“Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.” – Elizabeth Stone

 

My babies

 

The morning of the recent school shooting was a mess for us. I was a huge ball of stress, trying to get myself and my kids out the door. We were running late, of course. I was running on about four hours of sleep, and my boys were just not cooperating. Once we arrived at school, I had to help navigate 20 preschoolers through a rehearsal of our Nativity play, which was like trying to herd bunny rabbits. I couldn’t even fully focus on the task at hand, because my mind was swimming with all of the things I still had to get done before Christmas. I had taken on extra freelance work to help pay for Christmas presents, and those deadlines were looming. I still had to buy all those Christmas presents. My house was a mess. And then there are my two little boys, who are so sweet, but also so demanding of my time and energy. I just didn’t think I could go on another day.

And then  I heard the news of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary.

 

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