The people who lost everything need help. Really need help.
There is so much need. If you are looking for somewhere to offer help, to donate, may I suggest the Cascade Hospital Foundation Disaster Fund? 100% of the donations will go towards assistance of those most in need. You can check them out here and make up your own mind. You could, of course, instead make a donation to United Way or the American Red Cross. At the very least, please hold these people gently in your hearts and send them strength and care.
As I wandered around the grounds at the cabin this weekend I was struck by the soft, quiet beauty of early spring in the foothills. My cherry tree, the lovely cherry tree above, is blooming for the first time. I never understood why it didn't bloom in years past, but as it seemed healthy, I just let it be. And now, when my heart is hurting for all the victims, it bursts into beautiful bloom, as if to offer what is has to give.
It is a beautiful sight. It filled me up with the scent of spring and hope for brighter, happier seasons.
The drops of morning rain really did look like diamonds on my beauty berry shrub. They glistened and twinkled in the breeze.
Please, if you can help, do so.