|Christmas morning w/ Mabel|
Wishing you and your family Happy Holidays!
|Christmas morning w/ Mabel|
Following the tragic event in Connecticut on Friday, which sadly, has been the most recent in a long line of tragic, unthinkable events, I know of so many parents, including myself, who are seeking the right words to say to our children. In our house, we have tried to avoid the news when the kids are around, although on Friday afternoon I saw that one of my 11-year-old's friends had sent her an e-mail breaking the news to my daughter. Fortunately, I saw it first and was able to tell her about it myself. I saw later that she had an exchange with this and a couple of other friends on e-mail. We talked about it again this morning during and after church. I was prepared for some discussion about it in church, but was unprepared for the depth of details the deacon went into about the event in CT as well as detailing many other events - 9/11, Columbine, the movie theater shooting, etc. As soon as he started speaking I lifted my 6-year-old onto my lap and drew my 11-year-old closer to me. My husband and I had spoken very briefly and vaguely to our 6-year-old on Saturday, so I knew that she knew a little about it, but not so many details. Friends and family have been on Facebook this weekend discussing what happened and what we should do and how could this happen and looking for answers where sadly, there are none. But it was also a nice forum to exchange ideas for talking to our children. A friend of my sister-in-law's posted this information and I also received a link to it from my 6-year-old's school, in a reassuring e-mail from her principal. Here is a link to the National Association of School Psychologists' Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers.
My heart breaks for the families in Connecticut who lost so much on Friday, for the children who survived but who had to go through something that no child should have to experience, for the staff who put the children's welfare first, and to the whole community of Newtown, CT. And my heart breaks for all of the children across the country who may be walking into school tomorrow feeling that school is not as safe as they once believed. And my heart breaks that we even need to have these talks with our children - that there are people in the world that have no respect for human life, that have no compassion for innocent children, that have no fear of or respect for or faith in God, and who are so deeply troubled that they can see no light at the end of the tunnel. I hug and kiss my children each and every day and I tell them that I love them each and every day, but I, like other parents, am hugging them a little tighter these days.
May we all find peace and love and hope this holiday season, and each and every day. God bless!
Nothing like waiting until the last minute... Thank heavens for 1-hour photo printing! We have received so many lovely holiday cards from friends and relatives, but I haven't had the time to take any photos -- or an idea for a card! After church today, I had the girls put on their Christmas dresses and I took 87 pictures of them with my digital camera. I ended up getting a 6-picture "collage" card online at Walmart, which says "Counting Our Blessings" -- that seemed appropriate this year. Here are a few of the outtakes from the photo shoot -- I'm sure you parents can relate!!
|She was being a monkey... Literally.|
So last night, I had a dream that my 6-year-old had climbed into bed with us in the middle of the night. I groggily got up and went to the bathroom at about 3:30am and when I climbed back into bed, I found that it was not a dream, and there she was, all cozy in the middle of the bed! As I was settling back in she said to me, "Mama, we never said the pledge at our Girl Scout meeting last week!" (We got distracted with painting our hand-print ornaments as soon as the girls arrived, so that they would dry in time to use the Sharpies to decorate!) So I said, "I know, Sweetie, we'll do it at next week's meeting." And she said, "TWICE!" Ok! I guess she told me! Apparently we are raising one super patriotic kid who wakes up in the middle of the night to scold me about the pledge! Gotta love her enthusiasm, if not her timing! ;)
I know I am late to the party, but I have been on Pinterest for about a month or so -- LOVE IT!! I have been finding all sorts of wonderful ideas on there, and I have actually used some of them this holiday season (I drive my husband crazy when I buy cookbook after cookbook and never try any recipes... But Pinterest is free and I've actually been putting it to good use!) Here's what I've tried:
|Waffle Cone Cornucopia|
|Hand-print Snowmen Ornaments|
|Toilet Paper Roll Snow People|
|Holiday Stove Top Potpourri Mix|
So, I'm kicking myself that I didn't buy that Doc McStuffins doll set the day I took that picture -- my girlie wants it for Christmas and now it appears to be sold out!! :( I promised her we'll come up with something she'll love just as much, if not more! (That wasn't the only thing on her list, thank goodness!!)
Posted by The Fine Art of Motherhood at 10:01 PM