Last Friday, my sister-in-law and I were happily cutting out printables and preparing for my niece’s 4th birthday. The whole time our kids were running around, causing trouble, laughing singing, at times hitting and stealing, but mostly hugging and kissing. It was a usual hectic day in the home. After she left, I turned on Facebook and was horrified to find out that 26 people, mostly small children had died in a mass shooting. I instantly started crying and my 3 year old daughter, who has always struggled a little with language, asked very clearly, “What’s wrong Mommy?” I told her I was sad and she immediately started to cry. I hugged her and told her that she didn’t do anything wrong…that I was just sad and she brushed my hair behind my ears and wiped my tears with her chubby little hands. It took all my strength to compose myself…because I knew that while I could hold and hug my beautiful daughter and my angel son, so many parents would come home to empty beds, a closet full of clothes that would never be worn again, and unopened presents under the Christmas tree.
My heart is broken for these people and while I feel completely helpless, I can’t do nothing. I have always been taught to use my talents to better the world and comfort those who need it, so I created these 4X6 printables to commemorate the Sandy Hook Victims. The tree has 26 hearts to represent the victims and a star to represent that there is light and good in this world. These printables are free and you can download them by clicking the link…I just ask that if you download them, you go to the Sandy Hook School Support Fund. This will go to the victim’s families and the community of Sandy Hook.
I also want to announce that this is my last post until after Christmas. If any good has come out of this, it is that I feel like I’m cherishing my children more. While I was writing this I got interrupted numerous times…once to fix my favorite ornament that Riley broke…but while I usually get mad and frustrated, I was more patient and understanding. I pray that we can all be more patient with our children and with each other this season.
I’m so grateful for the family and friends that God has given me and I look forward to spending the rest of the Holidays with them. Have a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all my readers!
And in despair I bowed my head;
“There is no peace on earth,” I said;
- “For hate is strong,
- And mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!”
Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
“God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;
- The Wrong shall fail,
- The Right prevail,
With peace on the earth, good-will to men.”