I sent my baby to school this morning with a bit of a wobbly heart. She, of course, was all smiles and ready to go. A new sequined hat ("so fashion!" as she says) and time to play with her friends. She doesn't know about the things on grown-ups minds today. Why we take little faces in our hands and look for long moments or give extra kisses. Why we'll be imagining them, safe and secure all day, as if by doing so, we can will it so. For our lucky little ones, it's another bright day, another day closer to Christmas.

   It's tricky business, writing my post, because I don't want to dwell on sad things-- yet I don't want it to seem as if I'm just marching happily on, ignoring any sadness in the world. So I'm going to find the middle way-- and dwell on the hope there is out there. The light that insists on shining in the darkness. The knowledge that while one person acted violently and maliciously, many many others acted nobly-- selflessly, and still others reach out with compassion, generosity, and sympathy.

   I believe that there is so much more good in the world than bad. Because no matter how many times bad happens--- good always shows up.

   May we all be surprised by goodness in the coming days. May we take this bad moment and shatter it with positive action-- renewed love for our families and neighbors, more patience and love shown to our children, looking with new eyes on this holiday season and seeing the real meaning-- the simple meaning. 

   Wishing peace to all today~
~H

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  1. Very well said Heather. I didn't read or watch or listen to any of the news coverage this weekend. I just can't bear to. I know how many died, I know how, and I know where. That's really all I need (or want) to know. My husband and I didn't discuss it, and I certainly didn't talk about it with my 8 year old son. My heart was a little "wobbly" this morning too, and it was reassuring to see a patrol car outside the school and a police officer inside chatting with the kids in the hall.

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    1. I think we're all a little raw. But oh so appreciative of what we have. I hope you had a good show this weekend! I love my dish :)

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  2. Well said, Heather. I have such a heavy heart, but I'm trying to dwell on the positives that I hope will come out of this. Last night, two police officers were killed in Topeka where several friends of mine live. It appears that the suspect then took his own life. So much pain everywhere I look right now. This is going to be a very difficult Christmas for so many families.

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    1. That's so sad. And I think when these things happen so close to the holidays, it makes it even more heart breaking. I hope this family find solace and comfort some how.

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  3. My heart is "wobbly" too... whether I am dropping my loves off at school, or taking them to the movie theater... or taking them to do some Christmas shopping. They're a bit older now, (13 and 16) but a mama never stops wearing her heart on the outside of her body. I take comfort in the fact that there is much more good than bad, and that love conquers all.

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    1. Yes, no matter how big they get, they're always mama's (or daddy's) babies!

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  4. Wise and heartfelt words. Life is so precious. Our loved ones so dear. And good will triumph over evil.

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    1. I know it will, in the end! And we can make it happen!~

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  5. Last night's interfaith prayer vigil shown on TV was beautiful. It gave me a sense of peace and allowed me to feel part of the national outreach of love and grief for this unspeakable violence against so many innocents!

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    1. I hope we can all remain united in our search for comfort and peace. If we are, we'll be unstoppable.

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  6. That was lovely Heather :) ~ I walked Julia into school today instead of dropping her off to the parking lot teachers like I usually do, just because I wanted a couple more minutes of time to spend with her this morning. Very wobbly indeed over here as well :)
    xoxoxoxo

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    1. I know how you feel! I bet your heart leapt too when you picked her up at the end of the day!

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  7. What a beautiful post Heather! Like you, I've been hugging & kissing my babies almost non-stop since Friday. It felt uneasy to bring them to school. Your words ring so true, in that we must mourn for these families and yet defy this evil by holding onto all that is good and hopeful. I think you would like our priest's blog post on that:
    www.shepherdspost.blogspot.com/2012/12/how-can-you-say-to-my-soul-rejoice.html
    He stood at the pulpit yesterday and said "evil does not have the last word".
    I know this Christmas seems all the more precious to me, as to so many others. Have a beautiful Christmas, Heather. It's been so wonderful getting to know you this year.

    - Susan

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    1. Thanks so much for this link, Susan! I think words of comfort and direction are so important right now. I encourage anyone and everyone to take a peek at the link! <3
      Let's go hug all our babies!

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  8. Heather, so nice to sit down and look through your blog and marvel at all the magickal posts. I have been so busy and occupied the past weeks and it´s truly SO wonderful to finally relax and enter your enchanted little world.

    Soon I´m going to write about my experiences on Tasha and send to you!

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  9. Something I felt so necessary to always say when I was discussing this event with people is to not lose hope. There are things worth fighting for. There is so much GOOD to fight for. Bad things happen and are devastating. All we can do is bring our light in the world. So many light bearers, especially in the art world, especially you Heather! Thank you for your sweet and uplifting posts. It is so sad that parents have to feel apprehensive sending their children off to school this week. It certainly was not any other Monday morning.

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  10. Heather, this post made me cry. Thank you for writing this. I am trying not to dwell on this event - the news here is saturated with it, since it happened where I live. Well, you can only imagine the heavy news coverage and seeing all those precious faces on the television and newspapers. There was a wonderful quote from Mr. Rogers that has been floating about since this tragedy... “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” And I am inspired by all the GOOD that is springing forth...it is indeed important to remember the good.

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Each and every comment is appreciated! Thanks for coming to visit me :) ~Heather

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