After 3 days of searching and calling random people, I finally found my friend Leah who I could not locate in Christchurch. It is like a miracle. An insane feeling. I'm overwhelmed with emotions. So happy to find her and that she is safe, yet also devastated that her dad said she has lost her home. Combine all this with being overwhelmed by the devastation and loss that others are experiencing at this time and I am a bit of a wreak. News updates from Christchurch are not hopeful and I wonder what the next few days holds for the city as we all await the recovery and the announcements of names. It is times like this that needlessly remind me again that what is important in life is relationships and family. Makes me question why I choose to live so far from home.