Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Again We Shake

As many of you have heard, Christchurch has again fallen to it's knees following another catastrophic earthquake. Although smaller than the September one, the devastation is far, far worse. 

Before I go on, I will firstly say my family is all alive and accounted for. Sadly the same cannot be said for many families tonight and my heart goes out to them. I also want to thank all of you who have contacted me asking if we are safe and well. 

Holly and I were sitting eating lunch and Isla was napping when it hit. I grabbed Holly and put her under the door frame, ran to get Isla before running outside. As I left the house, the cliffs that surround our suburb crashed to the ground, engulfing houses, but by some miracle, narrowly avoiding the local school by meters. My neighborhood is shattered. We have no water, no power and no sewage. The streets are ripped up, sand and water has liquified to the surface. Everything we own is now broken on the floor of our house. We have liquefaction under our house and cracks in our foundations. We spent a dark, long night cuddled up with our girls in the little sleep out at the back of our property, which we reasoned was the safest place.

Tonight, after a very long drive across our devastated city, we have made it to my parents, where we will stay for the foreseeable future. 

Please, keep Christchurch in your thoughts tonight and pray for a miracle with 300 people still missing.

I will update as I can but now is a very trying time and I need to attend to my girls who are so very scared. 

26 comments:

  1. oh Lou, I cannot imagine what you are going thru I have goosebumps thinking about you and your girls. Stay safe and know that you are constantly in our thoughts.
    Tamara xxx

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  2. Oh Lou!!!! So scared for you - I've been trying your number and I guess because of power being out, I was unable to get through....so glad you're ok. We have much the same to contend with - would have left town but my 94year old gran is unable to travel. Hugs xx

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  3. Oh Lou, glad to hear you are safe we were so worried about you guys.

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  4. Thank you for letting us know that you're safe Lou.

    This must have been absolutely terrifying and I can't comprehend what you've been through and what will lie ahead.

    Blessings to you and your family,

    Felicity x

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  5. Phew, so very scary. So glad you are safe, but what a horrific experience you have had. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  6. Lou, words can't express how I feel for you now. It's just too much. Big hugs hon and stay strong and please, if you want to come for a holiday with your girls to Auckland, the offer will always be there. x

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  7. Big hugs to you. So scary and crazy! Wishing you strength and peace. Hang in there.

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  8. Glad you are safe. Will keep you in our prayers. Cx

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  9. Oh Lou I am so happy to see a post from you - you and the girls have been high in my thoughts today and yesterday.
    If there is ANYTHING I can do please let me know - in the mean time know I have a "Quilts For Christchurch" call out on my blog and 32 quilts were picked up this morning from my home to make their way down to Christchurch.
    Come to Auckland - we have room at our humble inn xxx

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  10. You poor loves Its been such a sad time this year for Aus and NZ lets hope this will be it for a long long time.Glad you are all safe tho.

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  11. Lou, so glad you all are safe, We will hold you all close in our thoughts. Please update us when you can.

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  12. So pleased to hear you are all well. My thoughts are with you.

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  13. oh lou! i'm so glad you are all okay. what a terrifying story. thankfully you are safe with your parents. i'm so sorry for you losses. will be thinking of you. big hug!

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  14. So relieved to hear you are safe, I had been checking to see if you'd updated your blog at all and got worried when there was nothing so said a prayer for you and your family. *HUGS*

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  15. thank goodness you are all ok
    my prayers are with you all

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  16. Hugs hun, I've been checking to see how you were doing. I'm so pleased to hear you are all alive and have found refuge at your parents. Sending strength vibes your way xoxoxo

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  17. Lou - when I saw the news you were the first person I thought of. I prayed for you and the girls. I am so happy - thrilled that your family is alive.

    I light a candle tonight for all who have been affected by this terrible force of nature.

    I can't even imagine how you must feel.

    Love & light, Nicole

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  18. If there is anything I can do to help - contact me.

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  19. I'm so glad you're safe! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!

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  20. I am only a usually quiet reader from the other side of the world (Austria, Europe) and I am so glad that you and your family are safe! My thoughts are with you. Lalobe

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  21. Lou, so glad you and your family are safe, but so sorry for all you are going through. Thinking of Christchurch xxx

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  22. My thoughts are with you and your family x

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  23. I'm so glad you're safe. It was a long time waiting to hear from you all.

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  24. glad you are okay. I am SO sorry about your home and your suburb. I am trying to catch up on all the chch bloggers I read. We are okay too but the littelies have struggled. Sending you love and glad you have a safe place to stay. x

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  25. Dear Lou, I am so relieved you are all okay, but so sorry for your losses too. Wishing you strength and courage. Love Sarah

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  26. you and your family and all of those around you are in my heart and prayers. glad to know that you are safe. you are a strong and beautiful mama and it is a blessing that your children have you to guide them through this incomprehensible tragedy. with love, rae

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