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Look for The Light: Small Glimmers of Light and Winner of Our Winter Festivals E-Book

Before I continue, I know I was to choose a winner from our Winter Festivals E-Book Giveaway on Saturday and I apologize that I did not.  My heart just couldn’t imagine anything being won after a day like Friday.  But, I hope that this free gift will help someone bring some beauty and joy into their home as Christmas time arrives, especially after such a tragedy.

The winner of our giveaway is:  SAPsMaMa: Natural Parenting in the Modern World
🙂   We truly are so happy to share some joy with you and hope you find it useful with your children!

As the day begun, it was harder for me to find the goodness and light so I am very very grateful for the messages and emails I received thanking me for this project and sharing with me little pieces of goodness to remind me of why…

One of my favorite blogs Kleas sent over this beautiful project they did as a part of Look for The Light with their  preschool children.

It is both beautiful and painful for me to see that this is being organized by our sister church Newtown Congregational as it just make it all the more real.  
Then another sweet note came in from another Little Acorn Learning community member, Kristen Thurmond.  
“This afternoon as our girls played outside, we discovered our lemons had been touched by Father Sun & were peaking out from behind the green leaves to show their beautiful yellow color.  We began to harvest them to take tomorrow to share with the other families at our Waldorf school tomorrow.  It also made me think of your request for some “light” pictures.  I hope they give you some light as we all grieve for the families & victims of Sandy Hook.  One includes my daughter, Paige.”

Then my girls made paper snowflakes to adorn the new school the survivors of the Sandy Hook shooting will be using after the New Year.  It was a small gesture of hope and peace.  The people organizing are hoping to turn the school into a winter wonderland for when the children arrive.  God bless them all.  

Lastly, one of my sweet daycare parents who is helping me with this project and also runs the Greater Danbury Attachment Parenting Network posed a challenge to her members as part of Look for The Light:

Look for the Light:


I am challenging each and every one of you to do at least ONE random act of kindness this week in the name of one of the victims of this crime. If there is one thing every single family member has said…of each one…young and older…was that they were full of life and love. Let’s spread the light and keep that memory going. Pass their name on for something good…the way it was meant to be ♥ 

There is a deep dark sadness lingering in my heart today.  I was not able to put my girls on the school bus this morning like I know so many other brave mothers did.  I couldn’t let them go just yet.  

I know I am supposed to get back into the routine of things but I just can’t.  I am afraid.  I have been horribly reminded of the danger that lurks when we let our children go out into the world.  It now has a face.  And it lived right in my backyard.  My biggest fear as a mother is to lose my child or to leave this earth before they are ready to live without me.  Last Friday shook me to my core.  I still can’t breathe.  I can’t begin to imagine the pain those parents are feeling… or the siblings… imagining my daughters losing one another is just so extremely painful.  They are a part of each other.  
xoxo
Eileen

5 thoughts on “Look for The Light: Small Glimmers of Light and Winner of Our Winter Festivals E-Book”

  1. Eileen, your words speak those of my heart. I, too was unable to send my big kids to school, my 12 year old, who is much more in tune than the other children has been deeply effected and has needed to be wrapped up in my arms to just cry. It's been so hard, to have to see the look in his eyes because he understands; he looks at his little sisters and sees that one of them is about the same age as the children who were taken. *sigh* We are making the leap, my big kids will not return to school. You are absolutely right that life is too short and embracing and soaking up every moment with our babies is truly what our life as Mamas and Papas is about. Thank you for inspiring me to try to move beyond the grief and see the light, it's hard but I've been "looking for the helpers" and you certainly are one of them. All my love to you xo

  2. Eileen, your words speak those of my heart. I, too was unable to send my big kids to school, my 12 year old, who is much more in tune than the other children has been deeply effected and has needed to be wrapped up in my arms to just cry. It's been so hard, to have to see the look in his eyes because he understands; he looks at his little sisters and sees that one of them is about the same age as the children who were taken. *sigh* We are making the leap, my big kids will not return to school. You are absolutely right that life is too short and embracing and soaking up every moment with our babies is truly what our life as Mamas and Papas is about. Thank you for inspiring me to try to move beyond the grief and see the light, it's hard but I've been "looking for the helpers" and you certainly are one of them. All my love to you xo

  3. Eileen, your words speak those of my heart. I, too was unable to send my big kids to school, my 12 year old, who is much more in tune than the other children has been deeply effected and has needed to be wrapped up in my arms to just cry. It's been so hard, to have to see the look in his eyes because he understands; he looks at his little sisters and sees that one of them is about the same age as the children who were taken. *sigh* We are making the leap, my big kids will not return to school. You are absolutely right that life is too short and embracing and soaking up every moment with our babies is truly what our life as Mamas and Papas is about. Thank you for inspiring me to try to move beyond the grief and see the light, it's hard but I've been "looking for the helpers" and you certainly are one of them. All my love to you xo

  4. Our hearts are on the same wavelength today…we too did paper snowflakes this morning.

    On Friday, I freaked. Then I read a NY Times report that said, statisically, school is the safest place for our children. That info eased my mind a bit, but not my heart. I too want to keep them close. Life is very short, why not spend as much time together as possible? It's a difficult decision whether to keep them home or send them to school. I'm still weighing it. I have one year left before I have to decide. Blessings to you in your decision.

  5. Our hearts are on the same wavelength today…we too did paper snowflakes this morning.

    On Friday, I freaked. Then I read a NY Times report that said, statisically, school is the safest place for our children. That info eased my mind a bit, but not my heart. I too want to keep them close. Life is very short, why not spend as much time together as possible? It's a difficult decision whether to keep them home or send them to school. I'm still weighing it. I have one year left before I have to decide. Blessings to you in your decision.

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