On the eve of the first anniversary of the Sandy Hook shootings, I am overwhelmed by sadness as I think about all of the families who will be mourning and greiving this holiday season. My heart aches every time I think of the 20 lives so selfishly stolen away from a world they never had a chance to see. And the 6 unbelievably selfless adults who sacrificed everything to try and protect them – heroes in my eyes.
I recently came across this video about Emilie Parker, one of the beautiful, innocent victims of the Newtown tragedy, and I felt that I needed to share it. For a family who has been through something I cannot even begin to wrap my head around, they still have so much faith, so much positivity radiating off of them. They have taken the love that they possessed for this little being and have chosen to share it with others. There is no doubt in my mind that Emilie is with them every single step of the way and she is glowing knowing that her family is spreading her joy.
With tear brimmed eyes, I sit and watch this video in awe. Above all it has proven yet again that there is nothing more powerful than love. As Mitch Albom quotes in the book Tuesdays with Morrie, “death ends a life, not a relationship.” That love that a relationship requires will always be there. The relationships, the love, the care that I give and take in this world are, and always will be the most important part of my life; and through this tragic event I am reassured that this is something that I will never let change.
Evil may have won the battle on December 14, 2012, but it has not won the war; because love wins. Love always wins.
A glum day in Boston…nothing a little reggae and some Costa Rica reminiscing can’t fix.
Last year, right around this time, I was fortunate enough to have been able to raise money, with the help of generous friends and family, to send me on a volunteer trip to Costa Rica. Here I was able to devote a month of my time to help those who’s problems far exceed my own, to step back from my life and realize that the world is so much bigger than the little bubble in which I live, and to ultimately do some much needed soul searching.
During my short time in the country I was able to do a few weekend trips exploring the amazing region. Rastafarian beach town, Puerto Viejo, definitely topped the list (hence my music choice of the morning).
Friendly, laid back, beautiful, carefree… someone remind me why I ever left? If you’re ever in Costa Rica, I definitely recommend a few days in Puerto Viejo for a perfect withdrawal from the chaos of life’s realities and a great opportunity to appreciate good company and genuine beauty.
After not being able to make it home for Thanksgiving for the past 3 years, you can imagine how excited I was to spend turkey day with the fam. As much as I sincerely loved having “friendsgiving” out on the west coast, nothing beats QT with those crazies you love the most…and not to mention the food, oh yes, the food.
Maybe not warm enough to jump in the ocean, but the view certainly wasn’t terrible. From one coast to the next, one thing’s for sure, I will never be able to leave the beach. And I must say, the Atlantic Ocean provided a perfect backdrop for this year’s Thanksgiving Feast.
Speaking of feast…yeah, enough said.
“The love of a family is life’s greatest blessing.” So nice to to spend the holiday with these two beautiful ladies: my sister, Emily and my cousin’s daughter, Lillyana.