As Oso couple rebuild their lives, they focus on the good

Fate has landed Ron and Gail Thompson back here. They’re counting their blessings as they piece together their lives after the Oso mudslide obliterated their neighborhood.The Thompsons have moved into a new home on Highway 530, a few minutes west of their old place on Steelhead Drive where many of their neighbors died.“We call that our paradise and this our promised land,” said Gail Thompson, 62. “We believe God already knew our new address.”

One family treasure that was recovered from the devastation now stands in their new home, symbolizing how different their story might have been. The Thompsons have always been the kind of people who take care of others. And that’s what saved their lives on March 22. The couple left Steelhead Haven just minutes before …

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