Wednesday, February 23, 2011


The earthquake in Christchurch yesterday has been devastating... dozens of people have been confirmed dead and hundreds injured.  It's just so awful... and will continue to be for so many families over the coming weeks/months/years.

Right now the rescue people are still working to find people who are still trapped in collapsed buildings... we are riveted to our tv screens...
I am not going to post any photos ... if you wish to see any please just go on the 'net.

While it is so very sad.. I still feel the need to post some lovely photos of our newest granddaughter Emily... if only to cheer myself up:

ABOVE:  The Granddad....

ABOVE: Uncle Steve and Emily....

ABOVE: Aunty Amanda checking out the pierced ears.... and saying "Huh!... we had to wait until we were 13!"

ABOVE:  proud Grandma...

ABOVE:  rather happy cousin Griffin...

ABOVE:  Brylee and Emily, two of my granddaughters... awwwwww.

ABOVE:  could you get a more cute photo?

ABOVE:  Finally!... a photo with her eyes open!

ABOVE:  I really love this one of Emily and her Dad.

Today:  off to work at the Hospice Shop... leaving my computer to the mercy of Steve... wonder what my screensaver picture will be when I get home?  Bet it won't be what I put on it yesterday....


There is only subject on everyone's minds today.  The earthquake, and the rescue efforts happening right now to try and find survivors.  New Zealand is being assisted in these efforts by many other countries and it is so welcome.
To date (this hour) there has been 75 confirmed dead and around 300 missing.  It is so very sad.  There are stories coming out from the area of amazing rescues, and just the most awful deaths.

I think the whole country has paused ... and is holding it's breath, hoping against hope that many more people are found alive.

End of Day: it is looking very grim for hundreds of missing people in Christchurch... we have been watching events unfold all day... can't watch any's starting to feel like we are just watching the same thing over and over again. No survivors have been found for hours now.  Grim.
DIET: ooops forgot about that.
nite nite


  1. Anonymous7:07 AM

    Photos are gorgeous... nothing like a new baby to put a smile on your face.... especially after watching the telly all night/yesterday.... so horrible isn't it? We're still waiting to hear from one friend (who IS useless with his phone so may not even think to check it... duh) - well that's my theory anyway!!!

    Have a good day.... I have to get ready for work... blah... yuk.

    Kate (kittie444)

  2. Yes, everyone in Christchurch has been in our prayers this morning. Emily is always, always sweet. May you have many visits and fun things to do as Grandma. :)

  3. She's gorgeous Chris. Looks like she's got your eyes!

  4. ALL the photos are just gorgeous Emily you are beautiful! Everyone else is just beaming a new baby is a TONIC!

  5. beautiful pics and yes thinking of all those in NZ who have been touched by the awful earthquake :(
    hugs and prayers... and emily is beautiful!

  6. Hi Chris! I had such a busy couple of days I haven't been able to check in with any blogs. Of course yours is the first I came too, and I've just now caught up. WOW! I'm got a couple of days and I missed a ton!

    So sad about the earthquake in Christchurch. We've been hearing and seeing a lot of coverage of it here.

    New ears pierced - new cloths - new camera -meetings with friends, and best of all, a new beautiful Grand Daughter! Fantastic! congratulations!!

  7. The photos are lovely and a welcome change from the news in Christchurch.

    I'm keeping my journal updated as the day goes on. I just want to cry and cry but have things I must do so will have to pull myself together. At least our immediate family are safe but don't know about John's cousins yet.


  8. Anonymous12:52 PM

    Congratulations Chris! Your granddaughter is beautiful!!! So glad you have something wonderful to concentrate on! The world is praying for Christchurch citizens. It is just terrible!

  9. Seeing sweet Emily with so much family that loves her is the best way for you to take some time away from the devastion in Christchurch.

  10. You were the very first person that I thought of this morning when I heard the news about the earthquake. I am so glad that you and your family are OK. Very sad to see the what the earthquake has done...
    Your granddaughter is beautiful! The pictures are wonderful. All the best to you and yours. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  11. Anonymous1:38 PM

    When I heard about the damage in NZ this morning, I immediately thought of you. I know you don't live there, but wondered if you felt anything? I love the pictures of the new baby!! She is adorable!! Little Emily!! She is very sweet! and looks like she loves her Gramma Chris!!...debbie

  12. You have such a gorgeous family!
    I have been thinking of you and Janine and Janene over in NZ.. so glad you are safe!

  13. between Australia and NZ our natural disasters are making some serious headlines and the loss is devastating!

    I'm praying there are more miracle stories than there are tragedies!

  14. Wonderful photos, Chris. Very sad about the earthquake. We have all been glued to the tv too.

    Thinking of every New Zealander today xx

  15. Beautiful baby!!

    We too are so sad about the devastating earthquake and hoping more survivors are found soon.

  16. The earthquake sounds awful. I saw it on the news today. I'm glad you guys are ok.

    Cute baby!

  17. Anonymous9:31 PM

    Love, thoughts and prayers to all you kiwis and bullets for the disgusting scum called looters. WOMBAT

  18. Thinking of you and the people of Christchurch.

    Congrats on your beautiful new baby grandaughter.

  19. Thinking of you and the people of Christchurch.

    Congratulations on your beautiful new baby grandaughter.

  20. Great pics, I like baby pics!

    I've been reading and watching video of the quake. Awful. Hope no one you know was hurt.

  21. All those poor people and their families ((hugs))

    Little Emily is such a sweetie!

  22. Anonymous3:23 PM

    Gorgeous pictures & Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!

    I've been thinking about my blogger mates (& all the other poor people) affected by this devastation.

  23. She's beautiful Chris. Congratulations! While I'm very sad about those who have died and others still missing, a new little baby is a bright light in an otherwise dark time. I know she'll be such a joy to you all.


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