Monday, December 17, 2012

Life is Precious

My heart is so heavy.  I think I'm still in shock.  My thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by this terrible tragedy in Connecticut.  I know we've all wept and continue to cry as a nation.

I wrestled with whether or not I should tell my kids, and I decided it would be best for them to hear it from me than to be misinformed by a friend.  I still can't believe I had a conversation about a school shooting with my 6 and 8 year old.  (My hub was out of town this weekend for a bachelor party, so I was on my own.  He really owes me now.)

When I was a kid, my dad always made sure he hugged and kissed me every time I left the house.  As a teenager I remember thinking it was so silly.  I'd say, "Dad, I'm just going to the mall; I'll be back in a couple of hours."  I realize now why he did and continues to do this.  Life is precious and tomorrow is not promised.

I spent the weekend loving on my babies.

I pray for their innocence and for the innocence of every child.

The three of us went to church, and after I decided to have a little photo session while we were waiting for daddy to get home.  I'm thankful for my tripod which allowed me to get in a picture with them.

May God bless you all this holiday season.  May His peace surround all of those who have lost loved ones.


  1. i spent the weekend loving on my kids more, letting them stay up late just for extra snuggles.... i can't imagine. and upon the same reasoning, i was the one to tell my kids about it as well. sawyer was devastated.... he was so sad for all those kids. i don't think emmy grasped it as much as he did. either way, i can't believe i had to have that conversation either.

  2. Beautiful pictures. We decided to tell my 8 year old but not my 6 year old yet. We were very brief in our explanation and told him if he heard anything at school then to come talk to us. We wanted to be the one to tell him because you know there will be those kids on the bus that were allowed to watch the news and will be discussing it. As a parent, it is so hard to know if you made the right decision.

  3. Beautiful reflection and beautiful pictures.

  4. What wonderful pictures... thanks for sharing your thoughts. What else can we all do right now?

  5. So heartbreaking. I think we moms need to pop into the picture a bit more…so glad you were inspired to do this little impromptu photo shoot with your sweet munchkins!

  6. You guys are beautiful! We are all so blessed... life is precious!

  7. Beautiful pictures Carmel. Family is the most important thing and that thought rings true in these photos. Merry Christmas!

  8. Carmel, God Bless you and your beautiful children. I wish you Merry Christmas, from here, in Brazil


Be nice or I'll tell your mom! xoxo -C


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