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The shooting last week left me feeling utterly devastated. I have sat down many times to try and write out my thoughts but have...

The shooting last week left me feeling utterly devastated. I have sat down many times to try and write out my thoughts but have finally realised that I, like many, am having a really hard time processing the horrible event.  I have actually had a hard time posting much of anything on my blog, as everything has felt so trivial in comparison to the tragic event.

I have no words to properly express how much my heart hurts for the families and friends of the victims in Newtown.

As a mother, I cannot bear to watch the news or read the online articles that keep flashing the photos of those sweet, innocent babies who were taken from their families.  As a teacher, I well up thinking about the bravery the school’s staff exuded in such a random and frightening crisis.

I know all the emotions that I am feeling, but I still do not have the words to properly honour the lives lost, the heartbroken families, and the courageous employees at  Sandy Hook Elementary School.

The only way I have given my heart short breaks from the sadness is to dig deep into the words of solace that are popping up amidst the articles in the news.  I thought I would share some of the spaces where I have allowed myself to exhale and to remember that I have my baby here with me still.  I want to hold her tight.  I want to play with her even when the house needs cleaning.  I want to take the time to sing in the car, even if I don’t get to work in the morning as early as I’d hoped…

The only way I know how to honour the lost souls is to love my own family and friends harder than ever before…


A beautiful song written for the families of the victims.

Remember that there are so many great people out there!

A powerful quote by the late Mister Rogers.

An inspiring post by Julie Nowell. “We can only teach our kids how to live a fulfilled life  by living one ourselves.”

Sesame Street –Teaching Kids How to Deal with Loss.

Newtown United.

 What are your ways of dealing with tragedy or honouring those lost?



Jessica Blumel

Nice to meet you! I'm Jessica a.k.a North Shore Mama. This site was born out of my love for my daughters and the desire to share my motherhood journey with fellow moms. I believe we're all in this craziness called 'parenthood' together and North Shore Mama is my way of reaching out to anyone who needs a laugh, a cry or dinner inspiration. Thank you so much for reading!

  • julie nowell

    January 1, 2013 #1 Author

    thank you so much for sharing my post. I feel touched that it offered you something you needed that day! :) Here’s to remember how much we love our kids, and what we truly, truly want each and every day, not just when tragedies remind us!


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