December 17, 2012

A Day Of Remembrance

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I am a teacher by day, blogger/wife by night. I took Friday off from work and woke up that morning to devastating news that 20+ innocent children and teachers had been killed. I held back the tears as I thought of my own students & prayed that they wouldn’t hear the news until they were safe at home with their families. I found myself wishing I was at school to hug each and every one of them & to let them know how special they were.

My husband and I sat on our couch, watching the news in shock, and I thought of those teachers who gave their lives for these children. I wondered what I would have done. I live in Las Vegas and teach in a pretty rough neighborhood. My 4th grade students are occasionally approached by gang members asking them to join. I’ve been in 3 lockdowns in 3 years. Despite all of the scary things that happen around us, my precious students come to school each day to learn, and I love them. How can I not, especially when they leave things like this on my desk…

So when I found myself wondering how I would have reacted if I were a teacher at that school, I knew the answer. There is nothing I wouldn’t do for my students if danger were threatening them.

We pray for those families who lost their innocent little ones. We pray for the families of the heroic educators that were lost. We pray for that community and most of all, we pray that we will remember that there is still good in this world. We posted this on our Facebook page the other day as it brought the hope back into our hearts & helped remind me that, yes, there is evil in the world… but there is also SO. MUCH. GOOD!

We were approached by some of our blogger friends to participate in a “Day of Remembrance” and take a break from blogging in honor of those who were lost. We gladly jumped on board. I believe I speak on behalf of all of us on The Dating Divas Team when I say that this expresses how we are feeling…

So, instead of giving you our weekly creative date idea to start preparing for the weekend, we ask that if you are able, to please visit one of these sites below to give back to those who are grieving the loss of their loved ones. Thank you SO much! We are blessed to have readers such as you!!

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3 Responses to “A Day Of Remembrance”

  1. Julie Julie says:

    Thanks so much for posting this. All of the families who lost loved ones in this terrible tragedy have been on my mind since I heard the news…seeing so many flags half-mast brings tears to my eyes. Each life is such a precious gift… my thoughts and prayers are with them.

  2. Michelle Michelle says:

    Such a tender and sweet message Tara! We have all been touched by this tragic event. My thoughts and prayers reach out to all those who need comfort and strength during this trying time. Moments like these remind us to serve those in need and to reach out to those in despair. As we continue to BE THE GOOD and join forces with others who are doing good, there will continue to BE GOOD IN THE WORLD! XOX

  3. Beth says:

    Although we tried to shield her from the news, our five year-old daughter overheard bits and pieces of conversations other adults were having about the shooting while we were at a party on Saturday. I was amazed by how much she grasped on to over what transpired and all the specific questions she had not only about what would happen if something happened at her school but what we could be doing as a family to help support the survivors and the families of the victims. She has high functioning autism and goes to therapy regularly to help her sort through the anxieties and struggles she has at school, and they do art projects almost every time she goes. Thank you for including the drawn together link. This is the perfect way for our family to do something in support of those precious children in Newtown.


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