December 14, 2012. I sat on my couch with a pregnancy test in my hand. After a week of “knowing,” I finally had the proof. We were pregnant. As I logged in to write a draft on my blog to post later, I saw something come across Facebook about a shooting. An elementary school. Sandy Hook.
My heart sank. I started to read updates from CNN and prayed. There couldn’t be a person who would actually shoot up an elementary school? 11 days before Christmas?
It was true. I wasn’t ever able to write about it because I had no idea what to say. I’d lost twins at 20 weeks that May, but these families had lost children they’d had in their lives for years. Children who had siblings, grandparents, friends, and parents who knew and loved them.
In August of this year, I lost my 3-week-old son and again I thought of those families. I’ll never say I know how the Sandy Hook families feel, because I never will know. Yet during this holiday season, I and so many other families grieve for their children and our own. One of these families put together a story of life after their daughter was killed. Emilie Parker was one of the 20 children that lost their lives that day, but her mother Alissa chose to turn the evil that took her daughter away into something inspiring and beautiful. Watch until the end, it’s a powerful piece from a grieving mother.
To all of us without our children here this year, here’s to hoping you find a small bit of comfort in this mama’s tribute.
Alissa – our hearts and prayers are with you and all the Sandy Hook families this holiday season – and always.
Source: FamilyShare.com via YouTube
Diana blogs at Diana Wrote about her life with a daughter here and three sons in heaven, life as an army wife, and her faith. You can also find her work on Liberating Working Moms, She Reads Truth, The New York Times, Still Standing Magazine, and The Huffington Post. Smaller glimpses into her day are on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
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