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For Japan with Love Wednesday, March 16, 2011 ~ 9:14 a.m.

I know how easy it is to get wrapped up in the minute details of our lives..."Where are we going out to eat tonight?" "Hydrangeas or peonies for my bouquet?" "What should I blog about today?" All valid questions that are easy to find ourselves obsessing over. Until something terrible happens, like last week's earthquake and tsunami in Japan that suddenly jerks us from our wedding planning haze and makes us remember just how precious life is.

Along the coast, 6,000 individuals have been officially confirmed as either dead or missing, with many more unaccounted for. Some officials are estimating that at least 10,000 of Japan's 2.3 million citizens were killed by the tsunami and quake. While we wish that the disaster had at least ended that fateful day, problems continue to shake the country even now, as citizens struggle to keep up with the news of nuclear fires and the rising levels of radiation in the very air that they breathe. Hospitals struggle to care for the hurt and seriously ill, as their supply of medicine and other necessities continues to dwindle; morgues don't even have enough space or coffins to properly care for the deceased.

Needless to say, there is a dire need for helping hands. In an effort to lend support in the most effective way possible, Utterly Engaged and Ever Ours have partnered and rallied the online community together For Japan with Love,, a fundraising page benefiting ShelterBox.

ShelterBox provides emergency shelter and lifesaving supplies for families around the world who are affected by disasters at the time when they need it the most. Each large, green ShelterBox is tailored to a disaster but typically contains a disaster relief tent for an extended family, blankets, water storage and purification equipment, cooking utensils, a stove, a basic tool kit, a children's activity pack and other vital items.

Please go to if you'd like to contribute.

Additionally, A Paper Proposal | Inspired Weddings will be joining the blogging community to observe a Day of Silence this coming Friday, March 18th in honor of the fallen and those struggling in Japan.

Thank you so much for listening.

Learn how to help the victims of Japan on For Japan with Love, via Shelterbox

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