Hello beautiful friends! We hope this little entry finds you well.
Confession: I don’t know about you guys, but we’ve had a really hard time since last Friday. If I’m perfectly honest, I had to stop watching the news because I couldn’t stop crying.
In short, our hearts are absolutely broken. We simply can not fathom the pain these parents and children are going through right now. We’re really just struggling with it all, and we’re concerned on so many levels. As parents, and as the parents of a first grader, I haven’t read this with the necessary detachment of a typical news story, and “moved on”. I’m not sure it’s possible. I’m not sure I
want need to.
If you’ve been with us for a while, you probably know we don’t really share current event kind of stuff here. But like a lot of you, this hit a little too close to home for us. And this little movement warrants some recognition- a rallying of the troops for a good cause, if you will.
We actually got really excited when we heard about this:
When the children from Sandy Hook Elementary go back to school in January, it will be in a different building. The PTA is hoping to help create a sense of normalcy for those children by creating a beautiful winter wonderland.
They’re calling for snowflakes, guys.
I’m a big believer in the little things. While it may seem trite to some, I can guarantee you there are some little faces that will light up at the sight of such wonderful creations in January when they return to school sessions in a new building. And I want to do whatever I can, to help.
I guess you could say we got a little excited. And as a family, we decided to make some snowflakes.
My kids don’t fully understand. I’m glad for that. There’s something about their innocence I wish I could bubble wrap and protect forever. I think that’s what has to be so hard for the parents and the students who will return next January… this is something that has been snatched away from them… in ways that even grown adults can’t begin to comprehend.
My children know that these snowflakes are going to some kids from that school where ‘a very bad man was’. And they know that these snowflakes will help make the children happy.
Creating them for others, has made them happy.
They’re probably not the prettiest of snowflakes… but to us they’re ‘bootiful’. ;}
If you wish to send some snowflakes to Sandy Hook, here’s the information from their PTA site:
Make and send snowflakes to Connecticut PTSA, 60 Connolly Parkway, Building 12, Suite 103, Hamden, CT 06514, by January 12, 2013.
In the meantime, we will be sending these, and a few other fun versions their way. We have almost a month. Are y’all in? Here’s a few of our favorites:
We hope you guys enjoy creating a few things over the holidays to help inspire these sweet children. To find out more about what can be done, along the lines of donations and other good things, be sure to check out their info here.
In the meantime, I also really love this. It’s a wonderful way to honor the victims.
Our prayers will continue to be with those in Newtown. Have an inspired day, everyone.