Patty blowing up balloon

Patty blowing up balloon by bobmendo
Patty blowing up balloon, a photo by bobmendo on Flickr.

This weekend horrible endings in New Zealand for 11 balloon riders who were killed on early Saturday morning when a hot air balloon crashed near a town on the North Island of New Zealand, police said. There were no survivors.

The accident happened at around 7:00 a.m. local time when the hot air balloon hit wires on a power line, causing the basket to catch fire before plummeting to the ground. It happened near the town of Carterton in the Wellington Region.

When I hear of such tragedies and remember our own trip in the Hunter Valley in March 2004, I'm sad for the 11 and thankful for the times God continues to give me to celebrate life.

Take no day for granted. Each day is a gift; that's why we call it the present.


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