Being a Mom during a tragic event

Yes, it has been a very sad almost week now. We are all hurting inside as a nation. I completely understand. I cry too but I must stay strong!
As a mother the idea of a child dying is unimaginable. I push my energy towards love and hope that we can change as a human race!!
What is hard is trying to avoid reminders of the horrific event. What is hard is trying to get people to understand why I continue to remember the people who lost all during Superstorm Sandy and that it is the holidays. I push on!
I am instructed by the girls school to engage them in the newspaper allow them to explore. Well how the hell can I do that when every page reminds us of the bad???!! I am instructed to enrich their lives, introduce them to new. We were watching snowboarding the other day on tv which was so “kindly” interrupted by the news to show us a press briefing at Newtown. Instead of showing my children how cool Shaun White is and letting them see his 1st place winning half pipe run, I need to shield them from the tv which develops into questions and concern. We try to listen to XM Christmas songs while we drive around and look at holiday lights. Have to change that too while dedications are made and reminders fill our ears.
How in the world do you stay strong, as a mother, in a time like this? My heart goes out to all Moms whom have lost a child.
But I wish as a nation that we would realize that banning assault weapons is just like banning drugs…. just think about it.
Focus on it from outside the box. Maybe if our Nation would stop supporting the local media we could possibly translate into a better place. There is TOO MUCH attention put on the negative, the sad, the ‘wrong’, that we struggle to find the meaning of life and the focus of our energy.
I hope not to make light of the situation just hope to feed someones mind that can help support a positive energy flow back into our universe!! ♥

Teaching Your Children About Storms

The Ladies helping at Ladies With a Mission Food Drive for Hurricane Sandy

I talk to Kiara and Makayla about Hurricane Sandy, they were by my side through the whole thing… except for picture taking on the Long Island Sound! We discuss the possible, the inevitable, the aftermath. They sometimes even see me shed a tear. I can’t help but be devastated, Our Island will be forever changed! The gas crisis, now that’s like a fun game to them! Ha! So smart, yet still children! They make the best of everything while, of course Mom does her best at keeping certain realities shaded.

The Ladies have given their time to helping http://www.ladieswithamission.wordpress.com Carrying cases of water out of “big blue”….. Champions! Fighters!!! I want them to utilize this time changing event to better themselves, to better their generation. They attempt to show sympathy to a dear friend as I tell them she lost her home to the Hurricane and to a massive fire. Breezy Point will forever change, they still find a way to keep sparkle in their eyes.

Sadness.

Yet, there is so much warmth amongst the cold snow, the recent nor’easter, no electric, no home. I came across a cry for HELP from the New York Aquarium in Brooklyn earlier. The Ladies and I have been there! It was such a fun day we had last year! Knowing how much the girls love animals and yearn to become veterinarians, I grow an immediate attachment to the aquariums needs and instantly think of the film Dolphin Tale!

It’s apparent to me that there are children that would Kill to have a chance to help the animals. I know my girls would LOVE to have the chance! Now it’s just a matter of convincing the NY Aquarium that my daughters have the skill and passion to Help! 🙂

I will keep an eye out for that picture of us from last year, but for now I will leave you with a shot I took of Shoreham Village Beach in Shoreham, NY. Check out the 8ft waves on the Long Island Sound. Incredible but devastating!

8 Ft Waves on the Long Island Sound, NY Unheard of!!! Monday 10/29/12 at approximately 10:30AM, Hurricane Sandy!

 

Too Heavy To Carry

“Two bags and a Pillow”

We are preparing to travel to Kiawah Island off of Charleston, SC. With my brother’s and The Ladies God-father’s wedding in just 3 days, we struggle to pack “everything” we need. How much can three girls possibly use in a weeks time? Apparently, a lot.

This whole debate about what to pack has got me thinking about how I would backpack around the world. How in the world does one carry so much? DSLR no mirror camera, cell phone, underwater camera, chargers, wallet, passports, important documents, underwear, definitely those, personal hygiene stuffffffffff (that list could be never ending specially with my natural product and essential oil obsession!), contacts, eye glasses, sunglasses, socks, maybe a blanket, a jacket or sweatshirt, earphones, sanitizer… when does the list end? Oh wow, I forgot vitamins and hair ties a brush and a few earrings.

As I place all of my “stuff” on the dining room table to evaluate….. I wonder how I am going to carry all of this!? A few days ago I saw this pretty cool rolling backpack, only an easy $250 (ahhh). I thought this thing is cool, it opens to a suit case, carries like a backpack and then the top pocket piece zips off into a little day backpack, and it all is on wheels too, if you choose. So I slap i on my back and almost fall over backwards! How much does this thing weigh?? With two days till lift off, I have no time to shop for a travel bag and must use what I have.

This leads me to the packing part. I must also add snacks and such to the bag because it’s economical, of course. I go for a green rugged backpack that starts off light but carries a lot. Also, I have an over the shoulder computer bag. Pretty nice. I can multi task with both of these……

Almost packed and I have to tell you my bags are Too Heavy To Carry!!! I should have my chiropractor flying with me on this trip!! 🙂

See you when I’m in the South!