Take No Day For Granted

I will preface this post by saying, I always want my blog to be a positive, inspiring, and fun place to visit.  Even though the majority of it is beauty related, I do have a family, and they are always foremost in my mind. Hence, I could not continue writing blog posts about lip glosses and celebrity looks until I acknowledged the events that went down in Connecticut last Friday.

{These 3 smiles are my everything.}

All of the details that keep coming out from that horrible scene, never get easier to hear.  Especially when you have children of your own – no matter what age they are.  I have teared up more times than I care to admit listening to it on TV, radio, or even talking about it with friends.  Not because I know any of the families or victims personally, but because it could have just as easily happened to any one of us. I have two elementary school aged children who go to a public school, I am a mom, and I have many close friends who are teachers.  But does this make me want to shelter my kids, keep them at home in a bubble every day just in case something bad should happen one day?  No.  That’s not living life.

With that being said, I honestly don’t know how I would ever be able to go on if any one of my kids were taken from me in any capacity.  However,  I know that such a thing happens every day to others, even when it’s not due to such an unthinkable and evil act.  Bad things happen to innocent people, I know.  But it still doesn’t make it any easier to swallow.  Thankfully my parents brought me up in a church where I know there is a better place for us all after our physical bodies have left this earth.  This verse gives me hope that those 26 adults and children who were taken away from their families, are now in a joyous and safe place – heaven.

John 16 : 22 
“So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you.”
{One of many joyful shots from our family Christmas card shoot.}
If there is one thing I have taken away from this tragedy, it’s that I need to take no morning that I wake up for granted, to hug my children more, and to let them know how much they mean to me. Often. (Wait that’s more than one, but they all relate to the same idea.)  I know I cannot shelter them from all of the evil that exists in the world, but I can at least build them up with enough love that whenever they encounter that evil (a bully, mean boss, ugly gossip, etc), they know that I’m on their side.
So despite all of the scary, depressing, and horrible things that do happen around this world, I believe there are still good things and people in this same world.  My heart truly goes out to all of those directly affected by this tragedy and that same heart hopes that all others will try to do better and love more in their every day actions.  Take no day for granted.

*These 2 photos are only a couple of many that my fantastic and talented photographer (and friend!) Abbey of Dylan Blue Photography took for our family Christmas card this year.  I can’t thank you enough Abbey for capturing everyones smiling faces in these photos.  You can follow her work on Facebook.*