We didn’t see any smoke, but the smell definitely hadn’t gone anywhere.

Neither one of felt great about going to bed without knowing what was going on. Several years ago, the thermostat box caught fire in our living room. Luckily, someone was sleeping on our couch at the time, and reacted quickly.
We looked online tonight, and read advice to check all electrical plates in the area to see if they were warm. They all checked out. Just to make sure, I called the fire department to ask advice. I didn’t get anyone. Just to make sure, I called 911. I began to explain the situation. After a few questions, the operator told us to get the baby out of the crib, and for the whole family to go and wait in the car in the driveway. She said she would send someone to check it out.

Within minutes, our road was filled with flashing lights and our house was flooded with heroes. I think about 4-5 emergency vehicles, and what had to be at least 10-15 members of the fire department. They did a thorough check, and determined that the smell is probably coming from somewhere outside.

We are very humbled by the overwhelming response, but so grateful for those who fight for our safety everyday. I was apologizing to one of the fire fighters as they were leaving. I said, “I’m sorry you came all the way out here. I really just meant to get advice.” He said, “no problem. That’s our job.” What a cool job.

On the plus side, my daughter found the experiencing thrilling. Maybe her bday theme will change from Cinderella to Fireman.

Aaron is the pastor of Spring of Life, a new church in Portland, Oregon. He's the owner of Amplify Creative.