Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The Children of Sandy Hook...

These kids have been on my heart constantly... these faces have been on my heart and my mind since Saturday when the first face popped up until today when the last little one showed up on my screen... I have read their stories... they were football fans and cub scouts. They were brothers and sisters and crafters and garderners. They loved to play with dolls and trucks and loved to play sports. They loved to laugh and smile and they were the light of their families lives. They just celebrated birthdays...

Without meaning to, they woke an entire country up out of a false sense of security. A crazed gunman can absolutely shoot through the front door of our children's school and take the lives of an entire class of first graders. 11 days before Christmas. I will not remember the gunman. I will not mention his name. It's not worth it.

I WILL remember these children... all 20 of them. I will honor their memories however I can, even if it's just by being more patient with my own children. Their lives will not be in vain.

Rest in peace sweet angels... I look forward to meeting you in Heaven one day...

Charlotte Bacon 02-22-06 
Daniel Barden 09-25-05 
Olivia Engel 07-18-06 
Josephine Gay 12-11-05 
Ana M Marquez-Greene 04-04-06 
Dylan Hockley 03-08-06  
Madeleine F. Hsu 07-10-06 
Catherine V. Hubbard 06-08-06 
Chase Kowalski 10-31-05 
Jesse Lewis 06-30-06 
James Mattioli 03-22-06 
Grace McDonnell 11-04-05 
Emilie Parker 05-12-06 
Jack Pinto 05-06-06
Noah Pozner 11-22-06 
Caroline Previdi 09-07-06 
Jessica Rekos 05-10-06 
Avielle Richman 10-17-06 
Benjamin Wheeler 09-12-06 
Allison N. Wyatt 07-03-06 


Emily said...

There truly isn't a false sense of security. School shootings are extremely rare, you are exponentially more likely to be struck by lightning more than once than be a victim of a school shooting. There's no sense in going even more crazy with school security, as it just induces panic and makes the world seem even less safe. There IS a such thing as too safe.

Lynn said...

There just aren't words...
Praying right now!
Isaiah 26:3-4 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength.
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Anne B. said...

A beautiful tribute Renee. Such a horrible tragedy. I've heard so many stories of people coming together in different ways to help the community in Newtown. I pray that hearts would remain touched by this and that time would not erase the good will and compassion that seems to abound right now! Sharing a broken heart with you. (((HUGS)))

Cindy said...

This was beautiful. It's been such a tragedy for our nation. We continue to pray for the friends and families of these children.

Lynn said...

Praying in Seattle!
Psalms 32:6-7 For this shall every one that is godly pray unto thee in a time when thou mayest be found: surely in the floods of great waters they shall not come nigh unto him. Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah.
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Jackie Mulholland said...

Emily, are you a parent?

I agree with you 100% Renee. We send our children to school where they should be safe and feel no fear. I have fears every time my children walk out the door, I shouldn't have to fear for their lives at school but sadly I do.

Lynn said...

Whatever lies ahead, the Lord is with you! Always praying hard!
Psalms 32:8, 10-11 I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye. (10-11) Many sorrows shall be to the wicked: but he that trusteth in the LORD, mercy shall compass him about. Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.
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