family and loved ones

by Sharon Santoni
We are coming up to Christmas, it is meant to be a season full of joy but today the whole world is reeling in shock over the apalling massacre of children in Connecticut on Friday.
The news has hung over me all weekend, a terrible reminder that while we prepare to celebrate, there are people in the world struck by tragedy and suffering.   Somehow carrying on talking about christmas decorations without acknowledging this horror just didn’t feel right.
Today I am simply marking a pause…. no pictures…. little text.  Let’s make room for some quiet time today, count our blessings and bear in our thoughts those who are suffering.



Bonnie@Creative Decorating December 16, 2012 - 9:29 pm

So appropriate, Sharon. We are joining in a Blogger Day of Silence on Tuesday as well. Those families are weighing heavily in my heart and prayers.

Blogging is a nice release from the evil of the world but some reflection is necessary. Thanks for sharing.

Reply December 16, 2012 - 10:06 pm

It is so necessary to reflect right now. You are so right. I shared similar thoughts yesterday. It is unimaginable, and having driven through that area many times, it seems impossible to think about.

Down by the sea December 16, 2012 - 10:14 pm

Thank you for putting in words exactly what I have been thinking.
Sarah x

Ashley December 16, 2012 - 10:36 pm

I absolutely agree with you, thank you for taking the time out and expressing the feelings towards this terrible situation and may we all take out the time to express our sympathy and remember these lost loved ones during this holiday season….Xo, Ashley

Tish Jett December 16, 2012 - 10:46 pm

Yes, it's almost impossible to think about anything else. It is too horrible to fully comprehend. Our thoughts are silent prays of deepest sympathy.

Magnolia Verandah December 16, 2012 - 10:57 pm

I agree whole heartedly.

meine Dinge ♥ Franka December 16, 2012 - 11:13 pm

Vicki December 16, 2012 - 11:43 pm

I'm here in the U.S., West Coast. We're lost. Social media should help but it's hard to "talk." All we can do is cry.

Barbara December 16, 2012 - 11:49 pm

Dear Sharon, Thank you, thank you for your kind, sensitive,caring nature!!! It is all so hard to hear about!! Young little ones, so innocent, so precious, so undeserving of such violence and an early end to their wonderful lives!! Thank You once again for being SUCH an amazing special person!! May you and yours have a peaceful Christmas!! Warmest Wishes, Barbara Powell.

Amelia December 17, 2012 - 12:23 am

How very appropriate and kind of you to consider a time out for quiet meditation and prayer on behalf of those who lost loved ones at Newtown, CT. Thank you!


Bonnie December 17, 2012 - 12:38 am

It has been very hard for me to think of Christmas this weekend. Thank you for your thoughtful post. We are a world in shock. Bonnie

Lady of the Woods December 17, 2012 - 12:39 am

"Somehow carrying on talking about christmas decorations without acknowledging this horror just didn't feel right."
Absolutely….for me there is no Joy right now. I tried but cannot.

helen tilston December 17, 2012 - 1:04 am

Hello Sharon

How beautiful you said it. Silence, reflection and prayers.

Helen xx

michele December 17, 2012 - 3:43 am

grieving. we're moving, we're going forward but experiencing very spiritual moments right now, feeling deeply the innocence of those taken.


The Blue Farmhouse December 17, 2012 - 5:21 am

So very true Sharon…and in my church today we took a moment of prayer and silence for children, teachers, and other staff lost in a senseless act of selfishness.

beezkneesss December 17, 2012 - 6:54 am

thank you… hug your children… and when we put our children to bed each nite, thank god… i hope everyone says a pray for that community and keeps them close in their hearts… thank you again for your respect and love…jeri

Jo-De Davis December 17, 2012 - 6:58 am

Beautiful way to remember such an abominable, heinous act. I believe that much of the civilized world will take the day to reflect and pray for all of those lovely, dear souls.

Anonymous December 17, 2012 - 7:57 am

Very appropriate post. It is always a travesty when these sorts of things happen, but to children of that age, it is just unthinkable. No words can express the feelings of that community right now, I just heard the news this morning and I literally feel sick just thinking about it. How could anyone hurt those beautiful, innocent children and the adults that were looking after them? I pray that God blesses their little community and I hope that time can help to heal their wounds. I hope they can find some peace in the fact that people around the globe are mourning for them and their little angels. As for the poor children that witnessed this, I hope their community can support them and convince these children not to give up their faith in the human race.

shooting star December 17, 2012 - 9:35 am

yes, my heart goes out to those children and their families… makes me pause and think about the kind of world am living in!!

david terry December 17, 2012 - 11:03 am

thank you, Sharon.

—david terry

Delaine December 17, 2012 - 11:36 am

Thank you, Sharon, for marking this day with respect and reflection for those in CT that are suffering from such tragic loss. Thank you.

Colleen Taylor December 17, 2012 - 3:22 pm

There isn't anything more for me to say that hasn't been said already. I am so saddened as all of you are. Eloquent and appropriate as always Sharon. Thank you.

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Kristie Franklin December 17, 2012 - 5:02 pm

I am…still…at a loss for words!

BRASWELL December 17, 2012 - 6:41 pm

I did a gratitude list this AM-arms around those who have lost loved ones + arms around everyone. Thank you, Sharon

pink*cherub*moon December 17, 2012 - 6:47 pm

Amen! Hugs, Leena

Francie December 18, 2012 - 1:04 am

Thank you for your kind thoughts, the nation is saddened by this senseless act of violence against innocent children. Our hearts break as we pray for peace to abide with these family and friends who are burdened with deep sorrow.

penelopebianchi December 18, 2012 - 7:04 am

"Heartbroken" is the lamest word to express what I think any parent in the whole world is feeling right now.

This has affected me and people I am close to; as much as 9/11.

Honestly. The numbers are smaller……(and I do not mean that 9/11 was not life-altering, and tragic in every way)
We all lost or knew someone on 9/11; this just hit me differently in some ways.

I cannot imagine the deep sorrow (there are no words to describe grief like this……maybe Yiddish? That is the most descriptive a language I know (not enough of).

I wish to be a "mensch" to these families…….so far away from me…..and so close to my heart.



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