Monday, December 17, 2012

A Little Tree for a Little Girl

Posting a blog entry of my happy life seems so.....inappropriate....unjust.....trite.....heartless.........
Like so much of the world, I've been grieving and questioning and praying every moment of the day since hearing the news on Friday.  We've lowered our flagged, we've prayed as a family and with our church community, we've made donations and I've squeezed my daughter a few too many times for her liking. 
But it still doesn't seem like enough. 
Because I know it isn't.
There are too many houses that are painfully silent, too many Christmas and Hanukkah gifts that will go unopened.  Too many hearts that are broken.
After the loss of a friend in high school, my mother reminded me that "the living must still go on".  We must always remember, but we must go on and do better.  That's what I will strive to do.
As a mother and former Special Education teacher, this tragedy hits way to close to home and I have so much I could say about this horrific event.  But, I believe that the most important thing right now is not to debate, but to pray.
May we show the mercy of God through our love for one another.
"For God, who said, 'Let there be light in the darkness,' has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ." ~2Corinthians 4:6
This little tree we acquired last year, because it was the only thing that would fit in our tiny apartment and all of our holiday gear is in storage, has now become a big part of our Christmas celebrations.  I figure it's the perfect size to be Isla June's own personal tree.  Once we move into a house of our own, it will be in her bedroom or playroom every year. 
A new tradition is born! 
I figured we needed to add some lights to the little guy and brighten him up this year.  It's funny how lights can make such a difference.  There's something so joyous about colored, illuminated bulbs in your house this time of year.
She loved decorating it and really did a pretty good job of it. 
Well, if you call a good job putting all the ornaments on three branches ;)  But, they were on the tree and not a one was broken! 
Good job, say I.

Her happiness is so contagious.  If I'm lucky, I'll get a video of her singing "Joy to the World". 
The most perfect spot for her special tree.


  1. So, that second picture of you smiling at IJJ? It hurts my heart. That mama look that says, "You are delightful and funny and beautiful and so smart and I can't believe the luck I have that you are mine." Oh, motherhood. It turns you inside out with love. xoxo

    1. That's exactly what I was thinking in that moment. How did you know? :). P.S. motherhood looks so good on you. Love the Christmas card


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