March 13, 2011

thinking of you japan

It's Sunday afternoon as I write this post. I've been in a funk since Friday upon learning the tragedy that struck Japan, so soon after the floods in Australia and the earthquake in New Zealand. I wondered if anything was worth posting, thinking it was all too frivolous compared to what so many others are suffering through. I wrote my concerns to a wonderful friend and she convinced me that, living and sharing all that is creative and wonderful is a way to show that we try. Try to cheer up spirits, show that life is still beautiful.. There is some comfort in that. And as many of you with little ones to care for know, it's very hard to reflect on all that is bad and stay in the doldrums as through it all, one must make meals, feed our family, do the laundry, clean the house and make sure to keep up with living.

So through it all, I find myself silently praying and thinking of my friends in Japan and friends here with family there. I feel a frustration and guilt in being able to sit here, typing this post surrounded by all my 'stuff', in relative safety and security.

So my thoughts are with you friends.. in Japan. 
Should you wish to make a donation, consider the Canadian Red Cross or your local Red Cross where you live:


I'd like to update this post today: Thank you Jen of Red Cross Talks for commenting and leaving some pertinent info on how to help out: For Canadians across the country, you can connect with the Canadian Red Cross on flickr, twitter and facebook as indicated below:

Red Cross Flickr account.
On Twitter, @redcrosscanada


The photos seen in this post were taken yesterday, right before Keira and her friend Miss B were off to celebrate a friend's birthday. They made the Mister and I smile seeing their naive happiness in dancing with each other. It made my heart soar to see their pure joy just being with each other.


Micayla said...

Gorgeous photos, your daughter is darling. My heart too goes out to all in Japan. I cannot fathom such loss, it breaks my heart.
Thank you for the comment on my blog, I love reading each and everyone. You really made me smile with yours.
Micayla x

Paul & Paula said...

oh honey... I know... it is terrible and I was so shocked when I heart the news with the nuclear usines...

Glad we have kids who smile, run around and change our busy minds!!!

even though I wonder when it will hit near me and my loved ones...

Hope you had a good week end anyway!

Sandy a la Mode said...

my heart sure does go out to all those in japan as well.

keira's purple dress is adorable! love it!

Lindsey (urbanmums) said...

You put it in words so beautifully. I feel the same.

Good thing we have those gorgeous little people to make us smile!


Jen said...


My name is Jen and I work for the Canadian Red Cross. Thank you for helping to spread the word about how people can donate to our Japan earthquake appeal. We really appreciate it.

We would love to continue to connect with you. You can find us on Twitter (@redcrosscanada), Facebook (, and our blog is

Thank you for your support!

KLT said...

Beautiful post Chantale! Well said .... & love the photos. :)

Kenziepoo said...

Love this post! My heart aches for those that live in Japan. Some of my good friends there have had to go through it! Love the images of sweet Keira too!

jules @ lovely las vegas said...

this is a very sweet, heart-felt post, chantale.

i have a tough time, too, feeling joy, when i know of other's suffering. but i'm trying to work on not feeling so guilty - life is full of ebbs and flows of joy and pain for each of us individually and collectively, so we have to seek and embrace beauty whenever we can, because positive experiences can be fleeting. despite that, we can still be sympathetic and sensitive to the sorrows and tragedies elsewhere, and hold those touched by these disasters in our thoughts and prayers. and we ca help/donate however we can.

thanks for sharing some of the simply, sweet beauty in your world! it helps bring out the joy, even in the midst of it all.

Alely said...

love that friend!

Brian said...

i luv luv luv her purple dress!

Jisoo said...

I love x 3 her purple dress!!