Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas!!

We hope you all are having a wonderful day with your families! We have had an eventful couple weeks around here, as usual. I will play picture catch up soon! For now, here are some pictures from our Christmas. 

 Opening their Christmas Eve present....

New Christmas jammies! :) 

Santa came!!! :) 

Waiting for everyone to come downstairs and see what Santa left!

Santa gifts were a hit! :) Kassidy got horseback riding lessons... she's so excited to try it out! 

Digging into their stockings

I think he likes it! ;)

Presents, presents, presents!

All dressed up and nowhere to go! ;) 

And now we're laying around, watching Christmas movies and waiting for lunch!! The best day, ever!!

Happy Birthday, Jesus!!!! :) 

Saturday, December 14, 2013

One Year Ago Today... We Remember

Yesterday, as I was out running errands, I caught a glimpse of a news report in a store - a shooter was in a school. Outcome unknown. That fear, that I've come to know all too well, gripped my heart. I immediately prayed for the school, for the students and staff, for the police who were responding to the situation, for the families who were just hearing that their children were in danger...

My heart has been heavy this week already with the one year anniversary of Sandy Hook fast approaching. I have done my best this past year to honor each of the children who lost their lives that day... to remember them here on my blog and in our family. Today each of those children and staff members have been running through my mind as I vowed once again to never forget them. To never forget the promises we made one year ago to cherish life and our children more and savor every moment, because we never know what the future holds.

I added Claire Davis to my prayer list today. She was critically wounded in yesterday's shooting at Arapahoe High School here in Denver and her family is reaching out to our community to pray for her healing.

I hate that this continues. I hate that there are so many mornings when I drop the kids off at school with a smile and wave goodbye from Kassidy and Kameron, or air hugs and blowing kisses from Kennedy and Keeghan through the car window and that fleeting thought goes through my head... "What if that was it?"

None of us know what the future holds. And while we cannot live in fear, I will remember those who have fallen and I will make sure that my children know they are loved and cherished with every goodbye. 

No regrets. 

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Remembering Josephine

Today is Josephine Gay's 8th birthday. She is the last of the Sandy Hook angels to have their birthday in heaven this year. Last year, she celebrated her birthday just days before she was killed with her classmates at school... an anniversary that is just around the corner. She never even got to her party that was to be held the day after the shootings. She was so excited! The invitations had been passed out, the cupcakes with purple frosting, (Joey's favorite color) had been ordered. Instead, her parents Bob and Michele were left to plan her funeral.

Joey had Autism and didn't speak, but her parents said she brought a special light and understanding to all who knew her. Her sisters, Maria and Sophia, learned a lot about kids with special needs and have a heart for kids who may need a little extra help. Every night Michele says a special prayer over her two oldest girls and prays that Joey is watching over them.

In addition to many ongoing efforts by Bob and Michele, Joey's Fund  has been set up in Joey's memory to help other kids with special needs get the adaptive equipment they need to thrive. If you'd like to remember Joey on her birthday, this would be a great way to do so.

Happy 8th Birthday, Joey... We will never forget...