Far away places.

It's a beautiful morning

and I'm so thankful to be home with my family

and here with you too.

We've turned the televisions off

and I'm going to try to spend the afternoon in the garden.

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But before I head out, I wanted to share my thoughts,

because with a heavy heart,

it's still difficult not to think about those in many far away places

and worry & wonder about the people of Japan.

photo: via marleyandme

As we all know,

the situation is constantly changing

and the uncertainty of what is next is cause for concern.

So many people around the globe

are being affected in so many different ways.

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My children are older.  They have studied about Japan.

  They have had the pleasure of knowing exchange students from Japan.

They are worried too. 

photo: Eric Roth

Even at their age though, it can be difficult sometimes to grasp

the magnitude of what has happened.

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Japan can seem like a lifetime away,

  especially when you are young & your porch is your playground

& your neighborhood is your world.

photo: Target Levels

That's ok especially if you feel safe, happy & loved.

It's also a good thing for them to realize that the world is not perfect,

that people are different & that nature has a way of giving and taking.

That is real life.

flickr Our family sends love & support

to all those who have been affected by this horrible disaster

and we continue to keep them all in our prayers.

photo by saganaga

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