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Sunday, December 23, 2012

We are Still Here!
 

Yep, I am still here! The world didn't explode! Load off huh?

First things first... my heart and prayers go out to the children, teachers, town and their families. My prayers go out to the mom that lost her life by her son's hand and their family. I also, pray for the young man. I truly understand the pain of the town.
However, I can only try to understand the pain of loosing a child.

I don't know if you all remember the Thurston Shooting in Oregon. I do.. we lived just down the street of the High School. My own children were not old enough to be in high school yet. But, my daughter attended her friends brother's funeral. She was also friends with a boy who's brother was shot. My foster daughter's brother was found covered in blood.. no he was not physically hurt. My Husband's boss was best friends with the parents who were murdered. I could go on but I won't.
 The sadness was overwhelming.

I have been a preschool teacher for over 20 years. I own and run a small school.  Over the years of working with kids I have noticed two things that are lacking and stand out like no other. Those "Things" are empathy & respect for all living things.
 
Children are my life.They are my heart. They are all gifts to be treated with kindness and respect. We can't hid the world from them..no matter how we might try. We can't keep them home every minute of the day. We can only give them open arms to run to.

I am not going to make a statement on guns. I am not going to make a statement on how to parent your children.

What I want to say is... Treat each person big or small with respect and kindness. We are all just trying to find our way. When we come across people who are mean to us... just remember.. They must be so sad inside. Lift them up with kindness... make that difference in their life in that moment. It is not your job to save the world... but, it is your job to spread love not hate. There is so much negative and it spreads like wild fire.... spread the positive. It truly makes a difference.

My Christmas Wish for You

Find your passion and you will find your peace.
My passion is Family, Children and Art!

Cheers to 2013
 

Here is My Hand Picked Collection of Outstanding Items!
It looks like these Artist have found their Passion!
Enjoy

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!





18 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for adding my frame grouping.
    Anita
    AnitaSperoDesign.com

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  2. Enjoyed reading your heart felt blog today Kate... I remember the shootings here in OR all to well and am saddened by the reactions of some by the recent tragedies... We must always keep the faith! Wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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  3. A great message! Merry Christmas to you and your family Kate.

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  4. Our kids watch their parents. They act accordingly. So it's really not the kid's faults they don't know the rights and wrongs. Somehow we lost compassion for our fellow man...and that's what we have to get back.

    Merry Christmas and looking forward to a New Year!

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  5. Thank you for your wonderful heartfelt message. Thank you for including my pillows in your hand picked collection.

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  6. Your artists picks are beautiful and I am so flattered to be included - thank you so much! Merry Christmas!!

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  7. Beautiful Christmas message - spoken from the heart. Thank you for including my Decoupage Card in your collection. Merry Christmas, Sue

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  8. Hi Kate! Thank you for sharing a great message to all of us! I used to teach high school science :-) Your Etsy Buddy, MountainUrsusDesigns (William and Family)

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  9. Hello kate, Wonderful collection! Thank you so much. I'm proud to be included. Enjoyed reading you message! Merry Christmas.

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  10. Hi Kate, what a beautiful message, we should lift up everyone we meet as we make our way through this world and plant a seed of hope and peace, you never know whose life might be changed for the better with just some kind words or a smile.
    Susan, form Sister Susie sells.

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  11. Love your new treasury Kate. I love the Hand Crochet Crescent baby dress and Bonnet. I've had the privilege of getting to know it's maker Becky. I will have to let her know that you featured her Baby Dress and Bonnet and then let her know that you posted the treasury in your Blog for everyone to see.
    I also want to thank you for sharing your feelings about the shootings. It's mind boggling how much evil is roaming the Earth lately; but as a Christian I know those little babies are up in Heaven.
    My thoughts and prayers also go out to the man who committed the crimes, to his immediate family and to the family and friends of those lost at his hand. I've been praying that the people who are Religious don't lose their faith and that the families that aren't Religious to still be able to see God working in their lives. God Bless you Kate.

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    1. Kate and Heidi, Amen about your thoughts and prayer with the Connecticut shooter and his victims. I also hope that there will be some peace with the families who are left behind. Thanks for the compliments about my baby dress and bonnet.

      Hugs,
      Becky

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  12. Thank you Kate for the feature of my hand crochet bonnet and dress here in your treasury! Looks like our friendship has set out to sea, and I am sure that it is going to be a wonderful trip.

    Hugs,
    Becky

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  13. I am so happy that you enjoyed the message of todays blog post. I know this post was a hard read for many. But, it felt like a Major Must for me.

    I have plans to showcase business owners with personal interviews. Please watch for it. I am very excited to be able to to promote the best of the best!

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  14. Respect and kindness are precious. thanks for sharing. beautiful artwork

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  15. Hello,
    I just came across your post in an etsy forum. Thank you for your tactful handling of the recent tragedy.
    And your handpicked list is beautiful.
    Kim
    TimeNSeason

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    1. thank you for coming by and reading my post. Happy Holidays!

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  16. The mosaics are beautiful! I've had a desire to learn how to make pretty creations with mosaics!
    Your post is touching-and so sad that you have lived thru a tragedy like this. You are right that we cannot shield our children from everything, but how I wish we could!
    I hope I can just do my part to add goodness to the earth, and help a hurting soul along the way.

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