Friday, March 11, 2011

Earthquake

My heart is breaking.

As many of you know, an 8.9 earthquake hit Japan yesterday. One of the prefectures (states) that got hit hard and have a devastating number of death and missing people is Miyagi. That's where I am from.

I found out that my parents and one of my sisters is ok, but they can't contact my other sister and her family.

The phone is not working, and the only thing I can do is stare at the TV showing the horrible images. The road I drove with my friends by the sea is completely under the water, and some of my friends’ homes have been washed away.

I am keeping myself busy taking care of my kids and waiting, wishing to hear from my family that my sister is ok. My sister and I are very close.

Those of you, who called visited and emailed me, thank you so much. I am deeply touched by your kindness and support.

Many of you asked me if you could do anything...

Will you pray for us and for the people in Japan who are affected by this?

Thank you again for your kind words.

Love

Sachiko

157 comments :

  1. Thinking about you and hope your sister and her family will be OK!!! Hope you will hear good news from your family soon!

    Hugs! Mariska

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  2. May you and your family be blessed with peace, safety and comfort at this time! My prayers go out to all of those who are suffering.

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  3. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I pray that your sister and her family are found to be just fine. I had to quit watching the video footage because it just breaks my heart. Blessings.

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  4. Oh my! Of course! I have been keeping Japan in prayer today already. Would you please email me and give me your loved ones names so that I can pray specifically for them...?

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  5. oh my goodness, Sachiko, I hope your sister and her family is ok. What a horrible tragedy, I will be thinking of you and your loved ones.

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  6. I have been glued to the television watching the horrific images being sent from Japan. And now you've told your blog readers that your sister is missing...or at least hasn't communicated with anyone yet.
    We are all praying for the entire country. And we are praying for your sister, your parents and you.
    It is so incredibly difficult to wait. Keep busy. Busy. Busy. And if it makes you feel better, write. We will all read.
    And we'll pray.

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  7. I have been glued to the television watching the horrific images being sent from Japan. And now you've told your blog readers that your sister is missing...or at least hasn't communicated with anyone yet.
    We are all praying for the entire country. And we are praying for your sister, your parents and you.
    It is so incredibly difficult to wait. Keep busy. Busy. Busy. And if it makes you feel better, write. We will all read.
    And we'll pray.

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  8. I'll be praying that your sister and her family is safe and sound. It is heartbreaking to watch on TV.

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  9. I will continue to pray for your family and everyone else affected by this terrible tragedy. Hugs to you and your family.

    sherri

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  10. Oh, no! My heart goes out to you and your family! Thank you so much for sharing this story with us. I will definitely keep you all in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless You.

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  11. We'll be praying for your family and all the people affected by this, and thinking of you. I hope you hear good news.

    -Megan

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  12. My thoughts & prayers are with you at this time & hoping you hear good news soon from your family.

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  13. I'll pray!! It's so terrible! A missionary from my old ward is missing. . . .

    I hope your sister is well! I'll keep her, and you, and all the victims of the earthquake/tsunami in my prayers!

    f e l i c i t y ☂, at
    {s i m p l e · e l e g a n c e }

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  14. Sachiko,

    I earnestly hope that all will be well with your sister and her family.

    Hope you are reassured soon and that they are all safe!

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  15. There's a big hole in my heart for Japan. Of course I'll pray and hope for the best. I'm so sorry for all the losses. May your family be safe and sound. Please tell everyone we're thinking of them.

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  16. We are praying for the people in Japan and their loved ones around the world (including you).

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  17. Dear
    I'm praying for you and for your family
    love from Paris , france

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  18. Sachiko, I am sending prayers to all. I hope you hear good news soon. xoxoxoxoxoxoox

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  19. Oh honey. I would love to give you a big hug right now. You are definitely in my prayers. I meant to send you a note earlier telling you I was thinking of you but I just haven't found time today...I am so sorry to hear this. I have everything crossed that all will end ok.
    Hugs and love,
    Bethany

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  20. Sachiko, you and your family are in my Heart.
    Hugs,
    Gerry

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  21. Sending some great big hugs and loving thoughts your way...you and your family are in my heart and thoughts... {{{hugs}}}

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  22. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, as well as all the other affected by the earthquake.

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  23. My family is from Japan as well, but far enough away in Okinawa, so they really haven't been affected. I hope that your sister and her family are OK, and will send prayers their way.

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  24. Sending my prayers to you, your family, and your friends. May God give you comfort during these times.

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  25. I cant imagine what you must be going through. I pray that your get news from you sister and her family and that they are all fine.

    As well as all the japanese who have been affected, Japan is a beautiful country with amazing culture and people my heart goes out to you Japan

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  26. we have your sister and family in our prayers. we're in tokyo. if there is anything we can do to help, please let us know.

    phone lines are still kinda patchy right now.. :) it will be ok!

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  27. many, many prayers for you and your family. praying for good news from all your family and friends. praying that you will be comforted in His great hands today.
    jess

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  28. My thoughts are prayers are with you and your family. I cannot imagine what you are going through. I pray that you soon hear from your sister.

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  29. Sending prayers to your family and friends and all people of Japan that have been affected by the earthquake.
    ~Danylle

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  30. You, your family, and the entire Japanese nation is in my prayers. Hope you hear good news as soon as possible!

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  31. My thoughts and prayers are with your family and the entire country of Japan.

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  33. Praying for your family and all of those affected by this. I hope you hear from your sister soon!

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  34. I have been praying for Japan, but I will pray specifically for your family & friends too. I hope you hear from your sister soon!

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  35. My heartfelt prayers go out to you and your family as well as all the people of Japan. It is heartbreaking. God be with you.

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  36. definitely praying!!

    Blessings,
    Rachel

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  37. You and your family are in my prayers as well as all of Japan. God Bless.

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  38. Oh God - I am so sorry. I will pray for you, your family, and everyone else affected by this disaster.

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  39. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as well as the entire nation of Japan. I've posted links to help people make donations to assist in the rescue efforts on my blog.

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  40. I hope that you get some good news soon. Such devastation. It is hearbreaking.

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  41. My prayers go out to you and the people of Japan. Please leave a post updating us all when you hear about your sister.

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  42. So sorry to hear of the disaster and how it hits near to home. Will be praying that God will use this event to bring more to Christ.

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  43. (From Brazil) We're praying till this morning. And we'll go on, putting them (your family) and all Japaneses in trouble on Jesus hands. He's the only one who can solve the situation.
    I send you my best wishes of hope and comfort.
    Míriam

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  44. I've thought about you several times today, and have kept the people of Japan in my prayers. I hope that you hear from your family soon.

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  45. Absolutely - I will pray for you and for the safety of your family. Blessings to you all.

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  46. We are praying for all those affected by this horrible tragedy.

    Danielle

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  47. praying for you all...over and over again.

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  48. Praying for the Japanese people, for you, and for your sister and her family.

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  49. I've said many silent prayers for the people of Japan today and will certainly add you and your family to my list. Lots of love!

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  50. Yes! I definitely will pray for your sister and her family! Thinking of you and sending you hugs. Please keep us posted.
    Best Wishes and Blessings,
    Amanda

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  51. Prayers coming your way from coastal Mississippi. **HUGS**

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  52. I'm praying for you, and will be keeping you and your family in Japan in my thoughts.

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  53. Praying for your family and the people of Japan...May God give you peace as you wait.

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  54. I'll also pray for you..

    Be strong..God is still up there.

    take care.

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  55. Oh I'm so sorry! You and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers. I hope you hear good news really soon!

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  56. I have been praying for the people of Japan. I will be lifting up you and your family specifically, that your sister is safe and that the father will give you peace in this time.

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  57. You and your family are in my prayers... as well as all others affected by this tragic event.

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  58. I stopped by to see if everything was okay with. your family and I'm so sad that this hit so close to home for you! Your family and all those suffering are in our prayers!

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  59. I am so moved by all the images and my heart breaks for all the people affected. I will pray for you and your family as well as all the others in Japan. Stay strong!

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  60. I am so moved by all the images and my heart breaks for all the people affected. I will pray for you and your family as well as all the others in Japan. Stay strong!

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  61. Praying already, but more specifically now.

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  62. I'm so sorry. We will keep you and your family in our prayers.

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  63. Sachiko,
    I am praying for you and your family. May God comfort you and bring you peace in this time of uncertainty. I am praying that you are able to get in contact with your sister! My heart goes out to those effected by the earthquake and tsunami!!!

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  64. Thoughts and prayers to you and your loved ones and all of those affected.

    Don't lose hope!

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  65. I can still remember the effects of the horrible Tsunami which affected India in Dec 2004. My prayers for your family and all the people who are suffering.

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  66. I just have to let you know that I was already praying for those that had to deal with all that devastation. I too had to quite watching, how simple for me to just stop looking, when so many have to live it. You and your family have my prayers specifically. I pray that all are given strength, faith, and perseverance during this trying time.

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  67. Dear Friend! I have you and yours in my thoughts and prayers. I've been thinking of you all day!

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  68. Praying for your family. I lived on Guam when I was a girl and visited Japan. The people there are so beautiful my heart breaks for what they have suffered.

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  69. Россия сопереживает и сочувствует! Молимся за всех!

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  70. Stay strong...praying for your family and all Japan.

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  71. I'm so sorry to hear! I hope so much that you hear from your sister very soon. Lots of love to you during this very scary time. We are all thinking of you and saying our prayers for you.

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  72. I am so very sorry for this devastation and worry. You are in my prayers.

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  73. This was my first stop to your lovely blog and it is heartbreaking to see your post. My prayers have been with the people of Japan, but you add such a personal face to the tragedy. I am adding special prayers for your family. And I pray that God's peace is with you through this time.

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  74. I just read your blog. I am miserable over the Earthquake and the Tsunami and I don't have family in Japan. I will of course keep your family in my thoughts and prayers. May the Lord bless you and comfort you while you wait for news.

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  75. How devastating, all of our love and thoughts are with you and your family and friends. I hope you hear everyone is safe and well very soon! xx

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  76. I sincerely will pray for you and yours and Japan. It's agony watching this on the news. My friends brother and his wife lives on Sendai,and he's been able to get through and is okay from the messages I've read. I believe in the power of prayer and Wishing you all a peaceful spirit and good news soon . We all will be thinking of you.
    Gods Richest Blessings ,
    Elise (hugs)

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  77. My thoughts are with you and your family.

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  78. Sachiko, My heart goes out to you and all those personally affected by this disaster. I will pray for your sisters safety.

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  79. I have been in Japan for 1 year in 2007. Looking at those news on television broke my heart. I hope and pray from my deepest heart that your other sister and family will contact you soon and that the worst part is over.

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  80. Your sister is in my prayers, may she and her family find comfort and shelter and a means of communication to let you know that she is safe.
    Be Brave.
    Hugs,

    Sandie xx

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  81. My thoughts are all for the people in or from Japan. I really hope you'll receive news from your sister very soon. I've been glued in front of TV all day yesterday and wished all day there is something I could do... I hope you'll get in touch with all your loved ones very soon!

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  82. I hope you get good news soon!
    You are in my prayers!

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  83. So sorry for this event. Praying for the people in Japan. I live in Hawaii and our hometown was affected by the tsunami with some significant damage. Nowhere near the devastation that Japan has felt. Hoping and praying for a fast relief. Hoping the heart of the world goes out to Japan.

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  84. My thoughts and prayers are with all the people affected by the earth quake and tsunami - my sister-in-law is from Japan, it makes it all so near - praying for you. Tone

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  85. it's so horrible to see what happened in your home country. i hope that your sister and her family are ok. yesterday i made some origani cranes and in my thoughts they flew to japan loaded with hope and consolation.
    love,
    -- elisabeth

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  86. So praying for comfort and peace for you and your entire family. Hang in there.

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  87. Me alegra que parte de tu familia esté bien y espero que aparezcan todos en perfecto estado.
    Un beso y rezaré una oración por ti y los tuyos

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  88. Praying for your family and all your friends from far away Romania...May you have the strength to bare whatever God's intentions are, I wish you peace of heart and patience! Sending you lots of love!
    Hugs,
    Erika

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  89. Sachiko,

    I hope your family in Japan all safe and may GOD bless you and your big family.

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  90. My thoughts and my prayers are with the whole people of Japan affected by this misfortune, and especially for your sister and friends.
    Very much spirit.

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  91. Hi Sachiko,We're all praying for Japan & for good news of those who can't be contacted. I'm from Sri Lanka, having had a devastating Tsunami hitting Sri Lanka in 2004, I know what it's like to be waiting for the phone to ring to hear that people you love are safe.. May the Triple Gem bless you!

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  92. Sending lots of love and prayers from Guam.

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  93. We will be praying for the people in Miyagi and especially your sister and her family. We will also pray for you for peace.

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  94. Dear Sachiko..I will pray for you and your family..it is the least I can do for you.

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  95. Thoughts and prayers to you and all the families in Japan.

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  96. saying a prayer that your friends & family are okay!

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  97. Sachiko--Thinking of you and your family. --Flannery @ Three Sisterz

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  98. Sachiko, I will pray for your sister and all of the people of Japan. I am so sorry that this devastation has come to your hometown.

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  99. God bless you and your family. My heart breaks for all in Japan affected. I will pray for your family.

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  100. You and your family are in my prayers, too! Much love sent your way!

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  101. We pray for them all. I wish that very soon you can communicate with your sister

    A big hug and kisses from Spain.

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  102. Praying.......take care Sachiko.

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  103. I thought about you ALL DAY yesterday! I was hoping it didn't hit your "home town", I'm sorry that it did. I will pray for you and your family. Hang in there!

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  104. Can't imagine your fears right now. It's hard to watch without even personally knowing anyone there. Prayers that your sister is okay! I will be thinking of you and your family.

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  105. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. It is heart breaking. I pray that God will give you rest and that you will quickly hear from your sister.

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  106. Our family has you on our prayer list now. May you hear quickly from your sister. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  107. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May God grant you peace as you wait for word from your sister. We love you!!!

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  108. Of course I will keep your sister and her family and all of your family in my prayers. I will also be praying for all of Japan. May all of your family be safe and sound.

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  109. I am hoping you hear good news of your sister's safety

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  110. Sending love and prayers your way, Sachiko. You have been in my thoughts since I learned of this tragedy. Please keep us updated and take care of yourself. (((Hugs)))

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  111. My heart goes out to you and your dear family who have been affected by this devistating event. I hope that you will recieve good news from your family soon. Sending prayers your way and to Japan.

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  112. I've just read your post on the earthquake. I've been praying for the people there, and I will specifically focus on your family in prayer.

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  113. My heart goes out to you and your family and friends...
    Will keep everyone in our prayers, and give thanks for those who are safe!
    God bless...
    <><
    Lianne

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  114. My thoughts and prayers are with you! The devastation breaks my heart. Hopefully you will hear from your sister soon!

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  115. Sending you lots of love and hoping that your sister and her family are ok.xx

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  116. I'm so sorry! I hope your family hears from your other sister soon.

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  117. I can understand you feelings,I still remember a deadly earthquake of 2005 in my Pakistan,up to one lac people died & so many injured..God Bless All,its so hard but only lots of prayers can work this time..i hope you will get connected with your sister very soon..
    Stay blessed

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  118. I'm very sad to hear your family is going through this tragedy. I'll keep you in my prayers!

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  119. I'm very sad to hear that your family has been affected by this tragedy. I'll be keeping you in my prayers Sachiko!

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  120. Dear Sachiko,
    here in Italy everything seems so terrible, but quite distant.... but now I have read your post I have a "real" person to pray for.

    I really hope you will hear good news from your family soon.

    Rita
    http://faccioedisfo.blogspot.com/

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  121. You have my sincerest prayers for you and your family. You are such a kind and thoughtful person, it makes me sad to think you are sitting there having to hang in limbo all these hours, waiting to hear if loved ones and friends are okay. I will pray for comfort for you and your family, and protection for those in the danger area.

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  122. I am praying for you and your family and for all of Japan. We watched it happen live that night and I was horrified. My heart breaks for all the families who were affected. I will be checking your blog often and hope to see an updated post to say that your loved ones are safe. God Bless!

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  123. Praying for you and your family, Sachiko, and especially for your sister and her family that they find shelter and comfort and are able to contact you soon!

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  124. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the people of Japan. I hope you hear from your family soon. God bless you.

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  125. Hoping you hear from you sister very soon!

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  126. I have already been praying for Japan and my cousin who is over there. I will definitely add you and your family and friends to my prayers. I hope they will all be unharmed!

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  127. My thoughts and prayers are definitely with your family as well as all those affected by this sad event. Please keep us posted on any news you may hear. We pray you hear good news soon.

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  128. My heart goes out to you and your family. What seemed like a disaster "worlds away" now feels much closer to home through my online connection with you. Will be praying that e erything is well with your sister and her family. Much love and prayers....

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  129. My thoughts and prayers are with you, your family and the people in Japan!

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  130. I am praying for you, your family and all the people of Japanese during this difficult time.
    Mimi

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  131. My thoughts and prayers are with you, your family, and all of Japan continuously.

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  132. I am praying for you, your family and all the people of Japanese during this difficult time.
    Mimi

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  133. all my affect from Spain, hope your sister and the rest of the family is ok.

    I will pray for you and all your brave country

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  134. Sachiko, I will definitely continue to pray and include your sister and your family in my prayers. I hope you hear from them soon.

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  135. dear sachiko,
    i hope you had good news in the meantime!
    hopeful thoughts from switzerland.

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  136. My prayers will be with you and your family especially, while my heart goes out to the whole region. Its funny how fond you can become of people you've never met. I enjoy your blog, and hate that you are waiting to hear.

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  137. The world is a smaller place with the internet and all of the communities. My heart is breaking for you as you try to live normally, being a mama/wife while not knowing about your sister and her family.
    Praying for you and the people of Japan!

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  138. Praying for your family and all others affected by this tragedy. I hope you will hear very good news soon about your sister and her family.

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  139. My heart goes out to everyone in Japan. I am praying that your family and friends there able to make it thru this disaster.

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  140. Yes, we've been praying. Oh my I can't imagine the agony. God is faithful I know you will hear something soon.

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  141. We are all praying for your family, for sure! Hope you can have good news soon! I send you A huge hug ... Take care

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  142. I am praying for you and your family. My heart is breaking for all those in Japan and with loved ones there.

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  143. Sending you thoughts of love and strength in this time of need.

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  144. My thoughts and prayers are out there for you, your family and all the people of Japan.

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  145. I will be praying for you and your family and all the people of Japan. I hope your sister and family are found safe. I hope you feel comfort at this time.

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  146. my thoughts are with you and your family as well as the thousands of others affected by this disaster.

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  147. Sachiko, I am so sorry. That is so scray. Sending prayers your way. It is such a devastating thing! I hope and pray that your family is safe!

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  148. The first thing I thought of when I heard about the earthquake was about you and your family, hoping that they were all safe and well. I'll be praying extra hard!!

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  149. The first thing I thought of when I heard about the earthquake were of you and your family, hoping that they were all safe and well. I'll be praying extra hard!!

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  150. Prayers to you, your sister and family, and to your homeland. God Bless.

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  151. I am so sorry this must be a very difficult time for you. We are all praying for you and your family.

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  152. I am so sorry about your family and friends in Japan. I am praying for you and them. The videos and pictures that I have seen have kept me without the words to convey the heart wrenching that I feel when I see them.
    Debbie

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  153. my thoughts are with you and all the Japanese people

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  154. my thoughts are with you and all the japanese people

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