Tuesday, January 1, 2013
I am hoping for a peaceful new year for my family, friends, and the world. Like all parents the tragic events of December 14th in Newtown brought me to tears and had me hugging my daughter a little tighter. My heart breaks for those families who lost loved ones and for the children, teachers, and first responders who experienced a nightmare no one should ever have to endure.
I am blessed to be able to homeschool my daughter, however these events still hit close to home as my husband is an assistant principal in our local high school. It was a struggle to reassure my daughter that her daddy was safe at school when I know that my husband would have reacted the same as the brave administrators in Sandy Hook, heading towards danger to protect the students.
Since we live in sunny Florida, we make paper snowflakes as part of our holiday activities as I miss the white Christmases of my youth. When I heard about the Snowflakes for Sandy Hook effort I thought it was a great way to show our love for Newtown while honoring our tradition and a way to give my daughter a chance to voice her feelings on the incident.
When the students of Sandy Hook return to their new school, hopefully the outpouring of love from across the world in the form of snowflakes makes their school day a little brighter.
**As an update to this post, I wrote this before the holidays and sent our snowflakes however I just checked the website and they are overflowing with snowflakes. If you would still like to support Newtown please visit their website at www.ctpta.org/SANDY-HOOK-FUND