Yesterday, I sat down to write a post to apologize to y'all. I had promised you that I would feature some of my favorite mantels from the holiday mantel link party at some point last week. I had planned to tell you in my post yesterday what a crazy week I had and how life sort of got in the way of writing that post. Among other things, we had three house showings, I dealt with a nursing illness and little H had a really tough time with his acid reflux (particularly at night!), leaving David and I exhausted.

As I pulled my laptop out yesterday to explain all of this to y'all, I also flipped on the TV. Immediately, I was overwhelmed by the news of the devastation in Connecticut. Babies. Shot and killed. An unimaginable grief came over me as I experienced a national tragedy like this for the first time as a parent. The rest of the afternoon, I sat and cried with our President, holding my sweet baby on my chest and thanking the Lord that I had him to hold on to.

So, suffice it to say, I'm not worried about holiday mantels right now. And I feel beyond blessed that I have a sweet baby who just might sometimes keep me up at night. And a beautiful house to raise him in. And a wonderful husband whom I love very much. All blessings. All mine. I feel ashamed for having even considered them as stressful or negative at all. The Connecticut tragedy has certainly brought some perspective to my life, that's for sure.

This weekend, I'll be praying for the families in Connecticut. David, baby H and I have several holiday parties with our friends and families and I look forward to spending time with those I love. These are precious moments that I will treasure. I truly hope that you get to do the same. Have a great weekend, friends.


  1. I know I will be appreciating the simple things a little more this weekend. Hug that precious baby. I have been hugging my boys even more than usual. This tragedy is so unthinkable and I am just overwhelmed with sadness.

  2. I have no words for what happened's too hard to wrap my brain around. I am joining you in praying for those people who are now dealing with the unthinkable.

  3. It's heart-wrenching to think that it takes such tragedies to ground us and bring perspective to our blessings, but we are humans after all. Praying with you. Hug that beautiful family of yours even more!!

  4. I have to second the above comment. Praying for all involved!

  5. The sad news has been on our tvs here in Australia as well and making us all grateful for what we have. Makes you realise how precious life is x

  6. I feel the same emotions, so beautifully written, my friend. I can't stop thinking of those little faces & the heroic women who tried to protect them til the end. Nor can I stop hugging Q & counting my blessings.

    Xoxo to you & your beautiful fam.

  7. I love the way you've expressed your emotions, it hit us all very hard, especially parents I think. Praying for healing and peace with you.


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