I start this post barely knowing what to say, words seem inadequate.
My home town and many of my family and friends have suffered in the worst way possible.
We are lucky in that all my family are alive.
My heart goes out to those who have been less fortunate or who are waiting to hear about their loved ones.
I find myself losing myself to the TV coverage - hating watching, but unable to turn away, waiting for glimpses of familiar places, people I know. This blog post has no photos - I could not go there.
What to do?
Give - there are a number of agencies collecting donations - Red Cross, Westpac.
Wellington City Mission is collecting clothes for those that find themselves without any.
Resene is collecting cans of food.
Calls have gone out to provide beds for those escaping Christchurch and have no place to stay.
All these things we can do, but is seems so little.
I wish I could have you all at my house, give you a big hug, a cup of tea and some respite from what you are living through.
Arohanui to all