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.
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 faraway 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.
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.
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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