Saturday, September 4, 2010

Today Our World Shook


My beautiful Christchurch. Today she looks more like a war zone than the 'beautiful Garden City'.

We were woken at 4.35am this morning by a 7.1 magnitude  earthquake. It was the most horrific experience. Everything was shaking, things were flying around the room, it was dark and in that half sleep state, confusion reigned. My husband was away and Holly was spending the night at her Nan and Pop's house. I grabbed the little one and stood under the doorframe, praying our house didn't fall down on top of us. Oddly enough, the little one did not even make a peep through the whole experience. Rather, she clung to me in complete silence.

Morning bought relief from the darkness. But still the aftershocks continue, a horrible reminder of how powerful mother nature can be.

We got off lightly compared to many. Both our chimneys are badly damaged, but the central city and many suburbs are devastated. It is just heartbreaking.

Please, keep Christchurch in your thoughts tonight.

19 comments:

  1. Christchurch is always in my thoughts but tonight more so than ever. Hope the aftershocks stop soon and you all get some sleep.
    The clean up is going to be tough.

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  2. Oh Lou it must have been awful and having your other little girl away from home even more so. Our thoughts are with you. I hope you have a peaceful night. xx

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  3. (Hugs.)

    ChCh is my favorite place in NZ.

    I can't even imagine how scary it must have been. Thinking about ya!

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  4. Stay safe. Thinking of you and your family.

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  5. Oh my goodness. So great to hear you are ok. I must be living in a closest as I had not heard this news. Absolutely devastating. Hope you manage to finally get some rest.

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  6. You poor love! Thinking of you and your littlies! Hope all your family and friends are safe and well. x

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  7. Oh gosh Lou, how utterly terrifying for you and your family! :-( I'm so happy to hear that you are all safe though. Christchurch is one of my favourite cities in NZ, so I was devastated to see photos of the aftermath :-(

    I hope the little ones aren't too traumatised by it all. Thinking of you and your family! B. -xo-

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  8. How scary! The more because not the whole family was together.. Thinking of you and your little ones. Stay together and be safe!
    Love and hugs xxx

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  9. Sad to hear the news but glad that you and your family are safe.

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  10. Thinking of you too. I don't know what to say but I'm glad you and your family are o.k. xo

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  11. Your poor husband waking up to the news! Good luck with all the repairs. xxx

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  12. God, I can't imagine how frightening this must have been, especially not having your little family all with you to know they are safe. So glad you are ok, thinking of you all x

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  13. thinking of you and your family

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  14. Thinking of you and your family -
    Here in Auckland I can't believe how close but yet so far away it all seems.
    xxx
    Your latest follower
    xxx

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  15. You poor thing - hope you are all back together now, it must have been terrible having the family split up.

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  16. Can't believe the pictures I've been seeing...
    Thinking of you and your city. Hopefully things start returning to some sort of normality soon
    x

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  17. Thinking of you all - so glad you are all okay.

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  18. I have tears rolling down my cheeks... I could only imagine holding my little ones tight and trying to stay calm... your heart must have been trembling. I am thinking of you dearly.... all my love sent your way....

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  19. omg... you live in that area ? i'm so sorry i heard it on tv... what an awful experience this must be. and especially you were alone home with your baby girl, it must have been scary.
    i hope there are no injuries amongst yours, your friends...
    xo

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