Thank you for your emails and notes of concern.  We are all fine.  Newtown, Connecticut is not too far from us, and like many of you, Jack and I are overwhelmed with grief.  Our hearts and prayers are with them.  I won’t write more, in deference to those who mourn.  I’d rather be quiet and be sad, and mourn along with them.


Edited to add: a song

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  • Reply Two Poodle December 14, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    I hurt so much. I can actually feel God’s anguish.

    • Reply Roo December 14, 2012 at 8:06 pm

      I feel you, girl. Completely.

  • Reply Juliana December 14, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    I am on the other side of the country mourning right along with the rest of America. I have a kindergartener and my hearts hurts for the parents who will not have their babies back at home with them. Every day our children trust that we will always keep them safe even when we aren’t with them. I am so, so angry that this happend to the most innocent souled beings of this world.

    • Reply Roo December 14, 2012 at 8:06 pm

      xoxo Juliana

  • Reply Wade A December 14, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    I work in education and have a 3 year old. The fact of the matter this can happen at any school :(
    It is a sad world we live in that any human being can be so screwed up that they would kill children let alone adults. For the 20 children that never had a chance to make their mark on the world may the light shine on you and your souls forever live on. To the families directly effected by this tragedy my heart and prayers go out to you.

    • Reply Roo December 14, 2012 at 8:08 pm

      ::tears:: Well said, Wade.

      • Reply Katie December 15, 2012 at 1:36 pm

        I agree.

        While their impact was cut short, I believe that each of these children made a wonderful mark on the world. They were children, siblings, family members, schoolmates, and friends. Ask anyone who knew them and they will say in the short time they were here on Earth they made their presence known and left it a better place because they lived.

  • Reply Nicole December 14, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    Roo, I read and commented on your earlier post right before I learned of the tragedy. I thought of you right away and am glad you and your family are safe. I don’t have the words to express how horrific this is, and I know that nothing I think or say can bring back those children or comfort their families. My heart is just broken.

  • Reply Lynds December 14, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    Well put Roo. My heart just aches for these families.

  • Reply Lara December 14, 2012 at 11:57 pm

    I just keep thinking of this quote I once read about parenting:
    “Making the decision to have a child – it is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body. ”
    ― Elizabeth Stone
    It’s horrible times like these that remind us how vulnerable we are as parents. My heart walks around everyday outside of me and is growing more and more. Seeing such suffering and evil in the world just scares me more than anything else ever could. What can we do? I feel so helpless when these senseless shootings happen. . . My thoughts are with all those affected by this terrible act.

  • Reply Whitney Dupuis December 16, 2012 at 12:12 am

    I don’t even know what to say. I keep praying that I will have the strength to speak of these horrific acts. I can’t even look at an article about it without completely losing it. My heart aches for these parents. I can’t even begin to imagine what they are feeling. I keep finding myself constantly praying selfish prayers of “always keep my son safe” and “thank you for that not being my son”. I know it is selfish, but I cannot even bring myself to think these horrors without bursting into tears. I pray for those parents and I hope that they can truly feel God’s arms around them tonight. That is the only thing I can think of that would get them through this.

  • Reply Lynn @ Our Useful Hands December 16, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    *all I can do is just shake my head* Its all I can muster other than these words….glad you and yours are safe. I pray for all others…

    My best, Lynn

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