Blessings in the Shadow of Tragedy

As I sit at home watching the coverage in the aftermath of the Japan earthquake and tsunami, I realize how life can come crumbling down in an instant, or in the case of an 8.9 quake, two minutes. I’m sure I’m not alone thinking how this devastating catastrophe not only makes my heart break for the victims, but also swell for my family. When I look at my three girls and husband, I get tears in my eyes thinking how blessed I am.

My life is far from perfect, but the earthquake has really made me appreciate the little things. I don’t know if it’s because I live in earthquake country, or the images are just so awful, but I’ve had a hard time thinking of anything else. By all accounts, today is a typical Saturday, starting out with a lazy chocolate chip pancake breakfast followed by what normally would be dreaded weekend chores. Today, that includes cleaning out a garage, taking apart two beds, reassembling them in another bedroom, breaking down a crib, and waiting for a bunk-bed delivery. There’s also a trip to Target and maybe the grocery store planned. That doesn’t sound like anyone’s idea of a good time, right? But I’ve really enjoyed it. I don’t know if it’s because the kids are so excited about their new beds, or my husband has worked his handy man magic by breaking down the beds, and setting them up without one curse word (at least I didn’t hear any),  but it’s been a great day. The bright sun and mild weather also helps.

I also know I have little room to complain about anything, especially in light of what’s going on in Japan. We’re all healthy, we have a roof over our heads, plenty of food in the fridge (well there will be once I make it to the grocery store), and my husband and I both have decent jobs. I know I take all of these for granted too often. Today, I’m not taking any of it for granted. I’m just going to enjoy it, because who knows what tomorrow may bring.

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