where were you?

10 years ago i was 13 years-old and just starting up the 8th grade. i remember walking downstairs for breakfast just before seven o'clock and seeing on the news that the first plane had hit the north tower. at the time they had announced that it was a small plane and that it must have been an accident. after that, i rushed to the bus stop and went to school. by the time i had arrived in school (within 15 minutes) word around the school quickly spread that a second plane had hit and that it was a terrorist attack. at 13, i wasn't quite sure what that really meant. having spent time just a few months prior working on a project for school on world war II, i found it hard to think that something like this could really be going on. i swept it under the rug. by fourth period, my math teacher had turned on the news for us to watch as the third plane hit the pentagon. i remember her crying as everyone else around me started to cry. by the time i had gotten home, all four plane crashes had been reported. i also remember everything just feeling very silent. although these attacks had occurred on the other side of the country, all throughout the world we felt the sadness, remorse and anger. but most importantly, the selfish actions of these attacks brought about unity to our country. a unity that i had never felt before so strongly. this unity i felt once more yesterday on the tenth anniversary.
on September 11th, 2011 i spent my time in church praying about this concept of pain and suffering and why God allows such things to happen. the answer is different and personal for everyone. but we must believe that through such pain that our hearts open; that we are refined and made stronger. we grow and learn to respect our fellow men and even respect ourselves and knowing just how precious our lives truly are. i am grateful for God's plan and knowing that there is a purpose for everything. i'm grateful to know that all those lost on this tragic day will be reunited with their loved ones in their perfect form and will be happy.
on September 11th, 2011 i spent the day glued to my television, re-watching all the events that led up to, during and after this tragedy. i watched documentaries, the President's remarks, and today's interviews of those who survived.
on September 11th, 2011 i went to a talk held by Elder Dallin H. Oaks and his lovely wife, Kristen, who gave a lovely talk on tolerance and the mutual love and respect we must have for our fellow men.
"Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love they neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye?... Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect." - Matthew 5: 43-48
 it is important to always remember. remember those fallen heroes, the innocent victims and their families. remember the unity and never forget. and although i have faith that we will all be reunited again, it is okay to be sad. for my heart continues to ache for September 11th and all those affected. we love and pray for all those who need it at this time. never forget! God bless america!

and just for fun, i saw this sweet commercial last night and felt it too good not to share.
images from The Vancouver Sun


  1. thank you for sharing where you were with us on that day 10 years ago. no one will ever forget where they were when they learned the horrific news. definitely important never to forget those who didn't make it, never forget those who sacrificed their lives going higher in the towers to help save a few more and never forget those cared for those injured in the days following

  2. Thank you for sharing your experience. As well as your ways of commemorating 9/11. It is such an emotional time for our country and we must always remember those brave individuals who risked so much.

  3. Great post Tanya. You really have a way with words and telling stories.

    "we must believe that through such pain that our hearts open; that we are refined and made stronger. we grow and learn to respect our fellow men and even respect ourselves and knowing just how precious our lives truly are."


  4. THis post gave me chills. I was 20 years old, in Nashville TN, on the treadmill at the YMCA. The entire place grew silent as the news filled up all the TV screens in the gym. Everything after that was a confusing blur under some of the bluest skies I ever remember seeing.

    Love your blog :)

  5. Loved reading your reflections on that fateful day. 9/11 has truly affected each one of us in profound ways. I was a 19 year old college sophomore, and I remember like yesterday...sitting in my apartment, holding my best friend's hand as we watched in horror as the 2nd plane hit. I'll never forget my feelings or the things I saw.

    I'm new to your blog and I am absolutely LOVING it! Can't wait to read more & more! xx

  6. Your blog is amazing and provides me with great style and fashion inspiration!

    I'm attending New York Fashion Week and would love for you to check out my coverage (lots of insider exclusives and fashion moments)

    style and musings of a fashion lawyer playing, living, shopping and working in LA

  7. Oh .. my dear...I do so love your blog!


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