I have to say, I haven't been blogging nearly enough lately. This is something that has been making me feel inadequate as a blogger. So on Friday, I had written a post which I planned on publishing but for whatever reason, I didn't hit "publish". I am glad though, because shortly after getting out of bed (I had slept in very late as my meds knocked me out) I was off to my kids' school to build a gingerbread house with my sweet Aspieboy. I had NO idea that only a little ways away, tragedy had struck. I had NO idea how precious those two hours were truly going to feel and seem once I found out what had happened.
The events that unfolded on Friday, December 14th, 2012 in Newtown, Ct., rocked our entire nation, but ESPECIALLY reached those of us who are blessed with little ones of our own. So today, I beg you to put aside your Christmas planning, shopping and running around and simply have a moment of silence or in my case, a day of online silence (from posting/blogging/pinning/tweeting etc) in honor of the victims and families that lost it all that day. To be honest, I didn't really feel comfortable posting much to my Facebook page, since Friday, though I've tried to share pictures of a few happy moments with my own children and loved ones.
|My three loves and I|
I've also tried to share resources of how to share this tragic information with your kids. This was especially hard for me. You see, I have shared with you before that I am Mommy to three wonderful kids, one of which happens to be an Aspie.
|My Sweet Aspieboy and I|
From the moment I first read the words "Asperger's" and "Adam Lanza" in the same sentence, my heart ached even more than it already did from the sheer shock of those precious lives being taken. You see, I knew that in the days to come people would mistakenly think that the face of autism was a murderous one. But I can tell you that it's not. For me, THIS is the face of autism, and it's a BEAUTIFUL, SWEET, LOVING, and INNOCENT one. :)
|Aspieboy dressed as his hero, Ludwig Van Beethoven for his school's Live Wax Museum|
Telling them what had occurred was perhaps the hardest part of it all for me. I personally wanted them to hear it from ME and not their peers or the news. I was grateful for other bloggers who shared resources on how to do this. I was grateful that the Aspie community as a whole instantly posted their OWN resources on how to face this.
So please, take some time to read the links below, and take even more time to pray for the victims. You see, the reality of this awful tragedy is that 26 families have FOREVER been changed, broken and scarred. One entire town will be in mourning for years and decades to come, and our nation will never be the same. Join me in my "Blogger moment of Silence" and PRAY. Leave politics about gun control, judgments about mental health, and ignorance about autism ASIDE and PRAY FOR THE VICTIMS' FAMILIES who this Christmas will be left to piece together their broken lives while the rest of us watch with joy as our precious children open gifts. Let's not forget these lives taken in such a violent and terrifying way. Let's honor them.
I leave you with some wonderful resources on how to discuss this tragedy with your children; and with the verse I have been living by for the past few months which awesomely enough, was the verse the President quoted during the memorial service that was televised on Sunday.
-Aspergers, Autism and Mass Murder:
-Coping with Crisis—Helping Children With Special Needs
-How to talk to your kids about school shootings
"So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal." 2 Corinthians 4:16-18