~ 1 year anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary Shootings ~ 

December 14, 2012

Today we remember all the kids and teachers we lost on 12/14/12. We honor the families who have lost a kid to their family, and we honor the teachers who tried to get these kids to safety. Adam Lanza took away 26 lives (20 students and 6 adults) including his very own mother, and his own life. We also honor and remember a 6 year old named Jesse Lewis who saved his whole class, but ended up dying. We will never forget this day.


I encourage you to take a few minutes out of your day to watch this in honor of the Sandy Hook victims. Gone, but never forgotten.

Sandy Hook

As far the general public is concerned, the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting was a terrible tragedy. To conspiracy theorists, it was a staged drill that was used to test emergency procedures and push stricter gun control laws.



Whenever a deadly disease like Ebola spreads, the conspiracy theory that the virus was purposefully created by the government. The same thing happened with SARS, AIDS, and swine flu.


Twas’ 11 days before Christmas, around 9:38,
When 20 beautiful children stormed through Heaven’s gate.
Their smiles were contagious, their laughter filled the air.
They could hardly believe all the beauty they saw there.
They were filled with such joy; they didn’t know what to say.
They remembered nothing of what had happened earlier that day.
“Where are we,” asked a little girl, as quiet as a mouse.
“This is heaven,” declared a small boy. “We’re spending Christmas at God’s house.”

When what to their wondering eyes did appear,
But Jesus, their Savior. The children gathered near.
He looked at them and smiled, and they smiled just the same.
Then He opened His arms and He called them by name.
And in that moment was joy, that only Heaven can bring.
Those children all flew into the arms of their King.
And as they lingered in the warmth of His embrace,
One small girl turned and looked at Jesus’ face.
And as if He could read all the questions she had,
He gently whispered to her, “I’ll take care of Mom and Dad.”
Then He looked down on Earth, at the world far below.
He saw all of the hurt, the sorrow and woe.

Then He closed His eyes and He outstretched His hand,
“Let My power and presence re-enter this land!
May this country be delivered from the hands of fools.
I’m taking back my nation. I’m taking back my schools!”
Then He and the children stood up without a sound.
“Come now my children let me show you around.”
Excitement filled the space, some skipped and some ran;
All displaying enthusiasm that only a small child can.
And I heard Him proclaim as He walked out of sight,
“In the midst of this darkness, I AM STILL THE LIGHT.

—  Anonymous

Today my heart goes out to the friends and families of:

Jesse Lewis, age 6
Chase Kowalski, age 7
Josephine Gay, age 7
Ana Marquez-Greene, age 6
Dawn Hochsprung, age 47
Mary Sherlach, age 56
Benjamin Wheeler, age 6
Catherine Hubbard, age 6
Noah Pozner, age 6
Caroline Previdi, age 6
Charlotte Bacon, age 6
Dylan Hockley, age 6
Victoria Soto, age 27
James Mattioli, age 6
Grace McDonnell, age 7
Emilie Parker, age 6
Jessica Rekos, age 6
Olivia Engel, age 6
Allison Wyatt, age 6
Lauren Rousseau, age 30
Anne Marie Murphy, age 52
Avielle Richman, age 6
Jack Pinto, age 6
Daniel Borden, age 7
Rachel D’avino, age 29
Madeleine Hsu, age 6

Even a year later I still can not wrap my mind around this.
You may not recognize these names, maybe you do. But I think all of us will never forget the day that these wonderful people died. A year ago today, these 26 people were murdered in their little elementary school in Connecticut; Sandy Hook.

Can you even imagine sending your child, your most valuable possession, to school in the morning. And as they hug and kiss you goodbye and climb on the bus, they wave to you from the window, and thats the last time you ever see them alive.

And then imagine waiting for your child to come out of the school doors and run into your arms safe and sound, after hearing about the shooting. But they never do.

20 little angels will never get to grow up.
They will never get to experience 2nd grade.
They will never again get to hold mom and dads hand.
They will never get to celebrate another Christmas.
They will never have another birthday party.
They will never get to have their first kiss.
They will never get to go on their first date.
They will never get to go to prom.
They will never get the chance to graduate.
They will never get to fall in love.
They will never get to have a beautiful wedding.
They will never get to have a family of their own.
They never got to say goodbye.
26 died too young and too innocent.

My heart and prayers go out to the victims loved ones. No words can express the sorrow I feel for the friends and families of the victims. I pray that you are recovering well from such a tragedy. You will always have a place in my heart.

20 Little Angels
6 Brave Heroes
26 We Will Never Forget

Each and every day I’m still grateful for Victoria Soto. Without her loving heart and bravery, my little cousin Paige would not still be alive today. Her selflessness helped my cousin and five of her classmates escape the from their classroom at Sandy Hook Elementary School while the guns-man was in the room reloading his gun. I wish I had the chance to thank her for helping my cousin and her friends survive that day. It’s truly unbelievable that an entire year has passed already. You’ve given my family the best holiday present in the entire world, thank you Victoria for keeping my Paige safe. Rest in peace you beautiful soul.