Christmas Tree & A Heavy Heart

I cannot begin this post without acknowledging the tragedy that happened on Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary School.  I’m still having a difficult time wrapping my head around it and sorting through my thoughts.  I feel anger, sorrow and fear.  My heart is broken for the families of the victims and for the first responders that arrived at such a horrific scene.  I cannot even imagine what they’re going through.  I hope they know that the country is grieving with them.  I hope they know we all wish we could do something to ease their pain.
To honor the victims and their families, Tuesday, December 18th will be a Blogger Day of Silence and The Ironstone Nest will be participating (this means NO Transformation Tuesday Link Party tomorrow).  It’s the very least I can do!  For more information, please visit Kelly’s Korner.  She has the button, link and donation information.

One of the other feelings I’m having is deep gratitude.  Gratitude for our little family and the precious babies I still have the honor of cuddling, and even disciplining.  For the parents of the victims, we are NOT taking one second with our children for granted.  In fact, here is a tribute the hubby wrote on Friday as a way to help him deal with his grief surrounding the tragedy:

Our Christmas Tree (all 8′ of it) has taken on a new meaning for us this season.  When I look at it I can’t help but think of those moms and dads who won’t get the chance to watch their little one open the presents under the tree this year.  It breaks my heart.  And I’m also thinking of families that are mourning the loss of a loved one because of an illness, car accident or any other tragic way they were taken too soon.  But I still wanted to share our tree with you.  I think it’s important to hold on to the reason for the season and find joy wherever possible, even in something as simple as the cheery red on our tree.  I love the color red, but I don’t like to use it in our everyday decor and Christmas is the perfect reason to put it all over our house!  And I do.
I began taking pictures of it and realized the lights weren’t on.
Oops.  Much better now!

Some of our ornaments (we have 87 on our tree) are hung simply because we think they’re pretty . . . 

The rest of the ornaments are hung because they have sentimental value or a history . . .
That’s me!  My wonderful sister-in-law made personal ornaments one year & we love ours!

All of the ornaments on our tree that have sentimental value are from the hubby.  I have no ornaments from when I was young and I’m really disappointed that I don’t have any that belonged to my grandparents.  They used to put up a HUGE tree every year when I was young, but I have no idea what happened to those ornaments.  I never knew how much it would matter to me until now and, of course, it’s too late.
And here is our Christmas tree lit up at night, with all 525 lights on it, and our lit Christmas mantel in the background:

Merry Christmas to each of you!  May each day this week be filled with peace, comfort and joy!  And may we never forget how this tragedy made us feel, how it made us hold our children tighter, made our tongues a little kinder and our hearts a little softer.

Thank you for reading!


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  1. Beautiful tree Laura.

  2. I do think it’s important to see joy and light at this terrible time. Otherwise, the darkness wins. You tree is a beautiful symbol of hope and family!

  3. That tribute is heartbreaking in its beauty. Thank you for sharing.
    Your tree is also beautiful, and you are right, we have to try to continue on, realizing that in spite of our pain and grief, we must try to maintain a sense of normalcy in our lives, especially for our children. Evil has already taken so very much, we must not allow the joy that is rightfully ours to be taken, as well.

  4. Your words and those of your husband are beautiful. I also believe while we mourn we must also celebrate life! Your tree is lovely!


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