Sitting down to write a blog post about a sewing project, because I thought it would be nice to have some sewing-related content for a change, I logged in to typepad and saw that I hadn't blogged since last week. Oops.
After my last post, I successfully retrieved my youngest son, Drew, from the airport. He returned last Friday morning, in the wee hours, from a trip to Asia with his grandmother. It was a pretty good deal: three weeks excused from school (he does have to pass his exams and write a paper), a few days in China, a stop in Russia, a cruise ship to Japan, and then visits to several cities in Japan and an extended stay there.
His plane landed in Baltimore just a couple of hours before the earthquake.
Our television has been mostly tuned to CNN since we woke up after a short sleep on Friday morning. My husband's family members in the Tokyo area are all accounted for and well. Inconvenienced to be sure, but unharmed.
We're praying for everyone in Japan: the family members of those who have perished; the survivors who are suffering hardships of makeshift shelters, food shortages and cold; the rescue personnel, emergency relief organizations and government officials who have a huge task ahead; and the power plant engineers and workers who need time and resources to prevent further tragedy. Our hearts go out to those whose lives are changed forever, and especially to those who have lost their families and communities.