Sandy Hook Elementary Memorial – What I learned as a Mom Five Years Later

Sandy Hook Elementary Memorial - What I learned as a Mom Five Years LaterToday marks five years since the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting of 20 children and 6 adults.  Five years ago, my oldest was 5 years old and starting Kindergarten.  My middle one was only 2 years old and home with me.  My toddler was not even a thought as we were sure that we were done with two children.  We were living in CT but had hope and plans to move back to FL.

I remember getting the text that tragic day about Sandy Hook Elementary from my oldest daughter’s school letting me know that the school was in lock down.  When I picked up my oldest daughter, I held her so tight and we spent a quiet evening as a family.  The teachers, Hubby and myself made sure that there was little or no disruption to her day.

Sandy Hook Elementary Memorial - What I learned as a Mom Five Years LaterThat day, my perfect momlife changed but I couldn’t imagine the pain of the parents who lost their children in that Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy.  A few days later, my oldest daughter wanted to know why President Obama was visiting Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT.  She could read very well at such a young age and saw it broadcasted on the news, even though I had it on mute.

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That night, we shared as best as we could that President Obama was visiting Sandy Hook Elementary because some children and adults got hurt really bad.  In her child-like faith, she asked us to pray for God to make them feel better.  Fast forward five years, we have purchased our first home here in CT.  We have three beautiful girls who are beyond amazing.

As a parent of a 1st grader last year, I have enjoyed see my middle daughter blossomed from a baby who was attached to my hips to one who is now excited to try new experiences without Maman.  She has developed into a confident girl who loves her family more than anything in the world.  She loves Doc McStuffins.  She can’t go anywhere without her stuffed elephant, Pinky, who she had since her first day of Preschool away from me.  She lost her first tooth last year and she felt so proud.

Five years later after the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy, I am a mom whose heart is to empower other moms to collect healthy whole MOMent and not simply minutes in the momlife journey.  Yesterday is gone and tomorrow is not guaranteed.  All we have is this present, a present to ensure our children know how much we love them and how significant they are.

Sandy Hook Elementary Memorial - What I learned as a Mom Five Years LaterLet’s make sure our children feel loved by being present in the MOMent.  Let’s make sure that they feel significant so that when others trivialize their existence, it doesn’t shake their world because they know they were created with a purpose.  Let’s make sure we encourage them to find hope not in things or men but in the God who created them.  There will be bumps on the road of life for all of us, including our children.  They need to know and understand that no matter what comes their way, there is a God who loves them so much that He is the footprint in the sand when life gets tough.

Today is not another December 14.  Today is a December 14 filled with opportunities to reflect on our motherhood journey.  We can’t change the past and we don’t know the future.  What we can change is every MOMent wrapped in the present so here’s to making each MOMent count!

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